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La Mouette

Cost
A la carte avg main R170; 6-course tasting menu R395, with wine pairing R665; 7-course tasting menu R445, with wine pairing R745
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, French, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

John Maytham

Food
Chef-patron Henry Vigar goes from strength to strength at his increasingly celebrated and popular Sea Point restaurant. The cuisine has elements of fine dining sitting very comfortably alongside a bistro attitude and welcome injections of whimsy. Menus are subject to both inter-and intra-seasonal changes. But, from the starter menu, you might encounter fontina and truffle croquettes – the cheese just the right level of oozy and the truffle just enough to infuse but not so much as to overpower, and the whole completed by a garlic aioli. Mushrooms on earth also impresses – different textures and tastes, all unified by an earthy richness.

On the main menu, the seared tuna is triumphant – perfectly cooked, with some Asian elements (pickled cucumber roll and tempura courgettes) adding piquant interest. Smoked mayonnaise and celeriac puree uplift a deliciously tender and gamy kudu loin.

The mascarpone ice cream with trimmings is sweet and savoury; the carrot cake moist and yummy.

Drinks
This is one of the most thoughtfully assembled small wine lists in town, keeping track with new producers and old(er) ones doing new and interesting things. Every dish has a wine pairing suggested – all of them inventive and appropriate. Be careful, though. Some of the suggested wine is well over R100 a glass. Do some mental arithmetic before ordering so the bill doesn’t come as a shock.

Service
Informed, amiable and attentive from the welcome to the goodbye.

Ambience
It’s always convivial in this lovingly restored Tudor-style house, with courtyard tables much sought after in summer. A table near the crackling log fire in one of the intimate interleading rooms is a must-have in winter.

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There is always a version of the signature gin and tonic dessert on the menu – make sure someone at the table orders it.

(September 2016)

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  • Richard Holmes

    Food
    Since 2010, Chef Henry Vigar has steadily built up a loyal following at his stylish Sea Point restaurant, where the food may lean towards fine dining but the prices do not. It’s an elegant space, recently revamped, that is a fine foil for the classical French cuisine given a modern twist. Vigar has plenty of fun with his plating, so expect colourful dishes with the occasional ‘cheffy’ flourish. The menu changes regularly, but may include an adventurous artichoke granola with wood sorrel, or a classic Bouillabaise done here with kabeljou, crispy prawns and mussels. The Namibian lamb plated with sweetbreads, celeriac and goat’s cheese is another highlight. Desserts are playful and innovative, with the ‘Gin and tonic’ of lemon curd, sorbet and juniper meringues a refreshing end to the meal. Vigar’s seasonal tasting menus have also proven a runaway hit with locals, offering extremely good value with a six-course sample of what the kitchen is capable of.

    Drinks
    There’s a good selection of wines, but don’t ignore the wonderful cocktails and craft beers on offer. The six-course tasting menu also comes with a wine-pairing option.

    Service
    Warm, friendly and attentive service throughout.

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    A handful of intimate dining rooms are scattered through this elegant Tudor house in Sea Point’s Regent Road. With fireplaces aplenty and a charming courtyard, there’s no shortage of romance on offer here.

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    Vigar may keep a low profile, but his tables are often full. Reservations are highly recommended.

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  • Eat Out

    Food
    Specialising in accessible and affordable fine dining, chef Henry Vigar’s Sea Point restaurant La Mouette has become a firm favourite among Capetonians, and it’s not hard to see why. The six-course tasting menu changes regularly and remains exceptional good value for money. Delivering classically French food with a few global twists, the portions are as generous as the pricing. But don’t forget about the à la carte menu. (That is, after you’ve snacked on their now-famous amuse bouche of cheese and truffle croquettes.) A starter of duck parfait with raisin purée, rainbow carrots, hazelnuts and granola crumble is beautifully prepared, with hints of Middle Eastern flavour. The crispy pork cheek dish with pickled apple, cauliflower purée, crackling and mustard demonstrates the chef’s skill at giving new, modern life to a classic dish. A plate of baby scallops with broad beans and velouté succeeds in being both fresh and rich at the same time. Delicious.

    Wine
    The beverage list shows a good selection of wines and a few unusual choices, along with a couple of craft beers and some fabulous cocktails.

    Service
    Friendly and prompt service by staff who know the menu well and seem very happy to be working here.

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    Located in grand Tudor revival-style house in Sea Point’s Regent Street, the interior is flush with fine old fireplaces, lead-paned windows and multiple elegant dining rooms. It’s almost always busy, leading to an infectiously happy vibe.

