Top tapas at La Bruixa

I’m going to transport you all briefly back to Cape Town to tell you about one of my favourite discoveries on my recent sojourn there. Reinforcing our belief that Sea Point’s Main Road has everything you could possibly want was our exciting find – tapas.

La Boheme and La Bruixa are sister restaurants that kind of look like one restaurant. The tapas side La Bruixa is run by a Spanish chef and is simply the most perfect spot for lunch on a sunny day. We loved sitting outside on the pavement, nestled among wine barrels and trees, sipping on a chilled rose and slowly going through the tapas menu.

All the menus in the establishment are chalked up on boards which are brought over on your arrival. There’s a lot of menus, you could well find yourself surrounded by them. To keep it simple we made the decision to focus on tapas. The menu changes regularly although there do seem to be staples on there. Luckily so as we loved the beef and mushroom sauce so much we had it every time! Here’s a sample of what we had over a couple of visits.

You can’t go tapas without going croquettes. Beautifully creamy with a lovely crunchy crumb.

Chicken and herb croquettes

Chicken and herb croquettes

The chef may be Spanish, but you’ll see an Eastern influence in the dishes, too. Like these tasty ribs.

Honey and soy glazed pork ribs

Honey and soy glazed pork ribs

A beautiful plate of summery food with pesto, tzatziki and hummus alongside the piccante anchovies and caper berries.

White anchovies with flatbreads and dips

White anchovies with flatbreads and dips

Fresh sardines with chilli and garlic flavours.

Chilli and garlic sardines

Chilli and garlic sardines

Our favourite, perfectly cooked rare beef with a perfectly cooked mushroom sauce.

Seared beef cubes with mushroom sauce

Seared beef cubes with mushroom sauce

Crispy, tasty fishcakes served with garlic mayo and an Asian coleslaw.

Fish cakes with Asian-style slaw

Fish cakes with Asian-style slaw

The menus are all chalked up on boards with dishes rubbed off as they are finished. We pretty much made our way through the tapas menu.

The delightful tapas menu

The delightful tapas menu

Rose in the sunshine with light, summery food. Lunchtime heaven.

A bottle of De Grendel rose makes for the perfect lunch

A bottle of De Grendel rose makes for the perfect lunch

La Boheme/La Bruixa is at 341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

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