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Chefs 566

Chefs 566
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Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Bakery fare, Contemporary fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food

The food is excellently prepared and delicious, but as familiar and comforting as Sunday lunch at your mom’s house. The daytime menu includes breakfast items such as a freshly baked chignon dome, a German-style rösti with cheese, mushrooms and Norwegian smoked salmon; Greek phyllo pies with side salad; fillet à la crème; the burger of the week; and a number of delicious desserts and cakes. They also have a take-away menu promising delights such as lamb korma, Coke chicken and a banting chicken meal.

The dinner menu is not large but it is well compiled and dishes are superbly prepared. The starter of brown mushrooms with a large marrow bone and toast is ideal to share, but they also have brie and cream baked in phyllo; pan-seared duck served with crushed sweet potato; French onion soup; and kingklip served in a phyllo bowl. Other notable mains include tender flanc de boeuf with shallots and potato purée; Greek lamb kleftiko with potato bake; beef wellington; pepper pot pie; and fish cakes with prawns, mussels and scallops.

Finish off your meal with a delicious deconstructed toffee apple terrine with a perfectly baked puff pastry disk, excellent quality dark chocolate, apple purée and toffee cream. This dish is sophisticated, not overly sweet, and a wonderful surprise. The other treats on offer include Death by Chocolate, peanut-butter fondant and espresso panna cotta.

Drinks

Chefs 566 do not have a liquor licence yet; it should be in place from the beginning of October. For the time-being everyone seems happy enough to bring along their own wine, and enjoy soft drinks and great coffees.

Service

Since the restaurant is fairly new, the service staff still need to find their feet and settle into a comfortable, polished rhythm. However, Chefs 566 cannot be faulted on friendliness, food and ambience, and this is most definitely a place worthy of a return visit. The menu is simply listed on a blackboard, and the floor manager is on hand to give more information and take orders. Owner and head chef Brett Ladds is a friendly man who easily strikes up conversation from behind the service counter and makes you feel right at home, and there are enough staff members to attend to your needs.

Ambience

Chefs 566 is located in one of those small neighbourhood centres with floor-to-ceiling glass shopfronts that open up onto a broad, sunny veranda. The venue would be great in summer and on seasonable winter days. A glass-panelled kiosk houses the bakery and pastry kitchen, from which you can buy fresh breads and other goodies to take home. Although fairly minimalist, the interior is inviting and fresh, with apple-green chairs, soaring ceilings with exposed wooden roof trusses, a few chandeliers, mirrors and polished concrete floors to round off the look. The restaurant has an open service counter where most of the cooking is done and plates are assembled before being whisked off to the tables.

And…

There is a photo of chef Brett and Madiba (for whom he was a private chef) on the wall, and it’s clear that he knows how to run a great à la carte restaurant. My only recommendation is that they consider offering patrons some bread at the beginning of the meal – since they have a bakery on the premises – to accompany the delicious spreads of sundried tomato, chicken, and jalapeño-and-feta that were presented as an amuse bouche.

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User reviews

  • On paper the restaurant presents well. The flow of the restaurant outdoors with the outside coffe/bar and oven gives the venue a nice feel. The food was below average. We had the trio of lamb and burger sliders. Sauteéd vegetables looked more like frozen vegetables - old, soggy and without any taste. The potato rosti likewise lacked any taste. The lamb chops had nice flavour but was slightly overcooked. As for the burgers - the patties were very bland. The sauces were decent though. The service was apalling. Waited 20 minutes for a cocktail and eventually had to change the order. It didn't look as though the barman actually knew how to make the cocktail. I would advise they rather not offer cocktails if they are unable to deliver. The waiter was mostly busy with other tables and seem as though they didn't have enough serving staff available. Not that the restaurant was full or particularly busy. I think the restaurant can be so much more but it was rather a disappointing experience.
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  • Excellent food! Good ambiance and service. The servers actually know what they talk about...
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  • Chefs@566 is a great concept, however the venue lacks atmosphere. The food choice is good, and I like to idea of bring your own drinks, due to the venue not having a alcohol license.
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  • Food doesn't even deserve a star. Your review of this restaurant is so far from being accurate and this is not the first time that recommendations from your magazine have been completely wrong. Not sure who did the review for Chefs @566 but it was shocking
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  • My son went to Chefs@566 to celebrate a special birthday. The food was shocking but your magazine rates it highly. I am not sure who does the reviews for your magazine but we have been disappointed time and again after following recommendations from your magazine. I think it's about time you were made aware of the reviews as eating out is not a cheap option. Very disappointed
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  • What a lovely place. Food is amazing and such a Lekker vibe . Will definitely come back
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways

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