    (August 2014)

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  • Affordable fine dining is the forte of this Sea Point favourite. Chef Henry Vigar turns out a tasty six-course tasting menu for a fraction of what you’d pay at similar spots, giving diners a chance to taste dishes that take their cue from contemporary French cuisine with an occasional Mediterranean twist. Think ricotta balls served with hummus, pomegranate arils and sweet yoghurt; creamy chicken parfait with a crispy spring roll, sweet pear chutney and pickled mushrooms; or line fish served with cumin-laced potato and a crisp onion bhaji. Salted caramel macarons and dark chocolate pavé with orange purée are satisfyingly wicked. (EO mag 2014)
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    Affordable fine dining is the forte of this Sea Point favourite. Chef Henry Vigar turns out a tasty six-course tasting menu for a fraction of what you’d expect to pay at other Cape restaurants. Menus change monthly but are always well-balanced between ingredients, flavours and richness.Dishes take their queue from contemporary French cuisine, with an occasional Mediterranean twist. Think crispy, savoury ricotta balls served with hummus, tart pomegranate arils and sweet yoghurt or a perfectly creamy quenelle of chicken parfait with a crispy spring roll, sweet pear chutney and pickled mushrooms. Line fish is served on a base of cumin-laced potato with a crisp onion bhaji and tomato chutney. On the sweet side, look out for the insanely delicious salted caramel macarons. The dark chocolate pavé with orange purée is satisfyingly wicked.

    Wine
    Wine pairing is offered with the tasting menu. Some of the pairings are spot on and others are less perfect, but considering the price, it’s fantastic value for money.

    Service
    Husband and wife team Henry and Mari Vigar are omnipresent, and it shows. The courses fly out of the kitchen, and servers are professional, but relaxed.

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    Set in a grand old building which reputedly once belonged to the mayor of Cape Town, dining here feels like visiting the home of wealthy, but beloved, relative. Several large fireplaces make it a cosy option in winter, while an outside paved garden area, complete with fountain, is lovely in the summer time.

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    The winter special is a real drawcard and is improbably cheap: six courses were on offer for R185, or R320 with wine pairing, for winter 2013. (Katharine Jacobs, June 2013)
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  • Bernadette Le Roux

    Chef Henry Vigar makes a point of using seasonal ingredients. The winter menu is one of the best value for money menus in town. The truffle and cheese croquettes are moreish; and the combination of prawns, chorizo and sweetcorn puree is addictive. The interior is made up of separate, intimate rooms each with an element of grandeur and most have a fireplace. The perfect setting for a romantic date. (July 2013)
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  • Jeanne Calitz

    Can't wait to go again ... I never tire of this place, or of the friendly owner and chef, Mari and Henry. La Mouette somehow manages to serve seriously gourmet cuisine at affordable prices. Go for the amazing and popular winter special (with the menu changing each month), but also go for the lovely setting in an old Victorian building, the friendly staff and high quality of the food. Fireplaces in every room add lots of warmth and atmosphere. Everything on the menu is great, but I recently feasted on a wonderfully fragrant coconut broth with vegetable dim sum, followed by the springbok medallions with butternut puree and candied walnuts. Perfection. (July 2013)
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  • Stefania Johnson

    If there was such a category as fine dining 'light', La Mouette could be its poster child. The tasting menu offers excellent value for money – and is a fun experience for diners who want to stretch their taste buds without being intimidated by the dishes or prices. It’s special but not too posh. Lovely flavours, easy-going service and a relaxed ambience make this Seapoint eatery a good choice for both a date-night or an important family lunch. (July 2013)
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User reviews

