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Brasserie de Paris
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Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, French
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Critic's review

Mokgadi Itsweng

Food
Nestled in the leafy Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof, Brassiere de Paris is a French restaurant set in an Iconic Karl Jooste house. A meal here stands out as an experience worth remembering.

The menu highlights the best of French cuisine and service. The menu is divided into à la carte; a dégustation menu paired with wines; and set menus designed for large groups.

The pear-and-apricot mousse with honey-roasted sunflower seeds is a worthy amuse-bouche to begin the meal. The selection of starters is a very interesting and modern take on classical French dishes. Try the roasted bone marrow with celeriac purée and pickled red onion, topped with micro coriander and served with crostini. The rich marrow is well complemented by the tangy onions and creamy purée in a delightful interplay of flavours and textures.

For a special occasion, share the 440g chateaubriand for mains. This melt-in-your-mouth steak is served with green beans, pommes frites and béarnaise sauce.

A filling meat-free option is the ratatouille of smoked aubergine, courgettes, tomato purée and red-pepper foam, served with polenta crisps. This warming and delectable dish is perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

For dessert, try one of the classics like crème brûlée, the chocolate-and-coffee mille-feuille or the café gourmand, a selection of three desserts and cappuccino – a perfect ending to a delectable French feast.

Drinks
A small and well-curated wine list offers international and local wines, with most available per glass. Classic spirits like gin, whisky and brandies, as well as imported and local craft beers also appear.

Service
The service at Brasserie de Paris is impeccable, with the maître d’ and wait staff always on hand to offer service. The waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and are always there to help you make informed choices.

Ambience
White tablecloths and classic silverware lend French sophistication and class to the restaurant. Beautiful jazz and French music adds to the ambience. The brasserie is perfect place for a special celebration or date night.

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The restaurant hosts Bastille Day events in collaboration with Alliance Française, which have become must-attend events in Pretoria every year.

(July 2017)

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  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    Upon arrival expectations are set high, due to the beautiful architecture and professional service, and the food does not disappoint. Starting with an amuse bouche of gorgonzola cream is a luscious beginning and sets the tone for the food to follow.
    Starter options include soup of the day (potato and leek soup finished with truffle oil), classic escargot and steak tartare, which is a favourite among regular patrons. For mains, the trio of beef fillet served with crisp bone marrow, truffle butter and pomme frites is an excellent choice. The Chateaubriand is well-cooked and comes served with haricot verts, pommes frites and perfect Bearnaise sauce.

    The fennel and Pernod salmon with quinoa is an interesting and modern play on classic French flavours while the lamb rack crusted with basil and served with pine nuts, sun-dried tomato, pommes fondant and thyme sauce is another excellent option.

    To finish your meal, choose between chocolate and coffee millefeuille, passion fruit and coconut eclair or a simply perfect crème brûlée. Silky smooth vanilla bean cream topped with perfectly brûléed sugar is a flawless finish to a delicious meal.

    Drinks
    A good selection of wines from both local and French estates are available, with a few wines to choose from within every varietal. They also offer a good selection of imported and local hard liquor, with the lesser-seen Tokara five-year old year Brandy making an appearance. They also offer a small range of craft beer.

    Service
    Efficient and professional. The staff are very rarely seen yet are always at hand when you need your glass topped up or a plate removed.

    Ambience
    The ambience inside the restaurant is sophisticated and timelessly elegant.

    And…
    Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Waterkloof ridge, this classic French brasserie is situated in the historic Karl Jooste house which was completed in 1967, a unique and inspiring work of architecture.

    (September 2016)

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  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    Upon arrival expectations are set high due to the beautiful architecture and professional service and the food does not disappoint. Starting with an amuse bouche of gorgonzola cream is a luscious beginning and sets the tone for the food to follow.

    Starter options include soup of the day (potato and leek soup finished with truffle oil), classic escargot and steak tartare which is a favourite among regular patrons. For mains, the trio of beef fillet served with crisp bone marrow, truffle butter and pomme frites is an excellent choice. The Chateaubriand is well cooked and comes served with haricot verts, pommes frites and perfect Bearnaise sauce. The fennel and Pernod salmon with quinoa is an interesting and modern play on classic French flavours while the lamb rack crusted with basil, served with the loin flavoured with pine nuts and sun-dried tomato, pommes fondant and thyme sauce is another excellent option.

