Finally, a restaurant suitable for impressing the heck out of your partner on your first date has ACTUALLY opened in Simon’s Town. Plus, if “popping the question” is on your “To Do’s” for 2017, then add this to the list as well.
Every Suburb and area in the Cape seems to have a single institution for dining that reflects an atmosphere of art, opulence and excellence. But for some reason, Simon’s Town has always seemed to rely on Tourists photographing Seals and eating Fish And Chips as the “par for the course” of its economic stability.
One lucky listener will win a 5 course meal for two valued at R1400 be sure to tune in this Wednesday 08 February at 2pm courtesy of The Peter Goffe Wood Show.
Many of us locals resent the idea of travelling to any area further afield than Bree Street, if it’s to enjoy anything LESS decadent than a great burger or an Artisanal Pizza. However, what William Sharp factored into his head when establishing Mangata Restaurant in Simon’s Town, was the fact that us locals cannot simply forgo the utter beauty and tranquility of Simon’s Town anymore, in terms of its magnificence as a “special occasion” type destination we should all be making on a weekly basis! In terms of the need for GOOD FOOD in Simon’s Town, for William, the decision was made in the spirit of “Necessity Being The Mother Of All Invention”
Mangata Restaurant is the creation of Exec Chef William Sharp’s decades long experience in the Hospitality Industry. With a wrap sheet including The Mount Nelson Hotel and his qualification from The Swiss Hotel School, he’s paid his dues to the World Of The Culinary Arts. After living in Simon’s Town for a period of time, his realisation of the LACK of decent food spawned his need to get back into the kitchen after spending the latter part of his twenties founding and managing a Chef’s Recruiting Company.
Mangata is a Norwegian Word denoting the idea of a path-like reflection of the moonlight on water. The romantic notion of its name is apparent in the layout of the restaurant’s interior: With Fine Art and Persian Carpets and Decor resplendent throughout , the atmosphere lends itself to long, balmy Summer Evenings enjoying William’s Signature 7-course Tasting Menu with Estate Wine Pairing and good conversation.
His food is , simply put, a work of art on a plate. William’s formula befits the institutionalised style of cooking one could term “ French-Inspired, Brasserie Fare.”. It’s simple and fresh with a huge focus on allowing individual ingredients speak out for themselves. However, each dish has been created with his own signature twist and artistic flare that allows for one to remember each and every taste and texture, long after the meal has been finished.
His notable dishes on his Seasonal-Menu include the likes of the following creations: pork belly, served with lentils, smoked tomato purée, crackling with honey and cider jelly , Bruschetta with wild mushrooms and creamy “ragout”, cured salmon served with pickled golden beetroot, fried capers and fennel dressing and deconstructed prawn tian served with a tomato gazpacho, red peppers, courgettes, aubergine, avocado and aioli. To name, but a few.
Opening times Tuesday – Sunday, 12pm – 10 pm
Contact 021 786 1635 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Mangata, 98 St Georges Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town