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la colombe   Hout Bay, 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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All   All, Wherever
Smoke and mirrors   | By Pierre | Monday, 02 February 2015
What really, REALLY irritates me are these long winded reviews that are polluting restaurant websites. Gone are the days of concise, to the point and honest reports of good or bad. Perhaps it is the hope of scoring the promised the case of Chocolate Block, or just a case of “I-might-be-the-next-François Simon” that allures ordinary mortals to the world of restaurant critique and delusions of culinary wisdom. Every man, women and their dog are jumping on this food-critique bandwagon. I wonder who has the time to read there aimless ramblings, let alone the time to write them? My personal favourite is the review of the Ocean Terrace Restaurant written by By The Fay Way. Allow me to quote: “There are very few times in life when I find myself giggling with delight for any length of time at all”.
Fay, you should double-check those cigars in the smoking room.
Overall Rating:   1
Food: 1 Service: 1 Ambience: 1
No, I would not go back.

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Escondido Tapas & Wine   Illovo, Johannesburg
Hidden delight in the heart of Illovo   | By Lynne | Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Great food is an adventure. It’s an experience that excites and surprises, that extends beyond the plate to create an enchanting journey of discovery. This is why I eat out – to experience something new, to be inspired, to be transported from the everyday. Escondido – aptly named for “hidden treasure” from the Spanish – leaves me full of new reasons to eat out, to explore, to fall in love with tapas all over again.

This hidden gem, tucked away in the basement level of the Post Office Centre, is quaint and enchanting. Escondido has an unperturbed eclectic charm, where mismatched tables and comfortable kitchen chairs are paired with rustic timber and soft light to create a relaxed ambience perfect for a tapas bar. Staff are welcoming, knowledgeable and attentive, sharing their recommendations and helping with descriptions of exotic ingredients and combinations. Owners Henri Martens and Chef Willem Lubbe are seasoned restaurateurs, and it shows. Present themselves, and with their team, they make the space feel like home away from home – warm and authentic.

The menu is the hero of the Escondido experience. Handwritten on giant blackboards brought to your table, these vast menus dominate the space, doing justice to the genuine love of food that seems to inspire Escondido. Dining here is all about the latest menu – an extensive selection of dishes which change seasonally, even daily, inspired by available fresh produce. The choices of dishes are accompanied by an inventive selection of wines, craft beers on tap and cocktails to add to the sociable dining experience.

Picking your favourites from the menu is an adventure, selecting from over 20 tapas plates plus various “nibbles and sides” diverse enough to satisfy even the most discerning diner, with numerous vegetarian options. The menu is rooted in dishes to share, from paella to platters and a wide selection of tapas. While the vibe feels Spanish, the cuisine is global - from traditional potatas bravas, to baked Italian melanzane, thai curry mussels, and rustic French-inspired pork & duck rillet. And for some local flavours, “cheesy papalaka fingers” - mielie meal wedges, with spicy chakalaka!

Not everything on the menu is a delight. The duck rillet lacked flavour, and the fishcakes were average, though accompanied by a delicious zingy ponzu sauce. But there were also standouts - truly superb, memorable dishes that felt like a delightful discovery on the menu. The caprese bruschetta with balsamic reduction was fresh and balanced with beautiful clean flavours. The pumpkin fitters were sweet and simply scrumptious. The wild mushroom aranchini with truffled cream cheese is the kind of food you imagine served from the rustic kitchen of a real Italian nonna, packed with earthy flavour and cheesy goodness. It’s these gems that beckon me back for another visit, along with the adventure of exploring more of the amazing menu!
Made for sharing, this is sociable food that provokes conversation and debate about flavours and favourites. Prices are not astronomical – from R30-R55 for a sharing dish that is ample for two. Expect to order 5 dishes and save space for a range of fine deserts, from oozy chocolate fondant with pistachio icecream to traditional Spanish churros. Total bill? Roughly R350-400 for two, with a bottle of wine.

This “hidden treasure” is a rare find and welcome addition to my most-loved list. It’s exciting, inventive dining accompanied by warm service, a charming setting, and a little spirit of adventure. With the exploration will come dishes you don’t fall in love with. But Escondido can guarantee some unexpected and truly unforgettable gems, and for these, and to explore further, you’ll return for more.

