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The delectable mezze of Anatoli's, Cape Town
The sweeping views at De Kloof, Pretoria
The culinary artistry of Tokara, Stellenbosch
The beautiful creations of Aubergine, Cape Town
The superb vista from The Roundhouse, Camps Bay
Chef Bertus Basson of Overture, Stellenbosch
Exciting modern cuisine at The Greenhouse, Constantia
Precise plates of flavour at La Colombe, Constantia
Stylish interior and great food at 9th Ave Bistro, Durban

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La Colombe   Constantia, Cape Town
La Colombe is better than ever   | By Michail | Tuesday, 28 April 2015
We have been privileged to have eaten at many of the finest restaurants in the world. Only once before have I had a meal, where throughout the entire time all we spoke about was the food, and that was at El Bulli. On Saturday night at La Colombe, all we spoke about from the moment our meal started till well after we arrived home, was the food.

La Colombe is not El Bulli, but in this respect at least, my experience was the same. It was quite simply the best meal I have had in South Africa. The dishes were flawless. Nothing was out of place, and every ingredient needed to be on the plate. The food was playful, exciting and executed perfectly. From the tinned tuna amuse-bouche that made us laugh, to the salted caramel chocolates and beetroot liquorish that finished our meal everything was perfect. The service was relaxed while managing to be very professional at the same time. We wanted for nothing and could have asked for no more.

Even in this meal of highlights there were standouts. The scallop and sweetbreads were served on a salsa that has ruined corn for me. I simply refuse to eat corn again if its not served with aubergine, ginger and water chestnut. And the lamb… many a great chef would be humbled by that dish, so perfect was its execution.

I have eaten at La Colombe many times in the past. This is the first time that I have been there since it relocated. It is better than ever before and is without doubt my standout restaurant in South Africa currently.
Overall Rating:   5
Food: 5 Service: 5 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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Kream   Brooklyn, Pretoria
Early Mothers Day lunch   | By Janus | Sunday, 26 April 2015
We visited Kream for Sunday lunch with great expectations and in need of some culinary satisfaction. The menu looked promising with wines (by the glass) suggested to match each dish. I opted for Greek salad and my partner opted for saffron flavored pear, walnut and rocket salad with citrus notes. The flavours were ok but both appeared a little neglected. Seared salmon with hollandaise sauce and greens and a chicken curry with sambals were ordered for mains. My curry was delicious but potion sizes for both dishes were too big leaving us with no option but to skip both dessert and coffee. A good selection of wines were available and matched our dishes perfectly. Unfortunately the experience ultimately failed to delight with neither of us being able to pinpoint exactly why.
Overall Rating:   3.5
Food: 3 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
No, I would not go back.

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Don Armando   Green Point, Cape Town
A few surprises   | By Colin | Wednesday, 22 April 2015
Lovely space, very good steaks (try the picanha special for 2 to share), and excellent chimichurri - nice touch that this is complimentary with all mains. Sides however were a let down. While it is great to have more choice than the usual, portions were quite small, neither the deep-fried zucchini or pan-fried spinach with lemon and garlic delivered.

When it came to dessert, the only thing that tempted was a Chocolate Surprise, described as being like a chocolate fondant, and served with dulce de leche ice cream. The surprise of that dessert was that it was nothing like a fondant (more, sadly, like a Woolies cupcake heated in the microwave), and the ice cream was basically choc-chip. Not bad ice cream, to be fair, but dulce de leche flavoured it was not.

Otherwise, a promising spot for a perfectly lovely evening, including some very cosy outdoor seating. Also a nice selection of local and Argentinian Malbecs to complete the experience of eating South American in Cape Town.
Overall Rating:   4
Food: 4 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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Spice Restaurant and Bar Lounge   Westbrook, Ballito
Accomplished food in relaxed setting   | By Janus | Thursday, 09 April 2015
It is always a joy to be served great food in unexpected places. We recently had such an experience while on vacation on the KZN north coast when we , by chance, made such a discovery. My partner raved about the tempura prawns with chilli mango salsa while I had the more subtly flavored calamari, lime cucumber and avocado salad. For mains we opted for fllet with perfectly roast vegetables and the the fishcakes. By then, all our good intentions had been forgotten and we enjoyed our fruit sorbet and chocolate mousse while blissfully gazing over the Indian ocean.
Overall Rating:   4.5
Food: 5 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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Spice Restaurant and Bar Lounge   Westbrook, Ballito
Accomplished food in relaxed setting   | By Janus | Thursday, 09 April 2015
It is always a joy to be served great food in unexpected places. My partner raved about the tempura prawns with chilli mango salsa while I had the more subtly flavored calamari, lime cucumber and avocado salad. For mains we opted for fllet with perfectly roast vegetables and the the fishcakes. By then, all our good intentions had been forgotten and we enjoyed our fruit sorbet and chocolate mousse while blissfully gazing over the Indian ocean.
Overall Rating:   4.5
Food: 5 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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Goloso   Sea Point, Cape Town
New management... :/   | By Ekes | Monday, 16 March 2015
Under new management, with some things still the same, still a tiny and cosy venue, but some things unfortunately changed. The pasta is still homemade, but sauces have become richer and somehow more bland. Portions are also too large. I know, a weird complaint, but you never want to reach that point in the meal when just finishing the dish feels like a slog. The old Goloso used to have some unusual menu items: pasta shapes that you do not usually see, and simple and light combinations of flavours. There is a lot that is still right about this place, so the new owners would do well to return to some of those old ideas.

