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Cheyne’s

Cheyne’s
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Cost
R280 for tasting experience
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
Asian, Fine-dining food, Modern, Tapas
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Sam Linsell

Food

The menu at Cheyne Morrisby’s popular Hout Bay restaurant is Asian fusion with a selection of innovative and original dishes packed with umami flavours. The menu is divided into 4 sections, namely: sea, land earth and happy endings. The idea is to pick a few dishes from all areas of the menu and share these tapas-style. Soft shell crab, firecracker prawns and yellowtail ceviche are delicious dishes in the ‘sea’ section along with very trendy tuna and salmon poke bowls.

Meat eaters will be delighted with the array of dishes, from gochujang-spiced grilled lamb cutlets to crispy pork and quails egg san choy bau, as well as beef sliders and grilled chicken yakatori. Each is beautifully spiced and garnished with Asian ingredients.

The Earth part of the menu features vegetarian dishes such as flame-grilled edamame beans; spinach and pak choi ohitashi; aubergine tempura; and hot and sour coconut cream risotto. The deep-fried milk with red pepper caramel and ponzu gel is as much a textural and flavour delight as an intellectual mystery.

Finish off your meal with a double thick peanut butter shake with toasted peanuts or a yuzu cream catalana, with candied orange and black sesame snap.

Drinks

The wine list has been carefully curated to include a selection of high quality wines across the price spectrum. Booking is advisable over the weekend.

Service

The waiters are top notch and can explain all the intricacies of the menu.

Ambience

The interior is dark so it’s better at night when it’s cosy.

And…

Lucky Bao, another of Cheyne’s restaurants, is right next door and a good option if you felt like a slightly more casual meal.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Excellent value for excellent food we go there frequently
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  • I was so looking forward to trying Cheyne’s after all the rave reviews I’d read. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed due to a few things. Firstly, after ordering a few dishes, the waiter suggested that I make alternative choices as I had selected items that “weren’t great” and ones that other guests "had not liked” – I found this rather odd. Secondly, about 30 minutes after ordering the edamame beans, the waiter explained that the chef wasn’t happy with the quality of beans and asked us to choose something else – I found it strange that this would happen in the middle of service. Thirdly, the timing was off – one dish arrived quite quickly and then we waited almost an hour for the next few, and then we had to flag down the waiter to order dessert. Fourth, the broccoli dish did not include tofu as described on the menu – just some steamed Tenderstem broccoli with a touch of sauce – not very exciting. Overall, I wasn’t impressed by the food and found that it all tasted similar (which I suspect was due to the same sauce being on most of the dishes). I won’t be back.
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  • We went for the dinner special and were blown away. Every dish was absolutely delicious. Definitely worth a visit. We will be back.
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  • We were delighted to get a last minute lunch booking for a big table over the weekend. Unfortunately there was a bigger table next to us, and they were making it quite difficult for us to hear each other. The service started out a bit slow, and we discovered that although our booking had been made for 230pm, the kitchen was to close imminently. We felt a bit rushed, made some hasty decisions from an inspired menu, and hoped for the best. What we got was even better than we had expected. Tasty, fresh, creative, loaded with flair and flavour. One small criticism would be an overabundance of sauce (but often it's served separately, so next time I won't dump the whole lot on my noodles)! Everything was generous, which is often not the case with tapas. Loved the interesting wine list too. Can't wait to go back and try a few favourites, and all the others ...
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Menu

Set menu - Cheyne's- updated June 2018

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Vegetarian

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