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Blanko Restaurant
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Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Italian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R65 if not on list, if not no BYO

Critic's review

Graham Howe

Food
This grand old Cape Dutch hotel has led many lives over the centuries. A modern Italian theme is the focus of a menu that tempts, with an A-Z of antipasti to insalata, pesce, pasta, carne, dolci and zuppe. There’s something for everyone – all appetites and pockets. The soups are hearty and full of flavour, from Tuscan tomato and bread to tortellini chicken broth. Share piquant starters like asparagus with baked ricotta, white anchovies and mixed fried seafood.

Pescatarians will love the wide range of sole, sea bass, salmon and tuna served with baby potatoes and salsa verde, while carnivores will head for the signature balsamic beef tagliata, escalopes of crumbed veal and lamb ragu. The ingredients are of good quality, from the buffalo mozzarella on the pizzas to the parmigiano reggiano. Delicious choices for vegetarians range from gnocchi, wild mushroom and goats cheese orzo, to butternut sage ravioli and asparagus risotto.

The flavours are authentically Mediterranean, lavished with lots of sea salt, balsamic, olive oil, garlic, capers, lemon and thyme. The thin-crust pizzas with gourmet toppings offer good value.

Whatever you order, do leave room for the dolci – especially the authentic zabaglione, layered with rich mascarpone cheese, masala, orange and biscuit.

Drinks
They have an excellent selection of well-priced beer, wine and spirits, available by glass and bottle.

Service
First-class, attentive and friendly – with loads of advice on popular dishes.

Ambience
Warm and conversational, with intimate tables set in cosy dining rooms.

And…
Share a platter of cheese or Italian charcuterie on the hotel’s charming garden terrace in summer.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • I think this restaurant is optimistic. I recently ordered pasta ( always avoiding cream ) only to get a dish not only creamy but also drowned in oil. The menu gave no such indication. I have enjoyed excellent meals at other KOVE establishments though.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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