  • Lovely looking restaurant and ambience. Service was outstanding. Menu a little disappointing, as well as the food. Mushroom starter was very good, but lamb and sirloin main very average. Still had a good time.
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  • Their Autumn menu was very good, The 'snacks' were particularly amazing! We were not fans of the turnip spagetti, the texture was off-putting, and the carrot cake dessert was underwhelming. But as always, the service was attentive throughout, with smiles all round. A highly enjoyable night with overall great food. Can't wait for the winter menu :)
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  • Absolutely stunning!
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  • You can't argue with the value for money of La Mouette's winter special - 6 courses for R295 is an absolute bargain for the delicious food that is served up. Some courses are a bit of a miss (the sole tasted a bit fishy, and there is a bit too much ash, charring and smoking for my liking), but the winter snacks (cured duck ham with a quince chutney and boerenkaas croquettes), beetroot & goat's cheese, lamb and the dessert were delicious standouts. Service is good, with both manageress and hostess checking in on our table through the evening.
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  • First time visit to La Mouette for a Sunday lunch and what a lovely experience! Delicious Autumn Tasting menu which we thoroughly enjoyed! Special attention also paid to guests with food allergies. Definitely added to my dpecial experiences restaurants in Cape Town.
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  • March 2015 Love that this venue is in the midst of bustling SeaPoint, but once you step within its boundaries the bustle disappear and is replaced with a fairy light splattered garden & charming inside seating. Its like visiting friends who have a quaint old house. We visited La Mouette this time to celebrate a birthday and we were seated in the garden which was well suited as it was an intimate gathering of family. We convinced all our guests to try the six course menu and we weren't disappointed! Delicious flavour combos, wonderful textures and professional presentation. I had a few favourite dishes. The truffle croquettes and cauliflower cheese shortbread were heavenly. I never thought I'd say that about anything containing cauliflower. Infact I would eat more cauliflower if I could make that yummy shortbread. The burnt onion panna cotta and mushrooms, lets just say I would happily go back and order a large pot of just the panna cotta! The crispy pork cheeks, wow! I think La Mouette is under rated - the food, the service, did I mention the food are top class! My next visit can't come soon enough!!!
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  • Had dinner last night the food was good, service is great, prices are very reasonable. However i am not a big fan of the location..
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  • I just love La Mouette! I tend to visit it often, as I always look forward to their new and exciting seasonal tasting menu. Not only does La Mouette offer a gastronomically fun and scrumptious experience, the service is always warm and welcoming. I would definitely recommend the tasting menu which is very affordable yet comparable in superiority with some of the most expensive tasting menus in Cape Town. Unless you have an abnormally large appetite, the 6 course portions even though small, add up to a more than (if not too) sufficient portion. It’s also a definite must in winter by the fireplace.
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  • Date night with my husband and once again the food, service and wine was up to its usual high standard. We hadn't been back for around a year...left wondering why not as the same delish food is still being served at prices that make you wonder why the top spots are charging such extortionate prices. Well done team La Mouette. We won't wait so long for the next visit!
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  • Yesterday evening we went to La Mouette to say farewell to our daughter and as usually it was a great experience. Since we couldn't quite find what we liked on the tasting menu we chose from the a la carte menu and shared it amongst ourselves. Trevor, our waiter was a great help, understanding the dishes and advising us. The food is prepared with love and experience and winelist is comprehensive and not outrageously expensive. We will be back.
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  • Very good food with excellent service. The tasting menu is great. Will definitely return.
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  • What on earth kept us away from La Mouette? When the only fault one can find with a restaurant is the difficulty in finding parking, then you are on to a winner. Service was friendly and informed, the Assiette of Duck was to die for, with Gerrit revealing the secret behind the delicious roasted walnuts, the Springbok Medallions derserves a gold medal and the layered dark chocolate pavé could not be finished, but was delicious.
    Not the cheapest of restaurants, but food quality and service makes this one of the top restaurants in Cape Town.


     

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  • What a gem - starting with the front of house staff who are so warm, welcoming and unpretentious. The 6 course spring tasting menu was very good value and beautifully executed (with the best pea soup and roast chicken ever). Unlike so many other top restaurantsf Chef Hernry does not confuse with mutilpe odd flavour combinations or reliance on foams, jellies or liquid nitrogen theatrics - just honest and delicious food.

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  • Outstanding food - our table of 4 had the tasting menu with wine pairing, and each course was superb....perfectly executed with its wine paired! Staff discreetly attentive, and Mari really is the perfect hostess. Thank you for another great evening.

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  • Although being based in the Southern suburbs, we had only been to La Mouette a couple of times before, it always impressed us - enough for us to select it over others in order to book a table for fourteen to celebrate my wife's birthday on Saturday night...

    Everything was, simply put, really top notch. From hands-on co-owner Mari`s own initiative with suggestions and arrangements (putting us in a private dining room, menus printed with my wife's birthday, cost effective wine advice etc), to the food - we had the delightful 6 course tasting menu, with my wife's dessert even given a special `birthday` treatment in chocolale and really great service from our waiter Trevor.... and we were there till after midnight!
    Every dish was special and tasty and enjoyed by all. Sure the portions are small. It's a tasting menu after all, but for fine dining and the overall experience the value is really absolutely amazing. And that is undoubtedly a large part of the reason for their success. Well done!

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  • What a disappointment! I had the farfalle which arrived like a glutinous pale blob in the bowl. No glistening pasta here. It was saved from being sent back by its mushroom puree. The previous evening I had a delicious pasta at an Italian restaurant. I had a half portion which was more than adequate. La Mouette's farfalle was smaller than this and double the price! My husband's steak was delicious but he came home and had a piece of toast! Won't be going back. Service was good. Ambience was good.