Reservations recommended. Contact 011 268 0058.
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Location: Post Office Centre, Corner Rudd Road & Otto Street, Illovo, Sandton
Overall Rating:   4.5
Food: 4 Service: 5 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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Restaurant at Waterkloof, The   Somerset West, Winelands
what a disappointment   | By jenny | Thursday, 22 January 2015
I came home after reading your review and could not believe i had been to the same restaurant. On looking at trip advisor many have had a similar experience. I think you need to have a good look at the food at this place and we wasted an evening on your recommendation.
Overall Rating:   2
Food: 1 Service: 3 Ambience: 3
No, I would not go back.

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Helena's Restaurant   Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch
food matched the ambience   | By Jürgen | Sunday, 04 January 2015
Great lunch while seated on the veranda of this lovely old building, and watching the passing parade. The prawn, orange and fennel gnocchi caught my attention. Perfectly light gnocchi, finished off in the pan. Crunchy prawns and everything made to taste interesting by the whole baby fennel and fennel mousse. Orange juice provided some acidity and bite. The dish contained no orange segments, and I was informed the chef adds them when he feels like it, which I thought was a bit flippant (from the chef, not the waitress). My wife had an interesting and tasty mezze platter with a number of ingredients often not included such as rillettes and crispy aubergine sticks. Good to excellent service and generous wine by the glass.
Overall Rating:   4
Food: 4 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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Cargill's   Rondebosch, Cape Town
Exceptional Pre Wedding Dinner   | By Stewart | Sunday, 04 January 2015
We had an exceptional meal on 18 December 2014. It was a pre-wedding dinner for 13 people. The experience was perfect in every way - superb food (lovely menu and well prepared and presented), great ambience, beautiful table and last but not least excellent discrete but attentive service. Five stars!!!! Stewart Stiles
Overall Rating:   5
Food: 5 Service: 5 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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Bistro 98   Salt Rock, Ballito
Architectural gem   | By Janus | Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The Bistro is inside a sleek and inviting pavilion that opens to the surrounding forest . Architecture at its best. The food ranges from standard staples, like burgers, sandwiches and salads to more complex dishes that I suppose could be described as fusion. I am usually not a fan of fusion, but it does seem to work better in this climate and setting. Vegetarians are also catered for, and I had a very good vegetable couscous during a recent visit. Desserts have never disappointed with the recently devoured chocolate cheesecake requiring special mention. A good selection of wines are available.
Overall Rating:   4.5
Food: 4 Service: 4 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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DW Eleven-13   Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
Disappointing DW ELEVEN-13, 3 Dec 2014   | By Ben | Friday, 05 December 2014
My first impression was very negative, brought on by an almost dismissive front of house receptionist. Thank heavens for Emily, our waitress for the afternoon, who had a wonderful sense of humour and delightful personality! Her service is commendable.

The breads were interesting, the best the freshly baked corn bread bread. I did not think the butters were that interesting. Very difficult to get anything out under the display.

We ordered the pork belly, which looked lovely on arrival. Very nice plaiting indeed. Pork belly should ideally have a nice crisp skin with most of the fat cooked out. And it should most definitely be cooked throughout, without any red blood still lurking, which was the case. Whilst the combination of flavours worked well, unfortunately my pork belly was undercooked, resulting in a soggy mixture of meat and fat. The triple fried chips and broccoli brought as extras were fine. In fact, it turned out to be the best part of the meal.

The wine list is not interesting, nor unique, and comes with a heavily overpriced price tag. The starters are completely overpriced. I will most definitely not return. This experience also leaves a big question over the criteria used by the Eat Out awards team. It is difficult to understand why this institution is so highly rated when the basics are certainly not in place.
Overall Rating:   1.5
Food: 1 Service: 3 Ambience: 1
No, I would not go back.

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Beleza Restaurant   Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
Tasty as always   | By penny | Thursday, 27 November 2014
Tasty as always | My favourite restaurant in my neighbourhood. The waitresses are friendly the owners awesome. The steaks are the best in Cape Town.
Overall Rating:   4.5
Food: 5 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
Yes, I would return!

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The stylish interior of Signal, Cape Grace
Graham Beck's Gorgeous for bubbles and bites
The inviting warmth of Lucit, Pretoria
Makaron in Stellenbosch: design meets cuisine
Great calamari at Pirates, Plumstead
Regal dining room of the Saxon Hotel, Sandton
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