Welcome to The Shortmarket Club, co-owned and run by chef and manager wonderduo, Wesley Randles and Simon Widdison in partnership with Luke and Sandalene Dale-Roberts. As the third establishment to join the Luke Dale-Roberts portfolio, The Shortmarket Club has been a welcome addition to Cape Town’s dining scene from the moment it opened in June 2016.
Open for lunch and dinner and, in keeping with its luxe old-world feel, many of the dishes are modern interpretations of classics as only chef Randles can do. Where most chefs use ‘seasonal’ and ‘sustainable’ as meaningless selling points, Randles fully embraces it. The restaurant works closely with local suppliers for all of their ingredients, which in turn inspire the menus. As a result, Randles’ food is instantly identifiable. Inventive, playful and refreshed, the dishes he puts on the Shortmarket menus are ever-changing, and yet each of them iconic in their own way. Along with his second-in-command, Jabir Moses, and the entire kitchen brigade, you’re in good hands. While the kitchen takes care of the food, Widdison and his front of house team will ensure your every need is catered to – from faultless service to wine suggestions and everything in between. The experienced wait staff will noticeably take the evening up a notch.
Everything about The Shortmarket Club keeps you on your toes, and you can look forward to a world class meal in a luxurious, unique restaurant setting. While you’re undoubtedly here for the food, the interiors are certainly a feast for the eyes all by themselves. The opulent space, designed by Sandalene Dale-Roberts, features accents from local artists Peter Eastman and Mark Rautenbach, married with meticulously-sourced vintage pieces, such as military-style lamps and stained glass. Opt for a pre-dinner drink at the bar, watching the chefs in action in the open kitchen, before sliding into the custom-made leather banquettes for the main event.
The arrival of The Shortmarket Club turned the food world on its head, and has continued to do so ever since its doors opened. Consistently appearing in Eat Out’s Top 20 restaurants, The Shortmarket Club has set the bar for a more interesting and exciting food scene. Next door, little sister, The Commissary, which opened in November, now carries the baton to break even more food boundaries. Almost an antithesis to the refined, upmarket experience of Shortmarket, The Commissary turns out small plates with big flavour and a load of tongue-in-cheek attitude. Neither of these eateries are to be missed.