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  • This restaurant deserves top marks. We went for the new autumn menu - 7 courses - that included wine pairing for the most reasonable price! All dishes were delicious, although the main course of risotto/chicken was a let down. The rest was phenomenal. I highly reccommend a dinner at this cosy beautiful restaurant.

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  • We had a great evening last Saturday. Great food, service and overall experience. Thanks.

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  • Enjoyed Christmas lunch.

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  • Thank you so much! The La Mouette team hosted my husband's birthday function this last month. Amazing event, great food and they simply could not do enough for us. Well done!

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  • We had heard so much of this restaurant that we really wanted to try and were delighted that we could get a table for 2 at the last minute.
    Not disappointed by the legendary welcome, the service was great and efficient.
    A little disappointed with the winelist - specifically the by the glass selection and once selected the out of stock mention...
    My food was delicious, especially the prawn starter. My main tuna was cooked to perfection, the bean very crunchy which is not to my taste but is to many other consumers. My husband had the adventurous crayfish with a rhubarb puree and loved it, bit of a let down on the lamb main which was slightly dry for a shoulder confit.
    Had to finish with a cheese board, which was nice enough and my husband ordered the "tarte aux fraises" which turned out to be some deconstructed dish and did not live up to expectation - which was of course our own expectation - but the taste was alright.
    We would however go back to enjoy the lovely atmosphere and hearing that it was the first night of the summer menu to taste it again.

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  • My family and I have been dining at La Mouette since it opened its doors. The vibe is so relaxed, but still so sophisticated. You feel like you're in the company of royalty, but can still be your bubbly self. The food is always fantastic and the macaroons are to die for! As good as the ones we eat when we're in Paris on vacation.

    Marie is an excellent host, so gracious and welcoming. Her staff are so funny and genuinely want to be there to please the clients. Nothing is ever a huge favour and there is always great laughter and enjoyment coming from each table!

    Henry has such a great flair and the food tastes like it's made with love and passion. You'll never have a bad night, I'm only sorry we can't eat there everyday. Great place for birthdays too! Roll out the bubbly.

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  • I was on a business trip last week in Cape Town and had the privilege to eat for the first time at La Mouette Restaurant in Sea Point. Wow, in my opinion this restaurant is definitely on top of my list for all South African restaurants.
    We had the 6 course tasting menu for only R165 per person and I must add that we struggled to finish all six courses. The food was delicious and prepared to perfection by Chef Henry Vigar. The service and wine were excellent and what pleasant managers in charge of this top class restaurant.
    I can’t wait for my next visit to Cape Town.

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  • Our party had the 5-course tasting menu on a Saturday night. Portions were ridiculously small, even for a tasting menu! We all left hungry. The dishes themselves were uninteresting, and the main dish - sirloin - was overdone. Service was friendly, management absent otherwise I would have directed these comments at them rather than here.

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  • The courtyard magically lit by candles and featuring a fountain as a centerpiece was our setting for the evening as we were seated for a late supper. The space and ambience conjured up images of a street cafe in Rome, rather than a (relatively new) restaurant in Seapoint.

    As a party of 5, we opted to try both the Summer Gourmand tasting menu as well as the Vegetarian Gourmand tasting menu and we were not disappointed by a single dish although there were a few firm favourites such as the Assiette of duck, Lamb 3 ways and the cheese croquettes that were served with the Chilled tomato gazpacho.

    Chef, Henry Vigar, paid a personal visit to our table while his wife, Mari was the perfect hostess for a delightful evening. We stayed late into the evening and even though we were the last table to leave, we never felt rushed or unwelcome.

    In short, the service (by Richard) was effortless, the food combinations tantalizing, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. We look forward to a return visit to one of our newfound favourite restaurants.

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  • Good vibes, decent wine list at a good price and best of all amazing food. The croquette starter just melts in the mouth with flavours and the 3 way lamb was faultless. Strange service as our waiter only served us the bread and then disappeard for the rest of the evening, but another staff member came to our rescue and took care of us with lots of charm.

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  • La Mouette is perfect for a long evening of drinks, food and good company. The waiters are all personable, love to have a chat and a laugh. The managers really do take care of you and nothing is too much to ask for! Be willing to drop a couple of grand - but the food is completely worth it! The head chef aims to please and to get the best, you have to do the full three courses! I recommend the calamari starter - it's completely divine! Also, you must try the Macaroons - as amazing as the ones in Paris. This restaurant is up there with the Jules Verne on the Eiffel Tower! So for a taste of France, this is your best bet. Marie (owner) is a fantastic host - make sure you get to know her, she'll make your evening!

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  • The food was excellent and the staff were very friendly. A little gem in seapoint!

