Seeing as technology is not as far advanced enough to have given the world flying cars or aeroplanes powered by toothpaste, the ability to move an island from one part of the world to another is still far out of reach. Experience a taste of Manhattan in Cape Town’s own piece of it, without the need for binoculars, hopping a plane or messing around with advanced land-teleportation, with any meals off the Vanilla menu to the value of R300.
While there are many restaurants which try to pass themselves off as fine-dining just by filling their menu with unpronounceable, obscure dishes and hiring snooty waiters, Vanilla combines all that class and sophistication with an easy, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you’re a struggling artist, or a Lady Who Lunches, with the combination of old favourites and elaborate new inventions on the menu, there’s always something for everyone to enjoy.
Very few places could peddle the staple food of Joe Everyman with the panache of Vanilla, which has nothing to do with the fact that it finds its home in the chic Cape Quarter. Whether it’s the lamb burger with crumbly feta, fresh mint and tsatziki or the classic chicken burger with tomato salsa, both are served with a dash of sophisticated style to accompany the classic French-fries and onion rings which American sitcoms insist are a necessary addition to any meal. For those who feel that if they wanted a burger, they’d rather go for one with 178 sesame seeds on the bun, the lightly peppered crusted sirloin with caramelized onion tart tatin, grain mustard butter, beef jus and a choice of steamed vegetables or pomme frittes are an ideal departure from standard bistro fare. You could also go for the freshly delivered ‘fish of the day’ cooked with a delicious daily twist from the kitchen.
You and your date can enjoy your nibbles in the classy cut-crystal décor of the interior, charmed by the futuristic mood-lighting and entranced by the shiny chandelier. If the weather is good, try a taste of café society so loved by Europeans and art students everywhere and dine al fresco, maybe sipping a colourful cocktail outside on the piazza. Vanilla, a smell proven by Disney World to make people happy, wafts through the entire restaurant accompanied by soft strains of jazz music to create a relaxing atmosphere perfect for a spot of fine-dining.
Food Fact: According to a book of world records, the most expensive burger in the world is served at a New York burger-joint called The Cookie Jar. Using a pure-beef patty tenderised using a mermaid’s hair brush, the burger is served with lettuce, tomato and shavings of Italian truffle.