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An Italian classic, lasagna, at Ritrovo, Pretoria
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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Hartford House is set on the grounds of a thoroughbred stud farm. The hotel and restaurant is within a 19th century, sandstone house that once belonged to the last prime ... more
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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.

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.

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.

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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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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The stylish interior of Signal, Cape Grace
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