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Bistrot Bizerca

Bistrot Bizerca
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  • Location 0214238888
  • Phone Number Heritage Square, 98 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town
  • email bizercareservations@gmail.com
  • Website URL http://www.bizerca.com
  • Opening Hours

    Lunch: Monday to Friday 12noon to 3pm, Afternoon Bites: 2.30pm to 6pm

    Dinner: Monday to Friday 6.30pm to10pm, Late night bites: 9.30pm to 10.30pm

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Cost
R170 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool
Food
Bistro fare, French
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Critic's review

Katharine Jacobs

Food
Bizerca has something of a cult following in Cape Town for it’s refined bistro food, in a stylish, twinkling setting. Oversized blackboard menus, manoeuvred around the restaurant by the staff, showcase the changing dishes and some of the Bizerca classics.

To start, you might try a creamy seafood and butternut velouté with mussels and a warming hint of chilli. It also comes with creamy prawns on toast. Or kick off with the superb pumpkin gnocchi – gently fried to create a crispy caramelised exterior – on a creamy tomato sauce.

Mains are a meaty affair, featuring kudu, springbok, lamb and beef – there is however one vegetarian option. We sample the braised lamb shoulder, which comes with a whole selection of lamb cuts including the shoulder, a meatball and a chop. The lamb here is slightly overpowered by a curried sauce. The seared kudu loin comes gloriously deep fuschia and butter soft, with a slightly too subtle grand veneur sauce and a delicious piece of poached quince.

For dessert, the deceptively simply named chocolate pudding remains the standout. In reality, it’s a small platter of puddings: a miniature chocolate fondant – perfectly liquid in the centre, a scoop of chocolate sorbet, and a small crème brûlée. It’s so often shared, that waiters offer it with two spoons by default.

Drinks
The winelist is a concise two-page document, that’s been lovingly pruned, with some lovely options like Iona, Hartenberg, Yardstick and Horse Mountain. Rather wonderfully, all of the wines (bar the Taittinger, of course) are available either by the bottle or carafe. In season, there’s a range of brandies, whiskeys and cognacs available too.

Ambience
Historic exposed brickwork is beautifully lit by floor-level lighting, creating a slightly magical feeling inside. A courtyard offers al fresco dining in the summertime. The regulars are a mix of older, wealthy folk, and young, stylish people with disposable income.

Service
Service is slightly mixed on the night we dine there. Our server seems distracted – and the food flies out of the kitchen. Our starter arrives before we’ve had a chance to really settle in.

And…
It’s always busy, so it’s best to book. Ask for a seat in the courtyard on balmy evenings.

(September 2016)

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  • Richard Holmes

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    The blending of classical European techniques and global influences by skilled chef Laurent Deslandes ensures this charming restaurant remains one of the more exciting bistro-chic options in the city. Deslandes puts plenty of effort into provenance, and his strong focus on artisanal and local produce stretches to a striking vertical garden in the courtyard. The offering is presented in a compact menu of starters and main courses that change with the seasons, complemented by an exciting daily chalkboard menu.
    That could include the Asian cabbage salad with crisp cubes of pork belly and prawns – plenty of acidity and spice to offset the rich meat – while the tender confit duck leg with Savoy cabbage will melt the heart of any homesick Frenchman. Desserts similarly celebrate all things Continental, with the crêpe suzette being a standout. Some dishes are available in small, medium or large portions, allowing you to mix and match your starters and mains.

    Drinks
    A compact, well-priced list of mostly boutique estates. There’s a good choice available by the glass, which are served in generous carafes. You’ll also find a selection of French wines and Champagnes on offer.

    Service
    Friendly and attentive, with excellent knowledge of the menu.

    Ambience
    A restaurant with two faces. By day the charming Heritage Square courtyard is first prize for seating, with rustic wooden tables and casual country-style table settings. Come evening the courtyard takes on a magical candlelit feel, while the main restaurant is the more elegant choice with its exposed brick walls and stylish décor.

