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La Sosta

La Sosta
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Cost
R400 avg main meal
Ambience
Special occasions, Views
Food
Fine-dining food, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern, Seafood, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R75

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

A change of ownership in late-2017 has seen this acclaimed Italian restaurant take a distinct step upmarket, with a choice of innovative set menus.

Food
It’s Italian, but not as you know it. Forget about pizza or casual trattoria fare. Rather, chefs Salvatore and Nina Branda bring their experience in high-end European kitchens to bear on a selection of four-course set menus with a fine dining aesthetic.

Diners are presented with a choice of three menus: Garden, where the focus is on vegetarian dishes. Land, for meat and mushrooms. Or Sea, for seafood. The ‘Sea’ menu is certainly superb, with lightly smoked ocean trout lifted by a fresh lemon granita. Risotto of Saldanha Bay mussels and broccoli cream follows, while the main plate of pan-seared octopus gets the tricky texture just right.

Between each course there are amuse bouche, intermediate courses and sorbets, so while the plating may be modern and the portions modest, you certainly won’t go hungry. There’s flexibility here too, and switching courses between the menus is welcomed. Dessert offers a choice of three Italian classics, and the reinvented tiramisu doesn’t disappoint.

Drinks
An excellent wine list, focused on Breede River valley estates. Good selection by the glass.

Service
Warm, attentive service. It’s a family affair, with dad Chris on the floor while Nina and Salvatore work the kitchen.

Ambience
Modern yet intimate space in one wing of the family-run guesthouse.

Best for…
Gourmet escapes over a long weekend.

(2018)

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  • […] Country-Style Restaurant: Café Bloom Best Italian Restaurant: La Sosta Best Steakhouse: The Local Grill (Parktown […]
  • We had a lovely experience, the food was divine, the wine fantastic and the service superbe and friendly... My personal favorite was the Parmesan crème brûlée (I wish it was on the menu as a starter and not just an amuse bouche) and the slow cook egg but everything else was flavorful and well plated. We also really enjoyed the wine selection and the opportunity to discover amazing wine from the region.
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  • […] Country-Style Restaurant: Café Bloom Best Italian Restaurant: La Sosta Best Steakhouse: The Local Grill (Parktown […]

Menu

Set menu - Menu currently unavailable.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dress code
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • Reservations recommended
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Vegetarian

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