I often find the Potluck Club somewhat overshadowed by its more prominent and more famous sister restaurant, the Test Kitchen. They sit side by side within the the Old Biscuit Mill, a complex filled with charming boutiques, restaurants and bars, in an otherwise fairly dodgy part of Cape Town. Side by side isn’t perhaps so accurate – while the Test Kitchen is on ground level, part of the unique charm of the Potluck Club is that it is elevated, on the 6th floor of the factory tower. This means wonderful views of Cape Town, Table Mountain and beyond.
We came here for a cocktail before dinner at the Test Kitchen, and even if you can’t get a table booking at either of them (the Potluck club is also notoriously difficult), I would recommend coming here for a drink. Arrive early and getting a seat at the bar shouldn’t be a problem. For me there were three highlights:
- The aforementioned views (the city looks so beautiful at sunset, but also very cool in the dark) and aesthetics of the place itself. I preferred the interiors and the setting here to the Test Kitchen. It’s a little more casual here but still is clearly a place to come for a special occasion. It had a great buzz.
- The bar staff were phenomenal. So friendly, so skilled and so enthusiastic. They gave us tasters to help us make our choices, they explained how they been through proper training courses and how much they loved working there.
- The cocktails. Until arriving in Cape Town I’d struggled to find a bar in South Africa which served good cocktails, even at some of the five star hotels we stayed. So I stuck to wine. At the Potluck Club the Martini menu was so good I wanted to try a whole range of them. I struck gold with the rosemary and elderflower vodka martini, and then was recommended the thai curry martini. I was hesitant but loved it – the chilli and the lemongrass were a wonderful addition to the citrus and vodka. And the best bit? They were no more than £2.50 a cocktail. Too good to be true.
We could have sat by the bar all evening, sipping martinis and talking about Cape Town, but had to head down to the Test Kitchen for dinner (it’s a tough life). So this is a place I have to return to, because the food that came by looked wonderful. And I really need to have one of their rosemary elderflower martinis again.
6, The Silo,
The Old Biscuit Mill,
373-375 Albert Rd,
Woodstock, Cape Town, 7915,
Photo credit: the Potluck Club