    To finish your meal, choose between chocolate and coffee millefeuille, passion fruit and coconut eclair or simply perfect crème brûlée. Silky smooth vanilla bean cream topped with perfectly brûléed sugar is a flawless finish to a delicious meal.

    Drinks
    Good selection of wines from both local and French estates are available with a few wines to choose from within every varietal. They also offer a good selection of imported and local hard liquor with the lesser seen Tokara five-year old Brandy making an appearance. They also offer a small range of craft beer.

    Service
    Service is efficient and professional. The staff are very rarely seen yet are always at hand when you need your glass topped up or a plate removed.

    Ambience
    The ambience inside the restaurant is sophisticated and timelessly elegant.

    And…
    Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Waterkloof Ridge, this classic French brasserie is situated in the historic Karl Jooste house which was completed in 1967, a unique and inspiring work of architecture.

    (September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

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    If you can’t beat them join them, is what executive chef Ané Wait seems to have done with her regulars, who resist removal of such classics as their beef fillet from the menu. What she has done is transform the classic dish into a trio of fillet made three different ways. It’s that kind of menu. Of course, you can’t go French without a good onion soup, but in winter she adds another soup daily to keep the interest going in the dining room and the kitchen. Steak tartare is another Brasserie hottie that few can resist. Their West coast sole meuniere is served with a classic lemon butter, mushroom and caper sauce and pomme frittes. Winter deserts could be a chocolate fondant and an apple tartin, while summer is a time to get flirty with berries and meringue in a soufflé and sorbet confection. It’s sassy, smart, classically inspired food.

    Drinks
    They have a quality wine selection and are also focussing more and more on their cellar, with tantalising food and wine tastings.

    Service
    This is probably their Achilles heel, but the young chef is working hard to change and improve this. For the past year, a new maitre’d has made a difference, so watch them sparkle.

    Ambience
    If architecture is your thing, it is of interest to note that the restaurant is situated in one of Tshwane’s iconic homes. The lines are stark but classic, and the interior lends itself to a classy cuisine experience. It also presents many dining options and in summer, the balconies or garden is a good place to escape if you’re in search of fresh air and a view. It’s a beautiful part of Pretoria.

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    This is a special night out with the food, wine and backdrop all dressed for a party.

    (August 2015)

  • Hennie Fisher

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    A meal at Brasserie de Paris could be as wholesome and simple or as elegant as one could want it to be. Over a two-week period I had the opportunity to enjoy a classic chateaubriand with green beans, elegant potato chips and a luxurious béarnaise sauce on one occasion, and an elaborate five-course degustation menu and wine pairing on a second visit. Ané Wait is the young chef currently swinging the proverbial baton in this kitchen – and she does so with aplomb.

    Her degustation menu started with a choice of two soups – a butternut version paired with the Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin Blanc or a lobster bisque – both hearty, warm and perfectly seasoned. Choices for the second course were goat’s cheese with herb toast, apples, beetroot sorbet and walnut crumble, or seared scallops with roasted hazelnuts (a delicious combo) and a crème fraîche and béarnaise dressing. Four different options were on offer for the main course of the degustation menu (all of which are on the normal à la carte menu, in addition to the chateaubriand and duck confit) and my selection of salmon on a warm quinoa salad with tomatoes, olives and beans was near perfect.

    Although there was a classic crème brûlée to be enjoyed, it was a little warm apple tart with cinnamon ice cream that stole the show. Presented with the tart under a thin glass cloche, one gets a whiff of smoky cinnamon as the lid is lifted, tipping a hat to modern molecular gastronomy techniques. The obligatory sorbet, which was somewhat too sweet and (I assume) made with tinned litchis, did not impress quite as much, unfortunately. Bring back the tart, sharp tastes of sorbets intended to clear the palate rather than cloy it with sugar.

