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Cape Grace’s Signal Restaurant

Cape Grace’s Signal Restaurant

Although I have been to the hotel several times, I hadn’t ventured into the Bascule Bar or Signal, so when the hotel offered to host us for dinner last Friday, we decided to make a night out of it.  We started at the Bar – a stunning spot for afternoon sundowners!  Bascule is also well known for its range of whiskies (over 400 are stocked) and fantastic selection of wines.  If you feel like a light bite, there are some great simple bistro/pub dishes on offer such as battered fish and chips.  Overall, it had a wonderful atmosphere and we will definitely be returning.  Onto the restaurant, we were warmly welcomed and placed at one of the tables overlooking the yachts in the private marina – it truly has to be one of the most stunning restaurant venues Cape Town has to offer!  One thing that struck both of us is the feeling of space, we didn’t feel like we were packed in like sardines and had to whisper to avoid the rest of the restaurant hearing us – a small thing but something we are both quite pedantic about…

Signal offers contemporary Cape cuisine, drawing on the influences that have shaped the Cape over the last three hundred and fifty years… some of the standouts include seared scallops, carrot and cumin fritters with papaya and ginger salsa as a starter and Malay-spiced springbok loin with cinnamon pumpkin fritters, sautéed spinach and curried cauliflower for mains.  We finally decided on a wild mushroom soup (a highlight for us, albeit such a simple dish) and oxtail ravioli with summer bean cassoulet and truffle vinaigrette.  For mains both of us couldn’t resist the Chalmar beef fillet with mushroom compote, potato gratin, sautéed asparagus and not forgetting gorgeous hollandaise sauce!  Everything was truly divine and washed down with some of the Cape’s best.  The wine list at the restaurant is truly world class, and has something to suit all palettes – I understand the restaurant even won the prestigious Diners Club wine list award…

As you can expect from the Cape Grace, service is flawless – we were looked after by the charming Janine and the restaurant manager Neil was also extremely attentive and made great suggestions in terms of the wine and food. 

Signal is so much more than a standard “hotel restaurant” and should be considered both by locals and visitors as a restaurant destination in itself.  Overall, a really fantastic evening and we cannot recommend the restaurant highly enough: the dining room is elegant without being stuffy, the food beautiful but not over the top and the service impeccable.  We will definitely return.

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