The Pot Luck Club, Cape Town’s Small Plate Pioneer, gets set for a Smokin’ Summer

Pot Luck Club

More than a decade after the doors to The Pot Luck Club first opened, Luke Dale Roberts’ iconic rooftop restaurant remains at the very centre of Cape Town’s culinary zeitgeist of creative seasonal small plates.

The Pot Luck Club first opened in Woodstock’s The Old Biscuit Mill precinct in 2012, later moving ‘upstairs’ to atop the original flour silos, wowing diners with its rooftop locale as much as its ground-breaking menu of Asian-inspired small plates.

And in many ways, The Pot Luck Club paved the way for the small-plate trend that continues to shape Cape Town’s restaurant scene.

Since 2019 it’s been Executive Chef Jason Kosmas at the pass, bringing his own unique approach to the menu. Earlier this year he also took on responsibility of the recently opened The Pot Luck Club in Johannesburg, which has been a roaring success.

With an eye on summer, the menu is taking a new tack on seafood that has Kosmas fired up, expect punchy flavours and bold plating. Regulars can rest assured that they will still find Pot Luck’s signature dish: the smoked beef fillet with black pepper and truffle café au lait sauce along with other ‘Family Favourites’ that patrons simply won’t allow off the menu.

Dishes include springbok tataki, with fire-seared springbok loin in a miso and yuzu glaze; hake topped with crispy leeks, swimming in a deeply flavourful smoked fish bone broth. Braised beef tongue served with mussels and black rice amid a silky mussel velouté to name a few.

Jason has also put enormous effort into elevating the vegetarian plates on offer, from the richness of a roasted beetroot tartare with hoisin dressing and sweet potato crisps, to the heady fragrance and piquant flavours of a Cape Malay-inspired cauliflower.

The restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Saturday from 12h30 to 13h30 (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 -12h00 (last orders 12h30), closing time 15h30.

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