By Hope S. Philbrick
“Frankly My Dear, I Don’t Give A Damn.” It’s impossible to ignore the sign emblazoned with these famed words when you stroll into Cape Dutch.
You will, however, very much give a damn about this restaurant once you have a meal here.
Restaurateur Justin Anthony is the entrepreneur behind some of Atlanta’s most exciting restaurant concepts: Thanks to him, we get an authentic taste of South Africa without the jet lag of cross-globe travel.
Cape Dutch is billed as a “modern South African steakhouse.” The South Africa angle is less obvious here than at 10 Degrees South and Biltong Bar, as the menu is more international. Excellent use is made of the wood-burning grill remaining from Woodfire Grill, the previous restaurant housed in this building.
“The menu and décor at Cape Dutch is inspired by the South African wine country,” says manager Jaime Genovese. “The wood-fire grill that was already here is perfect because it’s like the traditional South African braai, which is an open-faced grill.”
Executive chef Philippe Haddad, a Belgium native with more than 30 years of restaurant experience, cooks a mouthwatering menu. There are steaks with all kinds of sauces—don’t miss the curry aioli!—fish, chicken, salads, and more. A personal favorite entrée is the braised rabbit leg, which is based on his grandmother’s recipe. A new mushroom dish is divine.
The food menu is complemented by a globally-sourced wine list and bar program. My husband and I were able to sip some wine that Genovese says is mentioned by name in writings by Napoleon, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen—that doesn’t happen every day!
Save room for the chocolate soup dessert. Trust me.
1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE
Odds of Encountering Children: Low. For an exclusive adults-only dining experience, reserve a private dining room and don’t bring any kids into it.
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