Winter warmup at Time Out Market Cape Town

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TIME OUT Market Cape Town has been doing phenomenally well since it opened near the end of last year, but my question has always been “what about winter?”. Us locals know it’s actually a fine time of the year for tourists to visit but those who can travel tend to gravitate towards the warmer climes of the northern hemisphere. As the seasons change, plans have been put in place to ensure the market remains an attraction, especially for Capetonians.

To this end, a host of events are planned, and have already been taking place. Heck, I attended three of them in the space of not even two weeks, upstairs in The Studio, a wraparound space which looks down onto the noisy buzz of the market. The first was an entertaining demonstration by chefs Shin Takagi (of the acclaimed two Michelin star restaurant Zeniya in Kanazawa), Peter Tempelhoff  (of FYN fame, beyond and Ramenhead) and Ryan Reyes (who was shy to begin with but then totally leaned into the demonstration vibe), titled Sushiya Unveiled.

L-R Shin, Peter, Ryan. Photo by Bianca Coleman

Sushiya is their restaurant below, which specialises in authentic contemporary Japanese sushi. No, you won’t get your salmon roses here; this is the classiest, most upmarket sushi you’ll find (which is not to say I won’t eat 30 salmon roses in a sitting; it’s just different). Beautiful to look at, beautiful to eat, and prepared with such love and care and precision. Everyone should have it at least once in their life.

The story goes, Peter and Shin came up with the concept in the back of a taxi, discussing their love of sushi and the craft behind it, and right there and then decided to take the plunge and open a restaurant in Cape Town.

Photo by Bianca Coleman

Ten days later I found myself back in The Studio with my friend Lovely Lorraine, who professed to have zero artistic talent and insisted wine would most definitely be required, for the Sip & Paint evening. I have the kind of relationship with art that I believe if I have enough paint, crayons, pastels and canvases, the art will follow, naturally. It’s just, well, getting to doing it. So this was the perfect kick in the butt.

Photo by Bianca Coleman

The evening was hosted by Paint & Pretzels, with tutelage by Gabby Eppenberger. When I saw the painting we were expected to replicate in approximately two hours, I confess to some skepticism. That? Really? Never going to happen. Also, don’t tell me what to paint. Don’t stifle my creativity! Which is utter nonsense, because I most definitely need guidance and inspiration.

Long story short, we both finished with paintings to be proud of even if they were not exactly like Gabby’s. But that’s the point, isn’t it? Every person in that session had a unique painting at the end of the evening. Some more so than others; the bloke sitting next to me totally did his own thing, good for him. I’ll post pics from this on Instagram. The evening included wine of course, and a light meal from Nøsh Café. It was jolly excellent fun and made us happy.

Photo by Bianca Coleman

The third event I attended was the Chefs On Tour dinner where Paul Toussaint from Time Out Market Montreal, Canada, joined chef John van Zyl of The Melting Pot (at Time Out Market Cape Town), to collaborate on an exclusive nine-course menu with wine pairing by Cavalli – spectacular wines I must say. Not sure my credit card is going to agree. Apparently these events “tag team” at Time Out Markets around the world (this was the fourth); in August John will be cooking in Boston, USA.

Paul. Photo by Bianca Coleman

It was an incredible evening with amazing food, and interesting to be able to experience Paul’s cuisine and ideas. While I enjoyed every morsel, I do have to say if I was forced to choose (which I’m not but am going to anyway) I loved John’s dishes best. That smoked lamb roti…flaky pastry, carrot cumin purée, mint and yoghurt dressing…Mind you, Paul’s tuna ceviche with corn, peppers, green onion, herb oil, root chips and coconut leche de tigre certainly launched the whole affair out of the starting blocks with a high bar. In between, salmon sashimi with Cape Malay dressing (John), grilled kabeljou with crushed yam, coconut bisque and sautéed spinach (Paul), prawn laksa with fat, full prawn dumplings (John), and seared venison loin with chimichurri, butternut purée, yuca beignet and demi-glace (Paul).

Tuna ceviche. Photo by Bianca Coleman

I wasn’t going to stay for dessert but then it all arrived, all of a sudden, so it would have been rude to say no: pineapple tart tatin, sticky and caramelised, with coconut ice cream; and delightfully refreshing lemon posset with apple and lemongrass granita (Paul and John respectively). No regrets. I’ll post pics of all this, maybe a reel, on Instagram too.

There are comedy nights, jazz night, quiz nights and all sorts of other things happening at the market over the next few months, so keep up to date by clicking here, or sending an email to [email protected]

Time Out Market Cape Town’s opening times:

  • Sundays to Wednesdays: all vendors open 11 am-10 pm; coffee and breakfast from 8am
  • Thursdays to Saturdays: all vendors open 11 am-11 pm; coffee and breakfast from 8 am
  • Time Out Market Cape Town, Old Power Station Building, Building 19, Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Parking: Closest parking area is Portswood
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