Named after the military term for a dining hall, The Mess is anything but martial. With a signature style of tapas inspired by global tastes, the menu features outstanding starters such as squid tacos, beef tataki and brinjal melanzane. There’s a theme of communal eating that runs throughout the restaurant, from the tables able to accommodate large groups to the outdoor terrace lit up in the evening by hundreds of fairy lights.
Favourites dishes that stood out for us were the flatbreads served with white bean and tahini pâté or pickled goat’s cheese and dukkah, as well as the tuna ceviche. For mains, the slow-roasted pork loin ribs were meltingly tender and basted with an Asian-inspired chilli-coriander dressing, perfectly complemented by thick-cut fries and truffle mayo.
As for drinks, the eatery’s premium cocktail range includes classics such as mojitos and margaritas, but what really stood out for us was their grapefruit gin and tonic, a tangy and refreshing offering that ticks all the boxes.
The Mess is open for dinner daily as well as lunch on a Friday. To find out more, visit themess.co.za.