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La Colombe   Constantia, Cape Town
Has-been   | By Pierre | Thursday, 10 April 2014
We have been eating at this restaurant for almost 2 decades, and I am sad to say that they are loosing the plot. Too much deconstruction on the plate and small portions. Gone are the days of extraordinary meals and unmatched experiences.
Overall Rating:   2
Food: 2 Service: 0 Ambience: 4
No, I would not go back.

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Bistro Vine   Parkhurst, Johannesburg
An elegant French bistro   | By Ken | Friday, 21 March 2014
If a bistro should be "a small restaurant serving moderately priced simple meals in a modest setting" then Bistro Vine is something of a misnomer. Small perhaps, but elegant, with a distinctively understated, upmarket feeling and menu to match, it ticks all the boxes when it comes to good food and wine without fuss or pretension.
The decor is clean and straightforward, leaning heavily on French imagery right down to the small cloakroom appointments. Double white tablecloths, fresh linen serviettes, simple table settings with quality cutlery set an appealing tone that is all about the meal.
Being located on a busy street means that traffic noise (and smell!) can intrude on your experience, but some like this ambience and can even opt to sit on the outside pavement, where they can enjoy exhaust fumes and random strangers brushing past .
The impressive wine list is on two huge chalkboards, split into local and French varieties in a wide range of prices to suit all pockets, although some of the top-end bottles would require rather deep ones! The range of choice alone is a good reason to eat here, a real treat if you are a wine lover. Not enough of our local restaurants venture into foreign wines, which is a pity. There is an equally impressive range of stronger liquors, proudly displayed along the bar-style counter.
The menu offers an excellent selection of all types of dish, simply treated in keeping with the Bistro theme, but inventive enough to avoid being mundane. Many are French-style cafe favourites, like mussels and Bouillabaisse, and there are delicious poultry, lamb and beef options. The food I have eaten here has always been excellent, from the Scottish Salmon to the braised lamb or properly cooked steaks, well presented in the simple style which is the trademark of this place. There are delicious and different desserts to tempt you, should you still have space for them, although the Gorgonzola cheese, apricot, saffron chutney crostini dessert came with about half of a toasted french loaf and was practically a meal by itself!
Service is efficient and unobtrusive, with knowledgeable input on food and wine pairings from the friendly owner/manager.
Depending on your mood you could either go here for a quick hamburger and a glass of house wine, or treat an honoured guest to a sumptuous (and expensive) top-class three course meal with all the frills and trimmings - either way I suspect that you would leave feeling that the experience had been something satisfying, special and essentially French, a little off the beaten track, and well worth coming back for more.
Overall Rating:   3.5
Food: 5 Service: 0 Ambience: 3
Yes, I would return!

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Bosman's   Paarl, Winelands
Spoiled birthday   | By Dieter G. | Wednesday, 12 February 2014
We were at Bosmanís Restaurant on January 31, 2014 to celebrate my wifeís birthday together with friends. We had several recommendations for this restaurant from friends and we had read lots of positive critics in a couple of guides.
First of all the food is excellent. Roland Gorgosilich is doing an excellent job. He is not a cook, he is an artist and delivers outstanding dishes to the guests of the restaurant. Unfortunately his work is being spoiled by a totally unacceptable service. We selected three different wines from the Diners Club Award winning Wine list to accompany our seven course Degustation menu directly when we ordered the food. I gave clear instructions to decant the red wine so it had time to breathe until we got to the main course. We were told after a couple of minutes, the first white wine was not available anymore. Isnít this strange, that either the stores or the wine list at not properly managed by the restaurant manager? Is this acceptable for a restaurant of this high ranking?
When we were ready for the main course after about two hours, we were told that the red wine was not available as well. Two out of three bottles were not available? I thought this could only happen in a third class restaurant. They had simply ignored my instructions to decant the wine. Where were the sommelier and the manager, whom I had read about in several publications? The waiter recommended a 2001 Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon to me instead and when I argued, that this wine had no chance as it had no time to breathe, I was told this wine was older, so it didnít need to breathe that much. I had never heard so much BS before, I felt, they were not taking me serious as a customer. Only the fact that I didnít want to spoil my wifeís birthday led me not to leave the place immediately or call the manager and the sommelier to my table. If the place was managed properly, they would have noticed this even without me calling for them. But they probably considered me a stupid tourist.
Now, I still recommend to you to go to this restaurant. The art of Roland Gorgosilich deserves it. But make sure you have the manager and the sommelier at your table when you order and tell them, that you will not tolerate such a bad service as I had it on January 31, 2014.
Overall Rating:   3.5
Food: 5 Service: 1 Ambience: 3
Yes, I would return!

