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La Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli

La Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Comfy & casual
Food
African, Bakery fare, Coffee, Light meals, Moroccan, Tapas, Vegetarian
Payment
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Critic's review

Khanya Mzongwana

Food
The menu at La Terrasse is quite large, with options for even the pickiest diners. La Terrasse prides itself on its diverse, health-conscious offering, with dishes that are gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan, and they even offer a few dishes for the banters. Meat eaters can also be expected to be well catered for. There's a variety of beautifully presented breakfasts with some unusual but lovely flavours which really set La Terrasse apart as a food destination: the chermoula tagine – a shakshuka-type breakfast with two delicately soft eggs poached in spicy homemade chermoula with roasted peppers and tomatoes and served with grilled pitas – makes for a massively flavourful entry into the day and is great enjoyed with one of their select African teas.

If you're after something a bit meatier, the fluffy kefta omelette is off the charts and packed with a delicious kefta beef filling. There's a wide selection of delicious tapas-style Moroccan snacks, with popular acknowledgements to La Terrasse's Mediterranean strong influence, including creamy homemade hummus, crisp falafel, fiery harissa, meaty kebabs and babaganoush making an appearance on the scrumptious snack platter to share. There's a lovely selection of freshly prepared salads to choose from, like the meat-free Arabic salad, which really showcases so many of the beautiful flavours one has come to expect of Moroccan food; fresh greens served with warm fried halloumi cheese, tart green olives, falafel, chickpeas, hummus and drizzled with a zesty preserved lemon dressing.

The lunch menu also boasts a whopping six soups, with the exotic beetroot and pomegranate soup infused with grenadine and served with a dollop of yoghurt and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts.

The main courses are mostly cooked in traditional clay tagines to bring about the beautiful earthy flavour associated with traditional Moroccan cooking. The oxtail tangia is out-of-this-world; possibly the most tender oxtail you'll ever eat and packed with delicious flavour. It is slow-cooked overnight in a clay urn called a tangia, with very little added to it. There are two different lamb tagines; one is more traditional and slow-cooked with dates and honey, the other lamb tagine is a great play on the popular South African tomato bredie.

For dessert, expect soft, floral flavours to make an appearance in the rosewater cheesecake served in colourful Moroccan tea glasses, or try the warm Kahlua and date crepes served with a homemade kumquat syrup and freshly whipped cream.

Drinks
La Terrasse has a fairly decent wine offering, with easy-drinking wines like Dutoitskloof Sauvignon Blanc and various Diemersdal selections sold both by the glass and by the bottle, as well as the standard local and imported beers and ciders. They also offer an array of lovely fragrant teas, interesting cordials and their own special blend of freshly ground African coffee beans. The cardamom milk coffee is a creamy, spice-infused indulgence, while the Moroccan mint tea with freshly picked peppermint is a more refreshing option, presented in the traditional way – three pours out of a silver teapot for blessings.

There is a variety of lovely homemade cordial flavours to choose from, such as rose and hibiscus; ginger with a dusting of chilli as well as their citrus cordial. Their revitalising Moroccan magic juice is a special blend of pear, apple and pomegranate juice with a bit of sparkling water.

Service
The waiters are beautifully clad in traditional attire, are friendly, attentive and have an extensive knowledge of Moroccan eating customs and are well clued up on their menu and the various ingredients included in their many lovely preparations. Service is fairly quick, unless you're ordering a main course, in which case a fair 15-20 minute wait is to be expected. The dining space is small, seating no more than 40 guests, so on a busy lunch you may have to wait a while for seating to open up.

Ambience
La Terrasse is on a gorgeous rooftop venue bursting with colour and situated at Moroccan House, a home and lifestyle centre as well as a boutique hotel. Expect to be greeted with the rich aroma of slow-cooked stews with mouth-watering herbs and African spices and surrounded with flowers, tranquil sounds of flowing water and traditional North African music. The small, beautifully decorated restaurant offers a casual dining experience in a relaxed setting and an atmosphere so authentically Moroccan that you might get so engrossed you could forget you're dining in the Jacaranda city!

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There's a huge variety of baked goods with some amazing traditional Moroccan biscuits you can mix and match and buy individually, or in larger quantities. Be sure to buy the magnificent chocolate-loaded sesame cones. Order the decadent Moroccan pastry tower feast for two or four, with a fabulous selection of all of La Terrasse's homemade biscuits and pastries. It's served on a gorgeous silver-tiered platter, prettied up with rose petals, pomegranate arils and various other edible flowers picked in their beautiful garden.

(September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    Indulge in the fragrances and flavours of North Africa. If you can get past the abundant meze platters packed with the richly flavoured spices of Morocco, that is a feat in itself. From hummus, baba ganoush, kefta and Zulu zaalouk (aubergine relish with tomato, cumin, paprika, green olives and balsamic), it’s a non-stop feast. But the most exotic option is to go for one of their bountiful tagines. Picture lamb with dates and honey or tomato, chicken with preserved lemon, beef with sweet potato and for vegetarians, butternut with sweet potato, lentils and Moroccan spices – all served with fragrant couscous, perfect for celebratory get-togethers. Or try their most recent addition, an oxtail tangia that has been subjected to the most extreme of slow cooking in a clay vessel. It is called a bachelor’s dish in Morocco, because the young men make it at the start of the week to last right to the end. Other standouts include the cinnamon butternut soup, and there’s even a Moroccan breakfast of a kefta tagine with egg poached in tomato with spicy meatballs and grilled pita. It’s a fantastic African feast.

    Drinks
    Their wine list is sourced by the owner’s brother, who is constantly on the hunt for wines that match their particular flavour requirements. They offer pairing suggestions all the way through. Incidentally, the best option they feel is pinot noir chardonnay, but this might also differ according to the seasons. As for other drinks, scented cordials (vanilla, rose, and hibiscus-scented) and their secret blend of pomegranate and apple juice make for fine non-alcoholic choices.

