Many meals ago, when I was wooed by a wine writer, I quickly learned that generous amounts of delicious wine is best accompanied by slobberfuls of decadent food. So during our romantic interludes we ate our way from Cape Town inner city’s very ra ra! Restaurants, to the secret grungy city spots and the food belly of the Franschhoek Valley.
Not only did I learn that a good wine had ‘legs’, a ‘nose’, and that blind tasting doesn’t mean you are sipping blindfolded, but I learned to truly appreciate what sets a mediocre meal apart from a gastronomical feast.
Oroboros in Muizenberg ticks every single box. As we parked our car and started walking to the restaurant, I went into olfactory overdrive. It was as if we were transported to the streets of Morocco. The heady scent of freshly crushed and roasted spices came wafting out of Oroboros, which in turn made my tastebuds quiver. Small, cozy, and filled with bohemian artworks and décor, it has a very welcoming atmosphere. The waiting and bar staff are quick, efficient, and seem to actually like working there -which is a bit of a rare thing these days.
Oh but the food! We went there hungry but only managed the mezze platter and the West Coast Mussels. The portions are very generous and the variety of textures and flavours in the platter fill you up quick. Every dish on the platter seems to have been lovingly crafted by chef Craig Biggar. The chalkboard menu is small with a taste for most, which I like, as it often means the chef has perfected each dish.
Owner Jacques de Klerk is a great host with a sort of bohemian glam, rock star vibe about him, which makes him intriguing to chat to as he dashes from table to table entertaining his people. I loved it when he served us olives drenched in oil, garlic and -I think – I tasted fragrant Rosemary. He served it piping hot and freshly oven-roasted, “because I just couldn’t wait.” Plenty of seating outside, especially for the last of the die hard smokers.
Oroboros Tapas Bar 082 925-1073; 2 York St, Muizenberg, Western Cape, South Africa