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Cafe del Sol

Cafe del Sol
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  • Location 27117046493
  • Phone Number Olivedale Corner Shopping Centre, corner Olive and President Fouche road, Randburg, Johannesburg
  • email bookings@cafedelsol.co.za
  • Website URL www.cafedelsol.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon - 3pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm - 9:30pm

Cost
R105
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bistro, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegetarian
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Critic's review

Leila Saffarian

Dining out in Johannesburg often means enjoying lunch or dinner in yet another shopping complex. The situation is what it is, but what makes the above more tolerable, in fact even pleasurable, is enjoying Italian cuisine at its best, in a restaurant that not only puts Nonna’s cooking to shame but also received the title of Best Italian Restaurant in 2012 from Eat Out. Clearly with good reason; there’s a load of good chatter happening about Café del Sol.

Food
A large menu means there is something for every taste. Naturally, you'll find pasta, as with any good Italian eatery. The handmade ravioli and gnocchi in particular are very tempting. When it comes to the ravioli of the day – hand-made pasta pockets with a seasonal filling – only ten portions are made daily, so hold thumbs they’ve still got some left for you. The same principle goes for the gnocchi, which comes served with browned butter and sage, a Napoletana sauce, or fresh basil pesto.

As for the risottos, the porcini version won’t disappoint. Porcini mushrooms, fresh peas and a hint of truffle oil add extra flavour to this dish of perfectly cooked rice (R105). If carne is your thing, the tender rolled pork fillet will have you relishing every bite. It’s a delicious dish of rolled pork fillet, stuffed with parma ham, fontina and smoked mozzarella, and served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and a sage sauce. The flavours complement each other beautifully and the sage really enhances the flavour of the pork (R120).

Stuffed calamari is one of their best-sellers: delve into Falklands calamari tubes filled with red pepper, green olives, capers, ricotta cheese, Grana Padano and chilli. It's served with thin capellini pasta, seasonal stir-fried vegetables and a beurre blanc sauce (R115).

Drinks 
A good selection of wines present, along with local beers and spirits.

Service
Service is excellent and the waiters very attentive. They show a thorough knowledge of the menu and are helpful when it comes to food and wine pairings.

Ambience
The restaurant has a fresh, clean and modern feel. The walls and floors are adorned with foodie-inspired quotes. There is a buzz in the air as the restaurant fills up. Patrons seem to relax into the ease that flows from the kitchen to the tables.

And… 
If there is any space left for a touch of la dolce vita, give the dark chocolate tart a try. One portion is rich and decadent enough to share (R50).

(July 2014)

  • The 2012 winner of Best Italian Restaurant. Sensational food served in an unpretentious, modern setting has made this eatery a firm favourite. They make stuffed ravioli (try the artichoke), gnocchi and basil pesto every day. The relaxed atmosphere belies their absolute precision and passion. (Eat Out magazine 2014)
  • Food
    The menu offers a wide range of modern Italian dishes, and not-to-be-missed specials. The traditional Nonna’s light, fluffy gnocchi pillows in a subtle dolce di latte Gorgonzola and walnut sauce are sublime. The cheesecake is a must try, so save some room.

    Wine
    The wine list offers an eclectic selection with a combination of classic, easy-drinking wines as well as contemporary brands.

    Service
    The service is top-notch and attentive without being disruptive. The maître d’ sets the tone with his enthusiasm and knowledge.

    Ambience
    Owners Ryan and Chiara have managed to create a cosy and whimsical space with an elegant yet relaxed feel. Décor is modern and minimalist white with splashes of red and black.

    And...
    Café del Sol is not your typical Nonna’s restaurant, but offers gourmet dining that embodies the essence of traditional Italian flavours and hospitality. (NM, October 2012)
  • Gwynne Conlyn

    It's a relaxed place, but the entire experience is executed with absolute precision and passion. The décor and open-plan kitchen are inspiring and inviting. Cafe del Sol stands out because of its consistency and the fact that everything works together to give a complete dining experience. A neighbourhood favourite for mid-week dinner. The gnocchi is always light, as it should be; also order the tender stuffed calamari.

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    After many attempts to book for dinner, always fully booked, weeks in advance, we managed to book a table last night. Well, all I can say is that Cafe Del Sol, is fine Italian dining at its' absolute best!!!! A gastronomic delight!!! Service by Mike was excellent! What a delightful waitron!!!
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    Cafe de Sol has it all! Beautiful decor, outstanding service and excellent food. Try something new on the memu everytime you go. Just book in advance- this restaurant is very popular.
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    My favourite restaurant went up even more in my rating. I screwed up my booking for Friday 21 November for 11 people and arrived with an entourage of 11. I had booked for Saturday 22nd! The superb staff, Alex, Jacques and Joubert sorted out a table on the pavement. What a great bunch - could easily have kicked me to touch. Had the superb starters suggested by Alex. Then chicken porcini which I find hard to resist followed by the Amaretto Semifreddo which is brilliant. 11 very happy people on what could have been a disaster! And really great coffee. A class act all round and in an area that you would not expect to find such an excellent establishment.
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    From the outside, you would not think that there lies a gem in such a quiet area, however, as soon as you enter, you are almost "transformed" into a VIP at a 5 star hotel! The ambience is excellent, staff extremely friendly and helpful, and as for the food... what can I say... it is super duper out-of-this-world delish! The presentation is awesome and service is first class. Loved every second spent there with my friends. Awesome place. Can't wait to get a booking soon.
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    It may not be a typical review.. but I prefer to start with the Dessert review - BEST EVER CHEESECAKE!! my husband and I actually crave the cheesecake and don't mind the over 40 minute drive to get it.

    The first time we went to Cafe Del Sol, we were slightly apprehensive as the surrounding area is ultra quiet, especially at night.
    Upon entering the restaurant, however, we were met with the friendliest hosts and yes I say hosts as it is a family restaurant and they really make you feel like you have entered their home.

    The décor, while being warm and cosy,is still classy.

    While being limited to vegetarian and seafood options, we tried the vegetarian bruschetta for starters and the raviolli for mains. The food was served timeously, well presented and best of all the taste was out of this world.

    We will def be returning!!

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Specials

On offer are the weekly specials that change from week to week.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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