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Cucina Labia

Cucina Labia
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Café fare, Italian, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R55

Critic's review

Tshepang Molisana

Food

Fresh bread was brought to our table as soon as we were ready to order. The bread was accompanied by a bowl of olives and a bowl of chutney. That pretty much sums up our lunch – slightly adventurous, though well-made, with a nod to the best of South African fare, and another to Casa Labia’s Italian heritage.

To start, I enjoyed the pork rollatini, which was served with grilled fruit, vejus cucumber, chimichurri, radish, tomato water and a walnut crostini. The starter was a good introduction to the festive menu at Casa Labia. My lunch partner enjoyed the fish of the day, which was kingklip, served with Malay seafood crust, snoek, pork spek and apricot. I ordered the braised, deboned beef rib, which was perfectly cooked and pulled apart beautifully on the plate. The beef rib was served with bone marrow jus, broccoli, two slices of cherry-smoked ox tongue, cubed pear and gorgonzola pommes puree.

For dessert, you might be tempted to order a deconstructed tiramisu or a granadilla champagne mousse, with pineapple, dulce de leche, chilli white-chocolate soil, macadamia and mint.

Drinks

The drinks list includes a selection of sparkling wine, white wine, red wine and rosé – some by the glass and some served per bottle. We enjoyed a glass of De Grendel rosé while watching the waves crash beyond the train tracks. Cocktails, beer, cider, spirits, soft drinks and hot beverages are served with pleasure.

Service

Service was attentive, friendly and courteous. We were generously looked after, and I made our reservation days before, so we were spoiled with a table in the window overlooking the ocean.

Ambience

Casa Labia was once the home of an Italian count. The house is grand and elegant, with romantic draping and detailed ceilings, with flecks of gold. The chairs are plush and the floors are wooden. A live piano plays, while painted portraits gaze over the dining rooms. Classic and classy, with a hint of gentility.

And…

Parking is ample, on main road, but two disabled bays are available on the property – when booked in advance. The house also doubles as a function venue and is the ultimate cove for a wedding photoshoot. We were fortunate enough to watch page boys and flower girls frolic in the garden for a set of wedding photographs at the tail-end of our lunch.

(August 2017)

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  • Lentswe Bhengu

    Food
    A combination of reliable classics and innovative dishes make this a worthwhile visit. For starters, the beef carpaccio with balsamic jelly, crispy fried capers, almond purée and parmesan is a stand-out, a symphony of flavours and textures. Other options include a Caprese salad with a twist in the form of a basil panna cotta; beetroot arancini with a dukkah crumb, goat’s cheese and coriander, or seared tuna with rocket, nero yoghurt and crispy rice paper.

    There’s also a generous antipasti platter that’s also available as a main course. Mains include a perfectly cooked smoked duck breast with pillowy gnocchi, roast fennel and a pleasingly piquant sundried tomato beurre noisette – an excellent foil to the rich meat. Or opt for braised deboned shortrib with a café au lait sauce, mushrooms, cauliflower purée, cacao and carrots, or cider-braised pork belly with Serrano ham, pea purée, parsnip, mangetout and a walnut-and-nutmeg sauce. There’s also a fish of the day and a beef burger on brioche with emmenthaler and skinny fries. Vegetarians will enjoy home-made linguine with smoky tomato and basil.

    Desserts include a decadently dark deconstructed tiramisu, a pannettone bread-and-butter pudding with rooibos crème Anglaise, and the clever antipasta: a “cannelloni” tuille filled with granadilla curd and topped with brûléed Italian meringue.

    Drinks
    A well-populated list with good-value options available by the glass. Cocktails and beers, some craft, are also available.

    Service
    Friendly and efficient, with good recommendations.

    Ambience
    The location is part of the appeal here: the restaurant is located in the former residence of Italian Count and Countess Natale Labia and is decorated to resemble a 19th-century Venetian villa.

    And…
    Take a stroll around the premises and admire the amazing art collection. The restaurant is popular for functions.

    (September 2016)

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    With well-known foodie Judy Badenhorst at the kitchen’s helm, diners can expect her trademark seasonal, laid-back comfort fare. There is, of course, a strong Italian flavour given that this recently refurbished property belongs to the Labia family and strains of operatic melodies combine well with the pasta of the day – the likes of butternut and whole roasted garlic risotto – or the gargantuan Casa Labia club sandwich with all the goodies.

    Wine
    Unlicensed.

    Service
    Needs to be improved to match the genteel surrounds.

    Ambience
    Gorgeous views and a wander through the magnificent palazzo-like surrounds complete the elegant picture. The sun-splashed conservatory-style dining area is a lovely breakfast spot.

    And...
    It’s open for regular soirees and smart functions too. (VS, September 2010)

User reviews

  • With our group of friends (The Decadent Club) we had lunch at the Casa Labia. What a great setting, the service was friendly, casual but attentive and we had a great time. We would have liked a wider range of starters but the desserts made up for it.
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  • We had a great lunch at Casa Labia on 9th August 2011. The setting is beautiful and the food and drinks served were excellent. Even though one order didn't come out right first time, they handled the situation brilliantly and we had a fantastic afternoon. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we booked again for another 'date' in two weeks’ time!

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  • Unchilled white wine and overly generous portions.
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  • Casa Labia is an extraordinary venue, a one of a kind for South Africa! The views of the False Bay coast are magical as are the exceptional antique interiors. The art collection is also a must see as is the new gallery upstairs which shows contemporary local work. As far as the cafe goes, well Judy Badenhorst has delivered, again. Ive been 3 times already (I live in the City Bowl) and each time Ive been totally impressed. Great food, great service and a dreamy setting! I cant get enough of the prawn linguine!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dancing
  • Dog-friendly
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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