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Mondiall

Mondiall
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Cost
R135 avg main meal
Ambience
Authentic culture, Contemporary cool
Food
Food from the Americas, International, South African
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Critic's review

The people
Mondiall is a joint venture between Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Peter Tempelhoff (executive chef of The Collection by Liz McGrath, whose restaurants include The Greenhouse and The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort; Pavillion and Seafood at The Marine; and Seafood at The Plettenberg) and restaurateur Patrick Symington of Cape Town’s erstwhile Café Dharma and Asoka fame. It’s a match made in heaven, in a setting that’s just as heavenly: the spot where the Green Dolphin used to be, next to the Victoria & Alfred Hotel, overlooking Table Mountain.

The food
This is not The Greenhouse (number four in our current Top 10), so don’t expect over-the-top fine dining. Instead, the menu features timeless classics, interpreted in a contemporary fashion. Simple food is made with exceptional ingredients, presented in a beautiful but understated fashion. Each dish references its year and country of origin. It’s a jumble of mostly French, American and Italian dishes, with the odd English, Mexican, Japanese and South African contribution.

The result is a food offering that caters for a wide variety of tastes and appetites. Lighter options include things like spicy and sticky Buffalo wings (circa 1964, from Buffalo, New York) served with a delicious ranch dressing; seafood ceviche (circa 13AD, Lima, Peru); and a magnificent Caesar salad with lemony white anchovies, smoked pancetta and a soft-boiled and crumbed free-range egg. Interestingly enough, said salad originated in Tijuana, Mexico around 1924 – and not anywhere near the Roman empire.

Meatier options are just that – quite meaty. From a classic cheeseburger and fries (and a dollop of delectable umami ketchup) and a grilled sirloin café de Paris (from Switzerland!) to a fragrant Cape Malay lamb curry. Seafood is also plentiful: West Coast oysters, grilled lobster Hollandaise (circa 1593, Netherlands), fish tacos (circa 1650, Mexico City, Mexico) and, of course, good old fish and chips (thank you, England).

Desserts cover a host of classics – pecan pie, baked cheesecake, malva pudding and more – but it is the Mondiall chocolate sundae that takes the, uhm, cake. Originating in Wisconsin, USA, around 1881, its huge glass is filled to the brim with sweets and treats: berries, caramel, mint, chocolate, nuts and cream.

Drinks
The selection of drinks is as thought-through as the food. The wine list includes a variety of local and international wines, across a good variety of cultivars. There’s also an impressive martini menu as well as a few classic (and beautiful) cocktails.

Service
It’s a new restaurant, so they’re clearly still ironing out a few issues. Nothing serious, though. Everyone is friendly, willing and knowledgeable about the food. If only they wouldn’t start flapping when you ask for salt for the table…

Ambience
Boasting what is arguably the best view of Table Mountain at the waterfront, Mondiall really didn’t have to pull out many stops when it came to the décor. But they did. It’s an open, modern space with a nod to an old-school European brasserie. It’s undeniably elegant, but far from pretentious. A table of gaggling new mothers (minus prams, but plus flip-flops and a mountain of shopping bags) didn’t nearly look out of place.
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User reviews

