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Tiger’s Milk (Muizenberg)

Tiger’s Milk (Muizenberg)
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Cost
R100
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bistro fare, Burgers, Pizzas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Sam Linsell

Food
The food at this super popular Muizenburg hangout with lovely views over Surfers Corner is consistent and geared towards mass appeal. The place is always buzzing on the weekend. The appetisers of grilled or fried calamari, spicy chicken wings, peri peri chicken livers and tempura prawns are great for sharing and guaranteed to get the taste buds rolling.

They offer an impressive range of flame-grilled burgers with an array of toppings, which are juicy and served on rustic wooden boards with chips on the side. You can select from the menu of extras to build a burger exactly to your liking if you prefer. Their pizzas are made in a wood-fired oven, have thin bases and are recommended.

From the grill menu they do delicious BBQ pork ribs, half a grilled peri peri chicken and a linefish of the day. The flame-grilled steaks are popular and they offer a nice selection of sauces and butters to go with these.

The desserts are hearty and decadent with New York style baked cheesecake, Jack Daniels-spiked chocolate mousse with vanilla ice cream and bread and butter pudding.

All round the portions are not very big so you could comfortably fit a starter or dessert in.

Drinks
They have a limited but adequate wine list which leans towards the pricey side, and they offer an impressive selection of craft beer on tap. With eight cocktails on their cocktail list, this is a place for drinking as much as it is for eating.

Service
Service is friendly but can be slow when they are super busy

Ambience
On weekends the restaurant is filled to the brim, with tables quite tightly packed, so it can get quite noisy. The open bar and kitchen, picture windows, and eclectic touches – like a vintage motorbike mounted on the wall – add to the vibe. This is a great place for a lively lunch or dinner with friends.

And...
Its worth going in the day to catch the beautiful views over Muizenberg beach. (SL)

(September 2016)

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  • Lise Avis

    Food
    The casual vibe of this new addition to the Muizenberg beachfront is carried through to the chalkboard menus, which offer a selection of simply cooked pub grub that's well portioned and fairly priced. Options include flavourful fried calamari dusted with flour and masala; the pizza bianco, which is light, crispy and laden with garlic; peri-peri chicken livers; and grilled calamari served with either garlic aioli or a salsa verde.

    For mains you could dive into the usual suspects like burgers, steak, calamari or the clear winner - pork ribs. With a generous coating of basting sauce, the delicious meat literally falls off the bone, and the portion is big enough to leave some for lunch the next day. The highlight for dessert is an almond tart with subtle hint of nutty flavour.

    Drinks
    The decent selection of wines borders on pricey, but that's not unexpected at a restaurant in the Harbour House group. Craft beers are the focus here.

    Ambience
    Abuzz with people chatting, eating and drinking, the open space can get quite loud. The relaxed, beach-front attitude is reflected in the décor, and first prize on a warm, windless evening (when the windows are folded back) is one of the tables facing the sea.

    Service
    After a few hiccups in the opening weeks, the service has improved somewhat, with knowledgeable waiters able to make recommendations. However, don't expect it to be snappy: it's very laid back, and your drinks might take longer when it's busy. They don't take bookings for tables under 10, which means hedging your bets and a possible wait. (On the plus side, you'll never arrive to a fully-booked restaurant.)

    The verdict
    Visit for sundowners after work or a rowdy evening with friends.

    (February 2015)