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    If nothing else on the menu takes your fancy, the salad of Norwegian salmon with goat’s cheese and a soya-ginger dressing is a signature dish here, and always superb.

    (August 2015)

  • Graham Howe

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    Experienced chef Laurent Deslandes demonstrates a mastery of classic French cooking techniques, expressing the natural flavours and textures of top-quality ingredients sourced from local, artisanal suppliers. A small bistro menu focuses on six starters, mains and desserts, which change from season to season, lunch to dinner. The accent is on combining simple flavours in classic combinations with oodles of flavour. Standouts on the chalkboard bistro menu tempt with down-to-earth fare such as bouillabaisse, acorn-fed farm pork, honey-glazed duck confit and crispy pork belly. The regulars return for authentic French offal dishes like beef cheeks, ox tongue and sweetbreads. No-one will mind if you mop up the rich sauces and reductions with the freshly-baked breads. And don’t miss the divine desserts, which are famously French.

    Drinks 
    There's an excellent selection of some of the Cape’s cutting-edge wine cellars with a particularly fine choice of champagne and local sparkling wines to match afternoon and late-night canapés, and brandy and cognac for digestifs.

    Service
    Expect attentive service from this hands-on chef and his team, with advice from well-informed staff on composition of signature dishes and origin of ingredients.

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    This is casual, laid-back bistro-style dining in a balmy courtyard with a water fountain in summer, or at smart, linen-laid tables in the raw-brick interior in winter.

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    Relish the fresh micro-greens and salad leaves picked daily from vertical wall gardens in the courtyard and restaurant. And don’t forget to admire one of the oldest vines around in the Cape in Heritage Square.

    (July 2014)

  • Sublime style in the heart of the city. The bistro’s consistently high standards walk the line between unpretentious bistro and fine dining. A chalkboard of daily specials showcase the skill of chef Laurent Deslandes. The courtyard is the place to be in summer. Stand-out dishes: Norwegian salmon with ginger and goat’s cheese; steak tartare; glazed crispy pork belly and pineapple with Asian veg salad; and home-cured salmon. (EO mag 2014)
  • Sublime style in the heart of the city. The bistro’s consistently high standards walk the line between unpretentious bistro and fine dining. A chalkboard of daily specials showcase the skill of chef Laurent Deslandes. The courtyard is the place to be in summer. Stand-out dishes: Norwegian salmon with ginger and goat’s cheese; steak tartare; glazed crispy pork belly and pineapple with Asian veg salad; and home-cured salmon.
  • Food
    Arguably the ultimate inner-city eatery, Bistrot Bizerca is one of Cape Town’s culinary gems. Owner and chef Laurent Deslandes has an innovative approach to classic French cooking, which walks a fine line between fine dining and unpretentious bistro fare. The menu is small and consists of a few tried and tested favourites, supplement by a blackboard of seasonally driven specials. Starters are magnificent and might include French onion soup, salmon, oysters with gooseberries, and steak tartare. Mains include offal and interesting meat options, such as braised pork trotters, rabbit, veal tongue, beef cheeks, slow-roasted venison shoulder, glazed crispy pork belly and more. And dessert? Don’t bother looking further than the apple tart tatin. It’s beyond delectable.

    Wine
    The list is excellent, with a variety of both French and South African wines.

    Service
    Unfortunately, reports of the service vary. Some people love it; some not so much. If you’re a regular, you’ll quickly be on a first-name basis, and will be a fan of the swift lunch-time service. The staff also get bonus points for always telling you when you need to order things in advance (like the delectable apple tart) because they take time to make.

    Ambience
    Bizerca is set inside a handsome heritage building. The décor is slick without being too stuffy; it’s the perfect place to seal an important deal over lunch. In summer, make sure to sit in the courtyard, which is buzzy and beautiful and perfect for long, lazy lunches. The vertical garden is magical.

