Located just around the corner from the iconic Olympia bakery in Cape Town’s Kalk Bay, Salt appears much the same as its neighbours – friendly staff, sea views and an easy ambiance. But what sets this eatery apart is the combination of global food trends paired with modern techniques that make for an interesting culinary experience.
Salt is unpretentiously contemporary with a rustic touch, and immediately recognisable for its Mediterranean interiors – all warm wood and patterned tiles. Mirroring the decor is the global tapas-inspired menu, featuring a selection of small plates for those wanting to share, and main meals for larger appetites. Communal tables emulate the convivial atmosphere present in Kalk Bay, and diners can also opt to sit at the large window, which is open to passersby and the fleet of brightly coloured fishing boats in the harbour.
Order a glass of local wine and contemplate the chalkboard menu – each dish is seasonal and made from scratch on the premises. Taking owner Nick Macleod’s advice, we opted for the bratwurst with house-made kimchi and sriracha mustard, wasabi-dusted squid, the ceviche, and the pork with tzatziki, flatbread and charred vegetables. Fresh, organic ingredients heighten the flavour of each dish, and it’s best to order a few plates in order to sample as much of the menu as possible.
The menu is comprises a mixture of exotic and familiar ingredients, inspired by the myriad flavours brought to the Cape by trade ships. Think bánh mì pork belly with a soy reduction, chalmar sirloin with pebre salsa, a smoky charred mielie and crispy patatas bravas. Dessert arrives in the form of artisanal vanilla-bean ice cream paired with Lindt dark chocolate fondant or a simple chocolate sauce.
The latter paired with a view of the ocean and someone to share it with makes Salt a very good spot to while away the summer. Visit facebook.com/saltkalkbay for more details.