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Culture Club – Bar De Tapas

Culture Club – Bar De Tapas
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Cost
R60 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Coffee, Groups, Special occasions
Food
Argentinian, Bistro fare, Café fare, Coffee, Light meals, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Modern, Seafood, Spanish, Steak, Tapas, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Diane de Beer

Food
Here tapas are defined as more of a style of eating than a strict spotlight on Spanish cuisine. Their menu combines mixed influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia and some great local flavours too. The only problem with the menu is balancing what to order so that you start smaller rather than going for too much too quickly. Think brilliantly balanced taramasalata with steaming triangles of pita bread and popcorn pork nibbles to balsamic beetroot with a fresh bite, herb-crusted fish goujons and traditional falafel. But it is the choice, how to select, how to balance the flavours and which way to go, that turns this into a fun event. The more people around a table, the merrier and the larger your cuisine possibilities.

Drinks
They have a fine wine selection with many possibilities available by the glass. It’s handy if you’re popping in for a quick bite but also peep their cocktail and gin selections (which stops just shy of a hundred).

Service
Even if the service is slightly distracted with so much going on, they’re quick to respond at a moment’s notice. The staff is well informed and guide you in your drink options.

Ambience
It’s festive with lots of lights to create sparkle. Inside and out, hot or cold, everything is catered for. The design is cool and contemporary but the focus is getting people to have fun with equal measures of quality food, drink and friendship. They are part of a foodie street scene that has popped up quite smartly a little more than a year ago and has quickly drawn in the crowds because of the atmosphere.

And…
It’s young and well thought-through, with no hitches to spoil the experience. Even the car guards guide you to a better spot if they see you might not quite get it right.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • Ambiance definitely a win here Food is amazing- great variety and just plain delicious My favorite date spot
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  • Decided we needed to head out for a much needed celebration. Our waiter was absolute amazing. Super nice and nothing was too much trouble! The food was good, could’ve done with a little more spice and seasoning. The gin menu is incredible and I think this is the major draw card!
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  • Culture Club has the ability to take you from the Sichuan hills of China to the Cumin and Cardamom scented markets of Morocco to every cuisine around the Mediterranean. The food is exquisite, and well balanced with strong and pronounced flavours. I'd recommend the Popcorn Pork or the Lamb Spinach and Feta cigars. The atmosphere is young, fun and worth experiencing with decently priced meals and drinks for every occasion. This is probably where ginaholics in Pretoria hang out, since the collection is massive and of such a high standard, with a wide variety of other drinks also available. It was so much fun here that I had to visit the next day again. Definitely a must!
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  • Loved the food and the amazing ambiance.
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  • Culture club has a nice variety of food and there is always something new to look forward to on their special menu board. Great variety of drinks aswell and a nice vibe for a relaxing evening out.
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  • A top class spot in Hazelwood that promises and delivers a great vibe along with simple but well thought out food. The drinks are great and they have a comprehensive gin menu which seems to be the hype lately. An artistic touch on all the menus adds a certain element of excitement and whimsy when you are ordering. The tapas style adds to the relaxed feeling of the restaurant Sharing is a great way to approach this menu in my opinion. I have been there several times and would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun and uncomplicated night out with good food.
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  • 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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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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