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Cape to Cuba (Kalk Bay)

Cape to Cuba (Kalk Bay)
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Seafood, Steak
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

This stalwart of the False Bay coast pulls a loyal crowd with Spanish-inspired dishes and seaside cocktails.
Food
A wide-ranging menu inspired by Spanish and Cuban cuisine, with something for just about every palate. Kick off with a selection of tapas-style starters: the delicious peri-peri chicken livers and sticky pork ribs seem as popular as the grilled sardines with salsa verde.

Main courses are equally eclectic, with soups, salads and pasta plates ensuring you’re not short on options. The highlights are in the meaty mains though: spicy lamb curry, ‘Mojito Chicken’ marinated in rum and lime, or the hunger-busting Diablo rum burger: a duo of beef patties topped with anything from bacon to sriracha.

If there’s a signature dish though it’s the generous paella: piled high with fish, calamari, prawns and chorizo sausage, it’s ideal for sharing.

The desserts can be hit-and-miss, but the chocolate-coated cigars are at least a quirky end to the meal.

Drinks
A reasonable wine list to suit the seafood-focused fare, but the highlight here is the cocktails. A mojito in the outdoor cocktail bar is a must.
Service Laid-back in the cocktail bar, but slightly more on the ball in the main restaurant. Service can be slow if it’s busy.

Ambience
The eclectic décor is as much part of the attraction as the views over False Bay. Outdoors, the sandy-floored cocktail bar has a more laid-back feel. There’s often live music (with cover charge) on Sunday afternoons.

Best for…
A taste of the Caribbean in your own backyard

(2018)

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User reviews

  • Last week Saturday we went to Cape to Cuba. After waiting forever to get the waiters attention, he eventually told us we’d have to order and pay for our drinks from the bar. We did so. My friend Chase Rhys also ordered two plates of chips and one plate of bread for the table. We then found an entire TUFT of hair cooked into one of the chips! When we showed the waiter all he did was say oh and proceed to bring another plate of chips. As if we would even still want to eat there. No attempt at apologizing was made by any of the staff. We shared a picture of the hair smeared chip on our relevant social media and where Cape to Cuba then proceeded to fabricate a story of the hair being a birds feather that we purposely soaked into the chip to get a free meal. How RIDICULOUS! You can view the picture on my or chase’s Twitter accounts @trudyvanrooy or @chaserhys Their response to us and service was as disgusting as the standards of their food and kitchen. They need to be inspected immediately! I will never go here again.
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  • Disgusting! Found tuft of hair (that's right, a TUFT not a strand) in our food. We waited at our table for the manager/chef/waitor/anyone to come and apologize and explain, nobody came. We then posted a photo of our hairy food on social media. Only after the picture went viral did Cape to Cuba finally respond, and their response was horrific. They blamed us as customers for planting the hair (which they say was a feather- still a gross health code violation). In their comment they do not apologize but they literally told their customer "shame on you. Do not come back here." They are so disrespectful- this has got to be the worst eating experience and bone chilling customer service we've ever encountered. It's telling when even the locals refuse to eat at Cape to Cuba. The filth, terrible customer service and hazardous food cannot make up for a pretty location. Cape to Cuba needs an urgent health inspection, we're sure they'll be shut down immediately.
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  • What a big dissappointment!! The worst food I have eaten in a very long time. Vastly over-prized and hugely over-rated. The only good impression is the decor. Portions are small, fish over cooked. The hoisin sauce on the ribs non-existing, thanks Mrs Balls... If I could give a negative rating, I would. I feel cheated!!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Parking
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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