After a winter closure that had hungry Capetonians wondering how to fill their weekends, the answer has finally arrived. On Sunday 1 October 2023, The Pot Luck Club Cape Town relaunches its much-loved Sunday Brunch, offering a multi-course menu, Bottomless Bubbles and the best Bloody Mary in town.
“We’re just so excited to bring the Sunday Brunch back to Cape Town,” enthuses Jason Kosmas, Executive Chef at The Pot Luck Club. “We’ve been working on the new menu all winter, and it’s really great to be able to welcome diners back to a Pot Luck dining experience that’s something a little different to what we usually offer.”
And the Sunday Brunch certainly offers an entirely new reason to ride the glass elevator to the roof of The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, with a collection of dishes entirely unique to the Sunday Brunch.
“Sunday Brunch is always served as a set menu of nine or 10 courses, and we’ve purposefully done this to be an entirely different Pot Luck experience,” says Kosmas. “We want Sunday mornings to be something to look forward to and, because it’s a set menu, you can let us do all the hard work in choosing what to eat!”
That means diners have to do little more than sit down, settle in and make the tough choice between bubbles or a Bloody Mary. The ever-popular ‘Bottomless Bubbly’ offering returns for the summer season, this time pouring Boschendal’s Brut and Rosé Cap Classiques; elegant expressions that are the perfect foil to Kosmas’ cooking.
Vodka more your style? The Pot Luck Club’s Bloody Mary station has become famous in the Mother City. With a well-guarded secret recipe as the tomato base, diners are encouraged to add their own twist. Alongside house-infused vodkas you’ll find a collection of spices and flavourings on hand – think Worcestershire pearls and bacon crumble – for Pot Luck’s talented mixologists to stir up a memorable beginning.
The Sunday Brunch menu begins – as all good brunches should – with oysters. Plucked and shucked fresh from the West Coast, and topped with a dressing dreamt up by Kosmas that week, it’s a salty smack of saline happiness to start off the morning. Oysters are the first of four courses served as snack-sized morsels; flavour-packed bites to whet the palate.
Saline oysters are followed by a hit of buttery brioche, perhaps with a mushroom duxelle, and then the fresh flavours of a Ssam-style dish. Look forward to crisp greens, cured fish and a hit of bright Asian spice. Rounding off the snacks is Kosmas’ nod to a more traditional breakfast, perhaps crumpets or blini given a Pot Luck shake-up.
Following hot on the heels of the Snacks is what’s become something of a signature to Sunday Brunch: a suitably Pot Luck makeover of a classic ‘Arnold Bennett’ open omelette redolent with smoked haddock. From the signature to the seasonal, the ‘Salad’ course offers a palate-breather, with Kosmas tapping into whatever’s fresh in the markets that week.
“This dish is all about seasonality, and now in spring and early summer we’ve really got our eye on globe artichokes for beautiful salads,” adds Kosmas. “After that rich omelette, you want something to balance out the palate.”
Following the salad is a heartier main course, with Kosmas usually making duck the star of the meal. It’s another experience unique to Sunday Brunch, served family-style at the table and plated with an array of sides; from beetroot tarte tatin to roast vegetables and an irresistible potato salad.
“It has that homely feel, with something a little special thrown in,” adds Kosmas. “By this stage, I want guests to feel that you’re at a lazy Sunday lunch. So you sit back and chill, you chat, you serve yourself, you go back for seconds. It’s relaxed.”
Brunch ends with a pre-dessert of baked goodies from the pastry kitchen – perhaps choux buns, canéles and salted-chocolate caramels – before a light, often fruity dessert to cleanse the palate and draw a line under a decadent day.
“It’s a really unique way to discover and enjoy the food of The Pot Luck Club, and it’s proven hugely popular. Unlike our usual menu, we find this format works so well, and we put a lot of effort into creating new plates, and tweaking old favourites,” says Kosmas. “We take our time to create each dish. Some happen quite organically, others take a lot of development work. But it’s always worth it in the end.”
And judging by the fully booked tables through the summer, savvy locals would agree. With a live jazz band providing the soundtrack, look forward to a happily boisterous gathering of foodies, friends and loyal Pot Luck fans at the best Sunday Brunch in town.
The Pot Luck Club Sunday Brunch is served from 11h00 on Sunday mornings, starting 1 October 2023.
The Sunday Brunch set menu is priced at R950 per person, excluding drinks and gratuity. The ‘Bottomless Bubbly’ and DIY Bloody Mary inclusion is available at an additional cost of R530 per person. Reservations are essential.
The Pot Luck Club Cape Town is located at 375 Albert Road, the Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock.
The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Saturday from 12h30 (last orders 14h00). There are 2 seating times in the evenings: 18h00 until 20h30 and 20h30 until 22h30. Luke’s quintessential Sunday Brunch is served every Sunday bookings from 11h00 (last orders 12h30), closing time 15h30.
For more information and to book, visit: www.thepotluckclub.co.za