  • Like most restaurants in this location, they're priced for foreign tourists, so expect to pay a premium. Is that premium worth it though? Based on their food, not entirely. I had their wagyu beef burger
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  • Food was pretty great here but I won’t be back because of the poor service. There were so many things wrong that it’s difficult to list them all. Mondiall was reasonable enough when booking – very accommodating. However, once getting there it was very different. My advice is never to go for the Thursday Ladies Night. They immediately seem to resent you for a special they created. First they brought us about 20 pieces of bread, to a table of nine, with two tiny pieces of butter. Then we noticed the flowers on the table were completely wilted. Ordered a sparkling water and received a still instead (later they expected us to pay for this and yes, the sparkling had to be separately ordered again instead of just brought with an apology). The cocktails were terrible. A normal margarita was ordered – with the express instruction that it not be smoked. It was smoked. Mondiall is also apparently incapable of creating one of the simplest cocktails – a mojito. It was executed poorly – so much so, that it tasted nothing like a mojito should. Someone with a proclaimed violent allergy was almost given a meal containing the allergen. One person ordered specific fries and we don’t know if any of us got it – he certainly didn’t. There was no salt or pepper on the table and when, for the bread, balsamic and olive oil was asked for, we received it once all the bread was already finished. Similarly, the dessert (cheesecake, one of the three desserts they actually had available) somehow took an hour to arrive. Then there was the whiskey cart (although all we were offered was “a version of absinthe”). We were offered shots, then double shots, then a sample of a shot for just one person, and several more offers. Every time we asked what the price was and the man blatantly ignored us. Eventually he gave in and reluctantly told us it would be R80 per shot. Insane to think that if we had simply let him go ahead, either at the beginning or after any one of the times he ignored our request for a price, R1600 would have been charged to our bill. Then the bill came. The waiter became furious when we pointed out that he had overcharged us. The cocktails – though widely advertised as being R30 for ladies on Ladies Night, were R32,50. The waiter helpfully pointed out that this was half price, after all – as if that makes it ok that it is not at all the advertised special. Additionally, some of the ladies’ meals did not get 50% subtracted despite that also being the special. Yet another thing the guests had to fight for. At the end of the day we almost paid close to R150 more than we were supposed to, had we not thoroughly checked the bill. This is all just the absolute worst complaints; there were even more things wrong that contributed to a disappointing dinner. And unfortunately they weren’t anywhere near to being filled to capacity so they don’t even have that as an excuse.
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  • I had a nice meal here with some friends in the first week of December 2015. I ordered a ceviche starter (fresh but lacking the lime and chilli punch 12/20), and spicy fish tacos for mains (delicious 15/20). My friend ordered the gazpacho (Nice, but lacking garlic and olive oil, and tasted as though it was sweetened with sugar 12/20), risotto of the day (very good 14/20) and garlic prawns (very good 14/20). The only blip was the oysters which, although fresh, had a strange milky texture. However, we ate most of them and reported the issue to the manager. We later learned at another restaurant that it was oyster breeding season and hence not good for eating. Service was good and well-meaning. I would visit this restaurant again.
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  • I come here for their amazing burgers and drinks. I had the pasta for the first time and it was the worst pasta dish I have ever eaten. What a disappointment. It was he beat example of sticking to what you now. Absolutely atrocious.
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  • My experience at Mondiall was bittersweet. Such great food, fantastic entertainment by Jeremy Oliver, fabulous view of our beautiful Cape Town...but really disappointing service all round. On the phone the hostess was lovely. But the experience in house did not live up to that. From the moment we were met at the door, the hospitality wasn't great. We waited a while before we were asked for our drinks order, and only once it was already placed was I told there were not enough ingredients for my Rose Cosmo... We didn't get side plates with our breads or our tapas starters. Aside from having to physically put my hand up more than once to get the waitresses attention, she was unfriendly, cold and disinterested. What made is slightly worse, was that no other waiter attempted to help us, even when they saw we were in need of assistance. We used an Entertainer voucher for our lunch, and there have been some rumours flying around that service is not great as soon as the establishment is aware that you have a voucher...I would HATE to think that is the reason for the bad service at Mondiall. All in all, a perfectly fabulous meal ruined by terrible service.
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  • The sirloin with the whiskey mushroom cream sauce is definitely a must when visiting Mondiall. The atmosphere is amazing and the manager is very pleasant. Will definitely return to Mondiall.
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  • Mondiall is a lovely new addition to the V&A Waterfront. The food is tastey, well priced for a touristy area and the interior of the restaurant is beautiful. I wasn't blown away by any of the dishes, but did enjoy the fish tacos very much. The portions are generous and my partner and I were full after sharing two starters and two mains. I'd like the option to select a salad instead of chips with my main, and do feel as though thye should've remembered that it was our anniversary as we did inform them when booking. But all round a good experience, if not exceptional.