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Impulse by the Sea   Tinley Manor, North Coast
Do not get turned aff by first looks!!   | By philip | Saturday, 08 February 2014
HAd lunch there last Sunday. We were apprehensive at first, not wanting to go in. But once in the friendly Teddy and the good food made up for the rather dishevelled looks of the place inside. From the outside, it looks a bit rough!!
we had a wonderful time!!
Overall Rating:   2.5
Food: 4 Service: 0 Ambience: 2
Yes, I would return!

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Long Table, The   Stellenbosch, Winelands
Lovely place - lovely food - lovely time   | By philip | Saturday, 08 February 2014
I visited Long table the first time two Sundays ago with my family. What a treat!!! The food, service, people, view - - - all made for a very good time. We each had THREE courses and although we could not eat for the next 24 hours, the quality and taste was really good.
Overall Rating:   4
Food: 5 Service: 0 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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Bukhara/Haiku   V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
No longer the best Indian and Fusion foods   | By philip | Wednesday, 22 January 2014
I love Bukhara in Sandton. So does my wife. When we heard that Haiku and Bukhara are now in Waterfront Cape Town, we went there for lunch on Monday. The curries were ok-ish. The starter, Chicken Cheese, normally a winner was dry and disappointing. The sushi was shocking - both in price (R125 for two small pieces) and in appearance (looked as if it was made two days ago) and taste (not good at all) My guests, who are from Cape Town, did the honourable thing and did not complain. Afterwards, i did receive a sure thumbs down from them.
Overall Rating:   1.5
Food: 1 Service: 0 Ambience: 3
No, I would not go back.

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Black Sheep   Tamboerskloof, Cape Town
A winner   | By Colin | Monday, 20 January 2014
Quite simply our favourite new restaurant that feels like it has always been there. The space is lovely, food consistently good, with bold, fresh flavours, from comfort foods like sticky ribs, to light zesty salads. We also love the option of getting something like a slow-cooked shoulder of lamb served family-style for the whole table.

The fact that it IS a new restaurant means that there are certainly still some tweaks to be made: service-training is a work in progress, and we have yet to round off a visit with a cup of coffee as good as the meal itself. These are minor details, and very fixable.

All in all, a fantastic new addition to Kloof Street. (Note: if you prefer quiet spaces, then I would recommend going for lunch - evenings are often quite full, and it does get rather loud).
Overall Rating:   5
Food: 5 Service: 4 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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Buitenverwachting   Constantia, Cape Town
Hot   | By Mark | Thursday, 16 January 2014
Just returned from the restaurant
average
Lovely vista, no air con vista soon became
Less charming
Canape nice, fishcake with tartare sauce
Argentina Prawns lovely
Rib eye more of a sirloin, medium rare was
A while ago , tasty nothing to write hone about
The wifes main weiner poor huge portion
Strange cranberry sauce
Overall Rating:   3.5
Food: 3 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
No, I would not go back.

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5 Rooms   Constantia, Cape Town
Promises a lot   | By Mark | Thursday, 16 January 2014
Location is great, the rose is ok a bit lacking
Attention
Lovely gardens
The menu is nice , good wine list
The bread is servered strange
But nice bread
The presention is good it just lacks
Taste
Overall Rating:   3.5
Food: 3 Service: 4 Ambience: 4
No, I would not go back.

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Test Kitchen, The   Woodstock, Cape Town
The best   | By Mark | Thursday, 16 January 2014
Faultless cooking
Great atomsphere
Best in Cape Town
Good vaule
Overall Rating:   4
Food: 5 Service: 0 Ambience: 5
Yes, I would return!

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