165 Longmarket Street
We believe in staying true to the integrity of our ingredients by respecting the produce used. We celebrate local seasonal produce and we only use the freshest and highest quality ingredients. We are dedicated to artisanal principles and prepare our food naturally to ensure maximum benefit to our guests. This way we can preserve nutrients and ensure wholesome goodness. You should be able to eat with us every day and never feel guilty about compromising your health, weight or wealth. We believe in transparency and handpick local and often smaller suppliers who share our vision and commitment in creating and maintaining sustainable and ethical food production practices. We truly value diversity and understand that different people have different needs when it comes to what they want to eat. This is reflected in a menu designed to accommodate special dietary requirements and a flexible, can-do attitude. Celiac, diabetic, lactose- or wheat intolerant, vegetarian or vegan? Dear Me is a restaurant that caters for you as well. We know that sustainability also means that we should tread lightly on the earth. We are conscious of our carbon footprint and broader environmental impact. We show respect to our environment so wherever and whenever we can we reduce, reuse and recycle our waste. We look forward to welcoming you to Dear Me!
Dear Me also offers a variety of homemade products in the “Dear Me Pantry”. Amongst the bottled preserves, such as jams, chutneys, nut butters, relishes, oils, vinegars and pickles, you will find an antique bread cabinet packed with freshly baked breads, like seed & raisin loaf, ciabatta, 100% pure rye bread (wheat-free), and gluten-free soya & honey loaf. All of the products are handmade on the premises and are additive-free. There are also products which are diabetic-friendly and cater for those with specific dietary requirements.
A modern glass box boasts baked items like Valrhona chocolate & oat cookies, gluten & sucrose free almond torte, baked cheesecake, macaroons, fruit tartlets, cinnamon sticky buns and apple crumble muffins. There’s a large jar of buttermilk rusks, which are also packaged for you to take home, along with a variety of homemade muesli's.Available at the counter are fresh juices, smoothies and sandwiches to take away, or to enjoy in the restaurant, as well as Espressolab coffees from the resident barista, Nash and a wide selection of teas and infusions.
Dear Me, what to write? It's been a while that we've been lucky enough to snatch up a reservation here, they are rightfully popular. Only open for dinner on Thursdays, Dear Me is a hidden gem in the city bowl. The food is amongst the very best I've eaten in South Africa, and that's saying something with the mighty fine gastronomical feasts we've had here. As they say themselves, their food is "simple and honest and saturated with love and respect." Which for me translates to fresh local ingredients, inventive yet simple dishes, presented with flair while never going over the top. A must on any diner's bucket list if you ask me.
Kim van der Leeuw, 06 Jun 2013, 18:29