    Service
    The staff is tiny and do their best to take special care. Don’t be in a hurry – food is prepared as ordered.

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    As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on a rooftop under the African sky, with a distinctly Moroccan style. In winter, when necessary, heaters will keep you.

    And…
    First you can indulge in glorious food and then do some exotic Moroccan shopping.

  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    If you can get past the abundant mezze platters packed with the richly flavoured spices of Morocco, that’s a feat in itself. From hummus and baba ganoush to kefta and Zulu zaalouk (aubergine relish with tomato, cumin, paprika, green olives and balsamic), it’s a non-stop feast.

    But the most exotic option is to go for one of their bountiful tagines. Picture lamb with dates and honey or tomato; chicken with preserved lemon; beef with sweet potato; and, for vegetarians, butternut with sweet potato, lentils and Moroccan spices. All are served with fragrant couscous, making them perfect for celebratory get-togethers.

    You could also try their most recent addition, an oxtail tangia that has been treated to the most extreme of slow cooking in a clay vessel. It’s called a bachelor’s dish in Morocco, because the young men make it at the start of the week to last right to the end.

    Other standouts include the cinnamon butternut soup, and there’s even a Moroccan breakfast of a kefta tagine with egg poached in tomato, spicy meatballs and grilled pita. It’s a fantastic African feast.

    Drinks
    Their wine list is sourced by the owner’s brother, who’s constantly on the hunt for wines that match their particular flavour requirements. They offer pairing suggestions all the way through. Incidentally, the best option, they feel, is pinot noir chardonnay, but this might also differ according to the seasons.

    As for other drinks, fragrant cordials (vanilla-, rose- and hibiscus-scented) and their secret blend of pomegranate and apple juice make for fine non-alcoholic choices.

    Service
    The staff compliment is tiny and does its best to take special care. Don’t be in a hurry – food is prepared to order.

    Ambience
    As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on a rooftop under the African sky, with a distinctly Moroccan style. In winter the heaters will keep you warm.

    And…
    After you’ve indulged in the glorious food, go do some exotic Moroccan shopping.

    (July 2015)

  • Leila Saffarian

    Food
    La Terasse brings a touch of Moroccan flair to the Jacaranda city. Local flavours play a big role, but there's more on offer, especially for those who enjoy exotic, bold flavours.

    Tagines are the star of the show, catering for both carnivores and vegetarians. For starters, order a mukabalatt (snack platter), which provides more than enough for two and comes heaped with goodies such as hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel and harissa, all to be lapped up with gorgeous flatbreads.

    The tagines are served in the traditional conical earthenware pots of the same name. The kefta is a winner – eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce, along with tender meatballs, served with freshly made spiced bread. The oxtail tagine is rich and well spiced. A butternut tagine is also on offer, all beautifully garnished with edible flowers and a selection of fresh breads.

    Service
    Service is friendly and eager, despite the restaurant being a little understaffed on a busy day. Food arrives warm and drinks arrive cold, all delivered with an extra-large smile.

    Drinks
    Peppermint teas are available, served in dainty Moroccan tea glasses, alongside silver teapots. This is the perfect thirst quencher in the heat. The Morrocan-infused cordials also deserve a mention, with a choice of rose, mint, rosemary lemonade and cinnamon citrus. Sweet, spicy and refreshing.

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    Situated on the rooftop of Moroccan House on Atterbury Road, this is the perfect spot to enjoy some North African flavour on a warm summer day. Neutral tones are complemented by the more traditional metal lanterns, and bright mosaic table tops and comfy scatter cushions add splashes of colour to this inviting space. The dappled lighting overhead and light mosquito nets could convince you that you are somewhere other than just the purple city of Pretoria.

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    The dishes are quite filling, but if you have any space left for dessert, the array of traditional biscuits and sweets, as well as the kermus limun carrot cake, offers serious temptation.

    (August 2014)

  • They focus on Moroccan cuisine, so their tagines – like lamb, date and honey – are winners. They also do meze and rose-infused drinks. (EO mag 2014)
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    From small beginnings they have kept on growing. Now the restaurant offers an even bigger selection of tagines, including beef with saffron, cinnamon, apples and raisins; chicken tagine with figs and walnuts (when in season); lamb tagine with saffron, cinnamon, ginger and turmeric cooked in a tomato concasse with a drizzle of honey; and a tagine of spiced lentils with butternut and sweet potato for the vegetarians.

    Wine
    Not available.

    Service
    The staff complement is tiny but the care is personal.

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    It’s a little piece of Morocco with a beautiful setting on a rooftop under the African sun. There is also a courtyard venue with a woven grass ceiling imported from Morocco, and a second open fireplace for a true Moroccan shared eating experience. The newly introduced cooking parties are lots of fun. The options are endless.

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    They sell Moroccan bread and other delights on Saturdays at the Hazel Food Market just around the corner. (DdeB, October 2012)
  • Diane de Beer

    One of the few African inspired restaurants in town with the focus on Moroccan cuisine. Rooftop says it all as you climb upstairs in this Moroccan inspired guesthouse passing a beautiful shop filled with Moroccan home ware and interior goodies. Their many different tagines will get you salivating with top of the list the lamb with dates and honey. They also do inspired Moroccan meze platters and rose infused sweet drinks and desserts. They don't serve wine but you're welcome to bring your own. They do however have many inspired cool drinks that are especially refreshing in summer. It's a great venue to throw a party or to celebrate a special occasion. (July 2013)

