Café del Sol TRE

Café del Sol TRE
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R180 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
R120 (local wine), R160 (local sparkling wine) and R350 (international wines)

Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

Johannesburg has long adored the magical family behind the Café del Sol brand. They always make an effort to remember you by name and treat you as part of their family. Tre is the youngest of their three restaurants and in many ways the cheekiest: expect eclectic and eccentric.

The menu showcases many of the family favourites, including Mediterranean stuffed calamari, beetroot carpaccio and freshly made gnocchi, pastas and signature risottos, but there’s also a selection of jazzy, retro dishes to go along with their swanky, Art Deco theme. These include ‘Star Dust’ salmon with chickpea mash and green olive salsa; ‘Sidewalk Stomp’ sous vide duck breast with butternut gnocchi in a sage and citrus beurre blanc; and their ‘Hootin de Toot’ fillet, served with a sundried tomato risotto and dolcelatte gorgonzola cream sauce.

We opted for the salmon and beetroot carpaccios to start, followed by the gnocchi with gorgonzola cream and the ‘Ragutime’ tagliatelle. The beetroot carpaccio is an absolute vision and delectably tasty – the perfect blend of earthy tones, creamy goat’s cheese and citrus zing. The salmon carpaccio is served with citrus segments, deep-fried capers, fennel and basil shoots, and an avocado mousse. It’s also supposed to come with vanilla crème fraîche but on the night of our visit the kitchen had mistaken either cream cheese or mascarpone for crème fraîche, making this accompaniment a tad too sweet – otherwise the dish would have been glorious. The mains were both wonderful – beautifully handmade gnocchi and tagliatelle cooked to perfection with superb sauces. You can’t go wrong.

Desserts are all made in-house and anything, from the towering pavlova dancing with berries and cream to the oozingly sumptuous chocolate fondant with peanut butter ice cream, will put you on cloud nine.

They have a great selection of cocktails as well as wines by the glass. You’ll also find a good variety of champagnes and MCCs and an exemplary wine list with local and international offerings.

None of the family members were there on the evening of our visit and, with personalities as big as theirs, you feel something is missing. The waiters are attentive and quick on their feet (as is the kitchen), but the winning formula of Café Del Sol needs one of the magical trio who put the soul into their Sol.

It’s a stunning setup wholeheartedly dedicated to Art Deco glitz and glam. It’s a masterpiece of restaurant design and décor with exquisite lighting and great acoustics. There’s plenty of outside seating as well as a beautiful bar for cocktails either before or after lunch and dinner.

If you’re a lover of good cocktails then make sure to visit their bar, The Landmark, next to Café Del Sol Botanico in Bryanston – you won’t regret it!

(October 2017)

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  • We had dinner last night at Cafe del Sol TRE and it was amazing! The food was so delicious, everyone enjoyed their meals. Their food is excellent and I can't wait to go back again, I love the ambience as well.
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  • Ladies and gentlemen- put on your fluffiest feather boas and bow ties, because we're about to step right into the roaring '20s! If you've ever watched or read The Great Gatsby and loved it, you need to scoot your behinds over to this gem of a restaurant ASAP. Touches of gold, glossy wood, cool marble and expanses of bright mirror turn this space into a veritable Gatsby mansion in miniature. The waiters, canary yellow bow ties perfectly straight, will sweep you over to a beautifully laid table, offer you a killer Old Fashioned (or a bottle of gorgeous champagne if you're feeling decadent), and then the magic takes ahold. The menu is a whole lot of fun all on its own, with every dish boasting an amusing 1920s themed name. "Puttin' on the Ritz" is this restaurant's unique take on a classic avocado ritz / prawn cocktail and is absolutely delicious. It was my fourth visit to what is fast becoming one of my favourite restaurants in the city, and I vowed not to pull my usual act and choose an old favourite off the menu. I wanted to order only things I'd never tried before. For starters I went for the High Hat- another unique take on an Italian classic, melanzane parmigiano. Thick slices of aubergine were generously slathered in tempura batter and fried until crunchy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside. These were layered "high hat" style with dollops of fior di latte mozzarella (perfectly melted) and a fresh, zesty tomato sauce. These towers of delight were topped with deep fried basil leaves- a total taste sensation! I've never seen these anywhere else. The combination of crunchy soft aubergine, melted cheese, fresh tomato and smoky basil creates the earthly equivalent of heaven on a plate. For mains I opted for one of the specials of the day: a 200g fillet (cooked to perfection) in a pool of pepper sauce, topped with a sweet caramelised onion reduction and served with thick cut fries and a rocket and parmesan salad. Everything on that plate was a total foodgasm! By this point, I was onto my third glass of champagne, my head was spinning and my taste buds were sighing with pleasure. The combination of the biting black peppercorn sauce, the tender meat and the sweet caramelised onion was to die for. The richness of this little trio was cut through perfectly with the fresh rocket, the bitter smooth parmesan and the crisp golden fluffy-on-the-inside fries. Texture, taste and sight all came together to form a full sensory experience in this dish. And now, before the final curtain falls and I leave you all to your limousines and your lovers, I have to go on a bit of a tangent about the dessert I had the privilege of devouring this fine summer's afternoon. When I think of pavlova, I think of store-bought, too-dry meringues, spooned over with under-whipped cream and tossed about with some slightly sad strawberries. Not at this glitzy establishment. Here you get to delight in "It's the Berries" (but also the t*ts, I can assure you...) If the picture doesn't convince you to drive there to try it right now, nothing I say will. Think about what it would be like if clouds of vanilla cream, chewy-soft meringue and berries picked straight from a forest glade came together and exploded in your mouth. Yes. It's all that and a bag of perfectly cooked chips.
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Set menu - Menu changes regularly.


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Takeaways

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