The Butchers Wife aka TBW came up as a must visit cafe in Cape Town – from post after post on Instagram to it being suggested by every person that responded to our Instagram story. It had made the must eat-at place in Cape Town for us.
It is situated in the suburb of Athlone, around 20 minutes inland from Sea Point. The parking on the street was quite full but we found an open parking area just up the road.
TBW does not take reservations and works on a first come first serve basis. Our original plan was to get take-outs but when we heard that they don’t offer their famous steaks on the take-out menu and after we saw the cool decor, we decided to sit in.
TBW is a small cafe and take-out and on this Tuesday evening in the holiday season we entered a packed and bustling room. The waitresses were all busy feeding the hungry crowd so we asked for seating at the counter. We opted to sit at the bar table against the side wall until a table became available and were surprised to see a plug point with both 3 pin plug and USB power available. I could charge the camera!
The cafe has a very funky and trendy design and uses the small space very well. It has a homely and family friendly feel and we could see this in the patronage. From the exquisitely designed menu to the cutlery holders and the paper that lined the serving board everything screamed out the TBW brand and we loved it! There is something about attention to detail that just gives me the tingles 😉
Food and Service
Our waitress was friendly and attentive. She moved us to a table as soon as one was available and our food arrived soon after that. I ordered the fillet steak (my favourite type) and K went for the chicken wings.
From the moment we dug in we were floating in food heaven. My steak was cooked to perfection and the sauce was just right and K’s chicken wings were really tasty with the Sticky BBQ basting. The sweet potato fries that we chose instead of regular fries were a total winner and complemented the meal perfectly.
We shared an iced coffee which was just as good and took home a chocolate brownie (with ice cream) that caught my eye the minute we got in. We only had the brownie the next day and it was so good, it might as well have just come out of the oven. The pieces of white chocolate on top were a great touch!
Overall, this is now one of our top eat-out destinations in Cape Town.
All reviews are our own experience of the establishment. We are not in anyway influenced by any third party in what we have written above.