User reviews

  • Amazing, feels as if you are sitting in the middle of Marrakech!
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  • Have you ever had the need to escape from this rushed world? La Terrasse Rooftop café at Moroccan House is where I find my sanity. The relaxed atmosphere, fresh flowers and exquisite food, and friendly staff makes this my most beloved spot in Pretoria.
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  • I need more than 5 stars to show how thrilled I am with this charming Café with such exotic food and where the use of spices s subtle and not overpowering. On top of that every dish that arrives is a painting! Just give La Terrasse the top African Eatery award! They are the best!
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  • I am on the Eat Out website more often now and find the articles lately interesting and informative. I read about deep fried desserts that were on special at La Terrasse Rooftop café @ Moroccan House and decided to go and see what else is on offer. Let me tell you: This is the best kept culinary secret! If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and want to indulge in food from “a world beyond your dreams”, This is it! You will not be disappointed. The service was really good considering I was there in the middle of the lunch time rush - the waiter staff was super efficient and got my moderately complicated order 100% correct I'm a fussy eater and this was really impressive for me. The manager/Owner was really amazing Man by the name of Johan what a beautiful person who took the time to tell me some wonderful tales about his travels that inspired him to pursue the Morrocan cuisine served at the restaurant. The food was truly Orgasmic I have never been to Morroco but eating at the restaurant made me long for a trip up North but I have comfort because I now have a place to go where I can enjoy cuisine from across the borders of SA without having to go far. I am a Johannesburg based girl but i'm truly grateful for the cancelled meeting that lead me to this great find - I really recommend it if you are in the area you must pop in for a visit and an eat. :-)
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  • Since moving to Johannesburg a few years ago I have become immensely unpopular with my Pretoria friends... Always too busy to meet them for a girls' lunch and definitely not driving ALL THE WAY to P-town. And then - just as I was on the verge of totally being excluded from any and all invitations - I did it. Yay! Finally! Drove to Menlopark and straight through the gates of Moroccan House where the girls were waiting for me at La Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli. I was late... as usual. But the moment I set foot inside Moroccan House a general sense of calm washed over me. Walking up the stairs towards the rooftop, music filtered down and I was suddenly hypnotised by the aromas that filled the air. The first thing I noticed was the amazing ambience of the small eatery. Shelves filled with delectable treats from Morocco and freshly baked goods encased in glass domes. The second thing would be the warm welcome and bright smile of the wonderful staff. The girls waved excitedly and I joined them at the beautifully set table. I quickly discovered that they weren't waving with excitement, but more with irritation as they were waiting on my arrival before they could tuck into the exquisite Mukabalatt Platter sitting on the table-top like a work of art. Flavours were out of this world and although I am unable to repeat any of the wonderfully intricate names I will gladly choose any item on the platter menu with my eyes closed and KNOW that it will be divine. As girls are we couldn't decide on mains so we just ordered one of each of the exotic tagines to share and I can honestly say that I can not choose a favourite! The staff were attentive and it was evident that they take great pride in their work - every plate that reached our table was Insta-worthy! Pretoria will be seeing a lot more of me now that I have found this hidden gem.
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  • La Terrasse has been my favourite meeting place for years now and apart from the beautiful food presentation, you come up with fresh ideas to entice me to return. Your Moroccan spiced chicken livers is better than any peri peri Portuguese version that I have tasted before. So much depth in the flavour! The Moroccan spiced flatbreads that you serve with this dish is so good! The new Merguez cocktail sausages served with a Harissa sauce is very different and for the first time I now enjoyed sausages. The Saffron potato croquettes served with olive tapenade that you offered me to taste should be taken up in the menu. La Terrasse Rooftop Cafe is just getting better and better
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  • I am a vegetarian and although my friends always invite me to join them for lunch, I often think of excuses why I cannot join them, because vegetarian to a lot of restaurants mean boiled vegetables. I decided that I must humour them and Moroccan House at least sounded exotic. We arrived at the Moroccan entrance tower and when we entered through the Arabic patterned gate, I was astounded to see this beautiful structure that is so hidden away behind trees. We walked up a ramp that had rose petals strewn all the way to the front door. I was overwhelmed by the incredible collection of handcraft and light fittings and we climbed up another 2 floors and arrived at this quaint rooftop café La Terrasse with Moroccan mosaic tables and wrought iron chairs, deli shelves on the one wall packed with delicacies, and in front of the miniscule kitchen was a selection of patisserie which guaranteed the need for a take away for the road home. We were ushered to a lovely private table in the corner and when I opened the menu I was for the first time hyper excited to have found a vegetarian oasis. There was a starter platter with the most delicious vegetarian relishes and I ordered falafel as a substitute for the kefta meatballs. I tucked in and enjoyed filling the small pitas with all these wonderfully subtly spiced delicacies, I just had to have a second cheese briouats, and because it was a bit cold I decided to have a further starter. The selection of Moroccan soups made me drool, and …….they were all vegetarian!. There was a red lentil soup, a traditional Harira soup, cauliflower with Edam cheese, carrot and cumin, pomegranate and beetroot soup. I had the red lentilsoup served with Moroccan flatbread. It was wow and I was smiling from ear to ear! I was so excited to have found a vegetarian taste sensation that I wanted MORE. I ordered the butternut tagine and it was so tasty that I ordered a take away portion as well, because I at last have found the ultimate vegetarian restaurant! If anybody suggests that we go out for lunch I am going to insist that we go to La Terrasse. I am thrilled. On top of this the ambience was great, the service good and the carnivores couldn’t stop talking about their delicious tagines and the oxtail Tangia got the most thumbs up. Keep it up Moroccan House. Your La Terrasse Rooftop Café gets 5 stars from all of us.
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  • A place that ticks all the boxes. From the moment that you enter the gate you are transported to a magical place. The Moroccanised Pretoria Tap Water is such a resfreshing treat! The Tomato Lamb Tagine is a personal favourite and a must for all lamb lovers. This is a place where you can get stuck and for those special occassions there is amazing accommodation. Joehan is a very entertaining host and will regale you with delightful tales of his travels to Morocco.
