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Cucina at Casa Labia

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Cost
R65 to R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Café fare, Italian

Critic's review

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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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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