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Basic Bistro

Basic Bistro
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Seafood
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Be sure to make a booking or arrive early: this is a very cosy, intimate restaurant where you can have a great meal with an affordable pricetag. Their burgers are the best – be sure to try the chilli burger if you like something spicy! Good for a vibey Friday or Saturday night. (EO mag 2014)
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  • Herman Lensing

    Be sure to make a booking or arrive early! This is a very cosy and intimate restaurant – nothing more than 15 tables. You can have a great meal for nothing more than R11 per person. Visit on a vibey Friday / Saturday night. Their burgers are the best; be sure to try the chilli burger if you like something spicy. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Over time this cosy little place has become our favourite restaurant in the wider area. It is not only the excellent food from starters right through to desserts but also the coffee & drinks are arguably the best you can wish for because they know how to make it properly. The menu is extensive but we opted for Burgers, and without doubt agreed they were probably the best burgers we had ever eaten, they were moist, delicious and perfectly cooked The salad that came with the burger was fresh and delicious, and the fries exceptional It is a joy to sit there and watch the rest of the world go by. The restaurant is "basic" provincial in terms of character indeed - as the humble name indicates - but don't let it fool you because it has an attractive & pleasant ambiance and the delightful staff and service, better than what you find in many "multi star" establishments in the area. From regular locals to foreign visitors, we have only ever heard compliments. I join those who have voted this little place as highly recommended....and yes, maybe best to make booking before hand if you go there for supper, as it does get busy!
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  • I decided on taking my girlfriend out for a nice relaxing and unpretentious dinner. Basic Bistro seemed to be the perfect choice as she even suggested paying for the dessert! The atmosphere was great - as it always is. The service on the evening was superb. The waitress was friendly and professional. She had a good sense of wine knowledge too. Food was absolutely amazing. At Basic Bistro, you as a guest, really get your money's worth. Thank you for a lovely evening. We'll be seeing you again soon!
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  • I honestly wanted to write a good review about Basic as most of our friends are extremely loyal Basic customers and to them it's like a second home. Unfortunately after Friday evening's experience I can't agree. Both our meals were extremely disappointing. I admit, I did order a special - which is always a bit of a gamble. This particular special is a Burger and Beer for R68-00. Yes, a bargain of course, but when you order a burger, you don't expect the beef patty to be so small your meal basically (no pun intended) consisted of a roll. Because that was pretty the burger. The only other extra was a bit of onion marmalade. No trace of anything green, no salad, no leaf in sight. There were however, a large amount of crisps with balsamic vinegar drizzled over. I do realise that there's a trend to serve burgers mostly semi-raw and I've learnt to live with it. In this case, a severe stomach ache for 24 hours after wasn't what I was expecting. It could be just coincidence, but from now on I'm steering clear of all burgers prepared in restaurants. My better half ordered the Dukkah chicken pasta which tasted nice and creamy. We were expecting more of a dukkah flavour, but instead there was just a sprinkling of dukkah on top. For R72-00 one expects a bit more. Basic has a lovely setting with a great atmosphere. If only the food would live up to it. Sorry guys, for now I'll just walk past a try one of Church street's other restaurants.
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  • My wife and I went to Basic Bistro to celebrate our 1 year anniversary of our wedding. We ordered our drinks and food. While we were drinking our drinks the waiter came and put a note on our table that the table is reserved for 18:30, it was 18:00 we haven't even received our food.

    The waiter did not explain the note. When I got up and confronted the waiter about the note they said that we have to move inside if we want to stay after 18:30 at Basic Bistro. She asked me if anybody informed me of the reserved table I said No. I then told her that it is my right as consumer to stay at the table as long as I want to as I was not informed of the reservation.

    The waiter got very rude and said I am not allowed to confront her. Oh please. I'm the consumer.

    You really spoiled a very special day for me!

    Please replace your waiters and get a better reservation system!

    You have lost all your goodwill.
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  • This cozy restaurant will impress you. They serve hearty meals, made from quality ingredients. Their blackboard specials will ensure variety.
    See my full review here: http://labellevielife.blogspot.com/2014/08/challenge-2-basic-bistro.html
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  • Have eaten here a number of times during the last two years. Food and service always great.

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  • Excellent burger, very friendly efficient service - would recommend to anyone.

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  • When the man himself is not around his staff seem to get sloppy and forgetful. Forgot to bring the wine we ordered, forgot / mixed up our order (starter and main at same time).Why are the wedges so hot and the famous burger ice cold?It used to be one of our favourite places for just dropping in for a quick meal or a relaxed couple hours with good food, enjoying wine and the atmosphere.And please - you have more than enough tables now, dont squeeze in more. Perhaps a new policy that it is not OK to hang out and keep a table for hours with one coffee and a glas of tap water? Or guests playing cards endlessly without having a drink or food. I know your bistro with its relaxed atmosphere is a popular place to hang out, but even students with almost no money should understand that it is your way of living (and earning some along the way) too. Hope next time I come around and you will have a table free and I can order a nice warm respectable burger!
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  • We visited this quaint little restaurant during our recent holiday in the Cape. We came across it quite by accident, and had a surprisingly pleasant evening. We loved the chalk-board menu. The food was well-prepared and very reasonably priced. The mussels and gaspachio were especially enjoyable. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service friendly and prompt. We will definitely return when we are down there again.
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  • I worked at Basic Bistro for 1 1/2 years, and it became my second home. Working there did not deter me from spending long evenings or afternoons enjoying dinner or lunch there. Their burgers have been rated one of the best in Cape Town, and the service is excellent but relaxed. Good homely vibe in this little bistro.
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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Licensed
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian

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