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  • I’ve always loved Indian food but my family cannot cope with the heat of their food. A friend of mine bought Harissa from the La Terrasse Deli and I was offered this condiment to lift my serving of a family stew. I loved the flavour that was not just a chilli relish, but an array of flavours that was exotic and different. La Terrasse has been the latest buzz word amongst my foodie friends for some time now, and I decided to give it a go and to take my family on an outing. The kids were in awe with this exotic location and the rooftop café lived up to Moroccan House’s reputation of “A world beyond your dreams”. I was surprised surprised when both kids ordered Magic juice (which is a first, because they always just order Coke Zero) I decided to first have a thirst quencher and ordered the homemade ginger cordial with a dusting of chilli. I was in a happy space! It was so good and beautifully presented with freh flowers on a silver underplate ! My husband loved the Chardonnay Pinot Noir choice of wine that the owner Joehan felt was the best pairing with Moroccan food. I ordered the calamari rings as a starter and my husband the mussels with saffron and a curry cream. My calamari rings rewarded me with a slight tinkling sensation and my husband’s mussels were loaded with flavour. The kids were so intrigued by the HAND-burger description on the menu instead of their normal hamburger. That sorted out their choice to eat from the vast menu. The handburgers arrived and it was half a flatbread hollowed out and filled with spiced meatballs, cumin chips and garden greens. Boy did they tuck in! They were messy but loved the end when they were offered warm hand towels to clean up. We grownups shared an Oxtail Tangia and a traditional lamb tagine with dates. I was thrilled when the waiter offered me not one but two different Harissa condiments, a green and a red variety. I asked for both and I was in heaven. We shared an orange & date side salad and the tastes were well balanced and once again beautifully presented. Everywhere the owner's love for flowers was visible. I was feeling a bit bloated but Joehan suggested having mint tea to ease the discomfort of eating too much. What a presentation, not to mention the aromas! And…..it worked so well that after a short while I was ready to tackle desserts. My family each ordered a different dessert and we all shared but could not agree on which one was the winner. It was a feast of note and the final Arabic Coffee was the perfect closure. Make sure you reserve a table especially on a Saturday. The word is spreading fast that La Terrasse is a sensation!
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  • I have visited Le Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli several times and every visit turns out to be an exceptional experience rather than just visiting a “nice restaurant”. From entering the gate, moving up the steps though a display of flower petals, colour and sound. After the friendly welcome you move further into a different world to get to Le Terrasse Rooftop. It is difficult to choose between the delightful dishes, accommodating breakfast, lunch and mezzanine platters. Not to forget about the cakes, deserts and exquisite drinks. The service is great – all illustrating Moroccan authenticity. The staff is but too willing to explain Moroccan customs, dishes, and how to prepare these dishes (using authentic ingredients available for the Deli). Do yourself a favour not to miss a trip to the bathroom passing through the almost overwhelming display in the shop – not the ordinary. I would highly recommend that if you are looking for a special venue for a special occasion, to seriously consider The Le Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli.
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  • We were transported back to Morocco with The Beautiful interior and authentic ambience. Our lunch was a wonderfully fragrand and aromatic adventure. We had a great dining experience every single time. This roof top restaurant is one that never disappoints. The service and staff is welcoming and professional. The owner and staff gave us a warm welcome and knew us by name from our table resorvation. We will continue coming back to this gem in Pretoria as we have in the past.
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  • After writing an exam or test one needs to celebrate and La Terrasse is my most favourite destination. I love to bring friends here and surprise them with a place that is so different to all the regular eating places in the malls. We had the Moroccan magic juice and the Mukabalatt starter platter and added chicken kebabs, cheese briouats, kefta briouats to make the platter more of a meal. Of all the relishes that are served the zulu zaalook brinjal preserved lemon and green olive relish is now my best relish with freshly baked pita. We both ordered a Mocca cappuccino and it is so beautifully served on a silver tray with fresh pansies that we had lots of photo opportunities to make our friends jealous. La Terrasse is definitely the cool eating place close to the Menlo Park High School
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  • An oasis in a busy neighbourhood. As soon as you walk in and start climbing the staircase your senses are taken on a journey from the beautiful coloured Moroccan items for sale to the spices. You are greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff in traditional dress who offer the traditional hand washing ceremony. The aromatic traditional platters are bursts of flavours in your.mouth and the tagines mouth-watering. The cordials are refreshing. All in all the best way to spend an afternoon with good friends.
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  • This is one place not to miss!!! It is truely an experience. The mood, the people and the food is just out of this world!! Any time of day, one fun little place for you and your friends to enjoy!!!
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  • I asked around where an out of the ordinary eating place was in Pretoria that was close to the highway and easy to find where I could treat my school friend that I have not seen for years. The doctor’s receptionist suggested La Terrasse Rooftop Café and commented that it was very different but the best place to “kuier” that she knows of. I realised that I have driven past the landmark tower with the red flags for years without realising that this gem existed. There was ample secure parking and while I waited for my friend I took a stroll through the import shop display room and I was in awe of the beautiful light fittings. When we did our exercise for the day climbing the staircase to the top I was greeted by Joseph the head waiter who welcomed us with a traditional rosewater hand wash. All the tables had fresh flower arrangements and the imported snack olives that we were offered is the tastiest I have ever had. We both love chicken livers and Moroccan spiced chicken livers were on specials for the day as well as a Moroccan spiced wine. We ordered both as a kick off. The chicken livers were served with spiced Moroccan Flatbread and we polished it off in no time. DELICIOUS! The cauliflower soup with saffron and edam cheese was chosen by my friend and she loved the rich smooth flavour. I had the harira soup which was thick and wholesome, and I thought I’ll be daring and order the Moroccan Handburger whereas my friend ordered the Butternut tagine served with couscous. A napkin was tied around my neck and I was told to approach eating the handburger like eating a watermelon. I loved it and my vegetarian friend admitted that this was the tastiest vegetarian dish she has ever eaten in a restaurant. We shared a slice of Sheklat chocolate tart with chilli served with rose cream and we both agreed that we should come back soon and try out more of the delicacies.
