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Restaurant of the Week: Seasonal fare that's meant to shared at Upper Union

Bold and beautiful hues and locally sourced fare await at this lush eatery just off Kloof Street in Cape Town

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By Alyxandra Carolus | February 11, 2023 | Travel Leisure

Upper Union’s tagline is: for the creative and curious, and we have to agree. Located within a heritage building just off Kloof Street in the Mother City, this restaurant is already popular with locals and international guests alike. As you walk into the impeccably designed space, with emerald hues running throughout the decor and intricately tiled floors - it’s the ideal lunch to dinner type of restaurant.

Upper Union is a stylish two-level eatery serving up a modern, shared-dining concept in Cape Town and is right next to Hotel Cadogan, a sophisticated boutique hotel. The restaurant currently has two cocktail bars, two levels with outdoor dining areas that are perfect for those balmy summer nights. If you’re looking to have a small, intimate function - you can book out the private dining room on the second level.

Cocktail magic being made at Upper Union, Image: Jan Ras Photography

Upper Union is helmed by Chef Amori Burger, who has created an elevated and fun take on communal dining. The menu focused on delicious and creative food that’s meant to be shared while making memories, catching up with friends or celebrating a loved one. Chef Amori is all about seasonal fare, inviting creativity and celebrating happy accidents in the kitchen. Currently, the menu subject to changing on availability of ingredients, with a conscious approach to seasonality and using what is currently on offer.

Chef Amori Burger, Image: Jan Ras Photography

Amori mentions, “It’s not just one person’s input, the kitchen is encouraged to share their opinions.” Collaboration is key and sharing is one of the core experiences at Upper Union. Choose from the set menu options, offering a three course meal with decadent and fun sides to really explore flavour profiles.

The Seasonal Chef’s Menu is a curated series of plates, designed for the whole table and priced at R550.00 per person. Alternatively, if you’re just want to dine and sip slowly, order a few of the smaller plates to share while you enjoy one of the house cocktails.

The drinks menu is varied and delightful - with signature cocktails like the smoky-sweet Cape to Casablanca with mezcal. Alternatively, unwind with the negroni if you feel for something a little zesty.

Do note, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner only. You can book your spot via Dineplan and it’s recommended to reserve a table to avoid disappointment.