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    Make sure you book in advance. Tables are very scarce.(Anelde Greeff, September 2013)
  • Bianca Coleman

    A tiny menu of tried and tested favourites is supplemented by an extensive chalkboard of daily specials, which showcase chef Laurent Deslandes's skill. Sublime French style in the heart of the city. The courtyard is the place to be in summer, at any time of the day since the addition of their ‘between-meals’ lighter dishes. A multiple Eat Out award winner with consistently high standards, Bizerca walks a very thin line between unpretentious bistro and fine dining. Recommended for a romantic date. Order the Norwegian salmon with ginger and goat's cheese or the steak tartare. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Lunch on a Thursday : we, 4 of us, were the only ones in the restaurant. Ordered 4 x special of the day : seared sword fish ; not seared, period. Chef, seen in kitchen drinking red wine, did not bother to come and comment ; waiter advised that it was not seared because generally patrons don't like it seared. Go figure ? No relief on bill. Makes sense that we were on our own ....
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  • If ever there was a perfect night out for dinner, this was it. I am no stranger to Bizerca and I have always only eaten really good food at this wonderful French restaurant. This evening however everything was wonderful, especially the food (which is what it is all about after all..) I decided to go with the chef's specials for the evening and ordered the beef tongue as a starter, which melted in my month! For the main course I had the pork prepared two-ways - pork loin as well as pork trotters - which was cooked off the bone and transformed into the most delicious, most flavourful phyllo pocket. A real treat for the tastebuds! Dessert was freshly baked tarte tatin and so worth the wait. I can really recommend this restaurant to any food lover out there!
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  • We went to Bizerca last night for the first time. The reception was warm and friendly. Service was great and the food fantastic! Very interesting interior and a well thought through wine list. The safe parking is a huge advantage. We will definitely go back.
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  • Absolutely terrible!!!
    Arrived for a table of 6 to be informed once seated etc that they had no meat on the menu - they had run out!! And we arrived for a 7:30pm booking, its not as if we walked in at 10pm! We left and went next door to HQ. We were not the only table that left and management couldn't care less. Expect you to book so far in advance just to be dissapointed like that. I hope they get their act together! I felt terrible for our host who invited us.

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  • Dissapointing experience. Food certainly not up to par with expectations. Although quail prepared well. Management not to be seen. Service lacking. In fact patrons were having to get up and serve their own wines.

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  • I went for lunch to Bizerca. My recommendations. I have not been since they have moved. Wow - what a disappointment. Service was okay, food was substandard! I could not believe it. One of the worst experiences in Cape Town. This means we go back to the reliable good quality places. Lately only a few. Mastrantonio, Burrata, Test Kitchen, Carne, 95 Keerom... you definitely will not see me at Bicerca again!

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  • To book a table at Bizerca is difficult at the best of times, and an impossibility if you try to do it on short notice. And for good reason; the new venue is perfectly positioned just far enough from the trendy Long Street precinct and near enough to retain the wonderful inner-city atmosphere. Parking is easy, and above all, the food is still at its legendary best. Starter portions are hearty, mains are sublime and the wine-list is still one of the best in town. However, in my opinion there are two areas of criticism that the owners should take note of. The first is that the restaurant design, although beautifully done, tends to create a very noisy and restless ambience. Secondly, and more importantly, the service levels do not match the superlative culinary offerings and has the potential to spoil what should be a special dining experience.

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  • I have not been to Bizerca since their old location in the business area in town. The new location is absolutely fantastic and a much warmer and more classy feel. The food and wines were superb and complemented by great service.

