Ambience★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Service★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Food★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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.
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.
An excellent wine list, focused on Breede River valley estates. Good selection by the glass.
Warm, attentive service. It’s a family affair, with dad Chris on the floor while Nina and Salvatore work the kitchen.
Modern yet intimate space in one wing of the family-run guesthouse.
Gourmet escapes over a long weekend.
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