Societi Bistro, Cape Town

Societi lies just beyond a lavender lined pathway (and a large wooden door)…

Where rustic red brick walls frame fireplaces and chalkboard menus…

Where waiters, dressed in tight black vests, pour wine into generous glasses (and explain one’s options as if they have all the time in the world – apologies, apologies!)…

Where chefs sweat in the kitchen preparing dishes that take you to Italy and France… and back …

I could have ordered rabbit or bone marrow (or pork belly) but being the (boring! I am told) vegetarian (pesco-vegetarian actually!) that I am, I ordered the Prima Vera Gnocchi. It arrived alive with the spring green of spinach, garden peas and asparagus tossed in pesto. Absolutely delicious and not at all heavy (as gnocchi often is).

J ordered the Mushroom Risotto, a house speciality, but my dish (awash with charm) remained the centre of attention. That is until dessert arrived… apple and pear strudel with caramel crunch ice-cream (think Crème Brule caramel).

Pop in virtually: http://www.societi.co.za

Or for real: 50 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town (021 424 2100 for bookings).

Societi is just down the road from The Mount Nelson Hotel. Don’t miss it if you’re in Cape Town!

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