A few weeks ago, I was invited to have lunch at The Mess restaurant, a newly open bar and restaurant in Greenpoint. Hidden away in De Waterkant Village, this gem offers a diverse variety of cuisines and the menu emphasizes sharing plates of food.
We have created a menu of dishes using the finest ingredients inspired by flavours from around the world. We love food, lots of different food, just like you and good food is meant to be shared.
The owner and restaurateur Carlene de Gouveia was humble and welcoming. She spoke to us about her restaurant and her love for food. It is evident that she is passionate about food. We also met Chef Luke Wonnacott of Lukefoodalways consultancy, who works closely with Carlene and prepared all the delicious food. All of us were seated and enjoyed a great afternoon, tasting and sharing meals together. There is something very special about sharing a meal together, and thats why I love the concept, because it makes the food experience abit more intimate.
The name of the restaurant references back to the 15th century when a group of people who ate together was known as a ‘mess’ and brings to mind the military and naval tradition of referring to the dining hall where soldiers and sailors ate as ‘the mess’. The mess, historically, was a communal dining space; a home away from home- a place of companionship and camaraderie.
Saldanha Bay oysters, mignonette vinaigrette
Confit pork belly, smoked apple and braised cabbage
These oysters and pork belly was divine! The oysters had a delicate scent of the sea and a creamy texture. The mignonette vinaigrette cuts through that creaminess and leaves you wanting more. The pork belly was delicate, tender and paired well with the smoked apple and braised cabbage. Let’s all have a moment for the crisp crackling which made my introverted heart melt! It was executed beautifully.
Yogurt and thyme flatbreads, duck rillettes, white bean pate, pickled goats cheese
Tuna ceviche, won ton tostade, avocado, spring onion , coriander
Beef tataki, ponzu dressing, cucumber and mooli salad
Pork belly taco, bbq mayo, smoked apple and charred corn slaw
The flatbread with paired with the duck rillettes, white bean pate and pickled goats cheese was absolutely divine. The beef tataki and tuna ceviche exploded and was packed with Asian flavours. AMAZING!
Potato gnocchi and samphire salad, courgette, asparagus and lemon dressing
Aubergine and fior de latte Melanzane
Pork loin ribs, char sui basting
Angus ribeye, herb butter
The star of the show was the gnocchi. The texture of the gnocchi was light and it was served as a salad. Usually, gnocchi is drenched in a rich sauce and can be dense. But gnocchi at The Mess restaurant is light and downright delicious, the perfect combination of flavours. The ingredients used in the gnocchi and samphire salad are fresh and seasonal. The ribs and ribeye was tender and literally fell off the bone.
Baked dark chocolate lava cake, white chocolate and lime ice cream
Crème brulee (I opted for the crème brulee)
At this point, I was full but I still tasted the creme brulee nonetheless. The consistency of the brulee was creamy, smooth, with the hard camarelised topping. I tasted Crystal’s baked dark chocolate lava cake which was decadent and well balanced.
I still think about the food at The Mess restaurant and want to go back everyday! There wasn’t anything I didn’t like but the gnocchi was the star of the show for me. I would highly recommend The Mess restaurant to anyone who wants to enjoy great service and excellent food. You will not be disappointed.
The staff were hands on and the service was excellent. The Mess restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and they are only open for dinner only and special events. Operating hours are Monday to Saturday 6pm till late (kitchen closes at 10pm).
Love and light,