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  • An authentic Moroccan experience. It was nearly lunchtime and were close to Moroccan House when the call came to cancel our business appointment. After conferring (very briefly) with my colleague, we were unanimous and equally enthusiastic to go to nearby La Terrasse. My first impression was of authenticity – in architecture, the handcrafts that are sold in the shop, the décor and, most of all, the warm hospitality. Walking up the stairs to La Terrasse on the rooftop, I got a distinct feeling of “leaving problems behind” and “being on top the world” – enhanced by the stunning view of Pretoria East. We decided not to indulge in any wine and were treated to a traditional pouring of mint tea and a Moroccan Magic Juice – beautifully executed and decorated. My second impression was of staff well-trained! The talented and affable chef/manager of La Terrasse, Richard, recommended the mukabalatt (snack platter) as a starter, but cautioned not to order extra items if we were going to order a main course. Just as well. My lunch companion indulged in the Moroccan kefta balls in a tangy chermoula (tomato, onion, garlic and lemon sauce) while I relished the vegetarian choice – hummus, falafel, babaganoush (aubergines, garlic and lemon). I couldn’t resist an extra portion of the briouats de fromage (phyllo pockets with herbed cream cheese). This all was beautifully presented on a silver tray with crudités, fresh fruits, edible flowers and mini pita breads. After due consideration, I decided on the vegetarian option, Butternut Tagine (with sweet potato, lentils and Moroccan spices) and my business associate on the Chicken Bastilla - a Moroccan fusion chicken pie with layers of phyllo pastry, orange blossom water and roasted almonds with a rich chicken and egg filling, topped with mushroom relish. It was served with a side salad. Well… wow! Due to the portions being more than generous, we decided to share a dessert. The Coconut Cake (drenched with mint syrup and a caramelised almond topping, served with yoghurt) had delicious overtures of baklava with a Moroccan twist. La Terrasse bowled us over. Seldom have I come across a more imaginative restaurant where every bit of detail was refreshing and deeply satisfying. Congratulations and thanks to a committed and capable team! If you are looking for something different and decidedly delicious, try this Moroccan rooftop café and deli. We are certainly fans for life!
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  • Such a magnificent space, warm staff and truly one of the best tagines I've ever eaten.
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  • I never miss the Azania food show on 702 and when I heard her raving about the La Terrasse Rooftop Café Food Feast presentation, and listening to the interview with the owner Joehan, I decided to take the risk of going all the way to Pretoria, to see what the big hoo-ha is about. La Terrasse Rooftop Café has been the culinary highlight of my year so far! The aromas and tastes were mesmerizing and the food presentation a feast for the eye. I will be back with half of Johannesburg once the word gets around about this gem in Pretoria.
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  • I had my birthday celebration at the rooftop cafe. i had the oxtail tangia, my wife had the chicken bastilla, my fiend and his wife had the two different lamb tagines and my son the lamb wrap. The variety in taste was awesome ! We celebrated with Kaapse Vonkel bubbles. The waitress was attentive and the mood was exotic and the ambiance tranquil. We will be back for more celebrations.
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  • I have witnessed the growth of Moroccan House over the past 10 years and have seen how a simple beginning as a guest house dining area has blossomed to La Terrasse Rooftop Café in its full glory. The power of passion is underestimated and Joehan & Louise have poured love into this hidden exotic world that truly lives up to its statement: “A world beyond your dreams”. At all times you feel special: from the arrival and walking on rose petal walkways to reception where you are greeted by friendly welcoming staff, admiring beautiful imported handcraft, all the way upstairs to the rooftop, and when you open the simple door you breathe a fresh air of relaxation and unpretentious sharing of precious time with good friends whilst enjoying exotic aromatically spiced food that is out of the ordinary. The magic juice consisting of a blend of apple, pear and pomegranate is still a hit as a thirst quencher although I am lately very intrigued by the wide range of cordials that are made on site. The ginger with a dusting of chilli was very different and the rose and hibiscus cordial exotic in taste. The presentation is to die for with fresh flowers and each serving is a painting. The Pretoria tap water, done the Moroccan way with imported orange blossom water, fresh mint and orange and lemon segments always gets a smile from my guests I entertain at Moroccan House. The choices of the wine list are well paired with the various exotic dishes. The Mukabalatt Platter is still my favourite starter with the range of relishes and Kefta meatballs served with a crudité of fruit and vegetables and small pitas. The cheese briouats are very moorish and I often spoil myself with the addition of saffron fish balls, or olive tapenade on offer. During winter, the wide range of soups is wonderful and I cannot decide whether the Harissa or red Lentil soup is the best. I often order the Arabic salad for the table and Richard’s paprika dressing is delicious. I have now discovered the oxtail Tangia as a main course whereas I before enjoyed the chicken tagine with preserved lemon and green olives. The Tangia is served in a small clay tangia with couscous and this dish is truly falling off the bone and very tasty. At this point I normally feel that I must surrender but Joehan always entices me into having Moroccan mint tea so that the discomfort of eating too much can be eased off. The dessert choice is decadent and although La Terrasse is known for its strawberry cheesecake served in a decorative Moroccan tea glass, I have been daring and had the crepe with a date and Kahlua and Frangelico filling, served with a cumquat topping and fresh cream. Yummy! On my next visit I am going to have Joehan’s latest addition: the coconut yogurt cake drenched with mint syrup and a topping of caramelised almonds served with yogurt and a drizzle of Eucalyptus honey. No meal is complete without the Arabic coffee and I always leave with a collection of freshly baked Moroccan patisserie for the road. This rooftop café transports me back to the sounds, sights and tastes of my visit to Marrakech and Essaouira. The friends I have entertained there are just as taken with this rooftop café and introduce other friends to the Moroccan feast at this café. Highly recommended!