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  • I booked dinner for Friday 1 March about 3 or 4 weeks in advance. When we arrived at Bizerca the waiter took us to a table in the court-yard without any chairs but, more importantly, right next to another table with smokers. We indicated that we did not want to sit next to a smoking table (for one my wife is asthmatic) and was reluctantly taken to the inside of the restaurant. For a supposedly first class establishment not to observe legislation around designated and separate smoking areas and, secondly, not to care that their non-smoking customers may have a problem with diners smoking in the court-yard is unacceptable. Once seated inside the maître d' took our order of still water for the table and said she would bring the black-board menu to our table. Nothing happened; five minutes later I got up to ask for our waiter. Another couple of minutes past without any response when we decided that if the atrocious service was anything to go by, we did not want to ruin our evening by staying any longer. So we left and will not return, which is a pity as I believe the food is supposed to be very good. Perhaps the owner should also pay attention to the poorly trained maître d’ and waiters in his employment.

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  • I attend a monthly Dinner Club and over the 11 years I will say hands down Bizerca Bistro, is the top restaurant I have been to. The service is amazing, the owner took time to come to our table and suggest dishes that we might like according to our taste - what impressed me more is that he didn't suggest the most expensive dishes as do many restaurants. We were a large table of 14 and the food was brought out on time with no hassles. Almost everyone was silent over dinner except for the hmmmm's as the food was that good. Great wine menu too! I will be coming back here time and time again. Huge thumbs up!

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  • I had the pleasure of dining out at Bizerca Bistro on 3rd October and must admit I was completely blown away. Efficient and professional service staff saw to our every need, while the charming and charismatic manager, Raphael, ensured that our party had a flawless evening. The food was the big talking point and could only be described as 'out of this world' -- my two starters, namely the Blueberry Oysters and the Yellowtail Tartar, were both fresh, zesty and utterly delectable. For my main course, I opted to go for the grilled Kingklip and was not disappointed -- again, this was cooked to pure perfection and was superb in taste and texture. We all decided to finish off with an exceptionally good dessert -- scoops of Apple sorbet, served with wafer-thin dehydrated Granny Smith slices, all covered with Calvados brandy. Magnifique! I am so glad that I had the chance to experience the unique Foreshore space of this wonderful Cape Town favourite, but am equally looking forward to trying out their new premises in Shortmarket Street in the near future. Bravo Bizerca... Keep it up!

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  • We had a quick lunch there while visiting the Cape Wine Show and had the best Beef Tartare we have ever had. Congratulations!

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  • I wish I could go to Bizerca more often. From the ambience to the service and food, it really deserves its status of Best Bistro!
    I ordered the tartare which was a real classic, spiced perfectly and my husband took the braised veal... I had to convince him not to lick the plate!

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  • I had the most amazing meal at Bizerca Bistro. The seafood was amazing. I would go back again and again.

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  • We had a delightful dinner at Bizerca yesterday evening. The Yellowfin tartare with lime juice, avocado and wasabi was brilliant.

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  • Outstanding everything, brilliant service, outstanding menu to choose from and good perfect - they really get it right!

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  • I hadn't been back to Bizerca for a few years now. It's better than I remember it. The food is really up there for me. My wife shared 6 starters and were wowed with everything we ate. Their Hake a la minute is heavenly. Service top notch too. Highly recommended overall!

