I finally try out The Pot Luck Club (and in their high-flying new space to boot)

by Karisa

Way up 6 floors & a glass elevator is your mode of transportation (not good if you suffer from vertigo)

I don’t quite now why it’s taken me forever to try out Luke Dale-Roberts’ The Pot Luck Club which is situated over in Woodstock.

I mean I’m constantly hearing great things about it, I had already tried out Mr Roberts’ The Test Kitchen (Pot Luck used to be right next door to it) and I really loved the Pot Luck pop-up stand at last year’s Taste of Cape Town festival.

Anyways, I’m not gonna beat myself up about it, at least I did finally get my bum on a seat AND I also got to dine in their new premises up on the 6th floor of The Silo in The Old Biscuit Mill.  So it was a double win in the end.

Over and above the incredible wraparound city views, the space is cool and modern with an industrial feel, light wood furnishings and pops of colour here & there.  I also really loved all the different dangling lights and the earthy crockery used to serve up your meals.

The menu is set in a tapas / sharing style.  You’re encouraged to order a variety of things and place them in the middle of the table for everyone to taste.  I was there with my friend Austin who was visiting from the US and we decided to try a little something from all 6 categories on the menu:

Our waitress, who was absolutely lovely btw, recommended that we’d need about 3 dishes per person.  So we decided to go for 4 savoury and 2 desserts.  It took a lot of deliberating, but this ended up being our spread:

Top left: Char-grilled prawns with Tom Ka Gai Butter & roasted chopped peanuts (R40);
Top right: Smoked beef fillet with black pepper & truffle cafe au lait (R90);
Middle left: Doenjang glazed beef short rib with steamed bun & pickles (R80);
Middle right: Pot Luck Club fish tacos (R50);
Bottom left: Malted chocolate fondant with stem ginger ice cream (R60);
Bottom right: Blood orange & gin sorbet with sake compressed watermelon & bitter jellies (R30)

Our waitress noted that this menu was pretty much the regular menu (for now at least), but there are sometimes additional surprises to choose from.  From the 6 dishes we had, I loved every single one.  All the flavours were unique & really popped, the meat options were cooked to perfection (I still have dreams about that super soft glazed short rib in fact) and those desserts, all I can say is wow.

It works out a little pricey in the end, cause you wanna try a bit of everything, and then still have some wine on the side, but it certainly is a culinary experience.  From decor, general feel, service & food, I really didn’t have any complaints, and for that reason I’m going to give The Pot Luck Club the following high score on my Miss K Kiss-o-Meter scale:


Just a note of caution:  They’re extremely popular, so getting a table can be tough at times.  I found it easier to get a lunch booking, but it’s the same menu, so you’re not missing out by opting for that instead.  Otherwise just try to book well in advance.

For reservations, drop them an email at reservations@thepotluckclub.co.za or call them on 021 447 0804.



Mikey Jan 8, 2014 - 10:24 am

Loving the new Photo-Gallery…hee hee ☺

Karisa Jan 8, 2014 - 11:33 am

🙂 It definitely is pretty swanky…

Amy Jan 8, 2014 - 5:25 pm

The fish tacos are amazing!

Karisa Jan 8, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Ah yes, they are amazing

Gugu_a1 Jan 8, 2014 - 6:58 pm

I will forever die from FOMO when it comes to CT *sigh*


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