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Meloncino

Meloncino
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Cost
R150 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Italian
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Critic's review

Hope Malau

Food
Meloncino restaurant, bar and pizzeria offers Italian-style cuisine. The food is fresh and you can tell that the chef takes his time with every dish. They offer a compact menu, written in Italian (with English descriptions if your Italian is not up to scratch). Pizzas, pastas, meat, fish and sweet treats, it’s all there. And what’s a trip to an Italian restaurant if you don’t have pizza? Meloncino’s selection of thin base pizzas is great for sharing at the table. For mains, try the Fagottini di Pollo – chicken paillard stuffed with asparagus, smoked scamorza (an Italian cow’s milk cheese similar to mozzarella) and prosciutto. Cooked in a creamy brandy and mushroom sauce and served with a light potato purée, it is a memorable dish. If that sounds too heavy, try the Calamari alla Griglia – calamari tubes grilled in garlic and butter sauce and served with rice and thinly-sliced homemade crisps.

Drinks
The wine selection offers some nice variety. Aside from juices, cool drinks and coffees, they also stock a moderate variety of beers, spirits, brandy and whisky.

Service
The service cannot be faulted. The waiters are outstanding; friendly and always smiling. They’re open to assist and offer advice.

Ambience
A stylish and relaxed space that’s ideal for a grown-up get together. (Parents may note that kids are not accommodated with menu options.) Make what you want of the space – you can either enjoy a candle lit dinner in a relaxed setting, or lose yourself in the chatter of the group while watching one perfect pizza after another leave the pizza oven. Lounge music sets the tone.

And …
The food may take a while to be prepared, but the staff regularly provide updates on your order and are very attentive while you wait. –

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  • Food
    The vast menu can be intimidating, but a good way to begin is with the mixed antipasti platter, cheese, fish and marinated veggies with homemade bread, or farfalle with prawns and cherry tomatoes, then try their signature dish, slices of grilled sirloin with rocket and parmesan shavings, or one of the many thin-crust pizzas. Finish with delicious semi freddo Nutella mousse.

    Wine
    A good list carefully chosen, at a price – a common Waterfront attribute.

    Service
    Professional and attentive.

    Ambience
    Modern and clean, with splashes of colour, tasteful and expensively fresh in the Italian manner, far from the traditional trattoria you might expect – think Maserati, not Fiat.

    And...
    The cocktail hour, with the restaurant’s glass walls folded back to drink in the Waterfront ambience, is when the young, beautiful and rich gather. (GL, September 2010)

User reviews

  • We went there in mid August during their winter special and the food and cocktails were really good. We went again at the end of August. The restaurant was pretty full and the service very slow. The fish and pasta that we ordered was very good. I ordered a pizza that was rather dry and not very tasty. My partner ordered calamari with chips. The calamari were very tasty but he got soggy potato crisps? Not what one would expect from a restaurant of this level? However, once again the apple daiquiri was delicious. All in all it was sort of ok.
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  • I must commend the management on the service at Meloncino. It is not often that a restaurant can truly perform and cater for a party of 20 (ish) people. Service was ahead of the game at all times. Super impressive!!
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  • Best fillet I've had so far, and the service was excellent. My wife and I really enjoyed it and would definitely go back.
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  • The best food I ever had. Miss Cape town and your restaaurant. I wish u guys open a branch in Durban. If need someone to run your restaurant contact me my number 0735915199
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  • We are local and really enjoy the consistently excellent food and service. Beautiful views, lovely atmosphere, friendly and attentive staff ... A+ all the way! Highly recommend!

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking

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