Be part of a new culinary vision


Neil Swart and Anouchka Horn, the visionary team behind Belly of the Beast.

It’s time to put your money where your mouth is and become part of a delectable and intimate eatery.

Neil Swart and his business partner Anouchka Horn are set to revitalise the Capetonian dining experience. They have a dream of opening a small and bespoke eatery in the heart of Cape Town…with a difference.

New culinary vision

At Belly of the Beast guests will be served a menu using only seasonal, locally sourced and grown produce, paired with exquisite wines. This nose-to-tail eatery will ensure that every part of the animal will be used in the preparation and final dishes, making for unique and creative culinary combinations. The menu will change daily and there will be no menu options or set number of courses, making for truly exciting dining.

From the breads to the main dishes and desserts will all be made from scratch in an on-display kitchen, creating an amphitheatre for guests to watch the chefs at work. To ensure only the best quality dishes, space will be limited to 20 guests, creating a truly intimate and personal dining experience with both Neil and Anouchka also serving the wine and food. Belly of the Beast’s location will soon be revealed.

‘I believe that this is the future of dining. In an ever changing, fast-paced world, people want to slow down and savour the intimate moments shared with friends and family. Going to a restaurant is not about filling your stomach, it is about making memories and relishing in good company with exquisite food,’ says Swart.

Crowdfunding their dream

Not only are Swart and Horn determined to open this Cape Town first, they are also one of the first chefs in South Africa to crowdfund such a prolific project. The public is invited to pledge towards making this intimate eatery a realisation with superb rewards attached to each pledge. The rewards include an Unplugged Fokofpolisiekar show at Swart and Horn’s already established Arugula Bistro in Welgemoed, cooking courses at Belly of the Beast and even owning a tile in the eatery. To make your pledge and see all the rewards on offer visit

Affiliate program for hotels

Another first for South Africa, Belly of the Beast is offering an affiliate program to food bloggers, guesthouse owners and concierges. The affiliate program offers up to 10% commission on any traffic a unique URL drives to the Belly of the Beast website.

For a sneak peek of the vision of Belly of the Beast, check out the video.

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