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Solo Restaurant

Solo Restaurant
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Business meetings, Coffee, Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
BYO no charge

Critic's review

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Food
Expect an appealing mix of easy eats and some bistro classics made with care. Dial it up or down depending on your mood. In winter, the soup of the week is always interesting, paired with a cheese toastie in complementary flavours. Think a blue cheese sarmie with brocolli, tomato, ricotta and prosciutto; or chilli corn soup with southern fried chicken sarmie. The gnocchi (with pesto, ragu or cheese sauce) has deserving fans, and the burgers are served with some of the crunchiest sweet-potato fries in town. Specials like tacos keep things interesting. End on a light-as-air waffle.

Drinks
The usual hot drinks, ice teas and fresh juice are available. Have a ginger shot if you’re feeling blue.

Service
Friendly enough.

Ambience
First prize is a spot in the leafy, light courtyard. It’s a calm oasis away from the bustle of Loop Street.

And…
Make sure you take a turn around the gallery after your meal to see – and possibly buy – beautiful works on display by local artists.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Solo is in a lovely space with a gorgeous ambience, but sadly this was the best part of my visit for lunch with my husband. The fresh juices were very tasty, but the food lacked seasoning and flavour. My husband's mushroom pasta was bland, desperately needed salt, and missed the earthiness one would normally associate with this dish. My fish tacos had zero flavour. Whilst the crumbed fish fillets were delicious, they were served on small flatbreads (not tortillas) which were heavy, stiff and difficult to fold, and were accompanied by raw cabbage, sour cream and avo. There was no salsa, no spice, no seasoning, and no flavour. Sadly, this was after waiting 30 minutes for our order to arrive, despite being one of only 3 tables in the restaurant for lunch. What a disappointment!
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  • Tucked inside a beautifully decorated courtyard, you can enjoy a coffee & a delicious brunch. Here is a video review: https://goo.gl/WSJC8F Here is a video playlist of my other reviews: https://goo.gl/fDWtmq
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  • Solo now does breakfast all day, so you can order bacon waffles and shakshuka in the afternoon. Good life choices. The wonderful new winter menu has a few more tempting slow-cooked and saucy offerings to suit the time of year. The rich, indulgent beef ragu, braised in pinotage with cream, might cause you to halt conversation and raise your hands skywards it's so good. (Order it with tender gnocchi for best results.) The meat comes shredded in a glossy gravy, with bright pops of tender veggies for contrast. Sublime.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Food
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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