10 January 2014 by Denise Slabbert

Dear Me Food World

Dear Me Food World is an all-day eatery, pantry and event space situated in Cape Town’s Longmarket Street. It’s a combination of all things beautiful on three levels ...

Delicious breakfasts and other happy meals at Dear Me

Dear Me, a foodie/designer outlet that is making a name for itself in the Mother City, is all about combining decor, design and gorgeous food, says owner Ilse Koekemoer. And it's most definitely about knowing and respecting what the customer wants.

Says Koekemoer, 'We value diversity and individual needs, so our menu is designed to accommodate special dietary requirements too, e.g. coeliacs, diabetics, lactose or wheat/gluten intolerances, vegetarians and vegans.'

Gorgeous interiors at Dear Me. Image courtesy of Dear Me Food World

With eateries being a dime a dozen in Cape Town, Dear Me Food World offers a variety of creative spaces for customers.

‘We have a multidimensional space, with breakfast, lunch and our Dear Me pantry downstairs, dinners in our White Room, and our rooftop bar, TjingTjing (which also serves food),' says Koekemoer. 'We also host a weekly nine-course food and alcohol dining experience in the White Room, which incorporates a fun element and some interaction.'

Chef Vanessa Marx won the 2013 Eat Out DStv Restaurant Awards Rising Star award, and believes in putting her food philosophy on the plate. 'Apart from using seasonal and mostly local produce, we prepare our food naturally and stay true to the integrity of our ingredients. We believe in transparency, sustainability and ethical food production,' says Vanessa.

The design of the store is also unique and a great asset to the city in light of Cape Town being the World Design Capital for 2014. The building is a 200-year-old heritage building that underwent extensive renovations.

It’s cool, laid-back and will give visitors an insight into life in Cape Town.

Koekemoer says that Dear Me Food World should be on any traveller's itinerary – it's cool, laid-back and will give visitors an insight into life in Cape Town.

'We have a variety on offer from 7am in the morning till 2am at night. Our food is original and of the best quality, and we find that foreign travellers appreciate our flexible attitude towards their individual dietary requirements. We have a creative space that we love to share with others to showcase some of our amazing local produce and talent,' she says.

Dear Me Food World is situated at 165 Longmarket Street in Cape Town. For booking enquiries, call +27 (0)21 422 4920 or email: info@dearme.co.za. TjingTjing Rooftop Bar is situated at the same address and is regularly voted as one of the best bars in Cape Town.

Category: Food & Wine

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