Gar­den of­fers fine, but pricey din­ing

Cape Argus - - WEATHER & LEISURE - LANCE WIT­TEN

AN OA­SIS awaits you in the cen­tre of Cape Town’s CBD. A lush and di­verse gar­den with cen­turies-old trees, friendly squir­rels, an aviary, func­tional herb and veg­etable gar­den, foun­tains and rolling green lawns in which you can spend end­less sun­shine hours tucked away from the bus­tle of the busi­ness district.

I’m talk­ing of course about the Com­pany’s Gar­den.

But sup­pose you’re not too keen on car­ry­ing parcels of food or a cooler box of food for a pic­nic. Sup­pose you want fine din­ing un­der dap­pled sun­light with squir­rels and pi­geons fight­ing over the crumbs of your scraps. It’s all very or­ganic.

So much so, that the play­ground area fea­tures “birds’ nests” in­stal­la­tions for the kid­dies to climb and hide in in the iconic de­sign of Porky He­fer.

The Com­pany’s Gar­den of­fers fine din­ing with su­perb café fare.

Their burg­ers are par­tic­u­larly divine and their chil­dren’s menu is vast and de­li­cious.

It is on the pricey side, so it’s clear the menu is aimed at tourists, and you’d be hard-pressed to find salt-of-the-earth lo­cals din­ing here.

All in all, it’s a very pleasant din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and the chil­dren are am­ply en­ter­tained by wooden carved an­i­mals and the life-sized chess board nearby.

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