    The wine
    For a restaurant that does not have a resident sommelier, the wine list is compact and carefully considered, with its offerings served at optimal temperatures. Options of aperitifs and wines by the glass say a lot about the care an establishment affords guests who do not want to drink a full bottle – else you could choose to have a different wine with each course. The Darling Cellars Blanc de Blanc MCC is elegant and just the right amount at 185ml. As is to be expected, there are some serious champagnes and great South African MCCs such as Avondale Armilla Brut available. The wine parings with the five-course degustation menu are carefully chosen, and only the truly blasé would not be impressed with a spot of Petit Guiraud Sauternes accompanying the seared Rougié foie gras and caramelised pineapple, presented tongue firmly in cheek under white ceramic domes featuring a little duck as a handle. More unusual varietals such as viognier and semillon may not be as ubiquitous on the menu, but those that are available are generally good and mostly well priced.

    The service
    Our waiter – a young Serb who followed his South African fiancée to complete a three-year hospitality stint in Makwassie before joining Brasserie’s staff complement – was consummately professional, competently answering questions about produce, cooking methods and waiting periods between courses. Even when the restaurant filled up and there was a booking that brought along extra guests, the service staff’s performance was as competent, attentive and elegant as one would expect from this type of establishment. Combining a soundtrack of nostalgic French songs with great food, drink and good service, Brasserie de Paris gives a unique African interpretation of a traditional French brasserie.

    The ambience
    The main dining area features a vaulted ceiling of bricks packed in a herringbone pattern, offsetting cast concrete beams and walls, large wood-framed glass doors and windows. Although originally conceived as a family home, the house offers a glimpse into the style of architect Karl Jooste (a contemporary and friend of Le Corbusier, whose style influenced him to some extent). Successfully combining international influences within its African and regional context, the house has been successfully converted into a modern, working restaurant. The table decorations - a selection of succulents in clear glass cube vases – are also sourced from the ample gardens. Apart from the main dining area there is an adjoining service bar where additional tables are set up on busy nights (lately this happens most evenings, so it’s best to book ahead), allowing a lovely view into the busy kitchen. The wine cellar and bar – located in the converted boiler room under the house – has a large door (presumably for coal deliveries) opening onto an outdoor area, complete with Karl Jooste’s original workbench now doubling as a server.

    And…
    Check out the unusual loos which are situated in a circular column, further emphasising the unique architecture that is such an integral part of this great Pretoria restaurant.

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  • Ambience, food, service and décor make for a great local interpretation of a French brasserie. Try the tomato and goat’s cheese tartlet with pesto; superb quail and lamb dishes; and the unmissable cheese plate. (Eat Out magazine 2014)

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    The young chef in charge is establishing her own style. She has shifted the focus to tasting menus, which change monthly. Her current favourites are the imaginative goat’s cheese beignet, classic salmon, and for dessert, the citrus crêpe salad. The food is rooted in classic French cooking with a strong contemporary fix.

    Wine
    A selection of extraordinary wines.

    Service
    It’s a young team growing in confidence.

    Ambience
    Corbusier-disciple Karel Jooste designed this house in the ‘60s. It has found its métier as a fine restaurant with different spaces to dine and stunning views of many angles of the city.

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    The place and the people have a very unique signature. (DdeB, October 2012)
  • Hennie Fisher

    Situated in an architecturally prominent house, it does not always look very ‘brasserie’. But the ambience, food, service and décor are all a great interpretation of French with a sound South African feel. Visit on a blow-the-budget special occasion. They serve great tomato and goat’s cheese tartlet with a drizzle of some pesto-type sauce; great quality foie gras; superb quail dishes and lamb interpretations; and never miss the cheese plate for dessert.

    (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Smart and cosy, this restaurant is set in a historic Karl Jooste House. This restaurant speaks style ! Architectural spaces and selected art pieces make for a very relaxed, open-spaced dining experience. Attentive, yet not intrusive, waiters cater your your every whim. The French cuisine was delectable. Clean, true flavouring being brought to the fore in each mouthful. Definitely a restaurant to visit for Gastronomes...
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  • Situated in the lovely suburb of Waterkloof, you will find Brasserie de Paris. We had supper here on Monday evening. We opted for the al a carte menu. We enjoyed our meals prepared with the utmost care. My boyfriend and I shared the chateaubriand, the meat was cooked to perfection. Service was good and non- intrusive. A lovely spot for date night in Pretoria. Merci beaucoup
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  • What I huge disappointment. The service was none existing, arriving at 19:00 orders were taken, and drinks serviced after 30 min of waiting. I had to get up and asked to be serviced, by 21:45 the mains still haven’t arrived and that was it, time the leave. The food however was good but due to a lack of service Basserie De Paris is not to be recommended.
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  • Amazing food good service an enjoyable experience always
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  • Eating out at Brasserie de Paris has been an awful experience. The fish was off and the service very slow. I do not recommend this restaurant at all.
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  • Dinner on 02.02.13 was excellent. This golden oldie has been around for a long time, but they have moved on to a very high level. Ambience is well-known, but both food and service is now right up there. A most pleasant surprise!

