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Riverine Rabbit (opening in October 2018)

Riverine Rabbit (opening in October 2018)
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Cost
R170 - R190 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
Corkage
BYO (no charge)

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food

Chef Ash Heeger has turned plenty of heads since this charcoal-fired eatery opened in 2016. The menu is compact and to the point, but it’s worth letting the waiters talk you through it. The starters are divided into “colds” and “hots” and tapas style dining in encouraged here. The Cheese Croquettes are a clear favorite and have managed to stay on the ever changing menu for the past year. Not to be missed are the Charcoal Charred Beef and the Fresh West Coast Mussels.

You won’t go wrong with anything meaty here, the ethically sourced dry aged beef is butchered by Ryan Boon and aged further in ASH’s temperature controlled meat locker. Vegetarians won’t go hungry either, with a handful of meat-free options such as the Parsley and Nettle Samp, an interesting dish of Samp that eats similarly to a risotto.

To finish, you’ll struggle to choose between the Freshly Baked Madeleines and not so traditional Banana Split.

Drinks
Prices are fair, and there’s a good selection by the glass too, so go ahead and experiment.

Service
Top-notch service from passionate waiters who ably guide diners through Heeger’s adventurous menu.

Ambience
A staircase leads down into this moody yet stylish eatery, featuring exposed brick floors and leather chairs. The eye-catching open kitchen stretches clear across one side of the restaurant, putting the chef’s brigade and charcoal oven on full display.

And…
A special brunch menu is served on Saturdays fueled by Naartjie Mimosa's and Bloody Mary’s, expect something different with items such as  Chicken & Waffles and French Toast with Seasonal Berries.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Went there on a not to busy Thursday evening, quite early. Had some high expectations because of all the good reviews and texts in magazines. To summit the overall experience when i went out, really disappointed and would not go there to eat. Starting with the service which was ok but not really passionated about what they´re doing. A lot of the staff is just standing around, which makes you feel uncomfortable. They got some really good chosen wines in there from Publik. But the wine is not served in wine glasses, just in normal looking water glasses. The starters were all quite ok but nothing special. We were all waiting with high expectations to our meat which was highly recommended at Ash. As the meat was served i already saw that it wasn´t medium as i ordered it was medium-well. I didn´t enjoyed it at all the meat was nothing special, could have done the same with a meat from checkers. As a side i had Pommes anna (something like thicker fried) with a lemon mayo. All of that hasn´t had a taste, the mayo was just like a butter, really discussing. We didn´t ordered a desert, we didn´t want it to get worse. Just a side thing: I read a interview of ash saying that in her restaurant the cooks are serving the food themselves because it is hard to find good service personal who knows about food. Havn´t seen that there. Don´t make such states if they´re not true! Hopefully those are just starting difficulties!
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  • Charcoal-cooking as a concept intrigued me, and a being a fan of Publik's selection of wine, and good red meat, the choice to go to Ash was easy. The sourdough bread & butter appetiser and the meringues that came with the bill framed the evening. The meat was tasty, but a little overcooked. It did however come with a very generous portion of the best mash ever. The chocolate fondant was good, and even-thought the charcoal-infused icecream worked really well with it, it didn't impress. We wished we ordered the burnt tart our neighbours had. Overall you an expect a good vibe,an excellent wine selection, quality meat and some of Cape Town's best coffee. It's definitely worth a visit.
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  • we had the pleasure of dining at Ash during the crazy busy period of the Design Indaba. the meal and service was brilliant! I'm still dreaming of the asian mussel dish!
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Menu

Set menu - ASH+MENU - Updated February 2018

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking

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