You might know Peddlars as “Peddlars on the Bend”, which has always been a bar that holds a special place in the heart of many a Southern Suburbs teenager and ageing businessman. It’s the place where locals get together and where most people know each other’s name.It has always been a fun place, but much like it’s teenage clientele, it has grown up. And the new Peddlars & Co. is a space where you can have a drink, enjoy the sunshine or dine on Chef Brad Ball’s well-known delicious food.
We decided to head out of town for a change for dinner at Volare, the new eatery at Peddlar’s & Co. First of all, the space is beautiful, with textured walls and a sophistication that doesn’t make you feel stifled. We were there in their opening week and the staff were exceedingly friendly.
I ordered a tuna carpaccio starter and for mains, I had one of the best risotto’s I’ve found on my quest to conquer every one in Cape Town. Chef Brad came round to the table to hear our thoughts, which is always a nice touch. We were drinking a bottle of Steenberg’s new bubbly, which I can highly recommend.
Honestly, I could not fault the food. Every mouthful was delicious and fresh and real. I know that Chef Brad likes to use local produce as much as possible and there are some plans to include local produce grown just on the restaurant’s doorstep. It’s this kind of attention to produce that makes the food stand out.
The tuna was firm and super fresh and when he came to our table, Brad mentioned that the dish wouldn’t have been on the menu if he hadn’t been able to source it as fresh as can be. And man oh man, this chocolate dessert was pure delicious.
If you haven’t been to Peddlars in a while, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the revamp. It maintains the old charm, with a shiny new finish.