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  • It was a cold winters night, but La Mouette was buzzing, and chock a block. And I know why - delicious cuisine, beautifully presented and attentive service. We ordered a la carte, although most diners around us were tucking into the great-value 2-for-1 Tasting menu. Vibey bar upstairs too. Book and go - you will love it!
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  • We attended the first La Mouette Around the World Supper Club evening last night. French themed food paired with wines from Glen Carlou. Chef Henrys food never seizes to amaze me. The wine pairing was spot on, the duck confit out of this world. Apparently the next theme will be Thai. Cant wait...
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  • I agree completely with Cape Town Critic. After hearing brilliant reviews from foodie friends, I decided to try out the May Tasting menu, as it seemed like a good way to get a taste of their specialities at a reasonable price. I was bitterly disappointed. The first course Winter Pimms was nothing more than a shot glass of lukewarm apple juice topped with froth. The French Onion soup tasted like it had come straight out of a Knorr packet. My experience of the linefish and pork belly mirror that of Cape Town Critic - oily, bland, unexciting. The cheese croquettes were the best part - but unfortunately not fantastic enough to rescue the other five courses and convince me to go back. The waiter was stiff and recited the components of each dish parrot-fashion - hardly the kind of knowledge and enthusiasm one would expect from a waiter at a restaurant of that calibre. The ambience was cosy but the acoustics were terrible (I had been warned of this) and we could hear the intimite details of every other diners conversation. Im hoping that this was a once (or twice) off incident, and I would like to say Ill give La Mouette another chance. But, to be honest, there are far better restaurants in Cape Town (the wonderful La Boheme being just down the road) so I dont think Ill be back anytime soon.
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  • To Cape town critic. I have eaten at La Mouette several times and as a person who has worked in the industry I can honestly say that I have experienced nothing but the best in service, quality and taste. Maybe you were just unfortunate to get them on an extremely rare off night as these happen at the best of places. I have recommended several of my associates to La Mouette and I have had positive feedback from all of them. Do yourself a favour and try the June tasting menu. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
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  • I thought the food at La Mouette was exceptional. The 6 course menu was tasty and good value for money. It came highly recommended and I was certainly not disappointed. Will come again.
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  • You made me happy on a dreary cold winters evening. We had the six course tasting menu with the wine pairing option. What an experience. The food was such a carefully planned progression of taste explosions, each course deliberately trying to be better than the one before. The wine matched each course perfectly and I would really recommend choosing this option. Great place to spend a cold evening away from home, fireplaces galore, friendly/helpful staff and then the amazing food. Looking forward to next weeks Around the World supper club.
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  • A friend decided to have her birthday party at La Mouette last weekend, we had heard such rave reviews that we couldnt wait to go. We had the 6 course tasting menu, which wed heard to be outstanding. Im disappointed to say that the whole thing was a severe let down. Out of 6 courses the only two we liked were the croquettes and the dessert. The starter was gummy and stuck to the spoon, The onion soup was greasy and over salted, the linefish was on a bed over very oily risotto and the pork belly was bland and unexciting. I felt truly let down as we were told that the head chef was not in that night, but that is no excuse for poor food! The kitchen staff should really up their game as it was quite unacceptable. I hope to try it out again and hopefully experience the fantastic food Ive heard so much about.
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  • La Mouettes six course wine paired dinner has been one of the the highlights this year for me. Its not that the food outshone anything else on the block - although it was extremely enjoyable - but rather the overall mix of experiences that this great restaurant serves up. What particularly appealed to me was the unfussy sophistication that is underpinned by a devil-may-care flirtatious environment. If Gatsby and co were to swan through the main gate Id not have blinked an eye. It would have been totally expected. I had a thoroughly enjoyable evening, great food and wine at a very reasonable price. Well done!
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  • At last a brilliant restaurateur. Outstanding food, so good and reasonable you want to become a table boarder.
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  • My friend and I enjoyed the autumn special menu on the 9th. Great value at R120pp. The only course out of the six served that didnt do much for me was the butternut soup with a blue chesse foam. Highlights were the lamb and dessert. Initially service was a bit slow but then the food came out at suitable intervals.
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  • Wow, what a great evening we had, all 16 of us. The Autumn sale menu is so worth it. Amazing tastes and flavours. Spot on guys, once again. If you havent been you are missing out big time!
