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95 Keerom

6 Reviews
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Italian
Phone Number 0214220765 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to 10pm

Menu

Menu -  95 Keerom - Menu  - Updated in March 2018

Details

Cost
R190 avg main meal
Food
Italian
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R190 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions, Views
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Cocktails, Dinner, Dress code, Eat Out reviewed, Food, Functions, Licensed, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Jeanne Calitz

After all these years, celebrated chef and prolific restaurateur Giorgio Nava’s first restaurant, 95 Keerom, still delivers on the goods: Italian cuisine that is at the same time beautifully simple and wonderfully sophisticated.

Food
Oh, where to start; what to order? The carpaccios are always worthy of praise and the beef tartare is reputed by some to be the best in town. (The husband, on ordering the latter, falls silent as it arrives and is unable – or unwilling – to converse for some time.) For myself, I heartily recommend the asparagi alla ‘95 – steamed asparagus with Hollandaise sauce, rocket and generous shavings of parmesan. It’s a reviving spring dish.

The pastas here are wonderful. Special mention must go to the gnocchi with gorgonzola and walnuts – light yet filling; rich but not cloying. Should you be feeling particularly flush, there’s the La Fiorentina 1.2kg grilled T-bone for 2 at a cool R750. For my part, a dish of seared rib-eye scaloppine with white wine, parsley and lemon well and truly hits the spot.

And for dessert? Well, there’s the (famous) dark chocolate fondant, which is always worth a bite. These days you’ll also find a duet of fondants there, one white with white rum and the other dark – it’s a delicious option for two. But it’s the slightly retro options that catch my eye – the Italian chocolate mousse with brandy, the rum baba and the classic tiramisu. We fall for the feather-light promise of the latter and consider ourselves very, very lucky.

Drinks
An excellent wine list – with some nice options by the glass – makes up for the fact that this is a no BYO establishment. You’ll find a very nice variety of wines here at all price points. At the well-stocked bar downstairs, the barman pours a very fine gin martini and a generous glass of prosecco, which is a lovely way to get the party started.

Service
After a slight dip in service a while back, the quality of the reception is now admirable. Service is warm, attentive, informed and very speedy.

Ambience
There is something to be said for an establishment confident enough to let the food take the shine, not bombarding the senses with strident décor or insistent music. The look and feel is stylish and sophisticated, without being snobby. This restaurant found its stride years ago and is not about to go toying with the décor

Best for…
An intimate dinner for two, or any special occasion.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Always happy when I return to 95 Keroom for the quality of food,and effeciency of the team. Special thanks to Josef for his kindness and professionalism. Just the best Italien restaurant in town!
    Congratulations, everything was perfect. Excellent food, service and ambiance!
    I couldn't agree more with some of the reviews, the owner Giorgio has taken off his focus from Keuroom 95. There seems to be no management, and if there is, no interest in the client anymore. As regular clients we recently had a rather bizarre experience. We left by mistake ZAR 2000,00 on the table, realised the mistake outside, phoned immediately and the money was gone already. We had paid tip already generously by credit card. As the managing director of Penguin Tours we regularly bring clients to Keuroom 95. I left 4 messages with various managers for the owner Giorgio to please call me back, but none was returned. I finally phoned him myself, he promised a follow up, and again, he did not bother to call back. We will certainly not recommend Keuroom 95 to any of our clients anymore, neither are we going there for dinner ourselves again. It seems like somebody is covering up for something. Like one can see so often in the hospitality industry, lack of management and interest by the owner send this place down.....
    I agree with Chris Read, the owner has taken his eye off this estabishment. The management is really bad, the place is dirty especially the toilets. The serving staff is arrogant, and incompetent, they pay NO attention to getting orders right. Food is not what it used to be. Once a favourite, now I would even think of going back.. was really a unpleasant experience.

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