CapeTownMagazine.com

What’s Behind the Secret Shortmarket Street Door You ...

Unwrapping Cape Town with you.
Also engage with our other channels
to find something you don't want to miss.
 
www.capetownmagazine.com/subscribe
CapeTownMag
CapeTownMagazine.com
capetownmag

What’s Behind the Secret Shortmarket Street Door You Probably Didn’t Even Know Existed?

A hidden door, a new secret restaurant with Latin-style aperitivo snacks and cocktails, easy food and select cuts of meat by the Argentinean chef you just might recognise – here’s why we think you’ll love Picadas, our latest discovery

18 April 2018

Remember where The Sneaky Sausage used to be? You know, where the secret sign inside The House Of Machines on Shortmarket told you whether or not the secret door to this quasi-hidden spot was open. Imagine our surprise when, purely by chance, we discovered that it’s not there anymore. And made a completely new discovery, cosy Latin eatery Picadas, was prepping to open (and now has opened) in its stead.

Sneaking past the old (now closed) The Sneaky Sausage door, we walked into an all-new Latin place on the first floor. We were met by owner Juan who introduced us to Picadas and let us get an advance taste of the menu and their craft beer and aperitif selection, even though they were only officially opening a few days later, on Thursday 12 April 2018.

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW YOU WERE MISSING

We sampled a series of remarkable tapas-style sandwiches with incredible steak and chorizo accompanied by a sauce we just had to ask Juan about. Turns out it was chimichurri or at least a variation thereof. And it’s a good thing we asked because that’s how we found out that he, Juan, was the Juan. You know, the guy with the deli at Mojo Market. The guy from the No. Juan deli brand who supplies spices, sauces and cured meats to a number of delis and butchers around the city.

Picadas is his new place. Now things were getting interesting.

Turns out that he made the chorizo we just ate. And the steak – incredibly flavourful yet easy to eat tapas-sandwich-style – was colita de cuadril, a very specific cut of beef South Africans normally disregard and grind up into mince. But in Argentina, it’s big. Because it’s just so flavourful. (You probably have to taste it to understand why, but we’re going to side with the Argentineans on this one.)

AUTHENTIC ARGENTINEAN CREATIONS

Next thing, Juan had us sampling his cocktail selection. From your basic Aperol Spritz and Americanos, Vermouth and Cinzano-based drinks, to authentic Argentinean creations like a Mate-based cocktail (that’s ma-te, a popular South American tea). Turns out the idea is to have regular aperitivo times, like in Italy, with cool aperitif-based cocktails and little bits of free food to sample and share. You know, the old (now closed) L’Aperitivo in Loop Street kind of vibe. But with a focus on excellent food first.

“And then, after 9pm or 10pm, the kitchen closes, we move all the tables and chairs to the sides and open up the dance floor and turn the whole thing into a Latin-slash-local dance spot,” Juan beams.

Ok, now there was no way we are missing this. Look out for our complete feature on Picadas coming soon. Never miss a new discovery by signing up to our weekly newsletter.

Picadas is located on the first floor at 84 Shortmarket Street. Go into The House of Machines and look for the "secret" door immediately to your right. Picadas is just up the flight of stairs.

Photos: from the Picadas website

If Latin food is your thing, then you’ll love ceviche, sushi’s South American cousin. Check out SA’s first ceviche-only restaurant in Woodstock.

Else, sample the latest flavours and experiences the city has to offer, check out our continually growing list of hot new spots and restaurants.

Or find a place you love among our special selection of unique restaurants worth trying in Cape Town.

Looking for sushi or Asian food nearby? Check out new Shortmarket street place Tomo Japanese restaurant.

Also, check out new coffee and snack bar From Cape Town With Love on Long Street.

...

Use our events section for an up-to-date overview of happenings in Cape Town. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and if you have a smartphone, add m.capetownmagazine.com to your home screen for quick access on the go!

Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, join our Google+ circle, connect with us on LinkedIn, check out our photos on Instagram and follow our Pinterest boards for updates on what’s happening in and around the Mother City!

Cape Town Events Calendar
January 2020
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 31

let_talk_boulesBoules: Your New Favourite Drinking Game

Hold your own beverage while playing France’s most popular game with a local twist

top_of_the_hillA Leisurely Walk to The Oldest Pinotage ...

Hear interesting stories from the owner, taste wine, and tuck into a cheese luncheon

red_hill_marathonChallenge Yourself Or Run For Fun Along ...

Run through a national park and enjoy views of the Atlantic and False Bay

festival_of_rebelsParty Like A Biker, Win A Harley And ...

Celebrate the freedom of riding a motorcycle and rock out to an epic line-up of live music

UCT_summer_schoolLearn At Your Leisure With UCT’s ...

You can learn about anything from dinosaur hunting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

aerial_moves_the_sourceAdd New Yoga And Pilates Moves To Your ...

Two days of dropping from the ceiling, plus learn safe set-up for aerial hammocks

Children’s_Interactive_TourDiscover Stories From Africa In The ...

Kids interact with artworks through creative play, drawing, writing, reading and ...

the_om_revolution_2019Sunrise To Sunset Yoga On The Beach Or ...

Sociable, mindful, fun and affordable group yoga classes in the park or on the beach

scout_smart_ideas_nerf_battleA Children’s Activity That They Will ...

There’s a range of games, from strategic to free play

Polkadraai_and_popcorn_popcorn_and_wine1Polkadraai & Popcorn Wine Pairing Back ...

Check out the anti-serious wine pairing in the Western Cape with Polkadraai & Popcorn

african_relish_2019Prince Albert From Morning to Evening

Epic foodie experiences from coffee to dinner Monday to Saturday at the African Relish ...

extrablattWholesome Buffet Breakfast And Sunday ...

Hot food, cold food. Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays

aroundaboutnew3Season Specials And More With ...

From R200 vouchers and free upgrades, drive away with more value adds

barons_poster15 Inner-City Discoveries To Make While ...

What would you do if you'd been given two hours and 15 fun things to do?

William_Kentridge_2A Monumental Exhibition At The Norval ...

The iconic South African artist’s largest exhibition in Africa in over a decade

rotterdamUltimate Bachelorette Party: The Girls ...

Three days of gin pairings, massages and pool (or fireside bar) parties on a private ...

Kinky BootsSmash-Hit Kinky Boots Extended To 2020 ...

With music by Cyndi Lauper, several Tonys and a Laurence Olivier Award

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

sundoo2019_10Lamb Curry to Duck Briyani and Bunny ...

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

galileo_meySaturday Nights at The Galileo Open Air ...

Kick back, sip wine and relax with a country movie screening experience

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 ...

tjing_momjii_3Next-Level Dining At Tjing Tjing Momiji

Take your taste buds on a tour of Japan

Dirt&Dust24X4: The Number Of The Beast

See off-road monsters battle for supremacy to help fund a school’s sports teams

pepperclubPepper Club Hotel Movie and Dinner

Movies and Dinner – the perfect couple…

WeatherGiveawaysTravel Tips