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  • Puik kelner. Die wildslewer is iets besonders! Ek sal beslis terugkeer.
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  • As delicious as always. We will be back to eat real, good French cuisine whenever we are in South Africa.
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  • Excellent! Not providing the mastery of flavours that La Colombe has produced in the past, but almost there. The softest steak that I have ever had - and the dessert is fantastic. Recommended on every level!
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  • Very good French food as a French restaurant is certainly better than the Caveau, Jardine and La Colombe.
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  • Just returned from such a special birthday celebration meal at bizerca. Meal was awesome, delicious and so well presented. Bonus, that Im not starving there after. Even got some house strawberry jam to wish me a happy birthday. Will definitely recommend.
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  • Bizerca Bistro is an ideal lunch destination. The service experienced was good and the food was exceedingly well presented and prepared. I will be back for more.
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  • Weve been trying to get to Bizerca for quite some time, but because they are only open for short hours, it is hard to juggle our schedule with their opening times. Finally we made it and boy were we glad! Had one of the most remarkable meals of my life here last night. I could not believe the depth of flavour the Laurent manages to get into his dishes. The flavour components and textures are amazing.I HIGHLY recommend a visit!
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  • This is surely the best meal Ive had in my whole life. From the starters to the delectable dessert, everything was more than perfect. The owner/chef personally explained some of the dishes to us and he is fabulous! Service was crisp and knowledgeable. Wine list is extensive and not overpriced. Restaurant interior is beautiful and comfortable. Truly a restaurant for the special occasion.
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  • I ate at Bizerca last Saturday with some friends. Why four different waiters need to be involved in seating, ordering, drinks, and food is beyond me, but somehow it works at Bizerca. No more waiting for your waiter - all seem to be on red alert for all tables.We all had great meals except for my starter, described as a crayfish sausage. Unfortunately, it was the bubbly and buzzy Cyrillas night off, and so, it seems, the crayfishs - the sausage looked like a well uhm lets call it a pale sausage and not repeat what was said at table and was tasteless.However, we might give Bizerca a third try.
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  • Being a visitor to Cape Town I bought your magazine and have been using it as my dining bible. However we did not have a good experience at Bizerca Bistro. My husband and I both chose the Boeuf Bourgignon and it was awful. The gravy was thin, the meat was tough and the carrots not cooked!I love cooking and this is one of our favourite dishes and I felt the person that cooked this meal did not understand what BB is all about.I have cooked Julia Childss recipe also and again hers did not taste like this one did! Very disappointing!
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  • My husband arranged a surprise dinner for my birthday at Bizerca - just the two of us. What a wonderful food experience. Truly!We had had so many disappointments and even disasters at restaurants that ranged from medium to expensively priced, so this was like an oasis in a desert of experiences. I wish I could eat here every week. Every course was mouth popping in flavour and memorable.And, the service was professional and discreet.Two suggestions - comfier chairs, and perhaps a gesture for those celebrating in some way for example a glass of champers or dessert.Thank you for rounding off my birthday in such a special way.
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  • We love Bizerca. When ever in SA we will go there. The fact that the Australian chef is in fact a French chef makes it even better.Cyrillia & Laurent are great hosts and the food is outstanding. We will be back again!
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  • Been to Bizerca a few times and I feel its time to write a review. We had dinner there on Monday night and apart from the warm, friendly and very efficient service, we were impressed with the way Cyrillia spends time with each table, discussing and explaining the menu (we held onto her longer than we should have). I chose my starter badly - my own fault, but my husband tried the beef tartare and it was sublime! The best tartare I think Ive had. I had the raw salmon salad entrée. A safe dish, I know, but the asian sauce was excellent. My husband had the rabbit which was an impressively delicious dish. The chocolate dessert was an orgy of pleasure. For choc lovers, its a taste experience that will remain in the arteries long after the night is over..
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  • Been to Bizerca a few times and I feel its time to write a review. We had dinner there on Monday night and apart from the warm, friendly and very efficient service, we were impressed with the way Cyrillia spends time with each table, discussing and explaining the menu (we held onto her longer than we should have). I chose my starter badly - my own fault, but my husband tried the beef tartare and it was sublime! The best tartare I think Ive had. I had the raw salmon salad entrée. A safe dish, I know, but the Asian sauce was excellent. My husband had the rabbit, which was an impressively delicious dish. The chocolate dessert was an orgy of pleasure. For choc lovers, its a taste experience that will remain in the arteries long after the night is over.
