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Basic Bistro

Basic Bistro
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  • Location +27218833629
  • Phone Number 31 Church Street, Stellenbosch, Winelands, Western Cape
  • email info@basicbistro.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.basicbistro.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7:00am - 10:00pm

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm

    Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6:00pm - 10:00pm

Cost
R60
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bistro fare, Modern, Seafood
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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)
  • 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

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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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  • Basic Bistro

    We are truly sorry about the experience you had at Basic - the burger you speak of has been re-called since, seeing it was indeed an experiment and the menu won't be seeing that one again. We strive to delight, and in order to do so we have to try new things and let the customers tell us what they think - we would have loved for you to speak to us on the day and we would have gladly amended the situation best we could or at least given your meal on the house. We hope to see you again in future so we can make up for it... All the best! Rico
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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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  • Rico

    Dear Sir, we are truly sorry for the experience you had here at Basic Bistro - please accept our apologies seeing that this is neither the procedures nor the standards we aspire to. Normally our bookings get placed on the table before the evenings starts, and customers get notified long in advance. I have confronted the waiter responsible and she apologises and promises to handle such situations more professionally next time. I agree with you sir, if they did forget to inform you about the booking, they should have treated you better or at least inform me about it. I would have loved to speak to you on the evening, seeing I was inside the restaurant at the time and only got informed after you left... then I could have had the opportunity to make right where you have been wronged. Please accept our invitation to return here and have an evening on us... just ask for Rico, and if I am off-site, I will be a phone-call away and will inform my staff to organise promotional meals and drinks for you and your wife. Hope to see you again soon... Regards Rico Wessels
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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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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Licensed
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian

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