Cucina Labia

5 Reviews
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Bistro fare, Café fare, Italian, Modern, South African
Phone Number 0217886062 Opening Hours

Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 4pm; Friday 10am to 10pm; Saturday 9am to 10pm; Sunday 9am to 4pm

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Menu - A la Carte Menu  - Updated August 2019 Breakfast menu  - Updated August 2019 Light Lunch menu  - Updated August 2019 Tea time menu  - Updated August 2019 Wine list  - Updated August 2019


R125 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Café fare, Italian, Modern, South African
R60 per bottle opened only
R125 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Views
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dancing, Dog-friendly, Eat Out reviewed, Functions, Licensed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Katharine Pope

The menu here is full of invention – though it’s the more classic dishes that hit the mark. On the starters menu, a Waldorf salad is reimagined with a roasted apple, overflowing with strong roasted brie, a braised endive and goat’s cheese. A cherry-smoked duck comes with a beautiful jelly, made with sliced grapes, a duck parfait, and a sadly rather chewy piece of bread. For the most part, the ideas are good, though the strong cheese is a little overpowering for the salad, and the duck a little over-done.

For mains, the osso buco is a triumph, however. The unctuous slow-braised beef shin is paired with balls of smoked tomato risotto and a bone marrow jus. The Weskus-inspired fish of the day is similarly successful. It comes with a wonderfully sweet, Malay-spiced crust, snoek pâté and apricots.

There are some small issues with the desserts – the chocolate fondant does not ooze and comes with an oversupply of kataifi. (I’ve never been quite sure what the kataifi brings to the party, and it really wasn’t needed here, with honeycomb and charred meringue to boot!) The affogato had a rather rock hard cassata and something over-sour somewhere in the construction.

There’s a good wine list, though options by the glass are somewhat limited.

Once the home of Count and Countess Labia, this grand structure is designed in the style of an 18th Century Venetian palazzo. Embossed wallpaper, filigree chandeliers, grand old paintings and ornate ceiling panels will take you back in time. But the real place to be is out on the terrace, looking out towards the sea. (If you’re after a sea view ask for it when you book – there’s also a courtyard, which sadly doesn’t have a view of the glorious ocean.) On Saturdays and Sundays, over lunch, an accomplished pianist plays in an adjoining room.

Wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable staff help to keep the mood light in what could be quite an intimidating space.

Best for...
A meal with a gorgeous sea view, away from the crowds.


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User reviews

5 Reviews
    With our group of friends (The Decadent Club) we had lunch at the Casa Labia. What a great setting, the service was friendly, casual but attentive and we had a great time. We would have liked a wider range of starters but the desserts made up for it.

    We had a great lunch at Casa Labia on 9th August 2011. The setting is beautiful and the food and drinks served were excellent. Even though one order didn't come out right first time, they handled the situation brilliantly and we had a fantastic afternoon. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we booked again for another 'date' in two weeks’ time!

    Unchilled white wine and overly generous portions.
    Casa Labia is an extraordinary venue, a one of a kind for South Africa! The views of the False Bay coast are magical as are the exceptional antique interiors. The art collection is also a must see as is the new gallery upstairs which shows contemporary local work. As far as the cafe goes, well Judy Badenhorst has delivered, again. Ive been 3 times already (I live in the City Bowl) and each time Ive been totally impressed. Great food, great service and a dreamy setting! I cant get enough of the prawn linguine!

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