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  • I was very impressed with the overall dining experience at Bizerca, warm, attentive service followed by outstanding food. Will definitely be back soon!
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  • A stunning restaurant, unbelievable food, fantastic ambience - a real gem!However, they really need to sort their waiters out. We were shocked that the owners of a restaurant in its league could not be embarrassed by their waiters. At least get them trained, get them to speak proper English or at least no mumble!We will definitely be back as our meal was incredible, but we hope that there is an improvement in the ability of their waiters, as they play a huge part in the whole dining experience!
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  • Had read the reviews and, on coming to Cape Town, gave it a try! Food (and the choice) was exquisite. Preparation and presentation were top drawer. Not sure I get the polished concrete floor, up-and-over door, and quirky decoration, but I forgive it all for the food! Havent stopped talking about the whole experience since. Try it!
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  • Quite simply the best food in Cape Town.
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  • I have been at Bizerca many many times since their opening. I came here with partner, family, friends, clients, overseas visitors who have been to great restaurants in the world... I have recommended it to several other people. And what is fantastic is that I have never been disappointed and everyone who went there because of me was so happy about their experience. It is great to know you can really trust a restaurant; this one does not seem to be able to disappoint. To our immense pleasure! Ill be back again and again. And no later than tomorrow with one of my suppliers from Joburg, yeah!
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  • We have eaten at this restaurant 5 times since it has opened - it deserves its place in the top 10. Consistent, superb food in an easy atmosphere, where the waiters know what they are doing and can judge your mood and serve you perfectly just by a look. What more could one ask for?When one ends up paying the equivalent of your monthly wage at a restaurant - La Colombe for example - and still receive average service, yet I faulted the maitred and waitron 7 times during our meal - one of which was actually embarrassingly common. And this, the countrys No1 restaurant, feels it is fine to charge for a palate cleanser - I almost walked out. Thank God the food was perfect, because the rest was definitely not.The reality here is that eating at a well-priced, guaranteed good cuisine bistro far outweighs the genius of one chef with a million assistants. Part of the appeal of Bizerca is the husband/wife team who are working incredibly hard to produce food of world class standard without taking advantage of their clientele financially. There is something refreshing in the way that the chef shows his face to his patrons and beams with pride when you convey the joy his food has brought you. This is what makes a restaurant top 10 material - and Bizerca belongs there.
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  • Very very tasty, the food makes you feel happy and realise how good life is. So do go there and Im sure youll all love it. Simple and tasty.
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  • We have been going to Bizerca on a very regular basis since they opened. Without a doubt, it is the TOP restaurant in the Cape. The food is exquisite and the range of imaginative dishes which is always changing is unparalleled. Coupled with a carefully selected winelist, this makes for an unforgettable dining experience every time. The consistency of delivery is exemplary. In addition, the staff are extremely knowledgeable and the warm welcome we always receive is the cherry on top.
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  • What a shame, a lovely setting and delicious sounding menu but let down by extremely poor service and quality. The beef bourguignon was recommended by the staff, so both my partner and I chose this for main. At the same time I enquired if I could have a side serving of the dauphinois potatoes that were offered with another main. The initial response was that the main contained vegetables, which in truth it did - undercooked and of a small quantity, and then I was offered mash. I declined and indicated that the dauphinois were my preferred choice, only to be approached 10 minutes later to be told that they were specially preparing some sauteed potatoes to accompany my main. I have no idea why the concept of service is so misunderstood, if you cannot provide what the customer wants be honest, dont pretend that you are offering something special instead. Upon arrival the mains were small, vegetables as indicated were poor and the addition of the non-requested sauteed potatoes just added insult to injury. That my partner felt the need to tip was unfortunate as the service did not warrant recognition - in short I think this establishment may be resting on its laurels.
