A must see & try: Cause & Effect Bar in Park Road

by Karisa

A couple of weeks ago I popped into the new Cause & Effect Bar which is located in Park Road – Gardens, across the road from Fat Cactus and in the building where the old Pasta Factory used to be.

Cause & Effect refers to themselves as an “experiential cocktail kitchen & brandy bar”.  Intriguing right?

Also, I will admit, I Google stalked them a bit before popping in and saw photos of their amazing decor and just new I wanted to make this my new pre-dinner (or post-dinner) drinks home.

Let me show you what I mean… This place is pretty great:

Cause & Effect – 2A Park Road, MLT House, Gardens, Cape Town

They serve cocktails essentially in 3 “courses” – light Apertif cocktails, followed by Cause which is a selection of brandy-based cocktails, then Effect which is a selection of cocktail classics.  Then for those who want to end off their cocktail exploration with something a little out there, there’s the Experiential Seasonal Menu.

You may recognise mixologist extraordinaire, Marshall Siavash – former head barman at The House of Machines. He’s partnered with award-winning mixologists Kurt Schlechter and James Phillips to create this unique cocktail experience.

My friend Dax went for the Cape Negroni on Tap:

Wilderer Gin, Capertif, bitter apertif & spicy naartjie bitters.

While I went for my favourite – a margarita, but with a slight fynbos twist:

This is their Cie Margarita – fresh lime, curacao, 100% agave tequila & fynbos herbal flaked salt.

The verdict? Both were great… Also loved the presentation. Then of course I couldn’t leave without trying something from their Experiential menu. Being a lover off all things citrus, I opted for the Citrusdal which is a concoction of a buchu-infused KWV potstill brandy blend, pinotage grappa, burnt orange & lemon pelargonium cordial, saffron bitters & chutney peach:

I was told to try and mix up everything on the plate by dipping the piece of dried pineapple into the drizzles of sauce to get the full taste experience. It was definitely interesting. Would I order this particular cocktail again? Probably not, it was a bit too fussy for me personally. But am I keen to try a few other experiential items? Hell yeah…

I mean, just look at this one… We didn’t order it, but it was too good not to photograph as it came past:

If you’ve been wanting to try something a little different, OR if you’re just keen on a good classic cocktail in a great setting, Cause & Effect is definitely a great option.

If you’re hungry they also serve lunch & dinner Tuesday to Saturday.  They have a selection of food options which include sharing boards (which comes with an accompanying cocktail designed to complement it), bar appetizers, salads, and a couple of mains including venison pie, a pulled beef burger, brandy flambé steak and a brandy trio mushroom pasta.  And as a worthy side note:  All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly foraged AND they use a waterless system in their bar, chilling each drink without using ice.  Love that.

Cause & Effect is open:  Tuesday to Friday 12noon to 1.30am & Saturday 8pm to 1.30am  (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
You can contact them on: 072 917 1183 or marshall@causeandeffect.co.za


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