This hidden gem, nestled inconspicuously on the hill leading up to Buitengracht, is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner for two or a cosy, fine dining affair with friends. Owned by restauranteur Roy van Litsenborgh, who boasts vast experience in the South Africa food industry, Charcoal was started with the dream to create a personalised and intimate, but unpretentious dining venue – and boy, did he succeed.
Everything about Charcoal exudes sophistication and thoughtfulness but is equally inviting and welcoming – from the monotone, elegant décor palette, with hints of statement pieces sourced from all around the world as well as the unique photographic art collection adorning the walls, to the excellent service of their waitrons and the carefully considered and scrumptious menu selections.
Our evening there was nothing short of impressive; I tucked into the most delicious homemade Ravioli with ricotta and Parmesan inside, topped with wild mushroom and a tomato and chilli sauce and dessert was a dreamy Belgian waffle with rich chocolate ice cream. And I will certainly be heading back to this fine dining piece-of-perfection again, very soon, for more.
Charcoal also follows sustainable principles of choosing local seasonal produce and using free-range and organic supplies wherever possible. And, as modern entrepreneurs, they also like to give opportunities to underprivileged chefs and staff to improve skill levels so that they can contribute to their communities. Ethically and socially conscious as well? There couldn’t be a better dining choice in the City Bowl than Charcoal.
Charcoal has perfectly created a comfortable and relaxed dining experience with European flair, so go one, give them a try.