Established by the inimitable Freda, Cafè Paradiso immediately set the bar for local cuisine and, from its inception, introduced us to a variety of dishes and ingredients seldom before experienced locally.
Loving the idyllic setting and the warm ambience, Capetonians eagerly tucked into exotic and ‘foreign’ fare such as tzatziki, dolmades and babaganoush as well as the delicious country-style dishes which emanated from Paradiso’s bustling kitchens. Joined by three more formidable women, Laurille, Lynn and Mapula, Frieda and her team remained the heart of city trading with a lineage of values forming the foundation of this amazing establishment.
Great food and setting! Restaurant wines are very expensive, but corkage at R50 makes up for the latter.
Had a lovely late morning brunch, sat out side with the perfect mountain views to the side of me. Was in the mood for something sweet yet savoury so I went for the sweet corn fritters stacked with bacon, crème fraiche and maple syrup. It was delightful. Good service to add . Will be back again.
i had really high hopes when entering the restaurant but left very disappointed. i made a reservation a couple of days in advance without any problems. when we entered we were not greeted very nicely but merely asked: reservation? we were lead to the back of the restaurant to a table in the corner in front of the chimney. unfortunatly it reeked like charcoal lighter and there was a steady breeze coming out of the doors.
the waiter greeted us very nicely so we didn't say anything but ordered two spritz that was admittedly not on the menu but we were told it would be no problem. unfortunatly they were out of aperol and instead of just telling us to give us the chance to order something else we were served a watered down version of the drink with the note that they had run out. sorry but this is just a no go.
we ordered the vegetarian antipasti to start with for one, it got served for two. also no big deal. it was ok but nothing amazing. the penne arrabiatta i had was the most disappointing moment of the evening. it was a simple tomato sauce that tasted like nothing. no spices, salt, pepper or anything. the pasta was overcooked and the dish was cold. my friends penne with chicken were fine.
if it had just been one or two of the things mentioned above i would never have written a review but i just can not chalk this off as having a bad day. i would certainly not go back to this place or recommend it to anyone.
What a superb place to have a romantic week night dinner - the setting made me feel like I was in a little Italian village - even the cold didn't stop us sitting outside under a fairy-lit tree, thanks to the soft blankets on offer from our super friendly and efficient waitress.
We both had delicious meals - husband had perfectly cooked fish of the day and a quick swap of the side to accommodate his banting. I (definitely not banting) had one of my favourites - risotto - big chunky pieces of pumpkin and my only complaint was it needed more sauce for my liking.
Another personal favourite is the water feature that promises your coins will not only give wishes but also make a worthy charity smile!
Can't wait to go back soon!