Ever since I’ve made some new vegetarian friends (yes Cape Town, they exist), I’ve been on the lookout for lunch spots that offer a little bit more variety than the standard salad and grilled aubergine for my non-meat eating friends while I plant my face in yet another pulled pork sandwich. A quick search landed me in Dear Me yesterday, located quite incognito in Longmarket Street in the CBD of Cape Town.
This little brasserie, right under the Tjing Tjing Bar, offers a health-conscious menu packed with flavour, accompanied by the most flexible dietary adjustments I’ve seen in the city. Almost every dish has a replaceable component in consideration of the visitors needs, whether it be nut/lactose/gluten/sugar free content they might require.
But don’t be fooled, you’re not just chewing on a spinach leaf whilst drinking cucumber water. Dear Me offers wholesome meals, ranging from Lamb Rogan Josh, Cajun Chicken Burgers and Vietnamese Wraps to Exotic Mushroom Risotto and Beetroot & Ginger Cured Trout.
I had a Free-Range Chicken Wrap, which was full of Asian flavours and packed with peanuts, soy and coriander. My pescatarian company opted for their signature Pan-Fried Trout with lemon and herb couscous. I have little words to describe my lunch to you, but I have to admit, it was absolutely delicious. My company sincerely concurred on her trout dish.
The ambiance at Dear Me is quiet and colourful, and the interior is simple and elegant. In their pantry, you can purchase some of their homemade products, such as jams, breads, muesli’s and cookies. Everything in this place oozes honesty and sustainability, and as our waitress kindly explained: everything is made with love and respect for food.
I think they are definitely something special, and just around the corner from Bree’s Street Food Strip, an absolute must for a (healthier) lunch visit. See you next time, Dear Me (prediction: soon!)
5/5 for every day lunch
Dear Me (open Mon-Fri for brekkie and lunch)
165 Longmarket Street
(photo: Dear Me Website)