Bubble Wrap: Fork Restaurant

The Grand Daddy’s Head of Events Christina "Bubbles" Macechern knows good food. Here is the first piece in her Bubble Wrap restaurant review series, in which she scopes out the luscious Long Street lunch spot Fork. 

I have always been a devoted fan of this relatively small eatery in town. I say small, but it can seat up to 60 guests split between two floors, so I guess it’s not that small. It gives the impression of an intimate French bistro with bar stools, booths, comfy leather couches and dishcloths as napkins. The service is always super-friendly and efficient.

The only thing small about it is the food it serves. Fork provides its own version of traditional tapas: delicious little mouthfuls combining tastes from around the world. Each mouthful makes you ooh and ah with pleasure and leaves you wanting more.

I’d never been here during the day but I’d often walked, on my way to the Grand Daddy, past the sign announcing the (long-running) special: R60 gives you a tapas taster plate, a glass of wine (or beer or soft drink) and a coffee to finish. So today I decided to give it a whirl.

We were given the menu, which I immediately started drooling over as I reminisced about the flavours I had devoured here in the past. But, I was here to sample the special, so grudgingly I gave the menu back to the waitress. I was optimistic; I’m guilty of never trying something else on a menu – when something has stolen my heart (and stomach), I stay loyal. But now, thanks to the Fork special, I would be getting to try new things.

The taster plate consists of five different tapas items; it was a little frustrating that they offer you no choice at all and you basically just get what you are given. As delicious as the five items were, they were not filling enough for lunch; maybe as a starter or as a pre-dinner catch-up with one of your best pals. Great as something to nibble on while you chat and have some wine, but definitely not as a substitute for a meal … unless you don’t enjoy eating!

The special runs from 12h00 to 18h00 so I’d definitely take advantage of it! But please do go back at another time and enjoy the restaurant’s full menu offering in its scrumptious splendour.

Everything on the menu is to die for, but my recommendations are:

  • Beef fillets on croutons and mushrooms with crisp onion rings and a red wine sauce (R55)
  • Seared salmon with Asian greens and wasabi mayonnaise (R55)
  • Crispy asparagus and parmesan rolls (R45)
  • Raclette fondue with chorizo and crostini (R40)

Fork Restaurant 84 Long Street, Cape Town, South Africa. For enquiries, telephone +27 0(21) 424 6334 or visit Fork's website.

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