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Oh Goodness, Dear Me

When I’m planning a special dinner, or I want to treat a friend for their birthday, I book a table at The White Room at Dear Me. On the level between the sunny Dear Me eatery and the ultra-trendy Tjing Tjing Bar (who serve the absolute best cocktails in Cape Town, by the way), the White Room is like a blank canvas for the artistry of one of my local food hero’s, chef Vanessa Marx.

Image by the insanely talented Claire Gunn

Entirely white from top to bottom, with whitewashed wooden floors and sparkling chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the evening feels special as soon as you walk in. The impeccable service ads to that and the wait staff and sommelier are friendly and personable, yet discreet. I think the space really lends itself to intimate conversations and slow-paced evenings, and having a team work around that without interrupting is something really important and hard to get right.

Image by Claire Gunn

The White Room is only open on Thursday and Friday evenings and the menu is seasonal. There is a choice between a five course and an eight course menu, with or without a wine pairing. We had the five course paired with wine (obviously) and my favourite dish was a “veggie garden” which had a truffled chocolate soil of some kind. I mean, delicious! The current menu is on the website.

Image by Claire Gunn
Image by Claire Gunn

Image by Claire Gunn

Such a special dinner and a real Cape Town foodie highlight. 

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