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Arugula Bistro and Bread

Arugula Bistro and Bread
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  • Location 021 913 6906
  • Phone Number Shop 18, Welgemoed Forum, corner of Jip de Jager and Kommissaris street, Bellville, Cape Town
  • email info@arugulabistro.co.za
  • Website URL www.arugulabistro.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 8am to 11.30am

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 3.30pm

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10pm

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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Bistro fare, Health food, Seafood, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Food 
There is something very appealing about walking into a place where freshly made fettuccine is hanging out to dry and the air is filled with the delicious aroma of home baked bread, and where homemade ice creams glisten in the fridges, waiting for the moment you will choose them to finish off your meal. Chef Neil Swart is holding the fort here very well, serving bistro style food in generous portions. The superbly rich chicken liver parfait with an apricot compote and toasted ciabatta is still a knockout, as is the charcuterie platter with balsamic caramel. Clever banting choices, which may appeal to others as well, include excellent grass-fed rib-eye steak with pan-fried veggies and smoked paprika butter; slow-roasted pork belly (for which they are famous) with cauliflower purée, baby marrow ribbons and garlic butter; and a delicious home-smoked chicken salad with bacon, parmesan and banting mayo. The fettuccine with prawns, cream, and fresh basil, and the oxtail risotto with parmesan and toasted almonds are great choices if you like Italian food. The generous cheddar burger with bacon, pickled jalapeños, garlic butter and homemade chips continues to enthral local carnivores. And as for those ice creams, the salted caramel and chocolate-chunk Nutella are the stars of the show.

Drinks 
They offer a very good list, carefully selected, featuring wines from Elgin and Villiera and others at good prices, in carafes or per bottle. Beers include Alliance Amber Ale and Saboteur.

Service 
The service staff are quietly efficient and friendly.

Ambience 
The space is fairly large and walled in glass, which lets in plenty of light. The open-plan kitchen allows one to feel part of the action without getting too involved. At night the place takes on a more glamorous character.

And… 
If you don’t take away some fabulous bread or ice cream you will live to regret it.

(July 2014)

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  • Their focus on uncomplicated flavours belies the excellent options on offer, like deboned lamb rib with mustard mash and ratatouille; and oxtail ravioli in burnt butter with prune chutney.

User reviews

  • We went to Arugula for my 4/5th time last night. As always, the service and food were outstanding. Really incredible place.
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  • We had a very nice meal at Arugula with our 2 young children. I found the kids menu very nice and the normal menu had a nice variety of dishes on offer. Our main meals of pork belly and the korean ribs were very nice, but slightly under-seasoned and lacking an umpf of flavour. We will definitely go again, especially to try out their lunch menu which looks delicious!
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  • I was treated by a friend for lunch for my birthday and had never heard or been to Arugula before. The food was so delicious just the right portion and the flavours were amazing. I had the deboned lamb and it was to die for. For dessert we tried there caramel vodka custard cream doughnut with caramel ice cream..never tasted anything like it each mouthful was savoured and did not want to finish it. Would highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be going back again to try out the different flavours of ice cream. Thank you to the chefs.....
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  • I love that place :) Ice cream is the best , that in clods the staff the food the place. i just love it ! :)
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  • Visited Arugula for the first time last week and was blown away by the service and food. Durbanville area is really lacking in the way of niche market eateries that serve wholesome slow food. If you are anything like me and enjoy a meal where you can taste that all the ingredients are fresh AND home made then its worth a visit.
    They have a great wine list, mostly including wines from in and around the wine area of Durbanville. I had the roast lamb ravioli - highly recommended for those who like fresh made filled pastas. Be sure not to miss out on the weird and wonderful icecreams for dessert. My favourite is the salted caramel.
    It really is about time that the Northern suburbs joined the rest of Cape Town in the slow foodie, good foodie movement. Well done Arugula for setting the pace and direction. YUM.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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