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Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

On Wednesday night my husband and I went on a little date night to The Station On Bree Street. It was the perfect evening for it, it was scorching hot and the streets were lined with locals and tourists enjoying the sidewalk cafes and bars. There was something in the air… I cannot quite put my finger on it, but it felt like we were tourists in our own city.

Cape Town is a city like no other – it is unique in every single way. During daylight hours the city is bustling and the possibilities for lunch options, fashion boutiques and antique shops are endless. You will see Victorian architecture that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else in South Africa. At night Cape Town’s streets spawns a party scene that’s not for the faint-hearted. But there is that magical time in-between, where everyone is love drunk and can still feel the day’s sun lingering on their skin. Where the world is at peace and laughter fills the streets. Where you find bistros and bars serving sundowners and the aroma of food enveloping your senses. It is the best time to explore the culinary gems the city has to offer.

Since moving out to our farm, I find that I appreciate the city so much. I look at it with new eyes, mesmerized like a small town girl walking the city streets for the first time. Things change so quickly here, restaurants open and close on a monthly basis while bars struggle to stay relevant. It is a very competitive industry in our Mother City, and you need to have something pretty special to survive. The Station On Bree is pretty darn special…

 

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

The interior is a breath of fresh air, modeled around London’s subway station. There are several “themed” stations fitted with familiar landmarks of the famous London Underground. The different “stations” for coffee, cocktails, food and dance which are all designed to appeal to clientele at different times of the day and night were decorated with a keen eye for detail. Adding to the electric underground vibe is the line-up of live performances, DJ’s and an epic underground dance floor. It is bright, vibrant, unique and cheerful – I just loved looking around and exploring the space.

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

We started the evening off in the Arrivals/Departures section. Comfortable seating, air conditioning and a laid-back atmosphere made it the perfect spot to escape the day’s heat. My first drink of the night was the Kensington’s Cosmopolitan (R75) – Absolut Vodka, cranberry juice, triple sec, sugar syrup and shaken with a single cherry. It was delicious, not too sweet and with a nice kick. The orange rind used as garnish fills your senses with a citrus aroma every time you take a sip and adds an exciting dimension to the iconic drink.
Other cocktails on the menu that caught my eye were the Fashioned 5th Avenue (with Bourbon, bitters, sugar syrup and orange zest), the Northern Margarita (with silver tequila, triple sec, lime juice, sugar sure, sprinkle of salt and shaken rim glass with salt and a lemon wedge) and the Piccadilly (Scottish Leader Original, cloudy apple juice, lime juice, mint leaves and topped off with a fresh mint sprig).

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

We were in for a treat… as we finished our drinks we decided to move to one of the outside tables as a live performance was about to start. Jeremy Douglas took to the “platform” and I was completely blown away. If you follow my Insta Stories you would know why. He is like the South African hybrid version of Sam Smith and Ed Sheeren, with a dash of The Lumineers added for a little extra ness. Weirdly enough not any of his social media platforms have been updated in months so probably not worth linking them – just keep an eye on The Station’s Facebook page for his next performance and GO.

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Whilst The Station on Bree guarantees a great night’s entertainment, it’s the food that took centre stage..The Station on Bree offers a casual Mediterranean-infused dining style that focuses on fresh flavours and simple ingredients. From leisurely lunches through to late boozy dinners, visitors have the option of traditional main meals or ordering from a choice of small plates that taps into the culinary trend for a more shared and social approach to dining. The menu is diverse and exciting, it took me forever to make a choice as every option made my taste buds tingle.

 

My crazy unpredictable husband went for the burger, you know… just to shake things up. I was much smarter than that… I wanted to see what the chef’s vibe was. Small plates give you the option to do just that and have a bit of everything. You even have the choice to combine them into a platter if you so wish.

