Dear Me Eatery, Longmarket St

1 06 2011

Word on the street is that Dear Me, with it’s pretty and inviting green awning on Longmarket Street is the new place to be. Citing curiosity, rather than the need to conform, as the proverbial arm-twister I decided to give it a go last week. And I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, it’s now on the tip of my tongue for any city bowl brunch or lunch recommendations and will probably stay there for a long while to come. In other words, it left a yummy taste in my mouth…

Right from the word go, there’s funk. The juxtaposition of what is arguably organic urban chic at its best just off the corner of notoriously bohemian Long Street gets me rubbing my hands together in anticipation. Someone was gutsy going into this.

And you can tell that someone approached this new venture with a LOT of love and care, a lot of genius and insight. Right down to the FREE still or sparkling bottled water that they serve, sourced from their very own water filtration system. Yip. Just leaves you asking yourself why more people don’t offer it.

Dear Me definitely has prettiness and punch. The service was spot-on, not too in your face but didn’t miss a beat either. Ronel, the manageress, was particularly oustanding. I asked for  a Chai latte and though they don’t have it on the menu, they brewed one up for me using their own selection of spices, and it hit the spot just perfectly thankyouverymuch.

The menu is quirky and creative. I had a de-constructed seared tuna nicoise salad, opting for the lighter half portion which was just right along with a slice of their fresh seed loaf. Hats off to chef Vanessa Marx. Their fresh-baked bread is served in a basket wrapped in a linen napkin and cutely knotted with a wooden peg. Just another thoughtful touch.

Here’s a sample menu from Tuesday 31 May, just to give you an idea of just how far the quirky and creative goes
All options are available as half or full portions and with a recommended wine pairing, which I also really like:

Smoked chevre & date salad, pistachio nuts, preserved lemon, mint – 42/62
Beetroot-cured gravadlax, avocado, shaved fennel, dill crème fraîche – 52/72
Homemade pork rillettes, pickles, toast – 55/75
New potato, pea & watercress soup – 35/70
Warm roasted butternut & goats’ feta tart, salad – 45/65
Shaved duck prosciutto, poached quince, nasturtium leaf, sherry vinaigrette – 56/76
Creamy mussel & free-range chorizo tagliatelle, tomato, basil – 55/80
Grilled Dusky kob, purple bok choi, ginger, sai sai radish, nam prik, fresh organic coconut, paw paw – 90
Greenfields free-range beef sirloin, smoked paprika butter, fat chips, radish salad – 125

What Else?
They also have a really well-stocked Deli, including charcuterie such as pinotage and fennel salami and free range chorizo; freshly baked breads and muffins and an array of cheeses, including Klein River Gruyere and ‘drunken pecorino’ (I have got to try that).

So, in a nutshell, they say “Our food is simple and honest and saturated with love and respect.” And I say, youbetcha.
165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town
Opening hours: Breakfast (from 7am) & Lunch every day Monday to Friday
Thursday nights: food and wine pairing
Upstairs bar Tjing-Tjing has been called ‘One To Watch’. I hear it’s definitely worth a try.

Excuse the quality of the photos – taken in haste & between mouthfuls on my phone.

Peppermint Tea

                                             Tuna Nicoiase Salad (Half Portion)

                                               Upstairs, Tjing Tjing



5 responses

1 06 2011

Yay – looks like such a cool place! Can’t wait to visit!!

1 06 2011

you definitely should, asap! hope ure having a very happy week x

2 06 2011

best part is…..I work down the road!! i actually walked past the palce just the other day. been scheming to check it out mouth and all.

2 06 2011

PS: I see a tuna pattern developing or perhaps it’s always been there….

3 06 2011

tuna should always be on the menu for sure!

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