In Cape Town’s City Bowl you will find the eclectic Kloof street, home to many exquisite restaurants, pubs and a scattering of curio stores. Van Hunks resides on this street where Kloof meets Upper Union. The quaint restaurant is the namesake of a retired pirate in the tale of how Table Mountain got its cloud.
The legendary folk-tale tells of Jan Van Hunks, a Dutch pirate who settled at the foot of the mountain in the early 1700s. Jan was a frequent smoker and his wife eventually forced him to leave the house and smoke his pipe outside. It was on one of these occasions that he met a tall mysterious man dressed in black. He was also smoking a pipe at the foot of the mountain and after engaging about how often they smoked, the man made a wager with Jan and the two men fell into a pipe-smoking duel. The smoke began to rise and cover the mountain and Jan had just about won the duel when his competitor was revealed to be the Devil himself. This is – according to legend – how Devil’s peak got its name.
Van Hunks has a spectacular view of Devil’s Peak and Table Mountain as well as a wide selection of exceptional craft beer on tap, including the iconic Van Hunks Pumpkin Ale and the equally popular Fokof Lager. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted by a crackling fire and friendly staff in the charming lounge section with a rich bourgeois interior that is both warm and inviting. To the right of the reception area is a closed bar with large glass windows to conceal the smoke and noise without cutting off the ambience of the restaurant. A charming indoor seating area leads out to the much larger and welcoming outdoor deck – a section often used for large functions that flows through to the smoking area overlooking the nightlife in Kloof.
There are almost too many specials to mention but the most appealing would have to be the lunch specials from Mondays to Saturdays between 11.30am and 3pm. One may select 2 meals on the daily lunch menu for R90 or have a single meal for R60. Monday brings the R40 pizza special and the Tuesday rib special is highly recommended by regulars who commend the quality and tenderness of the slow-roasted pork belly ribs served with chips and onion rings. The 500g rib portion comes at R120 and the 250g at a surprisingly low R80.
For those out to have a good night, you can take advantage of the 2-for-1 Tequila special during the daily Happy Hour from 5pm to 7pm. The menu has a wide variety of wines, including some viognier, chenin and malbec and beer lovers are spoilt for choice with Jack Black and CBC draughts on tap and a range of interesting ales and beers from all over the world – even some local ale such as the Long Beach Green Room pale ale from Noordhoek and Sxollie, a local cider fermented like a wine with apples from the Elgin Valley.
Enjoy incredible cuisine, craft beer and a wonderful atmosphere down at Van Hunks and watch the Tablecloth settle on the mountain from the deck.
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