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Culture Club – Bar De Tapas

Culture Club – Bar De Tapas
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Argentinian, Bistro fare, Café fare, Coffee, Contemporary fare, Light meals, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Modern, Seafood, Spanish, Steak, Tapas, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
Most of the food is served in portions that can be shared – the rump steak is sliced for easy sharing and served with chimichurri; the sheftalia (a type of Cypriot pork sausage) comes with pita pockets, tzatziki and a chopped tomato-onion mix; and Spanish meatballs are enrobed in salsa brava, a deep, rich and slightly sweet tomato sauce.

The hummus is worth your attention: made in-house, it’s silky smooth, with the earthiness of the chickpeas balanced by the lovely tastes of tahini and lemon. It comes with a small bowl of olives on the side.

Other smaller tapas include herb- and citrus-dressed mixed olives; marinated Danish feta with pita; chorizo-pesto lollipops; bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers; pan-fried halloumi with pickled mint cucumber; sticky chicken drumettes; panko-parmesan chicken strips with cheese sauce; Thai-spiced grilled squid with Asian dipping sauce (which a neighbouring tabled declares delicious); herb-crusted fish goujons with homemade tartare sauce; Portuguese-style chicken thigh skewers; and a meat-and-cheese board for two with pickles and preserves.

Don't end the night without having some churros with dark chocolate ganache. They’re fried on order so they might take a little while, but they’re worth the wait.

Drinks
Hang in there; they’ll receive their liquor licence soon. For the moment, enjoy non-alcoholic drinks such as a nicely prepared watermelon-and-cranberry virgin mojito, pina colada, mango-and-mint granita and granadilla-sherbet granita. We taste a coffee Freezo (made by Illy), which translates into a perfect small dessert that’s probably low in calories too. In addition, they offer a number of gourmet iced teas such as very cherry and pomegranate rooibos, as well as some frappes, excellent espresso and other coffee-based drinks.

Service
The restaurant opened recently, so it’s understandable that staff are still somewhat tentative and hesitant. Our young server forgets to mention the specials for the evening, for example, but on the whole, service from the entire crew is friendly. Once the inside and outside areas fill up, waiters will need to know what they’re doing. The owner/manager is, however, very hands-on, keen to answer questions and generally helpful in smoothing the flow of service.

Ambience
Culture Club is a recent addition to a row of brand-new restaurants in this area, fondly known as the Parktown of Pretoria. Falling into that bracket between restaurant and bar, this is a great place to come for a drink and stay on for some good food. The main restaurant space houses the kitchen, ablution facilities, bar and a few high tables. The majority of the restaurant’s seating is outside on an open deck, under trees decked out in fairly lights. This, together with the buzz emanating from surrounding restaurants, creates exactly the right kind of ambience for a lovely evening outside in Gauteng’s balmy weather. (But I hope they have a trick up their sleeves for when it rains or the cold sets in.) The bar shelves are filled with a quirky collection of items such as Darth Vader, a Minion, cookery books and glassware.

And…
It’s a pleasure to see that the designers have given some thought to all aspects: from the beautiful small blue water glasses to the textured panels against the bar counter, from the mix of French café-style and designer moulded-plastic chairs to an array of ceramic bowls and containers for serving the food. This is a perfect spot to visit with friends to enjoy a drink and share several small, delicious tastes.

(April 2016)

