Alternative Eats an overview of Cape Town's emerging underground dining scene

Are you looking for something even more exciting than the excellent restaurants in Cape Town?

Do you love to EAT? You want to satisfy your spirit of adventure, explore new and secret places and meet new people? Ready to leave your comfort zone and dine with total strangers? If you answered YES to all these questions, sharpen those knives and forks and take your pick:

  • dining in incredible, secret underground spaces
  • limited seating, book early
  • want to be a cook? don't be shy, apply!
  • want to be the host with the most?
  • private events possible
  • chef's table, 2 nights a week, top, young or rising star chefs
  • limited seating, book early
  • interact directly with the chef while he's preparing your meal
  • a custom 4- or 5-course menu, complete with wine pairings
  • #PWW pocket watch wednesdays
  • invite-only, underground speakeasy with friends and friends of friends
  • gourmet street food and awesome tunes pumping through the sound system
  • you’ll need to score one of our 10 signature Pocket Watches floating around
    • each carefully paired with a premium wine
    • selected based on its versatility and seasonal availability
    • after the canapés and amuse bouche, guests are called participate
    • private dining can also be catered for tailored for your needs and budget
    • private Kitchen is ideal for dinner parties where you can’t be bothered to cook

    Want more? More options, more food, more adventures?

    then check out these projects, they might be what you're looking for.
    • Meet new people and rediscover Cape Town through food
    • tastings with restaurant hosts, cooking in locals’ homes, picking your own produce at a farm
    • form new friendships, share great conversations, and dine with strangers
    • dine in off the beaten path local shacks?
    • fine-dining-tasting of 10 courses? check!
    13 000 guests in 2015!!! The Grand White will be hosted in Cape Town, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban in 2016. There is no goal except spending an extraordinary afternoon and evening together with friends and family — at a secret location chosen from one of each cities options dressed all in white with a touch of green! An event where you arrive as strangers and leave as friends!
    Create your dream tasting menu from over 10 of the city’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants in the spacious alfresco setting of the Green Point Cricket Club. Our featured chefs will fashion special menus of starter sized dishes for the occasion, designed to reflect their philosophy and showcase seasonal and premium ingredients in an unbeatable gourmet setting.

    I've personally been to most of these and have enjoyed each and every one of them. I should disclose that I am one of the two founders of Food & Chatter and we're friends with most of the people behind the other events. They are all awesome, depending on what you're in the mood for. I haven't attended the Grand White Dinner though as I considered it a bit expensive but I've visited the Taste of Cape Town food fair several times. Even though this is quite a new phenomenon of "secret" and "underground" dining it is nevertheless dining at an astonishingly high quality level with the added benefit of meeting new people and experiencing dining in new and unconventional spaces.

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