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  • Beautiful setting with great atmosphere. The food is delicious with very good service.
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  • An absolutely stunning evening, amazing food, and even as a non- G&T drinker, I loved your gin and tonic!
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  • Very nice terrace with an interesting lunch formula. Good food and good service.
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  • Relaxed atmosphere, great service, delicious food. I will definitely return.
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  • Oh, those croquettes... Just a fantastic start to a dining experience. Such a breath of fresh air to the area, tasty, beautifully presented food, friendly accommodating service, and always a warm welcome. And definitely do not forgo those more-ish croquettes!
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  • Had a fantastic dinner at La Mouette. Great service and lovely hosts. We specifically enjoyed the very tasty 6 course tasting menu!
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  • What a lovely restaurant. And such lovely hosts. I loved the 6 course tasting menu - great value for money! I will be going back soon!!
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  • What an experience, yet again. Every time we visit La Mouette they bowl us over with something new. From the pan-fried calamari to the sirloin to the gin and tonic jelly (all recommended by Gerrit, the maitre D)... perfect, perfect, perfect. The service was razor sharp and we felt looked after from the moment we arrived. Keep it up, well see you soon.
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  • Excellent food but almost completely spoiled by slow and cringingly unprofessional service - from the red-and-white shirted maitred, with his constant disconcerting references to African time whenever we asked about progress on our meals, to the Im-trying-hard-but-Im-completely-out-of-my-depth waiter. Take them all to Constantia Uitsig to see how it should be done.
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  • The best place and food in Cape Town. The food is always great, and we even had our end year function at La Mouette. Everyones food was delicious and came out at the same time. The staff are great and the place feels homey and wonderful. I dream about their amazing duck at night. I hope they will be around for years to come.
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  • Fantastic Valentines dinner around the fountain.
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  • Beautiful setting, attentive staff and very well cooked dishes. The portions were generous. Would definitely return. The tasting menu appears to offer wonderful value.
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  • What a treat to eat at La Mouette. For a table of 7, the service was great. We had a lovely waitress, Jasmine, who handled all the difficult orders with ease. The food was so tasty. I had the Angel Fish and many others had the Beef Sirloin. All were cooked to perfection and the plates were basically licked clean. Sitting out in the courtyard is a must! Looking forward to going back.
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  • Had the most incredible vegetable ravioli there last night. A memorable assembly of humble vegetables and pasta!
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  • Friday lunch for 30 people. What a find! Food was spectacular, service attentive - great place for fantastic food and ambience.
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  • I had the tasting menu and every single course was totally delicious. There are few restaurants this good in Cape Town. Sat in a wonderful outdoor courtyard, an excellent place for summer lunch.
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  • We had the 5 course tasting menu - a steal at R175. Expect great food, impeccable service and great ambience. The architecture infuses the whole restaurant with its class.
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  • Outstanding tasting menu, food arrived perfectly timed
    One of the best meals I have had in CT in a long time.
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  • My new favourite restaurant.
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  • Wonderful meal, well-priced lunch menu, great service. Loved the pea & mint risotto, the gin & tonic dessert was to die for and at around R230 pp for 3 courses + coffee + tip (we took our own wine @ R50 corkage), not bad at all for a fine dining restaurant. Want to book for outside with friends soon!
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  • We booked a table at La Mouette on a recent trip to Cape Town and loved it - what a little gem - we chose the tasting menu and it was lovely!I really enjoyed the artichoke veloute and could not stop thinking about it. I happened to mention in passing that I had loved the dish and head chef, Henry e-mailed it through to me. I will definitely be heading back during my next trip to Cape Town...
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  • Having read about La Mouette on Eatout, I decided to make a dinner reservation, to celebrate my cousin's birthday, last Friday evening. On calling the day before and speaking to a female manager, I enquired whether they still had decent tables left at such short notice (i.e. not next to the bathrooms, in passages etc), as I am well aware of how busy new fine-dining restaurants can get on Friday evenings.

