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Pilcrow & Cleaver

9,5 (41 reviews)
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What 41 people say about Pilcrow & Cleaver

9.5 Based on 41 reviews.
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"A fantastic find in the Cape Town CBD"
9.3 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

We have steered away from the CBD for some time. However Pilcrow and Cleaver's (P&C) menu was enticing enough on the restaurant week website, to make a return. I am glad we did. It is an intimate restaurant with direct access and interaction to the small kitchen, which is incorporated with the seating area. Serv...

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We have steered away from the CBD for some time. However Pilcrow and Cleaver's (P&C) menu was enticing enough on the restaurant week website, to make a return. I am glad we did. It is an intimate restaurant with direct access and interaction to the small kitchen, which is incorporated with the seating area. Service was impeccable from the start. We were greeted with friendly smiles, and seated on high chairs at the window (though I wish that we were told before hand of this, as I prefer not to dine on high stools). The food was excellent. My wife had the springbok loin as a starter which was tender and delicious. I had the crumbed oyster and pan fried scallop, which was beautifully presented (though I still prefer my oysters raw). For the main I have the most beautifully prepared Kingklip -it was so very fresh, and tender -not many restaurants get Kinglklip right. My wife had the burger which she really enjoyed. I had the deconstructed Cranachan. The whisky soaked oats were overpowering, and the white chocolate on the plate was pasted too firmly onto the ceramic, which made it difficult to combine with the oats -it would have balanced off the whisky (hence 1 star less). The sorbet though was magnificent and had fresh spring notes. Overall this is a restaurant that I would highly recommend. We will definitely return.

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Shaun Pather at Today
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"Cosy and interesting"
9.3 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

The service and cosy atmosphere (we ate in the bar area) were great. The food was also quite good, they are creative and inventive with their dishes. Some things had a good result, others weren't as successful for our tastes. Definitely worth visiting to try something new and different.

KE at Today
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10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Truly a lovely experience. They catered perfectly for my dietary requirements and gave me a lovely recommendation as well. I really appreciated the welcome drink, and the great atmosphere. The vibe was friendly and relaxed, even as a single diner, and the food was perfect for me (and the weather today). Absolutely w...

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Truly a lovely experience. They catered perfectly for my dietary requirements and gave me a lovely recommendation as well. I really appreciated the welcome drink, and the great atmosphere. The vibe was friendly and relaxed, even as a single diner, and the food was perfect for me (and the weather today). Absolutely would recommend! The only issue is when I look on the website at the standard menu prices, my total came out as 195, and for restaurant week the same two dishes were charged at 245

I think next time include the bubbly as an item, don't position it as a welcome drink....

Kathleen at 16 October 2021

10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Will definitely be back - great time at this cosy restaurant! The breakfast menu looks amazing too!

Regardt Kellerman at 16 October 2021
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"The A team"
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

We were welcomed by a complementary glass of bubbles and a huge smile. The chef/bartender/waitron was incredible all round. Great dynamic team in the kitchen. Fantastic food. I will be back!

Louisa Opperman at 15 October 2021
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3.2 PIAZZA, Parliament St 8001 Cape Town

About Pilcrow & Cleaver

Cuisine: Modern European

About Pilcrow & Cleaver

pilcrow
/ˈpɪlkrəʊ/
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Pilcrow & Cleaver is the delicious brainchild of Chef Judi Fourie; a Cape Town restaurant fierce with bold modern flavours.

With no service staff, and no doors, windows or walls to our professional kitchen, Pilcrow & Cleaver puts you in direct contact with the chefs and cooks that make your food. We invite you to smell and anticipate modern European daily inspired menus of small plates, mains and desserts. Swirl a glass of proudly South African wine over dinner or unwind after work at our separate bar section. Browse our retail shelf’s homemade delicacies and contemplate a recipe in our bespoke cookbook collection. Or talk to us as we prepare homemade flavours right in front of you. We are pet-friendly, follow the no-tipping movement, the first restaurant in Cape Town to serve Father Coffee and during the COVID-19 lockdown we are still open for business.


Hi, I'm Chef Judi

And welcome to Pilcrow & Cleaver, a new paragraph with a different twist, something that I have dreamt about and cooked into realisation for the last 15 years.

The passion for food started to pulsate through my veins from a very young age and for the last decade I have been on a culinary journey of exploration around the world. My travels have inspired me to find new dishes, experience unique flavours and taste different food to bring it all together and share it with you from my kitchen at Pilcrow & Cleaver, right here, in the vibrant heart of Cape Town.

Food is an experiment-experience that evokes emotion. It is not perfection, it’s about expression. Cooking is an art, and the kitchen is my canvas and I want you to join me as a create dishes with a modern flair; highlighting the different unique flavours of each and every ingredient.

Let’s eat.

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