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The Willaston Bar at The Silo Hotel

The Willaston Bar at The Silo Hotel
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Cost
R95 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Seth Shezi

Nestled on the 6th floor of the luxurious Silo Hotel inside the Silo District's most iconic architectural marvel, The Willaston Bar has quickly made its way into the city's must-visit spots. Blessed with sprawling city and mountain views the bar is beautiful with lashings of opulent finishing touches from brass details to velvet couches.

Food
Open throughout the day The Willaston Bar boasts an extensive menu that runs the gamut from breakfast, salads, sandwiches, platters, and desserts. The clientele's popular choice has always been the salads or the classic club sandwich - a stack of bacon, smoked chicken, steak mayonnaise and french fries. For a shareable choice the tempura platter is worth a sample while the dense apple treacle sponge with tonka bean caramel and vanilla ice-cream is a sweet way to end your meal. Remember, though, that The Silo is prime real estate so expect to pay premium prices for anything you eat and drink.

Drinks
A spiritual home for several premium alcoholic brands such as Perrier-Jouet champagne and The Macallan whisky, The Willaston is the place to splurge on that celebratory cocktail or rare spirit. The offering is extensive spanning from an assortment of fine teas, pressed juices to local and international wines and being one of the few spots around the city that stock Rémy Martin's prized Louis XIII cognac - no palate is left uncatered for.

Service
Professional and charming service - with uninterrupted views of the majestic Table Mountain to drink up, even if the service lags one is only too happy to sit back and soak up the vista's splendour.

Ambience
Bedecked in plush, retro-nautical décor, The Willaston is like the inside of the plushest captain's on deck suite. The only thing arguably posher are the well-heeled patrons themselves.

Best for...
The High Tea spread is truly sensational.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • Dear Camilla, I had such a giggle! about your Joke of a Platter review, even if 2 yrs on. Went to check it out today, opulent I dare say. Like you we check places to-eat-out first before. Often find the swankiest, the worst. Luckily we haven't had any bad experiences. It is a really unique hotel. But I agree, come on hospitality industry, we can't ride on the Mountain views alone. I'll score optimistically hoping to enjoy visiting again.
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  • My daughter and I visited the Willaston Bar last week Sunday, and left in utter disappointment. We ordered a bottle of French champagne, and half way through the bottle we felt a little nibbly, as we had already eaten a meal at home. Our first choice was to order the Tempura Platter, so I queried the amount of the batter and the waiter had alluded that it is quite thick. There was nothing else on the menu that tickled our fancy so we then decided to order the Green Wrap with a side portion of fries; My daughter would have eaten the Wrap and I would’ve eaten the fries, as I am lactose intolerant. However, our waiter recommended that instead of the wrap, we should order a bowl of fries to share. Little did we know, we were being charged R90 for a small bowl of fries! I am sorry, but how does one justify that? Especially when their Green Wrap with fries costs R80. Ninety Bucks for fat, sloppy chips! Whereas, The One&Only Hotel and The 12 Apostles Hotel charge R45 for their ‘shoe string fries’ AND you get a choice of mayonnaise and ketchup. Their online menu - last updated in February 2018 - states that their fries cost R55, and their previous menu states that fries costed R45. The following day, I spoke to the bar manager and I was promised to receive a call from the Silo Hotel’s senior management. It is a week later and still haven’t received an email nor a phone call. This was our third and final disappointment at the Silo. Unfortunately we will not be returning to The Silo Hotel.
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  • We went to the Willaston Bar at the Silo yesterday for a cocktail and a lunch snack as we wanted to test it out before bringing clients there next week...lucky for us we did and hence saved ourselves a huge embarrassment next week!we kept it simple (thinking it would be quick and nice) with a plain Charcuterie platter and waited almost 45min for it to arrive in a resturant that was just around 1/2 full. The two older ladies next to us had to actually get up and walk to the kitchen twice before their food arrived-and when it did the one lady got a sandwich with actually Frozen meat.....not cold-but Frozen....so at this point we were kind of happy we had ordered a platter that required no cooking what so ever! When our platter finally made its appearance it was almost comical! It was so badly presented with a few cooked ham pieces-(yes-regular PnP cooked ham) piled on top of eachother like Off-Cuts (not one actual full slice) and a pile of what could have once been Black Forest ham (yuk) but resembled Black Forest Biltong.....there was 3 very small pieces of cheese presented on the platter-two supposedly soft French style cheeses-but both unforgivingly plasticy and unripe and one Boerkas kind of cheese which had been left out in room temperature possibly overnight and was totally mooshy. In addition there was a small bowl of what could easily have been All Golds regular marmalade and a handful of black olives of the really mooshy no flavour Kak kind....to top it off there were four pieces of thinly sliced toasted baguette-needless to say all four slices was soggy. It was all a sad sight. In Cape Town we are so spoiled for choice and have access to world class produce these days. This was so under par and such a joke of a platter there was nothing to do other than leave it and just pay the bill and move on-we paid in full-and then found the food and beverage manager and gave him a detailed run down so hopefully we can save others from future embarrassment as well as this was truly one of the worst resturant experiences I have had in Cape Town in recent history. Needless to say we will not be bringing clients-or ourselves for that matter-any time soon.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • WiFi

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