    She assured me that they did. But what struck me as strange was that she asked for my surname to make the booking. This was a first, as usually one’s name and cell number suffices, but I didn’t pay any attention to it and went ahead with the reservation...Until I arrived at the restaurant the very next day to find, much to my complete shock not to mention embarrassment, no reservation under my surname OR name could be found!

    The owner/manager that night was wonderful and did his best to ensure that another table was organized quickly and that I was comfortable. Our waitress was pleasant and the dishes were good. We took the a la carte option even though we had initially read about the special and had been keen on the pork belly, but it was no longer on offer. The chef and staff were very accommodating, especially as we were the last table to leave.

    But to me, in spite of this, first impressions really count. What if the restaurant had been full that night and was not able to arrange another table? Yes, the booking could have been lost or mistaken for another day, as was later explained to me, but whether this is really the case or not, I couldn’t help but wonder whether there was some sort of screening process going on, which has left me with a very uneasy feeling. I thus cannot say that I will be going back to La Mouette or recommending it to any of my friends, “right” surname or not.

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  • Our evening at La Mouette was excitedly anticipated having discovered the connection with Kensington Place - one of our favorite eateries in London. Arriving at La Mouette, the walk through the gates and past the fountain had us entering another world. Mari welcomed us warmly. We chose the tasting menu with wine pairing. The 'highs' of this choice were the artichoke veloute, the sirloin, the foie gras (chef might consider fewer flavours on the plate) and the bahjii. The only 'low' was the ham and cheese crouquettes. The paired wines were lovely lovely lovely. Despite all of this, 'something' was not quite right. Was it the ambience? Was it that there is absolutely no similarity between La Mouette and Kensington Place (not La Mouette's fault at all!) Was it because we were seated in the middlle of the room, so felt like we were in the middle of 'the circle'? It wasn't Ray, who was attentive and professional. Was it that, at their prices, they are pitting themselves against similiar high calibre establishments and are not quite delivering comparably? (one is being charged R200 extra for the 6 wines (+R30 per glass) but one is only getting a tasting portion of each wine which was fine for the size of the portion, but not for the price). Was it that neither Mari, Gerrit nor chef Herman approached our table during the meal to ask our opinion of their choice of pairings? Was it that our double espressos were R20 each? We can't quite put our finger on it.
    The obvious question is 'would we recommend La Mouette and/or go back? The answer is 'Yes!' we would go back but be more specific about where we sat and we would probably choose al la carte. After this, we would decide whether to recommend la Mouette to our friends.

