This quirkily named, newly opened bar and restaurant is everything locals and visitors could possibly wish for.

The Mess restaurant in Green Point conveniently situated a mere 5 minutes away from both the Cape Town city center and the sea. The name references the 15th century when a group of people who ate together was known as a ‘mess’. The mess, historically, was a communal dining space; a home away from home- a place of companionship and camaraderie.  The word ‘mess’ also has its roots in the old French word mes, meaning a portion of food.

Food is something that The Mess in Green Point takes very seriously; there is nothing careless about their approach to food. While the concept may be one of informal, unfussy eating, The Mess still offers a sophisticated night out with the sharing plates of globally-inspired dishes all packing flavour punches comparable to some of the finest dining establishments in the city.

Chef Luke Wonnacott of Lukefoodalways consultancy was the one who made culinary magic. Luke understood exactly what owner Carlene de Gouveia wanted and was able to work alongside her to create an eclectic menu that focused on shared plates of good quality ingredients. Both Luke and Carlene believe that food should be beautiful as well as delicious and that flavours must be celebrated. The menu caters for all dietary requirements and diners can be assured that each dish is expertly prepared using only the freshest, finest ingredients. Diners will be delighted by the blackboard options to bring some new flavors to the small but varied menu.

At The Mess there is no strict adherence to any one style of cuisine instead the dishes take their inspiration from all corners of the world. Generously-sized sharing plates such as yoghurt and thyme flatbreads with mezze of French confit duck rillettes and pickled beetroot, white bean and tahini pate with pine nut and mint vinaigrette inspired by visits to Turkey and pickled goats’ cheese with Moroccan nut dukkha set the scene for the tempting global flavours on offer.

Those not enamoured with the idea of sharing food will be glad to know that there are main plates on offer as well.

Accompanying the carefully considered menu is a small well-selected wine list. Cocktails such as Frozen Mojitos or Pink Grapefruit Flavoured Gin & Tonics are available as well a small range of craft gin and beers.


The Mess was named runner-up in the “Best Tapas Eatery” category at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz South Africa “Best Everyday Eateries” awards!

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Directions to The Mess
110, The Rockwell All Suite Hotel
15 Napier Street
Green Point
021 418 3910


Written by Marvin

Founder of FoodBlogSA Media. B.Bus.Sc. - Marketing; M.Bus.Sc- Tourism. A career in destination marketing was calling but then my passion for food took over. Welcome to our restaurant marketing platform.

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