Outrage of Modesty, since opening almost two years ago to much claim, has cemented itself in the Cape Town bar and cocktail scene. Loved by locals and tourists alike, the intent at OoM is to offer visitors something decidedly cool and different – and delicious, so delicious. With each major season change comes a new menu inspired by the flavours of the land, not to mention a headline mixologist to rewire and rework what we think we know about cocktails.
For this season’s spring/summer menu, cocktail whizz and talented creative Noreen Dunzo, who hails from Singapore and trained under previous OoM star Luke Whearty, has embraced the fresh produce, unique spices and bountiful ingredients – bearing in mind that everything in Singapore is imported, and exceedingly expensive as a result. She’s brought her innovative Asian creativity and flair to South Africa, and developed a new menu of eight bespoke cocktails that provide imbibers with an unrivalled experience. To this end, Noreen has devised a selection of thoughtfully considered and blended flavour profiles: Think house-infused Earl Grey gin with homemade lavender syrup and egg white; Roasted Rosemary with fresh lime juice and gin; Homemade pink gin, fresh raspberries and chilli; not to mention our favourite, the Bloody [Good] Mary that features cherry tomatoes, lime juice and Noreen’s ‘secret’ spice mix, served with dehydrated cherry tomatoes, thyme and sea salt.
‘Upon arrival in Cape Town I immediately began exploring and was amazed at the vast array of fresh ingredients that are so easily accessible in and around the city. I love the fact that Outrage of Modesty is constantly evolving as a venue and experimenting with in-house fermentation to blend flavour profiles. For example, I was delighted to find readily available and affordable raw cacao nibs in the city, which I cold-brewed with bourbon and combined with mint amaro and homemade white chocolate foam to create the After 8 Mint. It’s unlikely I’d would ever have conceived this drink in Singapore.’ – Noreen Dunzo
An intimate 28-seater hidden discretely above a historic warehouse on Cape Town’s Shortmarket Street, Outrage of Modesty’s motto has always been this: To redefine Cape Town’s cocktail scene with a shrine dedicated to the art of the reimagined cocktail — a constrained ceremony celebrating flavour and ingredients over hype and theatrics. Like every season before it, this vision has once again been impressively achieved. Open five nights a week (Tues-Sat) from 6pm, OoM’s modernist Scandinavian and Japanese interior has been strategically designed with tiered seating, providing a perfect view down to the bar to create a theatre of cocktails – with Noreen and her team at your tastebud’s delight.
Photography Courtesy of Outrage of Modesty