It’s been quite a while since I started writing this post. Weeks actually. I thought carefully about this post’s title. I didn’t want to overstate it but I need you to know its all true.
With Ramadaan over it’s finally safe to look at these food pics again without it feeling like utter torture…
We’d been trying to get to Pot Luck Club for months by the time we finally made it. I think we first tried over the year-end holidays at which time they told us to check back in February the next year. Not joking. We’d been to chef Luke Dale Robert’s Test Kitchen before & really liked it so expectations for Pot Luck Club were very high. So excited were we that we were the very first to arrive for dinner on that night so at least I capitalized and took a few shots while they finished setting up…
Pot Luck Club is very tastefully laid out & you can see that enormous thought has gone into every detail – even the loo’s (with a view!). They do 2 sittings for dinner (6pm & 8:30pm if I remember right) & we went on a Friday night for the 6pm one since we wanted to catch the sunset.
The menu is tapas based (sour/bitter/salty/sweet) & focused around sharing. It’s perfect for date night or a group of friends – you get to taste a bit of everything & trust me you want to. You choose the tapas that appeal to you & the waiter will help to “order” them so you start off light & work your way to the “heavier” tapas & eventually dessert. Food comes super quickly & its an open kitchen so if you sit nearby enough (we didn’t) you get to watch the magic happen (I did go have a peak for a few minutes before the place filled up though – so clean/organized!). I wasn’t expecting it but they also had really good non alcoholic cocktail options & the coffee was very decent too.
- The food. Oh my God the food! The ingredients are actually quite simple but super, super fresh & the combinations often unexpected.
- The view – think of it as a glass box suspended in the air. It’s breathtaking at every angle. Make sure you book to catch the sunset.
- The service was of the best I’ve had. The waiters are switched on & three steps ahead of the rest. We were so excited about it being our 1st time & just gushing and our waiter (I really wish I could remember his name now) didn’t need to but totally shared in our excitement & had great tips and recommendations and even gave us 1/2 tasters f things we have to come back for next time.
- Even with my halaal restrictions there was plenty to choose from.
- The downside to going to the first dinner sitting is that we definitely felt more than a little rushed. We still had 2/3 tapas to go and the staff had the crockery/cutlery etc. for the next sitting ready & waiting on the window sill just behind (leaning over me a few times to put it there). They run a slick operation & there was just 2 empty tables (maybe no shows?) but I wish I hadn’t felt so pushed out towards the en.
It’s not often that I take shoot every single dish/course but you really need to see it all…
wood fired scallops with fresh litchi’s, yuzu foie gras dressing finished with crispy leeks
avo ritz (we ordered 1 & then another & then 1 more!)
braai’d crayfish with Luke’s XO Dressing, chiffonade ginger, chili oil finished with pea shoots – these are not to be missed!
mushrooms on toast, grated lemon, parmesan, porcini dust
Melted chocolate fondant with stem ginger ice cream
And the view just got better…
Versus the Test Kitchen, my preference is definitely Pot Luck Club – it’s like the cuter, effortlessly cooler younger brother. It’s very laid back – smart casual if anything. I felt totally comfortable picking the tacos up & eating by hand – didn’t even think about it honestly.
This is where I whine about wishing there was one in Jhb – hey I have to try. If I gave you just one tip it’s that you should book way more in advance than you’d ever imagine (& get a window seat). Their main thing is lunch & dinner and they do brunch on Sundays from 11 as well (I love a late breakfast so keen to give this a go). All their menus are available online – love that! They also have some interesting things on the go for Winter I would look into if I was in CT (they’ve just reopened from their Winter break this week).
PS If you think I’m exaggerating I’m making a booking for November this week!
I really believe that Pot Luck Club should be featured in the DSTV Eat Out Awards (that look at the top restaurants in SA) happening later this year & I’ll definitely be keeping a lookout for them this year.
Pot Luck Club
Silo Top Floor, 375 Albert Road, Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock
021 447 0804