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  • Absolutely amazing. Best restaurant I've been to since leaving Cape Towm. Food, service, setting and ambience all exceeded expectations and loved the little details. Will definitely recommend.

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  • The best culinary experiences I've had this year. Food, wine and ambience all brilliant. Definitely my new top restaurant.

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  • A treat for the foodie with kids. The chocolate fondant will change your life.

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  • Had an absolute wonderful experience at Brasserie de Paris! The service and ambience a perfect 10! The food is phenomenal. A chocolate fondant to die for.

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  • Beautiful restaurant with attentive service and very good food. Wine list is fabulous. Creme Brulee was disappointing.

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  • Visited Brasserie de Paris recently and I was absolutely amazed, stunned and speechless. The architecture and history thereof was just a taste of the rest of the exquisite evening. What a wonderful ambience, "magnifique" food, delicious wine and a lovely evening ended off with the most yum ever sorbet in this world!

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  • Lovely venue with interesting menu and fantastic wines. Service was poor, more than 30 minutes to be served wine, one hour for the special starters, frog legs and the scallops. Another hour for main course. My salmon was perfectly prepared but served with fruit salad. The apple tart was magnificant. Just wished the service was good.

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  • I took my bridesmaids there for the 5 course degustation menu. It was a perfect evening. Every course was delectable and the service was exceptional. Highly recommended for the best French food in Gauteng!

