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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
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
500

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

  • 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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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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