Seelan Restaurant & Bar in Cape Town
Whether you’re a fan of the French Riviera, the Amalfi Coast or the Costa del Sol, you’ll now find a taste of a Europe at the distinctly South African V&A thanks to Seelan Sundoo.
Seelan Restaurant & Bar at a glance...
A born and bred Capetonian, Seelan stems from the Cape Flats. After pursuing his studies in chemical engineering, he opted to follow his passion, which has always been around restaurants and food, where he worked as a student in various restaurants as a bartender. His dream was to be in the kitchen cooking up a storm and exploring his creativity through n food. With the guidance and training from some of the top chefs in the world, Seelan made his way into kitchen, exploring his passion for cooking and observing his clients satisfaction with each and every one of his gastromic dishes and combination of flavours. Seelan developed his skills as a top chef, and was soon recognized as one worthy of managing a fine dining restaurant. Seelan was appointed as Head Chef at La Perla in Sea Point for many years, where his reputation as an award-winning chef grew and gained a huge following. When at Seelan’s restaurant, one cannot help but feel that one is at La Perla, with the flavours and dishes Seelan created while being head chef and has since continued doing this. This is evident in the menu and presentation.
Seelan was later drawn to The Grand Camps Bay, which he headed up and continued offering excellent service with which he was synonomous. Seelan later moved to its sister restaurant, The Grand Café and Beach Restaurant, Waterfront and shortly after was called upon to open the Reserve Brasserie as its Head Chef. When The Reserve closed down, Seelan was presented with the opportunity to pursue his own dream and passion …to have his own restaurant.
Seelan started up the Shimmy Beach Club as co-owner. Not long therafter, with Shimmy growing in leaps and bounds, as Cape Town’s top hotspot, Seelan realized it was time to move on, as his passion was not only about restaurants, but cooking fine dishes for his clients and adding the much needed personal touches. Shimmy didn’t offer him this, and he made the long overdue decision to open his own Italian and Mediterranean style restaurant.
Most people whom have traveled extensively collect postcards, while Seelan Sundoo scribbles away at ideas. And with the opening of his Seelan Restaurant and Bar at the V&A Waterfront in mid-March 2014, he’s finally taken the opportunity to make good on his latest creation, a Mediterranean-style grill and bistro. Even though he’s emphatic about the fact that he has put his heart and soul into these popular hotspots, he’s beyond excited about taking the reins on with Seelan Restaurant & Bar and not only being the Chef in the kitchen, but the name and the face of the brand.
The restaurant draws on languid lunches taken in the South of France and unforgettable meals shared with friends in another of his favourite places, Barcelona. In particular, the seaside dining spot looks to recreate the joie de vivre (joy of life) that Seelan remembers so well about popular Saint-Tropez restaurant Le Grand Joseph. “We used to grab a table there, chat and sit for hours just watching the world go by,” he reminisces.
“When I go overseas, I always eat where the locals eat: you get good value for money, good food, consistency and excellent service, you feel at home,” he adds. “That’s what I want to do here: create a destination spot that’s also a home for locals.”
Seelan cobbled together a ‘best of’ menu of sort comprised of many of his signature dishes, like the Kingklip Tagliata, Pasta Vongole, Chopped Seelan Salad and Carpaccio De Thon (tuna carpaccio). Apart from the old favourites though, there’s also a few innovative creations. Slow-cooked rotisserie duck, chicken and lamb (all done with a twist) are among the most popular original dishes, as is Zwelet’s Duck Rice, an oven-bake jam-packed with shredded rotisserie duck, basmati rice, ginger, chilli, fresh herbs, special duck stock and Mozambican spices.
Like the Italians, he values making fresh, simple sauces. And having watched his mother whip up exotic concoctions in the kitchen from a time when he was only waist high, he knows a thing or two about flavour combinations.
Monday – Sunday: 09:00 – 22:30
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+27 (0) 21 461 6632
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Seelan Restaurant & Bar
+27 (0) 21 421 4906