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  • Let me first start by saying that none of us are perfect and I understand that restaurants have bad days, but it's the way you deal with the mistakes that count. My soon to be Mom in law was visiting from Joburg and I suggested we try out this restaurant. During my time as an Exec Chef I heard mixed reviews from fellow people in the industry, but I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. There were 7 of us in total seated inside by the glass window looking out on the outside seating area and the sea view. This is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, that is where the good part of our experience ends. On arrival, a live jazz band was setting up. By all means, we love live background music, but when you cannot hold a conversation at a lunch meal with friends, then maybe you need to reconsider the music, or even just the position of the band. They were almost fully booked for lunch and it appeared that they may have been short staffed with waitrons as our waiter, Lee, was running between tables inside and outside. We refilled our wine glasses ourselves almost the entire lunch (we were there for 5 hours). We had to fetch managers from the kitchen pass to bring us replenishments of drinks. The tables around us (one of which the owner was sitting at with friends) had managers visiting them at least 6 times during their lunch, we had three visits from managers, the second time being when we were complaining about the food and service (and yes, we had to fetch the manager ourselves). As for the food... We started out with an assortment of tapa's. The hummus was delicious, and the ciabatta that got served with it was a good attempt at a tough bread to make properly. The roasted pork belly was served with a miso glaze that was one of the best ones I have tasted. It's a pity this dish was cold by the time we could all tuck in as the starters arrived with no side plates for us to dish onto... The fried whitebait was a hit. The mini spicy chicken drumsticks were delicious and the Salmon ceviche was devoured by all. For mains, 3 of the diners were enticed by the tuna special served with Bulgur wheat. Myself and another friend ordered the Wagyu beef burger (which none of their chefs could tell me the grading of the wagyu beef that they use). My fiancé ordered the fish and chips and the final order was placed for the lamb rump. 20 minutes after placing the food orders we were told that the tuna was sold out, thus replacement orders were placed. 2 minutes later everyone else's orders arrived, with the poor sold out tuna diners sitting waiting for their new meals for another 20 minutes. That's 40 minutes to get 7 dishes out... To put the cherrieS on the top, the burgers should've been introduced to a thing called 'salt', the burger meat had gristle in it (my absolute WORST!) AND the chips were ice cold. The ketchup they serve the burgers with was absolutely delicious, and the garlic aioli they later brought for me was also very edible. The two cold burgers with replaced with slightly warmer versions. The best meal was definitely the fish and chips. Although the minted peas were more like mint with some peas and lacked seasoning, the batter on the fish was an absolute hit, really scrumptious. For dessert, we ordered cappuccino's that were delivered in awesome see-through glasses with a little biscuit on the side. I had the chocolate and Guinness pudding which I would definitely recommend. My fiancé had the white chocolate and passion fruit cheesecake, but unfortunately you could not really taste the white chocolate. The raspberry sorbet served with the cheese cake was smooth and tangy. Even after complaining about the food and the service, no effort was made by any managers (let alone the owner sitting two tables away) to rectify the situation. A round of drinks for the table, taking the two cold dishes off the bill, sending complimentary desserts... This would have gone a long way to making us 'forget' the horrific experience. As a result, 7 foodies will never be back and we will definitely not be recommending the restaurant. This restaurant has SO much potential, especially because of its position, the beautiful way the restaurant is decorated, and the food is presented very elegantly. Mondiall, you have a gold mine in your hands. Don't be afraid to spend money to make the guests actually want to step foot in your restaurant again. Spending R100 on some free nibbles to keep the guests happy while they wait almost an hour for their food will go a long way... Overall (out of 5): Ambience: 2 - it would've been higher if we could hear each other talk Food: 3 Service: 2
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  • Today, 01*10*2014*, is our 3 year anniversary and we decided to do lunch at this fabulous restaurant! Wow...It was awesome. Everything about this place was magnificent. We had a table that had a perfect view of Table Mountain. Our waiter was Mark and he made us feel really welcome and special. We ordered pork belly and mushrooms tapas for starters. I have never had such tasty pork in my life. Our mains was the steak and it was grilled to perfection. Compliments to the chef! We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu and will recommend you to friends and family. Tasty food made at its best! Thanks for making our day extra special :)
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  • Mondiall Restaurant at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town is in a breath-taking setting, parading magnificent views of the harbour and Table Mountain, a stunning venue.

    Our round wooden table was neat and the furnishings comfortable. The cutlery and crockery were perfectly matched and appropriate for fine dining with a practical utility value. The service was good and not intrusive. A waiter brought a board of freshly baked bread with a crispy crust, a small dish of hummus and a tablet of butter.

    The wine list was good - adequate but not vast and well selected wines. We ordered a carafe of Vondeling Sauvignon Blanc and the combination blend of Boschendal's Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It would have been nice to have had these wines chilled. Instead we ordered some ice and added the ice to our glasses of wine - something that no good wine lover would do, but it was all we could do to cool it down - and the wine stood up to the adulteration.

    My first course was Seafood Ceviche. It was beautifully served, a great presentation and a delight to eat, consisting of a multitude of flavours. I identified the calamari, mussels and other raw fish. The dressing was tart and the blending of flavours was good with the added flavour of the sesame seed biscuits on the side. The Boschendal blend added to my enjoyment and was a good pairing with the food.

