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The Company’s Garden Restaurant

The Company’s Garden Restaurant
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
Food
Burgers, Café fare, Cape Malay, Coffee, International, Light meals, Modern, Seafood, South African, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Jeanne Calitz

Food
The Company’s Garden Restaurant is that rare find: a decades-old and beloved establishment received a much-needed and yet appropriate facelift, and has now comfortably settled into its new look and rhythm. If, however, you’re hankering after youthful forays into the city (even taking the train, perhaps?) and enjoying fish and chips at the Company Gardens Café while tossing stray crumbs at the ever-present pigeons, never fear, both the dish and the birds are still on the menu (so to speak).

There’s a nice breakfast menu, perfect for those days when you may have half an hour to spare before the first meeting. The lunch menu is quite straightforward and offers something for every taste (even a vegan option or two). Personally, I lean towards the dishes that celebrate our local heritage, like the bobotie roti under the starters, and the Cape Malay butter chicken curry, a very fragrant dish that is sure to chase all winter blues away. Next time I want to try the Cape Malay platter for sure, which includes beef samoosas, dhaaltjies, spicy vegetarian spring rolls and chutney.

There are also a couple of salads, the aforementioned fish and chips, a burger, and a chicken and mushroom pot pie that simply oozes invitation.

The dessert table – with a nice variety of cakes – is inviting. And then of course you can always go for that old Company’s Garden staple – scones with cheese, cream and jam. Lekker, man.

Drinks
The wine list is vaster than you would expect of a restaurant in a botanical garden, although the mark-up is on the steep end. On the plus side, given their urban setting and the fact that plenty of the clientele will be city workers, there’s plenty of choice by the glass. There’s also some craft beer, a small selection of cocktails (do try the Gardens Pimms) and some milkshakes for the kids to indulge in. Highly recommended are the fresh juices – my choice of apple, pear and mint went down a treat.

Service
Very friendly and accommodating. I’ve heard that it can be a touch slow on busy days, but the restaurant was hopping when I got there and I had no trouble. Besides which, you are eating in a botanical garden. Take your time for a change, and enjoy a slow meal.

Ambience
The restaurant really has a lovely vibe – the setting is peaceful without being sleepy, and busy without being too loud. The theme of the lush gardens outside is continued within, with plenty of greenery and green touches in the furniture, complemented by natural wooded textures. If you’re on your own or enjoying a working lunch, grab a seat by the window counter, which offers charging facilities and a pleasant view of the outside goings-on – particularly the pigeons doing their breadcrumb-hustle. And if you’re lucky (and quick), you may nab a spot in front of the indoor fireplace. The bathrooms are sparkling clean and offer wheelchair access and baby-changing facilities.

And…
The venue is available for functions (even at night), with several well-designed function menus to choose from. Given the family-friendly setting, it would also be the perfect choice for a birthday party.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Six of us went for breakfast, We ordered 4 coffee's, a tea with cold milk and an orange juice. The coffees arrived with no teaspoons and the coffee had spilt onto the saucers. The tea arrived on a rectangular plate, cracked tea pot, chipped plate with tea all over it, no milk and no teaspoon. The orange juice never arrived! We asked the waiter where the orange juice is and he apologized and said they are out of stock. Asked for milk three times before we received it. As far as the breakfast is concerned. All six of us were disappointed. 2 plates were dirty, my sunny side eggs had obviously been under the heat lamp for a really long time as they looked like sunny side but the yolks were totally dry. I can go on and on about other problems but I don't have all day to type.
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Specials

Happy Hour
Enjoy the 2-for-1 Happy Hour offerings available at Bombay Bicycle. This offering is available daily between 4pm and 6pm. The following drinks are available during the 2-for-1 offering:

Beers
300ml and 500ml Black Label Draught
300ml and 500ml Castle Lite Draught

Wine
Spier Sauvignon Blanc
Spier Merlot

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dog-friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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