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The Yard (The Silo District)

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Cost
R100
Ambience
Contemporary cool
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Amelia Brown

Food

You’ll find this stylish new drinks and dinner spot in the shadow of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town’s coolest, harbour-side precinct. Mediterranean, Indian, Oriental, and Middle Eastern antipasti platters for two to 12 set the tone for the menu’s broad influences. This sociable fare also promotes easy-going afterwork libations, as does the accessible drinks menu and marble-topped central bar.

The menu’s Indian slant is thanks to co-owner, restaurateur GP Singh, who hails from Punjab. For the main course, paneer, dals, tandoori chicken and mutton roganjosh sit alongside Kingklip en papillotte, Thai curry, and Tuscan summer gnocchi, the last being one of the many vegetarian offerings available. While the dosas look tempting, they are sadly only available at lunchtime.

There aren’t any starters (aside from the platters to share) and only a few salads, so fair-sized main courses, with plenty of light and inexpensive vegetarian options, leave room for one of the delicious desserts. The Yard is likely to become popular for its Indian offering. The mutton rogan josh is tender with a good, complex spice profile. In a completely different direction, the pretty Tuscan summer gnocchi is soft and pillowy, with al dente seasonal veg drenched in a rich, creamy sauce.

Dessert once more reveals the fusion. There’s a slow-baked dark chocolate fondant; white chocolate and granadilla cheesecake; the “Yard Mess”, featuring coconut brûlée, passion fruit meringues and tandoori pineapple; a subtly-spiced masala chai brûlée; and a selection of homemade ice creams and kulfi. The ice-creams were a little underwhelming, and the masala crème brûlée is really very subtly spiced, but the custard was smooth and creamy.

Overall, the food is good, though it’s early days yet and perhaps too soon to pronounce final judgement. The setting, snacks and well-priced wines (most expensive bottle of red R180) plus red and white wine by the tap for R40 per glass make it ideal for after work drinks.

Drinks

In addition to the reasonably-priced wines, which are exclusively from Spice Route (Abigail Bisogno of Spice Route is the other partner) and Fairview, you’ll find classic cocktails, including a few signatures with a twist, beers, craft beer on tap from CBC (Cape Brewing Company), and spirits.

Service

Friendly and sincere. The intention is affordable luxury.

Ambience

This is urban-industrial chic. Much like the menu, the space is a melding: The restaurant, with its cool, tan-leather booths, utilitarian track lighting and walls decorated with altering contemporary art for sale, is on one end, with the kitchen visible towards the back; the bar is in the middle, with the deli, coffee counter – serving and selling Rosetta Roastery coffee – and retail store on the other end. Here you’ll find the fresh, fast takeaway options, the daily buffet and everything from local homeware, clothes and craft to fresh produce such as chocolates, home-made pasta, charcuterie and cheeses.

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User reviews

  • Look it's clear this is a new establishment trying to get up and running, a lot of work needs to be done here. I came in for a quick bite around lunch time. I was told the menu was not available, only the specials on the chalk board. I selected one and ordered a drink. I nearly fell the wood floors are so slippery, I sat down the table had a missing foot, so the table was so unstable I had to move the table next to it. My food arrived quickly, only to realize it was not totally cooked it was a vegetarian dish so I might have just ate it as I was hungry after a long bike ride. However, the dish was over seasoned I mean one bit was loaded with sodium, it was not eatable. In short, I nearly feel. The table I had a broken foot and the meal I was served was simply not eatable. I paid my bill and left without eating my meal. I would give them time to get their act together before eating there. Hopefully, they can pull it together.
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  • Coming to The Silo most days I was integued to explore rhis new contemporary restaurant with a splended and large open kitchen. The vibe was indeed stylish and inviting, the staff sweet. Albeit the food all arrived at varying times it was indeed delicious and tasty. The wine of choice was sadly not available by the bottle, albeit listed on the menu. The waitrons tried very hard but were poorly trained, if at all ( not their fault ) - we choose the Indian options and the spices were flawless. Sadly the service just did not work, the owner sadly found it hard to take criticism in a positive and kind manner. Would one return? No rather go to Thali on Kloof for superb indian cuisine and as important superb setvice, which The Yard sadly does not offer.
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  • This was one of the worst breakfast experiences I have ever had. We were a table of 7 ppl on Sunday morning. There was only one other 2-seater in the restaurant until we left. The food took ages and when it did arrive, all but one of the dishes had something wrong with them or something missing. One of the dishes was supposed to have turkey on it (baked with eggs and cheese). When it arrived without the turkey and this was pointed out, some slices of turkey were brought on a side plate. Supposed to be on brioche, but wasn't. Two of the dishes were supposed to have chipotle coulis. When they arrived without this, and it was requested, a bit of powdered spice in a bowl (and not coulis) was brought to the table. The banting bread that is supposed to be served with the egg white omelette was missing. It was requested, but never arrived. One person's pancakes arrived well after everyone had finished their breakfast. The manager's response was entirely unhelpful. She had to be talked into deducting from the bill the items that had not come out of the kitchen correctly (having initially only credited the pancakes). I understand teething problems (although they have been open for a few weeks), but this was something else, and the managerial response made things worse, not better.
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  • Honestly some of the Indian food I have ever eaten. Our table shared the Indian platter to start, which was incredible. The tandoori and saffron chicken were particularly mouthwatering. For mains, most of the table had Indian - tandoori chicken, brinjal curry, Bengal fish curry and lamb rogan josh. All of which were amazing. The breads/naans were perfect as well! One of our party had the steak, which he said was delicious! The service was great from our waiter to the kitchen staff. We even met one of the co-owners GP Singh. I can't wait to go back.
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  • Honestly best vibe, best food I've ever had in my life. Staff extremely friendly And the owner of the restaurant Beena was extremely helpful. Would go there every day of my life if I could
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  • When stepping inside the restaurant you are welcomed by a very tranquil vibe. The decor and style of the restaurant is very contemporary. The staff are friendly and the I came with high expectations about the food as I have heard from much of this place. However when my breakfast arrived I was disappointed. I chose the eggs royale and what came was a deconstructed plate of food. Now I am one to enjoy my poached eggs soft and well I ended up a waste of eggs because I got small puff pasty muffin on the side. The yolk created a big mess all over my plate and had no toast to enjoy it. I do wish that the waiter had offered us the option to order toast with our meal. When speaking to the manager he explained the concept to us but next time we should be told before ordering a meal. Was a let down since I took my partner for a birthday breakfast and he left the place sad because he could not enjoy his delicious soft yolk. I do hope that should I choose to eat here again it will be much better.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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