Marc Guébert’s small bistro continues to be an absolute gem. The maestro keeps customers happy with a selection of light-as-air savoury and sweet soufflés including shrimp and asparagus, duck and orange, smoked snoek and sweetcorn, and his signature, chocolate and Grand Marnier. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. There are French brasserie-style staples as well as dishes given a French twist. The speciality French burger with goose liver and port wine is a must, as is the grilled calf liver with onion and bacon.
The wine list is aimed at offering good-value-for-money.
Attentive. Guébert is a genial host and knows his regulars by name.
Red and white checked tablecloths gives it a French bistro feel.
It serves the best croissants in town and the brioche is pretty damn fine too. Order them for an authentic Parisian breakfast. There’s a breakfast soufflé too! (JW, October 2011)
Had lunch yesterday, Sunday 20/10/13. We ordered fillet which was badly prepared and badly cooked. Béarnaise sauce was not good! Also tried the mussels in tomato, far too much minced garlic used. The Bouillabaise was prepared in a curry broth? Very disappointed!
We had lunch on Sunday 14th July, Bastille Day. It was a superb lunch. All our guests enjoyed their meals. I had a grilled salmon, very juicy and tender. Absolutely delicious. Highly recommended restaurant. Thank you to Marc and his staff. We will come back very soon.
We were so looking forward to our evening at Le Souffle given that we had eaten there several times at the old venue with all its wonderful bistro ambience and excellent food. Oh what a disappointment. From the "yet another N Suburbs upmarket restaurant (new location) with no bistro ambiance, to the mussels in tomato sauce starter ( where the tomato sauce was like something out of a can, to the "picture perfect to look at" souffles that were leathery on the outside and definitely not light and fluffy on the inside, to the miserable selection of vegetarian options (two I think!), where the pasta with tomato sauce seemed to use the same" tomato soup out of a can" as the mussels, the fishcakes that were inedible and the Thai curry that looked like some sort of unappetising brown sludge. On the positive side the steak was excellent. My friend mentioned our disappointment to the maitre d, who sadly did not seem interested. Subsequently I have spoken to three different sets of friends, who all had similar experiences. Don't think we will be back! What a great pity, as it was a lovely restaurant before worthy of the rave reviews.
I would like to say that we enjoyed our evening at Le Souffle, having eaten there on many previous occasions, before their relocation. Despite making a reservation we were given a table by the swerving hatch, which had no reservation sign on it, in between two big parties of 12 people. We asked if we could be moved, but were told the other tables had been reserved. - but obviously not by us. I think the bigger premises might be their downfall. Needless to say as we couldn't talk or move we decided to eat elsewhere - a wise decision on our part.
Pineslopes Centre across from Montecasino does not inspire, but don't be fooled by the unassuming Le Souffle, Marc Guebert's superb bistro. Apart from sublime sweet and savoury souffles, fish, meat and salad offerings, the cassoulet and bouillabaisse are memorable and one is spoilt for choice. Classic owner-managed excellence.
We had brunch at Le Souffle on Saturday and left very disappointed. Service was appalling - it took 10 minutes for the waiter to take our drinks order, and we waited another 15 for anything to arrive. The Eggs Benedict was mediocre, the hollandaise sauce congealed and the rosti oily and neither main course came with the the complimentary toast and fruit juice as advertised on the menu. When we queried this, the waiter could hardly look less interested. The owner spent the entire time at a table doing his paperwork, not once coming through to the handful of diners to ask how things were. Lazy cooking, lazy service.
This is a lovely little restaurant. It has the feel of a neighborhood restaurant from the time before fast food chains created homogeneity and predictability. The food is presented elegantly, with portion sized you can actually finish. And it is delicious and full of theater with the Grand Marnier souffle arriving at your table in flames. I will definitely go back, often.
Popped in for a light lunch bite on Sunday 2 May 2010. The decor is very French bistro - chequered red and white table clothes, clinker brick walls, cement floors - but it’s warm and relaxing. Lunch trade on a Sunday looked pretty busy which is nice to see and always a good sign.I had the bouillabaisse and my partner had the duck confit - both specials ordered from the blackboard which seemed to be the obvious route to go.My bouillabaisse wasn’t as “seafood-y” as I am accustomed to, I couldn’t pick up any saffron and there were far too many onions (used as a filler) for my liking – maybe the remains of the French onion soup? There were some prawns, shelled and peeled, some mussels, and (small) pieces of fish that were pretty unidentifiable. It was served with the traditional rouille and some croutons which was a nice touch. As an aficionado of classic French fare it was interesting to note that their version of the Provencal classic was done more like a soup than a stew. Nevertheless, after all is said and done it was pretty average and I was disappointed.My partners duck confit was a mixed bag – the one leg piece was delicious yet the other piece was very dry – obviously it was cooked too fast or had been reconstituted one time too many. Her plate was also cold - as were the veggies and there was no sauce to dolly anything up.Watching other meals being brought out to tables – the plating regime is stuck in a time warp – piped mash and veggies on the plate, then the main almost as an accompaniment. Classic bistro doesn’t mean you have to do things like they were done in the 80’s – service has evolved.On reflection we should have had their signature soufflés but we were both in a waffles and ice cream mood. A mistake. The waffles were dry, (bought in?) and the ice cream pretty standard vanilla probably picked up at the local spar down the drag. Nice touch with the berry coulis though.Despite the average food – service was really good – our waiter was pleasant, super efficient and confident.Overall the meal was a disappointment – it’s really a pity – doing classic French bistro fare should be a slam dunk with simple ingredients allowed to speak for themselves. Le Soufflé aims to provide the diner with a good unpretentious home cooked meal and for some it hits the mark but for me, having experienced traditional French cuisine over my years living in Europe – I felt that it ran out of puff.
I have been a regular frequenter of Le Souffle for at least the last six months. It is tomy mind the finest restaurant in Joburg. Unpretentious, yet always excellent quality and friendly, personal service.