So nice, I came back twice… in one day! With so many new places to choose from in Cape Town this is not a phrase used often amongst foodies, but in this case I was drawn back like a moth to a flame.
Having opened less than three weeks ago, Dropkick Murphy’s has already established itself amongst cocktail and restaurant loving Capetonians, with a drinks and food menu to die for. Situated on the corner of Buitensingel and Kloof Streets, the spot was once occupied by the famous Gourmet Boerie. Since Dropkick Murphy’s has taken over, the building has gone through a much-needed transformation with stunning light fixtures, rustic furniture and a downtown New York feel. The original restaurant opened in 2013 in Durban and Cape Town seemed a natural next choice based on their initial success. Chef Neil Coventry decided to create a menu of creative comfort food that perfectly complemented the relaxed atmosphere they wanted to achieve.
Early in the morning they open their large glass sliding doors onto Kloof Street and welcome young professionals to enjoy a cup of coffee before work. In the evenings, between 18h00 and 19h00, they offer half price happy hour on all drinks and at night the crowds flood in to tuck into their juicy burgers. On my first visit to this hipster joint I enjoyed a takeaway cappuccino and took a seat on their outside patio, watching the traffic go by on a hot summer day. Taking a browse through their extensive food and beverage menu I decided it was a must to join them later on in the evening for dinner.
After a warm greeting from our friendly waitress Chelsea, we were seated in their upper level booths overlooking the restaurant. The atmosphere truly lights up at night, quite literally with a huge sparkling sign saying ‘get lucky’ behind the bar. To start off the evening our table ordered gin and tonics, which arrived in elegant glasses and cost only R32. For starters we ordered their mac ‘n cheese deep fried balls, which were delicious and filling, and for mains everyone order a different decadent burger off their menu.
With plates left empty and everyone having thoroughly enjoying the night, Dropkick Murphy’s is definitely going to be top of the list of regular spots on Kloof Street this summer.
Check them out on Facebook: Dropkick Murphy’s Cape Town