The launch of Jackal & Hide last week, saw the who’s who of Cape Town come together to eat, drink and be merry. It was a night of class, elegan… Pffft, who am I kidding. I don’t write “who’s who”, I didn’t know most of the people there and I pretty much sat with my two friends, eating, drinking and being merry, all on our own.
Jackal & Hide is a new restaurant and bar at the top of Kloof Street. From around the corner leading up to the restaurant are little paw prints, which had me (in my high heels) running up the road, giggling gleefully like a child – small things entertain me, this is your cue to mention something regarding small minds.
The venue is incredible. IN.CRED.I.BLE. From was once a dodgy old building, it has been redesigned to create the loveliest set up. The restaurant has been raised above street level and with Table Mountain on your one side and a view down the whole of Kloof and into town on the other, you have plenty nature and/or people and/or hipsters to gaze at in wonder. The restaurant itself is quirky, cool and sophisticated, all in rolled up in one. The perfect location to rent for functions, go to for drinks or just to enjoy a good meal.
There was so much food served at the launch that by the end of the evening, the waitresses were quite literally just leaving platters on the tables in the hopes that they would be eaten. They made an enormous amount of food, as well as an enormous selection, such as tomato gespacho; cheese and cold meat platters; fish cakes topped with seared salmon; tempura asparagus; chicken, lamb and kingclip kebabs; and amazing potato chips to name just a few. I am not at all scared of raw meat, but the lamb kebabs were almost completely raw. The fish kebabs weren’t my favourite either, but the chicken ones were great. The rest of the food was really delicious and I will definitely visit again to review the food properly.
All in all, the J&H launch was a complete success. The place was packed, the people were happy and the vibe was just right.