Review Date: 11 Oct 2010

FABULOUS FINE DINING FLAIR....By Ursula Brown Managing Editor Cape Info SA

Jake's on Summerley - THE place for fine dining fundis. Located in Kenilworth Cape Town, this family run restaurant offers fabulous fare. Starters, Salads, Seafood, Poultry, Meat and yummy Deserts

JAKES, opened 40 years ago by Jake Maas who sold to Nigel and Sue Pitt. Originally located above Pam Golding's offices, until 1997 when current owners, David Ellis and Liz Payne, moved Jakes to a new location around the corner down the road.

In 2005 Jakes was completely revamped to include the courtyard, thus able to accommodate up to 120 guests. Jakes has a reputation as a place where friends and family meet to enjoy delectable delights, tantalizing global foods complemented by excellent Cape Wines. Popular with local regular Cape Town diners, countrywide and international visitors to the Mother City, sophisticated crowds are relaxed, enjoy global cuisine, efficient service and vibrant atmosphere.

A quick glance at the menu, speaks volumes and sets the tone for a night of superb dining. A well designed Menu, easy on the eye, offers an eclectic mix of traditional and international cuisine. Personally selected by Liz and David, dishes include Turkish Flatbreads, Beetroot Woolloomooloo, Panka Prawns, Mzantsi Cigar, Cantonese Pork and Spanish Churros (doughnuts). Liz travels extensively to keep Jakes menu fresh and inspiring by introducing dishes popular around the world.

On arrival, we were met by a friendly J-Team, before our waitron, Fiona, seated us at a table for two. For starters I opted for Mzantsi Cigar and my undecided partner, ordered the starter platter - a little bit of everything - Tempura Prawns, Spring Rolls and Yunan Ribs. Mzantsi Cigar consists of textured, shaved biltong strips, chutney and cheese, wrapped in a pastry parcel, with tiny chips in the cutest little wire basket. Linefish and Black Mushroom, Garlic and Cheddar Sirloin, were excellent main course choices.

And then, of course, the pud - my golly, these are definitely worth leaving home for. The Desert Platter of Creme Brulee, Triple Chocolate Brownie, Deep Fried Ice-cream and my absolute favourite, Widows Kisses was the best ever.

And for those of you who "Do Lunch", there is no better place. All lunch dishes include Peroni or glass of white wine. Lunch DO'ers automatically qualify for a Jakes Loyalty Card and get their 6th lunch for mahala (thats South African for FREE)...

A special menu for the special little people is also available. Or maybe you're interested in "Just a Quickie". Early bird diners 17h00 and 19h00 qualify for 25 % discount off entire bill. 

Jakes on Summerley has become an institution in Cape Towns Southern Suburbs and THE PLACE, not only for Lunch and dinner, but also for any special occasion or celebration.

Diarise whatever date is next (with or without an occasion) and book your table now.

Jake's on Summerley, 5 Summerley Road, Kenilworth, 7700. Tel: (+27+21) 797 0366 • w: www.jakes.co.za • e: kenilworth@jakes.co.za or liz@jakes.co.za