Sotano

Sotano in Cape Town

Restaurant: Mon - Sun | 07:00 - 22:30
Bar: Mon - Sun | 11:00 - 02:00
 
+27(0)21 433 1757
121 Beach Road | Mouille Point City Bowl
www.sotano.co.za
info@sotano.co.za
SotanoCT
Sotano by Caveau

Sotano in Cape Town

Mediterranean food, live music, and wine, wine, wine

I’m a local here. Often, I pop in for a quick glass of wine after work, and soon it turns into tapas, another glass and, before I know it, the sun is sinking over the Atlantic. It's just that kind of place – so utterly undemanding that you easily relax.

I’ve come in the early afternoon this time; the sun is still high in the sky, and there’s a gentle flow of people walking dogs, drinking in the panoramic views and moseying about on the portion of Mouille Point promenade just in front of the eatery.

A few restaurants have rested in this space before, all of which quickly closed shop – a surprising fact considering the locale. Situated opposite the beachfront neighbourhood’s iconic barber pole lighthouse, Sotano is a hop, skip and jump away from the aforementioned greenway and just five minutes from the storied V&A Waterfront. A greasy spoon could have been successful, one would think.

It would seem, though, that the Mediterranean kitchen’s predecessors couldn’t quite cultivate the easy, breezy feel that owners Brendon Crew, Jean Muller and Marc Langlois have so expertly put in place.

Outside, the Trudeau range of furniture – it’s made from converted wine barrels’ French Oak – beckons. The expertly crafted tables and chairs align flawlessly with the restaurant’s vino-drenched theme; Sotano translates to ‘cellar’ in Spanish and the eatery offers close to 80 wines by the bottle and 40 wines by the glass.

Inside it's masculine with greys, bronzes and touches of mustards with ample space for summer soirées.

Relaxing outdoors under the slatted roof, my dining partner and I tuck into chilled asparagus soup perfumed with truffle and topped with a soft-boiled egg. Next, we share crispy sardines. We crush the buttery flesh onto ciabatta with our forks and devour the dish of the day. We also split potato fishcakes made with salted cod.

Eating, talking, drinking

“We let good ingredients speak for themselves,” Brendon, a man who’s drawn on the lessons he learned from his Lebanese mother, tells me. “Sotano is all about simple, uncomplicated food made well.”

Think fresh bread, homemade tzatziki, squid tentacles and, more generally, full-flavoured, pared-down fare pulled fresh from the ocean, plucked straight from the garden or reared free range on the farm.

On days like these, when my one glass turns into two, I generally order the tapas: aubergine tempura, grilled calamari, haloumi, flatbreads and spicy tomato meatballs. It’s an offering that’s perfect for soaking up wine and sun.

If need be though, dinner can be a more serious affair, with a menu plump with delectable starter, main and dessert options and a stylish indoor section of the restaurant complete with formally dressed tables and ambient tunes. On these occasions, hungry diners can look forward to inclusions like Beer-braised Rabbit, Crayfish and Zucchini Ravioli, Rosemary-glazed Duck Breast in winter and traditional Spanish Paella, Seafood Linguini and Tuna Nicoise Salad in summer (the menu changes seasonally).

I’m told that they make a cracking breakfast too. Add fresh sea air to dishes like Israeli-inspired Shakshouka (red pepper and tomato eggs) and Eggs Benedict, and you have one invigorating way to wake up.

In the end though, whether you’re here to eat tapas, drink wine or even have a full-on gourmand evening, this restaurant, with its easy, breezy Mediterranean feel, has been designed to cater for you.

By Malu Lambert

Tip: Visit on Sundays between 4pm and 7pm to see the sun down with live music, and come on Wednesdays for Sotano’s 2-for-1 lamb burger special.

The Bill: While mains start at R90, tapas can set you back as little as R15 apiece; the bite-sized morsels generally average about R38 in cost.  

---

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle and check out our Pinterestboards for updates.

Cape Town Events Calendar
June 2019
SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30

kiff_kombi_gin_tourIt’s Cape Town's Most Spirited Road ...

All aboard, gin lovers. You’re about to discover Cape Town’s hidden gin gems

gugulethu_7_memorialA Play Honoring the Gugulethu 7

See a uniquely presented story of the iconic Umkhonto weSizwe youths at UCT

Undead Generation 5Awesome Mismatch: Punk, Jazz And Rock ...

R40 gets you into a party with Eastern Cape punk misfits, a jazz band, an alternative ...

greyt_escapeFor Scenic Views, Peace and Quiet, ...

Discover Greyton and everything special about it from the saddle of your mountain bike ...

full_moonLet The Music Hold You Captive Within ...

The music will pierce your core and there will be no knights to save you

youth_day_weekendFun Things For Everyone This Youth Day ...

Shop for free, learn to salsa for R41 and give a child a smile for R70

conrad_hicksStudio Tours Of The Artist’s Forge To ...

View for free: A new collection of hand-forged metal furniture and sculpture rippling ...

playful_veganSave Your Bacon With A Creative ...

Bring your own wine and let the conversation and laughter flow as your learn the art of ...

wine_of_exileNapoleon Loved Cape Town Wine. Find Out ...

Plus see Bonaparte’s cut-glass crystal goblets and taste the modern version of his ...

sundoo2019_10Lamb Curry to Duck Briyani and Bunny ...

Sundoo’s South-Indian-inspired tapas are ideal for that lazy lunch that turns into ...

grub_vine_8What Happens at Brunch Club at Grub & ...

Chef Matt Manning serves a two-, three- or five-course brunch

ghost_walksWalk With Ghosts In A Haunted Village ...

Discover the mysterious Lavender Lady, an unsinkable coffin, butchering barbers, exhumed ...

OX Seals 04Smile: You Get 10% Off Seal Snorkelling ...

Up close with wild Cape fur seals in small, intimate excursions that are super special, ...

tigger_2_royaleOn Bended Knee, Out At Sea, Aboard The ...

Turn the Tigger 2 Royale catamaran into your personal Love Boat, with their special ...

Teen Photography Boot CampTake Your Shot: Photography Boot Camp ...

The course includes live demo training, camera equipment to hire plus an official ...

Jack BlackBeers and Bands at Jack Black Brewery ...

Every Friday night the Jack Black stage is lit up with local talent

Knife 6A Meal and Sparkling Wine on the House ...

Knife will treat you to a free meal on any Saturday that falls in the month of your ...

Camissa Tour 5 2015Get A Unique Sunday Gospel Experience ...

Embark on a spiritual Sunday journey through one of the Mother City’s most soulful ...

Glowing Rooms 3Get a Great Saving on 3D Mini-Golf with ...

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark ...

Om Revolution vinyasa poseHave an Outdoor Yoga Experience with ...

Embrace your inner yogi outdoors

Roast and Co Daily: Two Hours of 2-For-1 Specials at ...

Plus: Half-price on all “To Share” plates – see what’s on the menu here

Coco Safar Dinner NEW 2Indulge In Dinner and Dessert At Coco ...

And now they have added couture alcoholic cocktails to the menu at this all-day cafe

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Children's Events Cape TownSave on your kids’ birthday party ...

Make your kids’ birthday party extra special with outdoor laser tag with Battlefield ...

Clothing SwapShop For Free At This Clothing Swap ...

Trade your pre-loved clothing, accessories, jewellery and more for something new – for ...

Vergenoegd_duckrun1Cheer On The Ducks At Vergenoegd Löw

Bring the kids along to experience the Duck Parade

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips

Curious to make exciting discoveries in Cape Town every day? "LIKE" us for a daily hidden gem.