User reviews

  • Super cool venue with the sea side view. I love their fries and am in love with the burgers and sauce it comes in. Can't wait for my next visit
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  • What an awesome place. the ambiance is amazing I felt so welcomed. the food is excellent. the staff is amazing. never waited long for my food too! :)
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  • Excellent service and great food.
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  • This place makes my favourite dish in the entire world!! Their Roast leg of lamb, olives, feta and humus pizza is the best thing I have tasted in my life! And the best part is, they offer it on a gluten-free base, which even more satisfies my fussy needs! The ambience and decor is unique and makes you feel relaxed from the moment you enter! A definite MUST when you're in the Cape!!
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  • Very disappointing experience all round. Having asked waiter how long peri peri chicken would take to be done, I was presented with peri peri chicken livers. To add insult to injury waiter asked if I'd like salad or fries with the meal. When I rejected the chicken livers assured me that I would not be charged for them. Like I would have paid for them?! Such a pity as I was visiting Cape Town and its got great potential.
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  • Although the place has a beautiful view and a trendy and relaxed vibe, the food was very disappointing. The portions are minuscule compared to the expensive prices. We went there two times and each time we left hungry. We would have loved to make this place our new hang out spot but it's just to disappointing.
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  • Made a booking for 6 people for 7pm for Thursday 16th July. Arrived at 7 and after much debate between the two hostesses was told that we were a no show as we had booked for 6pm. The section from the door back was empty but they seemed loath to seat us there!! Eventually got a table in that section. Drinks took ages to arrive, and came in dribs and drabs, with the unopened wine bottle dumped on the table, and frozen Margarita's from the menu were not available as the machine was broken (since 25th May when another review also said this was not possible). It was quite a struggle to get the waiters attention but when we placed the food order it arrived timeously, but 5 out of the six meals were almost cold. The calamari was hot but the 3 ribs, Triple bypass burger and rump (medium/well done) was not. To save the calamari eater from eating alone, and because we were now over the place, we never sent the food back for re-heating. On paying the bill, the waiter had trouble with the card machine and we eventually asked him to call the manager over. The duty manager managed to peel himself away from the one hostess to come and assist us. I then decided to tell him of our experience. He did apologize and asked for my email address so that 'management' could contact me. Well 5 days later and I have still heard nothing. Neither the duty manager, hostesses or waiter came to our table during the course of the evening to check 'if all was okay'. The manager and hostesses were more interested in standing at the top of the stairs chatting and holding hands. While the manager cut a crisp figure, the 2 hostesses looked sloppy and unprofessional and the behavior of all 3 was not very becoming to your restaurant. All in all an experience our overseas visitors said they would never do again, or recommend to their friends
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  • We went for the Monday night Winter Burger special (R85 for two burgers). Luckily they could squeeze two of us in without a booking as it was packed to capacity. Staff were friendly and attentive, great vibe and the Cheese burger with fries was really delicious. I'd heard really bad reviews over season but they seem to have sorted themselves out and I will definitely be going back.
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  • We made a booking for Sat night, 23 May, at 8pm for 6 people. Our friends arrived first, only to be told that there was no booking and were placed at a table amongst the drinkers and noise. When we arrived, I checked and sure enough, the booking was found, although incorrectly spelt. We were moved to a table alongside the kitchen. The waiter presented us with a drinks/cocktail list. I ordered a Frozen Margarita from the list, only to be told that there was none. The drinks which we then ordered arrived and we promptly gave our food order - straight from the menu, with no variations. This was at 8 30pm. We kept asking the waiter to check on our order and he repeatedly advised that it would be coming up soon. At 10 20pm, we were really annoyed, we even identified a few of our food items that were standing on the kitchen pass, awaiting delivery to the table. Three items arrived, a pizza, a peri-peri chicken and a burger, they were all cold. There were still 3 food items outstanding. I went to look for the manager on duty. I explained the series of unfortunate and unacceptable events. He was apologetic and said that he’d make it up to us by offering desserts on the house. Clearly at this stage, we were not interested in desserts and wanted no more of this. One of our friends at our table phoned another restaurant who said that they would keep their kitchen open until 11pm for us. We advised the manager we were leaving. We wanted to pay for our drinks, however, he said we didn't need to. He continued to apologise profusely and said I’d be contacted on Mon morning, 25 May, I have not received any call or message, the whole day. Some observations about Tiger's Milk: · The place really doesn’t know if it’s a restaurant or just a watering hole. It’s overbearingly noisy and overfilled with drinkers. If one decides to eat there, don’t bother with conversation. · We cannot comment about the food because after 2 hours, we never got to eat · The kitchen is far too small for such a large space and cannot cope. · There is no kitchen management or system. · The place obviously has a capacity limit but that limit is far exceeded, making it a real risk in terms of fire danger, occupational health and safety, etc. · Management appears inexperienced and just plain overwhelmed. We are left feeling very disappointed :-( PS: We never tasted the food, however, to submit this review, it states that you have to rate the food, hence the one star rating.
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  • Well after reading the reviews I decided to go see for myself, as people are sometimes a little to critical. I was happy to be home after 10 months in the desert. A new place opened which my wife said i should go past if i fancy a bite although with reading reviews prior I was still on my way. As a local I was happy to see a new kid on the block. The place looks really great to start off with. Well done on that. The food came out really fast which concerned me. I bought a 200ml coke and 2 sips in and the food arrived. Was this really prompt service or was there a mistake that needed to be sent out. 1/2 peri-peri chicken usually takes a little more time than that. Taste profile was very average, but then I guess it fits the store and the style just a relaxed environment with a great view. Presentation of food looked appealing on the wooden board, nice touch. Service: - Lady at the door was polite she advised I sit at the bar, good choice. - A bit of a mix up with ordering food at the bar as the bar man asked me to wait for him to call a waiter to help me with a food query from the wall menu. What is it served with? was my query. - Waiter assisted me with my query and