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Live Bait (Muizenberg)

Live Bait (Muizenberg)
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Cost
R65 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Seafood, Sushi
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

User reviews

  • My wife and me walked in for early supper yesterday. We were the first time visitors and were surprised by the ambience and, of course, the view. We were attended promptly and in great expectations after being told about a variety of sauces and side dishes that would accompany our choice - line fish of the day. After somewhat lengthy wait, which was surprising as the restaurant was not even half full at a time, our food arrived - what a letdown..... Amongst various garnishes and sauce on a beautiful wooden tray my wife discovered 2 fish fingers the size of dominos and I was treated to a cutlet from mid-tail section of 3-4kg yellowtail. I called the manager and advised him that they should state the price, rather than weight on the menu (110 in this case), but he assured me that that is the price indeed.... At the end, although well prepared and very tasty, our supper left us with somewhat bad taste of being taken for granted, or by the fact that one should take a starter if hungry, which is obviously implied. Unfortunately this is neither a class nor a level of restaurant where this is a norm.
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  • After being disappointed by lack of service and food at a burger joint , my husband and I fortunately stumbled upon Live Bait directly upstairs. As you enter the sleek and modern loft type feel restaurant, you are immediately in awe of the sleek and minimalist decor with white and natural wood furniture and paint. We opted for a seat facing the windows and was able to marvel at the beauty of Muizenberg's beach. Our waitress was friendly and knowledgeable on the menu and the various dishes. We were pressed for time so opted for three starters to share. The calamari was grilled to perfection and the lamb skewers tender and soft with both dishes complimented with flavourful sauces. We tried the gijouns, a nicer word for a thin fish cake. Though it was freshly crumbed and fried, it was a bit bland for us. We were disappointed that they were out of mussels which was our first choice. The meal overall tasted like more and I will definitely be back to sample a main course from the menu or the catch of the day displayed on a sandwich board.
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  • Absolutely appalling service and a complete waste of money. One star is the only option as I could not give zero stars. What a disappointment on Woman's day. Food took 1hr 45mins, staff have not been properly trained - took 20 mins just to pay our bar bill???!!! Manager says sorry and inept service because they are full? So don't go when they are full? Seriously, DO NOT waste your money here. Nice view but where is the service.
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  • We enjoyed a superb lunch at Live Bait in Muizenberg last week. My husband and I were driving in from McGregor and I wanted to take my 88-year old mother out for a treat; she knew Muizenberg well as a young woman. I Googled Muizenberg restaurants and was attracted by both the menu and the view. The only problem: it was up two flights of stairs – Mom can hardly walk two steps. I emailed Live Bait and Moureen replied promptly that there’s a lift next door at the Empire. We arrived very late for our booking, due to a truck alight on the N1, but waiter Phil had kept an eye out for us, and shepherded us through security gates and along a corridor into to the back of Live bait – an enormous space fronted by glass overlooking Muizenberg and False Bay. We were given a window table with a view across to Simonstown to our right, and Gordon’s Bay to our left. If they’d just given us bread and water, the view was worth it. But the food was delicious. I had read reviews of the restaurant and there was one bad review about service. However, the service was impeccable. Everyone kept checking up on us. Our waiter Lyle was good humoured and attentive, waiting patiently while two deaf octogenarians (the party expanded to include my mother’s sister) tried to make up their minds about what dish to order. They all had various versions of the Cape Salmon, some with creamed spinach, while I had mussels in a creamy butter-garlic sauce. Heavenly. We shared portions with each other, dripping sauces over the table, and all dishes were excellent. Lyle told us the restaurant had not been open long, and they were ‘still ironing out the kinks.’ As far as we could see, they were kink-free. We went for lunch during the week, so would advise weekenders or evening diners to book early.
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  • Beautifully designed restaurant with a fanstasctic view. Food was a bit hit & miss – the grilled calamari with salsa verde was delicious, but the linefish (angelfish) was underwhelming for a restaurant that specialises in fish. They offer a good array of sides (you have a choice with your main course) and sauces to choose from, but the Mozambiquan peri-peri sauce lacked any punch. Our waiter tried hard, however he was clearly undertrained – it didn’t seem like he had tasted any of the dishes on the menu, and so couldn’t tell me if the prawn croquettes were any good. (They weren’t, incidentally – nice texture, but lacking in prawn flavour).
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  • Live Bait ( like the stable of restuarants that go with it in Kalk Bay and Muizenberg) - depends on its setting to compete in the crowded and excellent culinary market in Cape Town. The biggest attraction on the menu is the fresh fish but it too needs the view to make it worth the price. Being a frequent visitor to the Kalk Bay site I was delighted to see that Live Bait had opened in Muizenberg. In anticipation of a socialble friday evening - I popped into the restaurant at the beginning of the week to book a table and indicate which table I would prefer and was assured that the table was available. So when I arrived on Friday and was ushered to a table with probably the most limited view in the restaurant I was not happy. I was even less happy when the host tried to persuade me that my earlier visit to the restaurant to make the booking was irrelevant. (The table I thought I had booked was still unoccuppied when we left after a three course meal ... hmmm...). Clearly the staff need a lot more training - both in recording bookings appropriately and in apologising for mess ups. Otherwise it is a recipe that should work, a relatively small menu, fresh fish and a great view. They have only just got their liquor license - so it would be unfair to comment on their rather limited wine list.
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  • I sent my plate back with finger marks from licking up the absolute goodness that dominated the entire meal.... I told the waiter Matt - 'look the Chef in the eye and say'... spot on!- totally feeling the nutrition and the love' - now that's cooking at its best. A chef a team a spot that just loves the client, the food, the future... my taste buds still buzzing!
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  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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