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  • I had my wedding at the restaurant and it was unforgettable, the service was great, the food was excellent and you cannot ask for a better venue.
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  • What is it with Brasserie de Paris and the shouting coming from the kitchen?
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  • Awesome restaurant. The food is exquisite. Wonderful French cuisine with interesting combinations. The interior and ambience fits. Superb service. Well done, I will definitely visit again.
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  • To Ané
    Just a short note to thank all of you for the gastronomic experience at the Darling Cellars dinner on Wednesday night. From the Welcome drinks served on the roof under a canopy of stars, to the last sip of Noble late harvest, the evening was a huge success. It certainly got spring off to a fine dining start. The tantalising tastes so carefully prepared and well matched to the wine are a credit to Elze and her staff.
    Many thanks for fitting us in. We loved every minute of the evening.
    Best regards
    Tubby and Ena
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  • I used Brasserie to cater my salons launch, and the experience was amazing. If it wasnt for the food and wine, the night wouldnt have been such a success. People loved it. Thank you Brasserie. Ane , Marelise and Elze, you all did a great job. We will recommend you to everyone.
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  • Ive been to this restaurant a few times and my experience is that they didnt offer the same quality of service and food every time I visited.The first time I went was great, I relished in the fact that I was at a restaurant that was not located in a shopping mall, a rare thing in Pretoria. The foie gras was good, so was the main course and dessert, and they had (and still have) a fair selection of wines. The second time the service had gone down a notch, the duck was overdone and really not worth the wait.Wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt, we went there once more. Again, bad service (from the same waitress), I couldnt stomach the foie gras and the creme brulee was more of a pudding than a cream. Given the inconsistency in the quality of the meals as well as the service, I doubt well be going there again any time soon.
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  • Ive been to this restaurant a few times and my experience is that they didnt offer the same quality of service and food every time I visited.The first time I went was great, I relished in the fact that I was at a restaurant that was not located in a shopping mall, a rare thing in Pretoria. The foie gras was good, so was the main course and dessert, and they had (and still have) a fair selection of wines. The second time the service had gone down a notch, the duck was overdone and really not worth the wait.Wanting to give them the benefit of the doubt, we went there once more. Again, bad service (from the same waitress), I couldnt stomach the foie gras and the creme brulee was more of a pudding than a cream. Given the inconsistency in the quality of the meals as well as the service, I doubt well be going there again any time soon.
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  • Dear ChefThank you very much to you and your team for the superb evening we had on the 15th May to celebrate my 60th birthday. All three courses and their choices were excellent – tasty yet subtle and so beautifully presented. Our friends felt it was the best food they had ever eaten and in fact, all seemed to agree it was one of the best parties they had the pleasure to attend. When we arrived we were bowled over by how beautiful the tables looked. The flowers exceeded my wildest dreams and looked so perfect on the tables. Thank you to you for your competency, attention to detail, aesthetic eye, guidance with the wine and menu, and friendliness; to the waiters and waitresses for their pleasantness, patience and good service, all of which contributed to a memorable evening in such a beautiful setting.Everything of the best to you all. Kind regards Val Rapmund
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  • The food was good but not great. Nothing to get excited about. The portions were too small, definitely not good value for money. The waitress interrupted our waiter to inquire about another tables order when he was explaining the menu, couldnt she have waited a few minutes? We had the salmon in pastry and the pork belly, the portions were so small that even after dessert was finished, we were still hungry. Fine dining? French cooking? Not at all!
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  • My wife and I were looking for some fine dining restaurants in the Pretoria area. After our honeymoon in the Cape, where we dined at a whole bunch of fantastic restaurants, we decided to try Brasserie de Paris after finding their info on some website. The menu, when we sat down, was different from what we saw on the internet, but we decided to stay anyway. My mille-feuille starter was good, and I thought then that we were in for a treat. We werent. For mains I had the duck served with foie gras and my wife had fish with prawns and calamari and what they call inked mash potatoes. All, horrible. The foie gras resembled the sole of a leather shoe. It was so dry and overcooked (even slightly burnt) it tasted horrible. Worst foie gras Ive had, ever. The duck wasnt bad, but surely not fine-dining. Then, the big blob of inked mashed potatoes. It was probably a good creative idea at first when it popped into the chefs mind, but ended up being a blob of tasteless black mush that was rather off putting as it looked disgusting. The deep fried prawns were vile and the calamari tasted like it had been thawed, cooked, refrozen and then thawed in a microwave. I hoped that the pecan tart I ordered at the beginning of the night was going to save the day, but it didnt, because I never got to enjoy it. The waitress informed me, after our main meal, that the pecan tart will take 45 minutes to bake and asked if I was willing to wait. I ordered the tart 1 hour 45 minutes before that when we started our evening. What poor planning from the chef. I ended up taking a chocolate fondant (just to get the taste of the calamari out of my mouth. It was OK. The whole place felt like it was in shambles with shouting coming from around the corner. We will not return to Brasserie de Paris and will continue our search for fine dining restaurants in Pretoria.
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  • By far, the worst fine dining experience of my life! The evening started off normally. We were greeted well, shown to our table, ordered our drinks, etc. The starters were okay, nothing out of this world, the main meal was quite sad (and at the price you pay, that is really quite unacceptable), and desserts were pretty good - except for the burnt creme brulee. But what had to have spoiled the evening and experience the most, especially for my friend whose birthday we were celebrating, was the waitress...the young lady with the dark curly hair. She was very unwelcoming and unapproachable, constantly had a sulky face....and worst of all, if we complained about the burnt creme brulee or asked to have our meat cooked more well done....she would angrily take our plates away!! And to top it off..even after complaining to the manager about her horrible attitude and service, they go ahead and include a waiters tip in the bill. Now really? We most certainly will never go back there...and for others reading this....dont say I didnt warn you!
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  • My favourite restaurant! The chef is a delight and the building is AWESOME. Quality food and service for quality customers. They made me feel like a king.
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  • Had a great time! Duck was brilliant.
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  • Cous-cous was great!
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  • Delightful as always!
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  • Most probably the best in Pretoria.
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  • Most probably the best in Pretoria.
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  • Just delicious. I could not be in Pretoria and not come in Brasserie de Paris. From the staters and this succulent foie gras until the desserts and the best creme brulee i never had, everything was perfect. I will definitely come back.
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  • Had a wonderful time. Food was out of this world, the service was excellent.
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  • Wonderful experiencefantastic foodgreat serviceand what a venue!
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  • I love the Chef and her food.
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