Small plate 1…London Eye Hot Beef Pan (R85)

This is the most expensive small plate option on the menu. I read the description and couldn’t help myself… it just sounded too good. Succulent cubed sirloin steak in a creamy peri-peri sauce with lemon and homemade toasted ciabatta. The sirloin cubes were so tender they melted in my mouth. Squeezing the lemon over ads an amazing zing and Mediterranean taste. It is smooth, spicy and bursting with flavour. This is quite a rich meal, so the portion is absolutely perfect. It is rather filling as well… I needed a bit of a break before digging into the next meal. I definitely recommend this if you are looking for a warm, hearty meal that still has a freshness about it.

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Small plate 2… The Tube Calamari (R65)

This was my favorite meal by far. The pan seared calamari tubes were so fresh, cooked to perfection and sitting in a creamy, buttery sauce. Squeezing the lemon over adds the final touch. You can choose between the homemade tartar sauce or a peri-peri sauce… and I have to be honest, I did not love the tartar sauce. It tasted a bit like that sandwich spread you buy at the grocery store… but, the calamari was absolutely delicious on its own and I have been craving it ever since. If you like calamari, this is an absolute must!

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Small Plate 3… Abbey Road Poppers (R60)

The Station has two selections of poppers. The District Six poppers are made with Pepperdews and filled with creamed cheese, cheddar and mozzarella. I opted for the Abbey Road Poppers which are Jalapeño poppers filled with creamed cheese, chorizo, cheddar and mozzarella and served with a sweet ginger chilli sauce. Making perfect Chilli Poppers is an art, and many restaurants miss the mark… well, most of them do to be honest. The Station’s Jalapeño poppers are not the best I have ever had – but they were good enough. The batter is close to perfect, biting through the crunch of the hot jalapeño combined with the molten cheesy & chorizo centre make these fiery little morsels the ultimate appetizer. I was a little disappointed that I could not taste the ginger in the sauce as it sounded like an interesting combination, but that did not put me off. It was still absolutely delicious.

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

The Conductor Burger (R75)

My husband and his exciting culinary tastes… that being said, I took a bite of his burger and it was damn good. The Conductor is the house burger with the usual trimmings and served with fries. He added caramelized smokey BBQ onions for an extra R12, which were absolutely amazing. I need to know how they make it – it really added so much flavour to the burger. Now… I do not say this lightly… they honestly have some of the best burgers the Mother City has to offer. For a plain burger to be that good, you must be doing something right.

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Now, time to get to the most exciting part….

THEY HAVE A BUILD-YOUR-OWN GIN MENU. This alone is enough to keep me coming back time and time again. This was so much fun and I discovered new favorite gin concoction. It tasted like childhood summer days, but with alcohol! I mixed The Botanist gin, Fitch & Leedes Rose Tonic (spot the spelling error on the menu) and a shot of honey. Try it and let me know what you think! I cannot wait to head back and try a few different combinations.

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}

Make A Stop At The Station On Bree {Restaurant Review}
Overall, the food was great and the service was really good. The menu us excellent, the drinks menu is excellent and the ambience and decor is pretty much world-class. Most importantly, the staff and manager did not know that I was there to review the establishment. I only informed them at the end of the evening.
Price Tag: We had 3 beers, 1 cocktail, and two “build-your-own” gins, one burger meal and three small plates. Bill came to ± R600 – really not bad at all as far as price is concerned.
Rating out of 10: 9
Don’t leave without: Building your own gin, of course!
Would I go again? DEFINATELY
Highlights: Live performance, decor, food and drinks…. okay, basically everything.
Cons: They did not respond to my e-mail booking… which made me feel a little unloved
 
Where: 207 Bree Street, Cape Town
Contact: 021 422 0944 / support@thestationonbree.co.za
For more info, or to see the menu – head to their website by clicking on this link.
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Maz Halliday

Maz is a Fashion Designer from Cape Town, South Africa. She is a full-time working mom to two of the most gorgeous, yet tiring kids you will ever lay eyes upon. She maintains her sanity by blogging at Caffeine and Fairydust and rocking from side-to-side in her bath tub at night (with a glass of bubbly - no one ever said you can't be fabulous while having a nervous breakdown). She aims to broaden people's perspectives - and in the process will either make you laugh or p%#@ you off. Don't be shy... come say hi!

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