Borage brings global bistro cuisine to Cape Town

With a stint in the kitchen alongside Heston Blumenthal under his belt, chef Frank Marks knows a thing or two about cooking, and his casual Borage Bistro is shaping up to be one of the go-to restaurants in Cape Town.

Borage Bistro likes to tick all the boxes. At the foot of the tallest building in Cape Town the express breakfasts and gourmet sandwiches appeal to the hungry office-workers who scuttle by on their way to their desks.

But for food-loving travellers with a little more time on their hands, this Cape Town restaurant offers wonderful bistro-style dining that will encourage you to linger.

The triple-volume space has a rather industrial feel to it, but plenty of Nordic wood and long banquettes make it somewhat cosier. The open kitchen at one end allows you to keep a close eye on the brigade of chefs at work.

Chef Frank Marks runs a tight ship and it shows on the menu, where some dishes help this restaurant blur the line between bistro cuisine and fine dining. The lunch menu hints at what the kitchen is capable of, but rather visit for dinner to taste superb bistro food in Cape Town.

A traditional steak tartare ticks the right boxes when it comes to balancing parsley, capers, gherkins and onion; and the pork belly is a crowd-pleaser served with buttered mash and fresh vegetables. Chef Marks has a way with duck, though, so don’t miss the seared duck breast enlivened with Brussels sprouts and sprouting broccoli.

The plating is generous and the service is warm. Not many tourists venture to this part of town come evening but the adventure is richly rewarded with one of the more interesting restaurants Cape Town has to offer.

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