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Burrata
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Cost
R140 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Italian, Modern, Pizzas
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R65 (1 bottle per 4 people)

Critic's review

Seth Shezi

There’s a reason why Burrata, located inside the Old Biscuit Mill has stood the test of time - it is brilliant. Offering gourmet pizzas, modern Italian cuisine and before you ask, the creamiest, salty and fluffy pillows of burrata.

Food
For a nation that loves pizzas as much as South Africans do it’s a real shame there aren’t nearly as many authentic pizzerias as one would expect. Burrata is not your average trattoria, the Old Biscuit Mill located restaurant with a full modern Italian menu from Antipasti, pizza, pasta mains and dessert puts the zee in pizzazz. Kick off with the fresh selection of antipasti, from cheesy arancini, olives and naturally, burrata cheese to whet your palate.
Although it is the heady aromas from the imported Italian pizza oven churning out perfectly chewy Neapolitan pizzas that will tug at your hunger pangs.

While the pastas are popular, the mains and risotto section is often overlooked but the arborio rice with crispy pork, Granny Smith apple currant vinaigrette is something to be tasted to be believed - a satisfying blend of risotto rice, salty and crunchy pork and the Granny Smith lending the necessary acidity to balance the dish superbly.

Taking up the bulk of the menu, pizzas are the stars here and man are they good. Offering an even split between bianca - no tomato sauce and rosso - with tomato sauce, options I’m yet to order an satisfactory pizza. The whole gamut from the braised and barbequed meat topped options to the grilled and blanched vegetable topped option - this is Italian soul food that will leave you feeling nourished and addicted.

Don’t let the traditionally sounding desert selection fool you, these are not Nona’s recipes - the desserts are modern takes on the classics. Take someone or friends who enjoying sharing because you won’t want to miss the tiramisu, the ginger and apricot semifreddo, with chocolate ginger cremeso and pistachio sable biscuit or the olive oil panna cotta served with naartjie compote and hazelnut crumble - bellissima!

Drinks
An extensive and exciting wine list that allows one to taste across local, italian and some French wines - just another perk of having a Neil Grant, who is a certified sommelier, for an owner.

Service
The service is hip, attentive and very helpful when it comes to helping you find a suitable wine to pair with your Italian fare.

Ambiance
Simple decor typical of an upscale Italian trattoria. Bare-wooden tables and crisp napkins with signature red stitching. The intimate space is cleverly laid out ensuring it never feels cramped even when at capacity.

Best for…
The cosy spot is perfect for winter nights and a gourmet lunch in the summer months.

(2018)

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    Food
    This is a relaxed Italian eatery located at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. They’re equipped with a traditional wood-fired pizza oven imported from Naples, which gives their pizzas the perfectly balanced chewy and crisp texture. The antipasti selection consists of a wide variety of Italian favourites, such as olives and aranchini as well as the restaurant namesake, burrata cheese.

    The salad selection is definitely not your everyday soggy dressed-leaves type of salad. Expect ingredients such as fennel, cannellini beans, and artichokes – amongst other interesting options. It comes as no surprise that the pizza selection is vast and makes up a large part of the menu. There’s a pizza for every taste – meat lovers will revel in the braised and barbequed meat variants and non-meat eaters are catered for with ample vegetarian option,s too – don’t expect to see any Regina or Hawaiian pizzas here. The selection is more refined and authentically Italian.

    If you’re not in the mood for pizza, Burrata delivers on other main course options too, including risotto – perfectly cooked and creamy rice grains with just a slight resistance to the bite, the truffle risotto is perfectly perfumed with truffle oil. The pasta is served in generous portions in deep bowls that seem to go on forever, perfect for sharing. If you’re in the mood for steak, they’ve also got you covered with an option of Chalmar beef cooked to your specifications.

    The dessert selection is very limited, the stand-out dessert being the sweet pizza, which is more of a cheese course than a dessert. Classic Italian panna cotta and zabaglione also make an appearance, with a seasonal twist added for good measure.

    Drinks
    The carefully curated wine list is compiled by the owner, Neil Grant, who is a certified sommelier with extensive wine knowledge and experience. A vast selection of mostly local wines – with a few Italian varieties thrown in as well as French wines, amongst others – are on offer. Neil has created a special sommelier’s selection of wines offered by the glass, for customers wanting to try some elite award-winning wines for the first time. There is a small cocktail selection available, including an interesting chocolate twist on the Italian Negroni.

    Service
    The service staff is very well-versed in all of the menu items and more than happy to suggest wines to accompany your choice of dishes. Food is quick to come out of the kitchen.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is quiet and tranquil, even during the day when the Old Biscuit mill is at peak trade. The pizza oven warms the restaurant and fills the space with an aroma of freshly baked bread. The décor is simple and minimal, with bare wooden tables and chairs set with their signature white napkins with red stitching. Ideal for an afternoon business lunch or a family dinner.

    And…
    Beer lovers will be pleased with the vast craft beer selection.

    (August 2017)

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User reviews

  • You'll always be in the mood for pizza here. Chewy and delicious! Margherita is my favourite. The quality of the ingredients speak for themselves. Service was outstanding. Can highly recommend!
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Menu

Set menu - Burrata - Updated September 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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