when I tried to place the order with her, she politely told me to order from the barman. So I now called the barman again who took my order. - Received my drink and 2 minutes later a peri-peri chicken was out. I was super surprised. - Follow up on my satisfaction of the meal = 0. - Follow up on drink = once. - To clear my plate once complete = took longer to clear my plate away than to prepare the meal, literally 10 minutes it stood next to me at the bar, whilst a handful of barman, waiters and 2 managers (the one leaving shift and the one remaining or taking over) never even bothered to remove it. - i got someone else to ask the barman who's attention I could not get, to arrange the bill. - I still tipped the staff member as he was not actually a bad fella. Although maybe he switched on the charm as now its bill paying time. Ambiance: - Lets put it like this: I know all about marrying stock, your new SOP for handling credit cards and how to make one of the drinks now (As your management took care of company business over the bar counter whilst I was seated there). - I also know that the tall young gentleman behind the bar is dating the door lady/hostess in a longterm relationship, also how the previous employment went and the status of their current operations. Personally this is all personal information and I really cannot be concerned with it all as it does not add value to customer experience. Through the eyes of the guest this makes the establishment looked very dis-organised. Suggestion: Consider doing all your education on stock management and company standard operational procedures implementation and signing there of, for staff meetings or even a pre shift meetings. Let the guys rather be focusing on service as it is very evident that you need some attention regarding this area of operations. Staff attitude towards customer service and making guests feel at home also needs a huge leap. Give some thought to seriously driving your service as you have spent a lot of money on this setup. Right now product and variety will not separate you from any other venue offering food and craft beer which is every second spot these days. Great service will have customers queuing, as this is a weakness in a lot of great venues that don't see us return. Between managers and staff my visit was not welcoming and I did not feel at all relaxed as your establishment offers itself to that ambiance. Its a really great location and looks really pleasant, please step up the service and let this place be amazing. I will be back to support you guys and wish you all the best. This feedback is purely objective, so read it as it was meant. Nothing personal. Muizenberg local from the desert
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  • This was our 2nd visit and I am happy to say that both the service and food had improved since our last visit. Floor Manager Muneer ensured that our drinks order went in quickly and a great addition was the gluten free pizza base. Happy to see menus and was much more impressed with everything since last time. Venue and setting are awesome
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  • Got there at 3pm. Ordered the Pizza of the day with chicken on it that smelt like fish. Explains why the needed to get rid of the chicken. Received slow service to the point that we had to call our waiter when we finished ours drinks. Had drinks till 8pm. One of us drank beer and apparently he had 2 beers every six minutes because we found at least 3 beers on the bill that we are sure didn't belong to us. And then got told by the manager that he trusts his bar staff so we must have had them. And that the waiters job would be on the line if we decided to take the matter further. Paid the R1700 bill and left with such a sour taste in my mouth that I honestly can not recommend this establishment to another human being.
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  • Really disappointed at how the staff operate at Tigers Milk. I was there Sunday at around 1pm- the waiter put the giant boards behind me to read the menu and then after had already ordered our food-they were still there. Another guest at the restaurant walked past and knocked both the boards down-which crashed into both my arm and directly on my spine. NOT ONE person who works at Tigers Milk checked to see if I was OK- terrible service and now I have a bruise on my spine and right shoulder!
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  • My partner and I were very interested in seeing what this new trendy looking restaurant had to offer but we were disappointed. The design and decor caught our eye, but when we entered, waiting to be seated, a waiter was about to just pass us by. He then pointed to a table on the side, where the windows were open even though it was a bit windy. We waited 10 minutes for a waiter to come to us, after waving our arms in the air. We asked for menus, but he told us it was on the wall. We had great difficulty trying to read it since we were on the other side of the restaurant. My partner then noticed two open seats facing the ocean, windows closed, so we moved. A few seconds later, a manager tells us to move back to our crappy seats on the side because another couple wants to sit there. Why could that couple not have sat on the side? It is because I'm a bit more tanned. I don't know. The burger was good though, but I won't go back.
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  • Very simply, this new venue is full of character with it's industrial look & retro music but sadly it's pretty full of attitude as well - shoddy reply service to email enquiries about bookings, no bookings for tables less than ten pax, and one occasion of waiting literally ten minutes to place a drinks order (that after two visits to the bar to request service). However, our first visit featured a very prompt and helpful waitress with a truly delicious, thin based pizza, yummy pork ribs and tasty fish as the three mains. The menu is on a large chalk board that is not always easy to view, ditto for the drinks menu - a source of irritation when the place is buzzing and noisy. The food selection is fair and pubby, and craft beers feature well on the drinks menu. Wine choices are limited and bordering on the pricey side per glass. Be prepared to share a table in this vibey upstairs restaurant, and it appears one needs to be prepared to wait if two glasses of wine is all you're after. With limited front-row, sea-view seating there is a tendency for guests to pack into the front part of the restaurant, moving forwards as seats are vacated but there is ample seating nearer the pizza oven at the back of the restaurant. Been there, done that - not sure I need the t-shirt!
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  • We visited Tiger's Milk with friends last night, and not one of us were impressed by the food. As Cape Salmon was an option for the linefish, I ordered that, and what was served in front of me was not even close to the way it should be served, it seemed like a piece of the tail with the skin on top, definitely not what I expected nor what I am used to. My boyfriend ordered a rib eye steak (which was delicious) and received what seemed to be rationed portion of chips and an ice cold mushroom sauce on the side. We will certainly be back for a drink, but will be hesitant to order a meal.
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  • We were lucky enough to be invited to the opening and if the menu remains the same, it is going to be awesome! A perfect restaurant for surfers as well, showers, cubicles for clothing, cages for surfboards - I reckon they have thought about everything.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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