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…
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.
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.
Small plate 2… The Tube Calamari (R65)
Small Plate 3… Abbey Road Poppers (R60)
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.
Now, time to get to the most exciting part….