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  • We visited Bizerca on January 14, 2009. What a wonderful experience! I can see why Laurent and Cyrillia have been able to crack The Top 10 in little more than 12 months! I probably had the best Steak Tartare I have ever eaten and I will go back for the Raw Norwegian Salmon Salad. Absolutely delicious! My wife thought the Beetroot Salad could have been a bit sweeter, but she found the Pork Neck special. The Apple tart we shared for desert was so fresh that I was immediately reminded of my Oumas recipe. So fresh that you have to order it 30 minutes in advance. Thank you Laurent and Cyrillia (whose knowledge of the different dishes and close attention to all her customers is something special) for a wonderful evening.
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  • On 11 Dec08, my wife and I invited 2 lawyers, one from CT and one from London, for something different, trotters! The meal and ambience was excellent and will see me in good stead when I am invited for dinner in London! The south-easter was howling outside and the evening made up for the visitors lack of opportunity to see CT due to the wind. We all will be back.
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  • I had dinner @ Bizerca Bistro last night and wow! Trio of tomato included a gazpacho, tomato tartare with a pea sorbet and a tomato tart, the main course followed with the best veal cutlet i have ever had, moist with porcini and tarragon jus.The service was very friendly and efficient thanks for a great bistro experience.
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  • The food was good, not great. Front of Houses etiquette needs serious polishing! The only positive point was the very friendly Zimbabwean waitor. Sorry, but we will not go back there.
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  • A colleague and I had lunch at Bizerca this afternoon, eager to sample the food at this newly acclaimed EatOut Top 10 restaurant. The food was delicious, but the service did not live up to the same standard. I was appalled by the slow, uncaring and nonchalant service of our waitress. Even though the restaurant is close to my office, I would be very hesitant to return soon.
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  • I was fortunate. I bailed out of a group gathering at Ocean Basket and decided to make a late unbooked entry at Bizerca last night.I could only get a seat at the counter and gladly turned my view to reality TV (the kitchen). Laurent smiled at me and forced me to have his beef cheeks.I have died and gone to heaven. He shyly (and proudly) asked me if this is not the best sauce I have ever had. I explained that there were only 2 meals in my life that has beaten the meal of tonight. It was magic. The soft beef cheeks, the balanced juicy sauce, with a perfect balance of spice and texture and vegetables accompanying it. No such meal exists in the greater Cape Town, and maybe not in Africa.The one other meal was a spur burger I had in standard 8 with a sexy red haired girl in standard 10. This meal was not rated on the food.The second meal that was even better was one I had in the mountains of Bologna, Italy (a favourite restaurant of Zucchero) where the lightest meal on the menu was Gnocchi Gorgonzola. I had a re-bolito from heaven. My partner was a local Italian girl in her prime.Tonight in Bizerca I was on my own, and thank God for that. Orgasmic.
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  • Well done Bizerca on making the top ten restaurants in SA ! Thoroughly deserved
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  • What a restaurant! I want to come back here every week so I can try everything that comes out of this kitchen! The butternut and seafood soup was sublime; the steak tartare was delicate with a hint of chilli at the finish; the cassoulet was out of this world and the apple sorbet was the perfect fresh end to a really spectacular meal.The restaurant has a surprisingly European feel, uncommon in local restaurants. This can feel a bit cold perhaps, but the night we visited it was raining and it felt very warm and cosy inside despite the metres of glass and semi-industrial feel.Personal recommendations and warm service from the lovely owner really put the proverbial cherry on top of this experience.
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  • Bizercas sleek, smooth interior screams chic, nouveau cuisine rather than tapas or bistro. The menu changes daily and is explained by the owners wife. I tried the norwegian salmon salad, which was flavoursome and beautifully presented. My friends, who tried the lamb ragout and kingklip respectively were a little less impressed, the ragout was more of a potatoes piled with lamb cubes concoction, whilst the kingklip was not quite as tasty as hoped. On the whole though, a lovely meal. Quite pricey for a comfy, casual meal out, and not intimate enough for a romantic dinner...and one has to walk through the kitchen to get to the bathroom. Teething problems, Im sure.
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  • Very good food - fresh tastes and great flavour without being too rich. Relaxed unpretentious service and ambience. Would definitely go back to taste other things on menu.
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  • 5 star experience in my humble opinion. The personilised service and the food made this an unforgetable dining experience.
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  • Great meal ! What a wonderful addition to the expanding list of classy inner city eating establishments. A fresh contemporary interior with tasty creative food. I believe that the French chef has recently relocated from Sydney. Aussies loss is our gain , and ill be back for more
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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