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  • Riana I looked for a place that was different to entertain my girlfriends on my birthday as we have been to a couple of overly elegant coffee shops with birthday celebrations that were extremely feminine in their presentation, but I was looking for the same relaxed interaction men have with their “braais.” A friend of mine suggested the rooftop café at Moroccan house. I had a long conversation with the owner Joehan and he suggested that I should have a Moroccan High Tea which is not only elegant but a taste journey with Moroccan delicacies that will create conversation, and to combine elegance with earthiness. I was not sure what this meant but decided to be adventurous. When we arrived we were greeted by the host dressed in a Moroccan outfit who made us comfortable on daybeds in a brightly coloured draped gazebo. We were presented with a cardamom strawberry & fresh mint cocktail that had a good dash of Vodka in it. It was delicious and beautifully presented, and it immediately lifted our spirits! The giggles of the girls did not take long to kick in and we all then proceeded to get a Henna tattoo on our hands done by the most gentle but exotic girl Jorietha. We had all dressed up with a touch of Arabic, and proceeded to the rooftop to start our food feast. The table was dressed beautifully, with cactus silk tablecloths, with individual palm leaves under a silver hand crafted underplate, cactus silk napkins in silver napkin holders and rose petals and flower arrangements to take your breath away. We had more bubbles with pomegranate and a silver mukabalatt platter was placed in the centre of the table which we all tucked into. Cheese briouats, argan roasted chicken drumsticks, harissa prawns and a meze of taste explosions followed . The shared eating was so relaxing and we ended our feast with the most beautifully presented silver sweet towers with Moroccan patisserie and a traditional pouring of mint tea. It was SO DIFFERENT and a memorable feast! We will be back! Often!!
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  • We had a fabulous meal at La Terasse. We started with the saffron fragranced prawns which were finger licking tasty. We also had the chicken livers which had a Morrocan twist on a South African classic. Next we had the lamb and date tagine as well as the chicken tagine. Both were delicious. We finished with the warm date pancake. Scrumptious! The ambiance feels truly exotic and the little touches like the hand washing makes a visit an experience not just a meal.
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  • Took a friend to La Terasse as a last going away girls morning. Found it absolutely lovely! It felt like we were transported to Morrocco. The food is genuinely delicious and Im pretty sure as close to authentic Moroccan as possible. I'll definitely be back!! The service was friendly, knowledgeable and just fast enough that we didn't feel rushed or neglected! Loved all of it!
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  • I won't do justice by writing a review. You need to experience La Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli yourself. From the time you enter Moroccan House you're being transported to a magical place, you might even find a magic carpet to transport you:-). The warm, vibrant colours set the tone for the meal you will enjoy. I enjoy tapas meals, it gives me a bit of everything without having to stare at someone else's plate. The food burst with flavours and the Moroccan Magic Juice is magic indeed. Indeed my favourite place in Pretoria!!!
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  • We had the wonderful opportunity to visit La Terrasse Rooftop Café & Deli, yesterday. Upon opening the door to the rooftop café, we were greeted by friendly staff, and rich festivities for our senses. Freshly baked goods and fragrant teas enticed us as newcomers to this little gem. Moroccan music played in the background while patrons relaxed and seemingly enjoyed their meals. We shared a Snack Platter for two, which included Kefta (Spicy Moroccan Meatballs), Hummus, Babaganousch (Aubergine, Garlic and Lemon), Carrot and Garlic Spread, and Caramelized Tomato. In addition, I especially enjoyed the range of teas that were available. The Rose with French vanilla tea was my favorite. Every aspect of the experience was amazing! If you are keen to visit this restaurant, make sure to secure a booking! I look forward to reserving my seat for future culinary experiences, as I will need to work my way through the whole menu!
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  • Second visit to this wonderful gem. The food was absolutely delicious. However, unlike our first time - some of the staff were not too friendly and our food took more than 40 minutes. Would definitely stop by again in the future!
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  • If one is desirous of a breakaway toward the north of our continent, a lot worse can be done than La Terrasse. The authentic feeling Moroccan decor combined with the rooftop setting and fitting background music combine to make one feel instantly transported to a rooftop on the outskirts of Marrakesh, enjoying a meal among friends. The food and drink only further drive this point home, with the Oxtail Tangia served in the traditional way, subtly spiced and extremely tender with couscous on the side. The mocha espresso is fitting, adding a Middle Eastern twist to the ubiquitous beverage, being less smooth than that traditionally enjoyed and lacking crema, but with more delicate flavouring. A surprising delight was the Moroccanised Pretoria tap water, with orange, lemon and pomegranate adding great interest to a mainstay of the table. The only reason for five stars being withheld is the obvious incomparability with the grade of dish to be found at certain dining establishments of far more formal setting, not at all a knock on La Terrasse. The service to be encountered is excellent, with the wait staff happy to share a humorous quip or two when enticed and helpful advice being only a question away. Another pleasant surprise was the turkish delight served as an after-meal freshener. Overall a highly recommended experience, and worth several visits.
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  • Visiting the Moroccan House transports you to a completely different world. The food at the cafe was amazing, and well priced for the authenticity and quality of the food. It was a completely inspiring taste adventure, and so quaint and intimate in the beautiful setting. Definitely a new favourite of mine!