A note to Rossouw: why can we not use apostrophes and dashes in these reviews? Drives me crazy...
Overall Rating:   3.5
Food: 3 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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Saffron Restaurant @ Coastlands Hotel   Umhlanga, Durban
Double charged for dinner. Still no refund!   | By Previn | Thursday, 12 March 2015
On 21 February 2015 I made a reservation for dinner at the Saffron restaurant. Upon arrival, I gave my name to the guy at the front desk.
He instructed me to pay R560 and said, "That is the charge for dinner",.
I was unsure why I was being charged up front but paid the R560 as demanded.
I was led to believe that the amount was charged up front and then the balance would be returned after dinner.

A waitress seated us and we ordered off the menu.
I was not aware that there was a buffet dinner. After dinner the waitress handed me a bill of R318. I was puzzled because I had already paid for dinner.
When I queried, I was informed that I had paid for the buffet, which nobody had informed me about.
I called the Manager on duty, Navin. He apologised and asked the guy at the front desk to fill out a refund form.
The guy at the front desk insisted that I was at fault and became very rude to me.
The Manager apologised to me and assured me that my R560 would be refunded by 25 February.
This has not happened. Every time I call in at the restaurant I am told that the money will be refunded in a few days and nothing happens.
I am appalled at the service at Saffron restaurant.
Overall Rating:   3
Food: 4 Service: 1 Ambience: 3
No, I would not go back.

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Al Fiume   Hennopspark, Centurion
Perfect lazy Sunday afternoon dining   | By The Fay | Wednesday, 11 March 2015
Al fiume – Italian for ‘at the river’ is set on the banks of the Hennops River. The restaurant has a beautiful wooden deck overlooking the river and is a gorgeous setting. We enjoyed a long lazy Sunday afternoon there listening to live music, sipping our wine and feasting on a delicious meal.
We are very excited to have found this gem of a restaurant on our doorstep through Restaurant Week. We will definitely be waiting for reservations to open for this year’s bookings.

Starters
Grilled Calamari in a Spicy Ketjap Manis Dressing
Tender baby calamari tubes grilled and served in a spicy ketjap manis dressing.
The combination of the tender melt in the mouth calamari, with the sweet syrupy spicy sauce was heavenly.

Chicken and Avo Salad
The tender and succulent chicken strips served on a fresh lettuce, topped with creamy avocado and drizzled in a sweet and tangy red wine and honey vinaigrette was a taste sensation.

Mains
Chicken Marsala
Flat top grilled chicken breast in a marsala, wild mushroom and parmesan sauce. served with linguini and fresh seasonal vegetables lightly pan fried in olive oil.
The delicate creamy sauce delicately complemented the moist, tender chicken and the perfectly prepared pasta faultlessly. It was a treat to be served vegetables that were still firm and bursting with flavour.

Seared Loch Duart Scottish Salmon Lemonnaise
A fillet of seared salmon with a creamy horseradish mayonnaise served with potato croquettes and fresh seasonal vegetables lightly pan fried in olive oil.
I adore fresh salmon and was not disappointed by the care with which it was prepared. The mayonnaise added a delicious tartness without overpowering the delicate fish and the vegetables were fresh and flavourful.


Dessert
Caramel Crumpet
A couple of warm crumpets with a caramel and peppermint crisp filling and a rich caramel sauce.
The combination of light fluffy crumpets with the peppermint crisp filling was genius. The comfort of the crumpets with the recognisable peppermint crisp was an unadulterated pleasure.

Crème Brulee
A raspberry custard with a crispy caramel topping.
Of course I had to have the crème brulee and I was not dissatisfied by the chef’s prowess in producing a silky smooth custard skilfully flavoured and topped with just the right amount of caramel.
Overall Rating:   5
Food: 5 Service: 4 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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La Colombe   Constantia, Cape Town
what an awful experience   | By arni | Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Had Lunch there today. After trecking arround trying to find the place we arrived at this corrugated slab of wood and steel and things

Who designed this place?

Whatever made you chenge to this location?

The most messed about tasteless food I have had in a long time. Pretentious rubbish
Overall Rating:   2
Food: 1 Service: 5 Ambience: 1
No, I would not go back.

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Winehouse at Ten Bompas   Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
AFFORDABLE FINE DINING   | By Amanda | Friday, 06 February 2015
For those foodies looking for an upmarket yet informal setting (including terraces with seating overlooking the gardens for fab summer al fresco dining, or cosy-up-to-me in winter with a heart-warming fireplace), then Winehouse is worth an evening (or lunch) out. Chef Johannes is ex-Cube and has created a concise menu which explores a diversity of flavour combinations that reveal a playful note. Service is warm, hospitable and attentive; wine list displays careful well-rounded selection and is well-priced. All in all, this is really very good value for money.
Overall Rating:   5
Food: 5 Service: 5 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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