    The others had a Caesar Salad which was with fresh ingredients and very tasty. The egg (reminiscent of a scotch egg), was a nice touch. It was nice and soft with a runny yolk. The Waldorff Salad looked good but was over salted.

    My main course was trout (Paisson du Jour). Again the eye appeal was good. I turned the fish over leaving the skin. It was a bit too dry and would have been better if it were hot. I also would have liked a slice of lemon as I had in my previous dish. I thought to myself that the wine was warm and the fish was cold. It should have been the other way around.

    The other diners ordered Ramen Noodles, Fish & Chips and a Gourmet Hamburger and Chips.

    The Ramen Noodles consisted of seared tuna, bok choy and mushrooms in a broth with the noodles. This was served in a nicely shaped deep bowl accompanied by chop sticks. It was very different, good - but not wow. The tuna was lovely but the noodles had a strange flavouring.

    The old fashioned Fish & Chips was a nice piece of Hake and chips which came in a nice shiny copper pan. It really looked good and was enjoyed. The Gourmet Hamburger was served with a plentiful amount of golden brown chips and looked great.

    I decided against ordering a dessert and ordered a decaffeinated coffee. I was thrilled to get it, not in the usual cup or mug but a beautiful glass of coffee on a nice plate. The coffee was beyond my expectations. It came to the table hot, good looking and very tasty (a great blend of coffee). This and the wine I ordered was the best part of my meal, although I did enjoy the Seafood Ceviche (but it was a bit small).

    The others ordered Earl Grey Tea, which came in a nice metal Asian type tea pot, and a Cappuccino, which was also served in a thick beautifully shaped glass - looked and tasted good.

    Overall the service was good and the restaurant was surprisingly quite empty for a Saturday night.

    So, here's my rating out of 5 stars -

    1. Pushing culinary boundaries; tantalizing taste buds - **** 4 stars
    2. Gourmet menus with luxury ingredients - *** 3 stars
    3. Appetising, fresh and flavourful food - *** 3 stars
    4. Ambiance - *** 3 stars
    5. Hospitality - ** 2 stars
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  • What a pleasant surprise dinner at Mondiall was last night. We were 3 adults and 2 children and each meal was an absolute treat. They have a decent kid's menu with a generous serving of kiddies fish & chips that the adults would have been happy to tuck into. We shared the chef's tapas of the day which was nachos and delicious. We ordered the duck, steak and fish taco's; all of which were outstanding but I would have to recommend the fish taco's which were the best taco's I've had anywhere in the world.
    Service was excellent and the decor is tasteful.
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  • I didn't quite know what to expect but the promise of the best fish tacos outside of Mexico was enough to get me there. The online reservation system was a nice added touch and extremely convenient.

    The food, well, it was in my humble opinion rather spectacular. The pork belly starter made me chew slower and slower as I didn't want it to end. Innocent (apparently only 99% of the time according to him) was a wonderful server and wisely steered me towards the half portion of the fish tacos. Given I wanted to give the french fries with truffle parmesan (my whole mouth just filled with saliva again) a good go, I was grateful I listened to him. The portions are generous and the fish tacos delivered on the promise of best tasting outside of Mexico. The truffle fries were a delicious accompaniment but sadly I had to abandon them eventually because the dessert menu looked equally tempting. Innocent recommended the malva pudding and it also didn't disappoint. Delicious apricot salted caramel ice cream and buchu custard took a standard dessert favourite and made it incredibly memorable.

    Only criticism was the ambience, just found the music a bit too loud and overbearing, especially when you want to rave about the food to your dinner companion. But I left the restaurant extremely full and incredibly happy and satisfied. And I cannot wait to go back. They are open for lunch, right? :)
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  • Pity there are no table cloths. I hate sitting with my hands on the grime of numerous previous customers, slightly wiped with a dirty cloth into a bacteriological ecosystem film. Care to do some bacteriological swabs on those wooden tables? Mine had a crust!

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  • The last time I was in this space was eating at the old Green Dolphin jazz cafe; this was a much better (and more peaceful!) experience.

    I had no expectations, but was very pleasantly surprised; the venue is light and airy with great views, the menu was intriguing with lots of choices to tempt me back; the fish taco was recommended and was fantastic. Each food item on the menu comes with a date and some history, which was quite fascinating. Service was efficient.

    Only criticism - no peppermint tea, which seemed odd at a restaurant of this calibre .
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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