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  • Having heard great things about La Terrasse Rooftop Café from a number of friends, we decided that it was time to find out for ourselves what the fuss was all about. The moment we spotted the tower in the distance on Atterbury Road, we knew we were in for a very special experience. Once inside the Moroccan House, we were overwhelmed by colours and textures straight out of the souks of Morocco – but once we started ascending the stairs a sense of calm set in. At the rooftop, we were greeted by warm, friendly staff who showed us to our table and promptly presented a delicious snack of imported Moroccan green olives. We ordered a Moroccan-infused cordial of Rose & Hibiscus and Moroccan Magic Juice to drink – and were soon feasting our eyes on the most beautiful beverages. The menu is quite extensive and every item looked more enticing than the previous one – we relied heavily on the recommendation of our waiter and settled on a Mukabalatt (or Moroccan Snack Platter) to start with. When the ornate silver platter arrived – it was almost too beautiful to eat, but the anticipation of flavours got the better of us and we ate every crumb in record time. We added a few items to the standard platter and soon realised that we may have taken on more than we could handle. Ordering Tagines for Main Course seemed like the logical thing to do – Moroccan Lamb Tagine with Dates & Honey and a traditional Moroccan Chicken Tagine with preserved lemon and green olives were laid out before us with the necessary “Moroccan Flair”. The delicate balance of aromatic spices overruled the voice of our already-full stomachs. And it was worth every single bite. As for dessert – well, I can honestly say that we made a half-hearted attempt at sharing an Orange Blossom cheesecake. The flavours were absolutely magical. I vow to go back and give the cheesecake the respect it deserves. Overall our experience at La Terrasse was definitely one to remember. The attention to detail is phenomenal and the staff are the perfect combination of attentive and friendly, yet not overbearing. Do yourself a favour and pay this special place a visit – you will NOT regret doing so.
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  • What a wonderful quaint eatery! Traditional Moroccan decor and crockery served up the most delicious lunch. Service was friendly and efficient. Definitely will visit again - only pity is that it is not open in the evenings.
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  • Awesome experience. Food was excellent and something different with maroccan flavour to everything. Had a great morning!
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  • La Terrasse Rooftop Cafe has great food! We had the Moroccan snack platter for two and managed to taste and enjoy so many different items. The Phillo Pockets with Herb Cream Cheese is highly recommended. The staff are friendly and service is good. Prices are reasonable, and we felt we got good value for money. Two things that stand out are: the setting - high up in the treetops, and the fact that the setting is very personal, you never get that big commercial restaurant feeling. Worth visiting.
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  • Great restaurant ! The food is anything but ordinary. Snack platters are great and the atmosphere takes you straight to Morocco. Absolutley unique experience. Thank you for a great afternoon !
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  • Great atmosphere. Original flavours and beautiful food. Would definitely come here again.
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  • A hidden little treasure! The service is great, food is to die for and restaurant is beautiful! Reasonably priced for absolutely delicious food.
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  • What a delight!! Friendly, polite, efficient staff and owner. Delicious, interesting, beautifully prepared food. Very well priced. And awesome setting and ambience. Delightful shopping experience whether you browsing or buying. Just all in all a wonderful "eat out"experience. Could not find any fault!! Thank you. Verena
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  • When you walk through the door you leave pretoria behind. The music the decor everything down to the floor creates an atmosphere that Transports you far far away. The food has a number of bold flavor combinations that leaves the palate satisfied. Even the drinks are exotic in style and aroma (My personal favourite would be the Moroccan style coffee) I genuinely suggest this place for anyone looking to get away from the noise of the city .
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  • Fantastic restaurant, amazing host, beautiful decor, delicious Moroccan food, all in all a fabulous day out! Definitely visiting again soon!
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  • One of the best kept secrets in Pretoria. Fantastic meal, one of the most fragrant dishes I've ever experienced. Great attention to detail.
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  • Full marks for everything. Well done on providing excellent service and good quality food !!!
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  • We decided to try Moroccan food in Pretoria today at La Terrasse Rooftop Cafe & Deli.So flavourful, fall off the bone lamb.Lamb, honey and date tagine with fluffy couscous. Lamb tomato and saffron wrap with a side salad. pomegrante,apple,pear and sparkling water. Traditional mint tea , coconut biscuit and kahlua, frangelico soaked date crepe with kumquats and fresh cream. Lovely tranquil space, rose petals scattered on tables and stairs, courtyard with a bubbling fountain. A adult retreat. Moroccan items for sale as well. Deli goods like preserved lemon, rose water and turkish delight. Owner and staff friendly and welcoming a really lovely experience. I wanted to steal my hubbys lamb tagine, I had serious food envy. The couscous was perfect grains separate and fluffy the grains soaked up the lamb juices and spices... Perfect. The guy at the next table was raving about the oxtail.
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  • La Terrace Rooftop Café - Lizel Stemmet, 29 September 2015 Walking up the stairs lit by the typical mysterious Moroccan lanterns and Berber rugs on the walls, swept me immediately back into the unique city of Marrakesh. The northern African music, the friendly reception of Joehan and his team and the freshly squeezed orange juice with a dash of rosewater reminded me of the Jemaa el-Fna square in the middle of Marrakesh. Another interesting choice was the Moroccan infused cordial with rose, hibiscus, mint or cinnamon. There is quite a big variety to choose from for a starter, everything typical of the true Moroccan cuisine. A good choice was indeed the Moroccan Cauliflower Soup with its lingering aftertaste of saffron. Then came the Lamb tagine with dates and honey and once again I was for a moment back in Quarzazate next to the Sahara Desert. The combination of the meat with the dates and honey is surely a feast to all one's senses! Dessert was a difficult choice between Orange Blossom Cheesecake in Moroccan tea glasses, Rosewater Brownies with Rose and Saffron Syrup or the Sheklat Malika Chocolate Queen - a rich decadent chocolate tart with nuts, spices, a hint of chilli with rose flavoured whipped cream. The heady fragrance of the rose water transported me back to the Kelaat Rose Valley outside Marrakesh. To top this meal off, what about a cup of cardamom coffee.....! When I left La Terrace's Rooftop Café, it was with a sense of deep contentment. La Terrace Rooftop Café created a unique atmosphere of tranquility with the bubbling fountain which can be heard the whole time while eating. They have done a marvelous job with their decorating to transport one back into another culture, another time and a very unique experience while eating since all their food has the true Moroccan ingredients of heady spices, mint, pomegranate, olives, charnoula tomato sauce, platters of hummus, a special harira soup and of course the traditional tagines. Amazingly their prices are also very reasonable. Truly a place of MAGIC!
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  • La Terrasse Rooftop Café in Menlyn is my favourite Restaurant in the east of Pretoria. The food is authentic Moroccan flavours - from platters with hummus ect, special harrira soup to oxtail tagine and the most divine chocolate brownies with a taste of rosewater! The food is served most beautiful and adds to the taste buds! The staff is most helpful and Joehan's special attention to quests adds a special flavour and ambiance to the restaurant! Isabel Nel