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User reviews

  • It was our second time at Culture Club. I booked a table for 6 a week ago, requesting it to be on the front deck. It was for a 45th birthday celebration. The lady that 'welcomed' us - I can't remember her name, and do not think I want to - yesterday at 18:00 (blond hair) showed us to our table on the side of the restaurant. I immediately told her that this is not what we booked. Her snotty answer? 'Why does it matter? You are at Culture Club, aren't you?'. She really lacks people skills. Luckily the waiters and manager on duty saved the day. Big thanks to them. Food and ambiance were great.
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  • This restaurant got my attention not only because of their offering but also with their exceptional service. Their cocktails cater for every taste and my friends and I can's seem to wait for that next special event....thank you and keep it up!
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  • I love absolutely everything about this restaurant!!! Always a good vibe, staff and management always friendly and helpful and the food is out of this world. Will always go back. Thank you Culture Club you are the best.
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  • Once in a while, everyone wishes they were 'anywhere but here'. Nestled in a European village-like setting, overlooking an alluring array of alternative restaurants, Culture Club lets you get lost in a world of fairy lights and charm. Whether it's with your partner or a group of friends, time will drift away into a fun-filled; food-fuelled stupor. The menu remains modest but sufficient and the food must be unrivalled when it comes to quality of taste.
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  • Culture Is communication, communication is culture. From the moment you walk into Culture Club, you are being communicated with...... by your senses. Friendly thoughtful staff, wonderfully delicious platters of fare, an accumulated experience which is socially uplifting. . Culture consists of patterns, explicit and implicit, symbols, Culture Club embodies all of that with its blue and white symbols ! My favorite place in the Pretoria !
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  • Absolutely love this place! We always receive great service even when we're a bigger crowed! Food is incredible! Defiantly one of my favourites
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  • Me and my wife's favourite new place. Awesome awesome awesome! Great vibe and great food in a great neighbourhood.
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  • Unbelievably awesome vibe with an even more impressive menu. Just when you think the menu is too good to be true and the food couldnt possibly live up to expectations, the outstanding chef and his crew provide again and again leaving you in a food coma yet still searching for space to fit in a brownie chocolate overdose sent from the heavens! All served to you with impeccable service and most importantly a smile. Definitely the best place to eat or drink and chill or all of the above that I have been to since coming back to South Africa! Team Culture Club I salute you! ✌️
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  • If you are in the area of hazlewood do yourself a favor...Visit the ultimate tapas restaurant in the heart of this little establishment called culture club. You can feast on a variety of absolutely amazing tapas and to top that they offer more than 40 different craft gins with unique garnishes and characters!!! By far the best value for money I've ever experienced
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  • This place should honestly be listed as on op the top 5 restaurants in Pretoria - BY FAR! The atmosphere here is great and "vibey" and their service is amazing too. Now for the food - WOW- where can I begin??? Starters: the best are their dips - Lets me just mention the feta and herb - AMAZING. Their pita bread is also fresh and delicious. Main: Every time I go there I cant help but choose the Panko chicken strips and cheese sauce - They are no where near being dry, so juicy and tasty. Their Beef trinchado is also yummy... I have never been disappointed there.
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  • culture club is one of my favorite places to eat out at in Pretoria, with a wide selection of great tasty foods that come served tapas style allowing you to taste a variety of different foods. The service is great, the waiters are friendly and efficient and tend to look after the customer well.
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  • As a student, my boyfriend and I are always looking for great "date night" restaurants and Culture Club did not disappoint. The whole street is filled with restaurants which adds to the ambience and Culture Club is mainly situated outside under the trees and twinkle lights which gives it that romantic feel. the service is great and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. The food was also out of this world! The dishes are great to share and there are so many things you want to taste that this is to your own advantage. I highly recommend a visit to Culture Club!
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  • When I hear the word Culture – I think food, I see colour, I hear music and I get a feeling of belonging. When I hear the word Club – I think fun, friends, explosive boisterous goodtimes and dancing…So when I heard Culture Club , I was beyond excited. My excitement was met with delicious delivery of a damn good time for my tastebuds and an exceptionally pleasant and warming experience for my soul. Its difficult to pick highlights but some of my favourite things were 1. The hummus – if Barry Whites voice tasted like something, this richly delicious and smooth concoction would be it. Never have I tasted such flavourful, even yumminess. 2. The churros – Bless these churros, the brain that perfected the recipe and the hands that made them. The chef has nailed the perfect crispiness of the dough on the exterior with the softest, most delicate and spongy inside such that initially I thought it was a custard centre but its not! 3. The squid – wow wow wowee – fresh, full of flavour with very interesting Asian influences – orderd it twice! 4. The service – the waitors are perfectly attentive to all patrons while still making you feel like you have the restaurant all to yourself Without a doubt this will be my Summer of 2016 home away from home. Do I care that it’s in the 012 and I’m from the 011 – Nope. Cars are meant for driving no doubt The only thing I would suggest is for the restaurant to ask if people would prefer to be seated inside or outside as the space seems to be evenly split. While its chilly, there are more than enough heaters though so if there isn’t a cold front, you will be okay outside. Thank you D & D for bringing this beauty to life. Cant wait to return
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  • The best tapas in town! The restaurant is set in the heart of the new restaurant hotspot in Pretoria and is not to be missed! Scrumptious food (generous portions for tapas) and excellent service. We tried the chicken strips, falafel balls, haloumi bites, Charcuterie board, butternut, potato patties and zucchini and everyone loved every bite of everything! The prices are very reasonable for the portion sizes and they have a good variety of wines to choose from. Be sure to book a table. Very "vibey", we'll definitely be back for more!
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  • Relaxed area, fast friendly handsome service, just magic.. thank you!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Reservations recommended
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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