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  • What a delightful surprise! A really wonderful dinner for a more than reasonable price. We had the sampling menu and the wine tasting to match and each dish was more creative than the other. Bravo!
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  • I have been to La Mouette on 3 seperate occassions, and received great service and food every time. I think you may be a bit harsh in your judgment. I frequently enjoy great wine there for the price of R100, which I am not stingy in paying. Future patrons, please dont listen to Laras review, as I am a return customer and promise that you will NOT be disappointed.
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  • I met a few girlfriends for dinner last night at La Mouette - we were all impressed with the excellent service and great atmosphere, what a welcome change from clinical minimalism!. The food was fantastic. The lamb rump and chicken with polenta deserve a special mention and I wish they would sell jars of the pear chutney that accompanied the chicken liver starter! We thought pricing was very reasonable and look forward to dining there again soon.
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  • Last night a few of us paid La Mouette in Seapoint a long overdue visit. From the moment we entered this beautiful building until we left we felt looked after and special. We all opted for the the chefs winter tasting menu, what a treat and at R150 for 6 courses, what a bargain! We had a few (too many) bottles of house wine and I was pleasantly surprised at the amazing wine we got for R85. Most restaurants house wines are bordering plonk. A superior restaurant to visit where you do not need to break the bank to pay for a most enjoyable evening. See you soon La Mouette.
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  • The service and beverage/wine prices were shocking - will never go back and dont recommend it.
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  • Dear Michaela Thank you so much for coming to dinner at La Mouette and we are so pleased you enjoyed your dinner with us. In regards to our drink prices, we have been doing a vast amount of market research in the immediate and surrounding area and found our prices to be very competitive and reasonable. Our house wines (Villiera blends) are only priced at R85 per bottle for white and red, where usually reds are more expensive we charge the same for both. We found a lot of other establishments with our standard of cooking and produce charge well over the R100 mark for their house wines. Wines by the glass are priced from R30 per glass upwards which we also think is very reasonable. We do allow corkage also at R50 per bottle provided the wine is not on our winelist. I would like to invite you back to the restaurant and buy you a glass of bubbly and discuss further with you if you wish to do so and I thank you again for your nice words in regards to the food and hope to welcome you back soon. Kind regardsMari Vermaak
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  • I must admit that the food is great but their beverage prices are extreme! A real pity but not worth going back again.
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  • I took my parents out for dinner at La Mouette on Saturday night to try the tasting menu.The food was great, but I have to admit, the wine was pricey and we had to keep an eye on our intake the whole evening. The no BYO policy really put a dampener on an otherwise lovely evening.
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  • No BYO/corkage fee allowed, instead they have a overpriced wine-list. It is so obvious, The prices for the menus are relatively normal, but they force you to pay dearly for their wine. I dont like that attitude
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  • Pleasantly surprised by this gem - we chose the tasting menu and it was lovely! We were bowled over by the pork belly and a fireplace in winter is just perfect. We will go back ...
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  • We dined at La Mouette on a soccer night, 29th June 2010. After having read somewhat adverse reviews we persevered and enjoyed the evening 100%. The reception, ambience, service and particularly the food were all excellent. A pleasant variety, creatively plated and presented. Flavours were well balanced and interesting. Quantity was just right. Well done, highly recommended.
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  • What a great experience! I can not think of one thing to complain about. Went for dinner last night, the restaurant was full, upstairs, in the bar(s), everywhere, good thing we booked. Such great ambience, friendly service and fantastic food! Had the tasting menu, it was divine. Well done!
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  • What an experience, everything was Amazing from the food to the service! Thank you!!!
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  • WOW! My husband and I are locals in Sea Point and went for dinner last night to try their winter special and we werent disappointed. From start to finish all the courses worked really well and we tried one of each of the choices as to taste everything on offer for the special. I had the croquettes to start and even though there were 4 in total, I could easily have had more as they are incredibly addictive! My husband had the crispy calamari and it was equally as good. For the soup courses, both the fish soup and butternut squash didnt disappoint and the portions are perfectly sized. The starters of tuna tartar and chicken liver parfait were both amazing, although I prefer the liver parfait to the tuna tartar. The mains followed and by this stage we were getting full, but the sirloin was really well cooked with mash and spinach and more than sufficient as a main course. To follow is still the sorbet palate cleanser and chocolate macaroon dessert which were yummy and rounded off the tasting menu very nicely. Service was delightful and understated and the ambience stylish yet comfortable. We will go back again and again, welcome to Sea Point La Mouette!
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  • The restaurant has a really great ambience but the food doesnt quite live up to expectations. Its almost as if the chef is trying too hard. The flavours are too intense. A mushroom risotto was great at first but was too rich and not enjoyable after a few mouthfuls. The kingklip was served with an overwhelmingly strong vinegary sauce. Some other dishes we tried were very good, but the chef needs to ensure consistency across the whole menu.
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  • What a find! Great service and exquisite, delicate, well thought out food. Im going back and back and back again...,)
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  • Wow - what a pleasant surprise! Right in the heart of Sea Point is a restaurant thats a great reminder of Paris.Went for Mothers day and had the most unbelievable meal. It was rainy outside and the log fires were roaring upstairs and downstairs.The menu was simple, yet, inviting. I ordered the French onion soup starter - what magic - done in the typical French way. Toasty croutons and cheese topped up with brown soup from a jug. Mom had a prawn and ginger ravioli - also delicious. Served alongside were the most delectable breads/rolls. Mains were pan seared hake and confit duck. They were just as delicious and really mouthwatering. The duck was succulent and tender and the hake deliciously seasoned.After such delicious previous courses we had to have dessert. Gin and tonic was magic. Gin syrup amongst tonic jelly was unique. The other was passion fruit curd which was unbelievably morish!All-in-all a great experience. Really deserves to be located off the Champs Elysees, but Sea Point will do for now. Highly recommended.
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  • I am not easily impressed, but have been to La Mouette twice in three days, I am that excited about this breath of fresh air. Sitting outside at the Koi fountain courtyard on a sunny afternoon, or inside the candlelit dining room with fireplace, one is spoilt with excellent service and attentiveness, freindliness and generosity by ex_London (but ex-SA too) GM Mari Vermaak. Chef Henry Vigar has worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in London and at one in France, and was head chef at Kensington Place. He is more classic French in his starters (loved the chicken liver parfait especially) and main courses (duck, and sweetcorn risotto with the cutest sweet pea shoot tempura), and clearly loves to express his creativity in the desserts - the Gin & Tonic dessert is his signature dish. This is a Top 10 candidate for 2012.
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  • Had my birthday at La Mouette last weekend. Couldnt have chosen a better place. The service was personal and attentive. Great wine selection and reasonably priced drinks. Exquisite snacks.Definitely not the last time this venue sees us!
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  • As I stepped thought the iron gates that separate La Mouette, from the busy Sea Point Road, I was whisked away. To a place where fantastic food, amazing carefree service and awesome setting all just melt into one. Effotless service was mixed with friendly, knowledgeable staff, and don’t get me started on the food. The food was out of this world. I can’t wait to return to La Mouette!
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  • A wonderful dining experience from start to finish. Finally an upmarket establishment in Sea Point. We were warmly greeted upon arrival by friendly staff and the lovely Mari who warmly introduced herself and took the time to give us a tour of the restaurant despite it being full. The decor is beautiful, adding a chic and modern touch to the wooden floors and vintage feel of the building. We sat outside in the courtyard, a beautiful setting that makes one forget it is just off the main road. A lovely ambience with any noise from the road drowned out by a fountain.The service was excellent and the waiters were knowledgeable about items in the menu.We started with tapas which were superb, especially the delectable truffle and cheese croquettes. For main course we had the sweet corn risotto which was sublime. I loved the contrasting tastes of the rich risotto and the zesty taste of the lime and gremoulata. It worked very well.A very enjoyable and memorable evening worth many repeat visits.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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