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  • I wish there were more stars to give.
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  • On a sunny Saturday afternoon, few friends and I decided to climb the elegantly adorned (in Moroccan carpets and treasures) staircase up to the La Terasse Rooftop cafe and deli. In the middle of bustling Pretoria sits this gem of an eatery. We were welcomed with smiling faces and the most beautiful space, where we were to spend the rest of our afternoon. Tagging pots, hanging ornaments, shelves full of Moroccan inspired spices and eats, and well decorated mosaic tables, were just a few of the items that caught our eyes. Once we had sat down, we were greeted by our friendly waiter and we ordered some drinks- the Moroccan magic juice. It was sweet as well as thirst quenching. Perfect for a hot summer's day. We then went on to order our food. Large platters filled with flatbreads, fruit, dips of all types and extras as well as tagine and wraps were the order of the day. Once we had polished off the last morsel we felt satisfied but not bloated. The food was the perfect balance of refreshing, organic food without too much fat and carbohydrates. We ended the meal off with some chocolate sesame cones and were warmly bid farewell on paying our bill and heading out. This is a must-visit in Pretoria and I would recommend it to anyone seeking some authentic Moroccan cuisine!
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  • This visit at the Rooftop cafe satisfied both my curiosity and taste buds. I only came for a quick cold drink and desert,but was treated with sincere friendliness! I enjoyed the cool breeze and subtle northern African music. The desert I had was the orange blossom cheese cake which was served in an unusual and tasteful way. The mint cordial cold drink was delicious as well. I can't wait for the next oppertunity to have a full three course meal there....maybe dinner for two on my wedding anniversary.
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  • You are transported the minute you walk into the cosy La Teressa Rooftop Café & Deli. You expect to be overlooking the Western Sahara Desert or busy sand-swept streets of Morocco from the atmospheric rooftop venue. You are welcomed with a spicy bowl of olives while you await your drink to arrive to quench your traveler's thirst. Moments later friendly, helpful staff bring your order, placed only a few moments ago. Every time I'm taken by the detail of each order's presentation: it feels like receiving a surprise birthday present. The cuisine, superb as always, is reasonably priced. You lose yourself in the rhythm of Eastern world music and, all too soon, it's time to go. The fusion of all these experiences always keeps me coming back for more - I cannot wait to take a trip down Atterbury Road to Morocco again!
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  • If you are looking for escapism from the city, La Terrasse provides a unique Moroccan rooftop experience with wonderful food beautifully presented in traditional Moroccan wares and colours that invite you to enjoy every bite as if it is the first one. A lovely tea selection and hand made delicacies on sale complete the package. Reasonably priced - La Terrasse is a place where getting ready to leave is the worst thing that could happen! A highly recommended venue for any-time occasions.
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  • Such a wonderful place, feels as if you are travelling to Morocco. Outstanding, friendly service and delicious food! Scrumptious! Highly recommended!
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  • This is my favourite restaurant in Pretoria with impeccable food and unbeatable ambiance.
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  • WOW, what an outing! My mom took myself and my Paarl-visiting cousin where she always takes her visitors, because she loves this place sooo much! This was my second visit, but surely not my last! Everything was great! Even the flowers on the tables were fresh and welcoming. The food and drinks were served in a professional maner and tasted divine! This is definitely a place to spend some hours you want to spend well!
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  • I love everything about this restaurant. The atmosphere and ambiance are so appealing that I want to go back for more everytime. The dishes are all excellent and beautifully presented. I have introduced so many of my friends to La Terrace Rooftop Café and I always enjoy their amazement at discovering this amazing gem.
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  • If you have not been here- you are missing out on one of Pretoria's best kept secrets! A culinary experience not easy to forget with spices subtly bringing the best out of the Maroccon dishes. The atmosphere and ambience so authentic! The owners Joehan and Louise Erasmus are usually on hand with friendly conversation and genuine interest in the wellbeing of their guests. Not to be missed!!
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  • Such a lovely escape from Pretoria. It feels as if you are in morocco eating on a terrace. Food was lovely and original. Definitely order the variety platter. Overall excellent decor excellent food and excellent service. A must do!
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  • Beautiful, colourful, tasty, cosy, convivial... Lunch felt like a true journey that fulfilled all our senses.
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  • This is my absolute favorite restaurant in Pretoria . The ambiance is fantastic , the food always look like a picture , almost to good to want to disturb the plate . The starters , the drinks , the mail meals , soups and puddings out of this world. The reception as one walk into the bottom area , is always friendly , then to the next level (shop) and then to the top level ... Not only is the food exquisite , the entire restaurant and surrounds are something out of this world. A fantastic place for a time out with friends , or an intimate visit with a love one .
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  • The food was really great tasting and well presented. We did however wait a bit long for it to be served, and there were not that many other customers.
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  • What a taste...what an experience....what a trip for the senses. La Terassa let's you travel to North Africa in the comfort of a beautifully designed restaurant. The food is a feast for the eyes in colours of the old spice routes and rose scent that hangs subtly in the air. You are in the middle of old Pretoria with your body, but on an ancient visit to far places with your senses at the Rooftop Terassa....the food is different but also so familiar in its richness of tastes. Do yourself a favour and book a trip to La Terassa
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  • Each morsel on the menu presents a sublime taste with food presentation providing glimpses of heaven on earth. Set all your senses free. Experience an African nirvana. La Terassa Rooftop Café - a foodie enlightment.
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  • We had a wonderful lunch! It felt like a place out of this world.
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  • A taste sensation and most beautiful presentation.

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