Food & Drinks

getting to know the Gardens Collector’s Club

Cape Town's new Gardens Collector’s Club on Kloof Street is a playful take on clubhouse culture that offers patrons a retrospectively delicious range of eats and carefully crafted drinks.
Georgia East

Entirely unrelated to anything green-fingered, the Gardens Collector’s Club is a playful take on clubhouse culture that offers patrons a retrospectively delicious range of eats and carefully crafted drinks.

Replacing the popular tapas eatery Chalk & Cork on Cape Town’s Kloof Street, the Gardens Collector’s Club (GCC) retains the same owner and the same convivial atmosphere as its predecessor. 

To conceive the GCC, previous owner and operating manager Marc Botes partnered with Devil’s Peak Brewing Company to create a new restaurant-bar concept with a focus around craft beverages and a classic food offering. Specialising in their Collectors Cocktail series, the GCC has prepared bottled cocktails for patrons to enjoy. Taking the complexity that is involved in craft beverages and presenting them simply, the series features a selection of choices made with local spirits.

Although the GCC will be introducing additional cocktails in the future, now imbibers can look forward to sipping on a Paloma of Karoo with Karoo agave spirit, grapefruit & soda, a Collectors Old-fashioned with aged rum & bitters​, a Ginger Buck with vodka, ginger & lime or a Gardens Negroni with Bloedlemoen gin, Campari & sherry.

As for the fare, expect a curated selection of American comfort food classics – with a twist. Thin-based pizzas dominate the menu and for good reason; the GCC has an in-house wood fired oven. Playful, with a nod to the food of yesteryear, the a la carte offering features dishes like prawn cocktail salad, shrimp Po’ Boy and Southern fried chicken. It was the latter we enjoyed with a zingy slaw and creamy potato salad.

Another notable choice is the bone marrow burger made with a 200g Frankie Fenner grass-fed beef patty and topped with bone marrow, cheddar, pickles and caramelized onions. Sandwiched between a pillowy brioche bun, the burger itself oozes unctuously fatty bone marrow that results in a decadent mouthful for every bite. Resident chef Zubaid Gangat has perfected the medium-rare burger and, along with rest of the menu, the food at GCC invites diners to linger longer and between friends, sample a little of everything.

Trading Hours: Monday to Saturday: 12pm to 12am. Kitchen closes at 10pm. Open for Lunch, Dinner & Drinks.
Contact: frontdesk@gardenscollectorsclub.co.za or +27 21 422 5822 for reservations.
Address: 51 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001