Cape Town has a brilliant cosmopolitan food scene. You can grab African, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Portugese, Hawaiian, American and Fusion, and now there’s also a spot serving up seriously good British pub grub.
The Crazy Horse Gastro Pub is the new kid in Bree Street, bringing a unique flavour to the mix with British classics like hash browns, pork scratchings, and Yorkshire puddings. And with an extensive bar, plush booth seating and a big screen in the corner, it is also a perfect spot to grab a beer and the game.
The atmosphere at The Crazy Horse is laid back and comfortable but still chic and refined. Large double doors open to a spacious double story restaurant with checkered floors, maroon booths wrapped around dark marble tables, and a glistening bar lining one wall. You can order a whisky or drought beer and kick back to watch the game downstairs, or head up the plush carpeted staircase for a calmer spot on the second floor.
We visited them on Saturday afternoon and took a seat upstairs. They were pretty quiet for the lunch service, but started to fill up later in the afternoon. While it will probably be more vibey in the evenings, I think it is an awesome lunch spot too.
The menu at The Crazy Horse was designed by Chef Matt Manning, a Brit himself who has trained in some of London’s best restaurants and currently runs the One Ingredient dinner experiences. You can look forward to some of the best British classics including Beef Wellington, Gammon, or Pie with Mash and Gravy.
We ordered a couple of dishes from their Barsnacks menu, which allowed us to sample a variety of what they have on offer. The best dish we tried was their Yorkshire Puds with Braised Oxtail. The meat was melt-in-your-mouth, the pastry perfectly crispy and soft, and the gravy had an Marmite-savoury flavour that I loved.
The Scotch Egg is equally delicious, served with homemade tomato ketchup, and I also really enjoyed their Beer Battered Hake & Tartare Sauce, with a fluffy batter and perfectly soft fish. You should also try their Hash Brown Croquettes with Tomato Ketchup, or their Risotto Cauliflower Cheese Bites. And if you like pork crackling then give the Pork Scratchings with Mustard Mayo a go. Oh, and the Ploughmans Toastie is very yum if you like goats cheese.
I can’t wait to go back and try more dishes from their menu. Everything we tasted was perfectly cooked, moreish and comforting.
You have a good selection of beers on tap (with some yummy craft choices in the mix), a huge variety of whisky and other hard liquors, and a great wine collection to choose from.
Our waiters were friendly, enthusiastic and professional, and the service was nice and fast.
The bar snacks are all priced at R70 and the Hearty Grub mains start at R80.
The Crazy Horse Gastro Pub Emporium is located at 165 Bree Street, Cape Town.
They are open Tuesday – Sunday from 11:00 till late.