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It’s Raining Hen at Roast & Co.
Let’s wing it at Roast & Co.
Enjoy some clucking good chicken at Cape Town’s new hotspot on Heritage Square.
Roast & Co. offers a menu where the starring food item is chicken just the way we, as South Africans, like it. Expect to be treated to some happy, free-range birds from Elgin, so patrons can enjoy their cheeky chicken, guilt-free.
Upon arriving at Roast and Co., we are welcomed by the friendly staff that usher us through to the courtyard. This space shares a courtyard with its cosmopolitan sister-restaurant Headquarters (HQ). Walking through the restaurant reveals a lavishly decorated interior which resembles a sophisticated New York-style eatery. Exposed facebrick, soft lighting and leather sofa seating coupled with an eclectic mix of wooden chairs and tables, mirror detail and subtle Stella Artois-inspired designs fill the vibey space. One of the walls adorns a fully stocked wine cabinet, encased in mesh to echo a chicken coup. The cabinet is filled with wines from the Warwick Estate, so you know that you’re in for a good time courtesy of this family-owned winery.
As we approach the doorway leading out to the courtyard, we are met by the savoury aroma that can only be married with succulent and crispy chicken, and instinctively we know that this is where the magic happens: the kitchen. The space is clean and modern, functionally built to get down to the business of making damn good chicken. Definitely worth a mention are the visible rotisserie chickens, creating the most delicious backdrop for patrons. Inside diners are able to sit down at individuals tables or make use of the modern shared high-rise tables.
Finally, we reach the courtyard where a group of trendy young professionals have gathered. The covered outdoor area features a bar, fairy lights and sits between the Cape Heritage Hotel, the New Heritage Gallery and HQ. As the courtyard finds itself nestled between these cultural buildings, you can ensure that you are protected from the unpredictable natural elements of the Mother City’s weather conditions. So come rain, wind or sunshine, you can guarantee that Roast & Co. is where it’s at.
Once the Stellar Artois and Warwick wines have made their way through our bloodstream, it’s time to feast! We start off with a selection of dishes to share, including the Elgin farmhouse liver pâté which includes chicken terrine, duck fat, shortbread and orange; chicken caesar croquettes with baby gem, grana padano and celery dressing served in a syringe, and my personal favourite: the Mzansi fried mac ‘n cheese. This dish is made with sage, salsa and a uniquely South African chakalaka salsa.
Note: Vegetarians can also enjoy the goodness of Roast & Co. as the eatery offers a number of meat-free dishes including baked camembert, served with a smokey mayo, yogurt and vanilla honey and onion bhaji made with curry spice and served with herbed yogurt, along with an array of Roast & Co. sides and salads.
Up next, the star of the show: the wholesome home-style chicken. The portions are great for sharing and the courtyard accommodates both an intimate setting for couples wanting to wine and dine, or for families, group gatherings and employees wanting to grab a bite together. The Roast & Co. staff are more than willing to accomodate and will push tables together to create long feast-type tables for friends and family to get the most out of their Roast & Co. experience.
After dinner, patrons can kick back with some of the delicious Roast & Co. cocktails. Try the Raspberry Julep, made with bulleit bourbon, raspberry, mint and soda; the Mai-Zacapa, made with Ron Zacapa rum, roasted almond and orange liqueur; or the Grapefruit Tommies Margarita, made with Don Julio Reposado, grapefruit, cinnamon and lime.
The restaurant opened its doors from Friday 8 September 2017, and will be celebrating their official opening on 21 September 2017.
Here’s looking at you, chicken!
The Bill: Beer: R36 – R62 | Wine: R50 – R265 | Shared dishes: R48 – R76 | Chicken: R65 – R210 | Sides and Salads: R28 – R44 | Cocktails: R65 – R85 | Dessert: R38
98 Shortmarket Street | +27(0)21 424 6372 | email@example.com
By Marian Volkwyn
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