Corinna Turner Review

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Recently, despite inclement weather, a friend and I had a really enjoyable evening and supper at the Café Chameleon, Plattekloof Centre, Plattekloof. What a great place to eat out. Breakfast, coffee & cake, lunch, dinner – their menu covers it all and at reasonable prices too. And the view. Wow.

The centre Café Chameleon is tucked away in is set on the slopes of the Tygerberg Hills, giving rise to the restaurant having the most enviable views, particularly towards Table Mountain and Cape Town. This is also because of the prime corner position it holds and the large windows that make up most of the walls facing outwards, giving an absolutely stunning panoramic view – day and night.

Aside from the view and the delectable menu, one of the things I like about the Café Chameleon is how friendly and relaxed the staff is; attentive and helpful but you don’t get the feeling the management are breathing down their necks to attain this. The staff enjoy working there and this makes for an enjoyable, relaxed time for the patrons. Certainly my friend and I enjoyed ourselves, and our waitress, Tamsyn, was delightful. We had a bit of a chuckle with her – because I once owned a donkey that had a baby whom I named Tamsyn.

When we arrived we were welcomed in and taken to a window table, and although the weather meant we did not have a clear view of Table Mountain it was interesting being able to look across towards it and see all the sparkling lights. We had actually been placed at another table away from the window because of concern that we might feel cold so close to the window. How’s that for caring service?

Once settled we ordered a bottle of Twelve Apostles Sauvignon Blanc 2012. I have never been a Sauvignon Blanc drinker, as I always found it too acidic for my tastes. This wine, however, was something else!  It was worth going to the Café Chameleon just to be able to enjoy this very special wine. It is light, fresh and fruity and my friend and I enjoyed several glasses during the course of the evening. It went with everything we ate – including dessert, which I have always found problematic. You won’t find this wine in any supermarket. Limited numbers of bottles are produced by the father and son garagiste winemakers of the Twelve Apostles Winery.

Tamsyn recommended the steaks, and I have to say I was tempted. However, after feeling I wanted to say ‘I’ll have a bit of everything…‘ I plumped for a starter of Salmon Rosti, with my friend having Chicken Livers on Rosti. The portions are a good size, so be warned. The chicken livers were rich and aromatic and went well with the rosti. I have to admit to a yen for smoked salmon, so for me the salmon combined with rosti was just right. Not too heavy, leaving me wanting more, which is exactly what a starter should do.

For my main course I chose Pasta Carbonara with chicken breast, bacon, garlic and mushrooms, in a cream sauce over Tagliatelle. Very tasty – the restaurant is rightly known for its pizzas and pasta. Lindsey decided she would like pizza. The pizzas at Café Chameleon are thin base, freshly made to order in a wood fired oven, and really, really delicious. The menu has some unusual toppings on offer too. Lindsey chose the Higuera pizza with bacon, blue cheese, green fig, pecan nut and rocket. I tried a piece and it was a really toothsome offering. Mmm, the blue cheese really added a tang.

I don’t usually have a dessert but I noticed several different ones that made my mouth water and I decided to treat myself. For this visit I chose the first one on the menu – Phyllo Ice Cream with nuts, cinnamon, caramel ice cream and maraschino cherries. The phyllo pastry was crisp and crunchy and complimented the caramel ice cream and cherries. Lindsey decided she was full and had coffee to round off her meal. The coffee is excellent.

Friendly staff are on hand to greet you as you enter the Café Chameleon. You can sit in the bar areas or be taken straight to table in the main restaurant.  Because of the panoramic windows, and the table arrangements, including a small raised area, all the main restaurant seating has access to the views.

The restaurant also has a 12+ seat conference/boardroom room for business functions and private parties, so if you still don’t know where to go for your Christmas lunch or supper, or group / club breakfast give them a call. External catering is also offered in the form of various platters that can be ordered for collection or free local delivery, hot food takeaways for up to 8 people and braais. The restaurant has Wi-Fi, so is ideal for the casual business breakfast/lunch too – just remember to take your charger cable along with you.

It is also worth noting that there is an early morning breakfast, served between 7.30am – 9am, for only R19. On Sunday a breakfast buffet is served between 9.30am and 12 noon at R69, pensioners [65] and children for only R45. T&Cs apply. For the rest, breakfast is served between 9.30am and 3pm with prices varying from R27 for Anchovy or Marmite Toast with salad garnish to R69 for a full cooked breakfast of steak, egg and chips – for the hungry man.

I highly recommend Café Chameleon and am looking forward to my next visit!

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