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La Pentola (Riviera)

6 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Modern, Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0123294028 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 12pm to 12am, Sunday 12pm to 8pm

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Menu

Menu - La Pentola (Riviera) - Main Menu - April 2018 La Pentola (Riviera) - Wine List - April 2018

Details

Cost
R160 avg main meal
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, Seafood, Steak, Vegetarian
Corkage
R50
Cost
R160 avg main meal
Ambience
Business meetings, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Booking required, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

Riviera Gallery, 5 Well Street, Riviera, Pretoria

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Isiguzoro Onyeoziri

Understated elegance might just be the best phrase that describes this restaurant. Situated on a small side street, it looks like your typical restaurant with some seats in front, but do not be so easily deceived nor discouraged. Step in and be quietly impressed. The wood paneling accentuates the fine dining atmosphere, and it is immediately obvious that this is an establishment that prides itself on being South African. This is the first restaurant opened by the famed Chef Shane Sauvage, who has now opened another restaurant in Hermanus.

Food
Before you order, be sure to listen to the waiter reel out the Chef’s specialties, as they alternate regularly. Hearing the dishes being called out and knowledgably described seems to improve one’s mood, and general meal appreciation. Start with the Bistecca Parmigiana and experience the delicious delight of a blend of Mediterranean flavors, and smooth, flavorful beef steak cutlets that just melt in the mouth. It is served with freshly baked corn-bread that could leave you asking the chef for some to leave with. Lemon haloumi, avocado twist, and port livers are also starters worthy of note. For a main dish, the Quattro Formaggi is as good as or even better than it looks. It is strips of tender beef pan-fried with button mushrooms, garlic, peppercorns and onions, doused with tawny port thickened with cream, and wrapped with four cheeses in phyllo pastry and baked until golden brown. As you cut into it, the blend of aromas is nigh intoxicating, and sit straight when you take the first forkful, as the flavors hitting your palate, as the food melts in the mouth could unseat you for sheer joy. Intergalactic chicken, hake, and Toscana rump are other mains on offer. You cannot go wrong with the Chocolate Terrine, which is the house specialty. So rich and delicious, it is the perfect end to your fine dining experience

Drinks
The wine list is truly extensive, with local and international options, as befits a fine dining establishment, as well as a variety of aperitifs, beers, ciders, cocktails, coolers, and shooters.

Service
You get the impression that the establishment believes in the ethos of happy workers being more productive, as the waiters are all full of smiles, courteous, very professional, and quite knowledgeable about the dishes on the menu.

Ambience
What you expect from a fine dining establishment. Lots of candles and subdued lighting make it especially conducive.

Best for...
Looking to make an impression, or if you have a new love interest whom you want to spoil, then diner would seal the deal.

(2018)

 

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The most horrible restuarant experience EVER!! Wanted to spoil my love and he described the experience as "doing the walk of shame" after a night drinking. My snail starter was EXTREMELY salty, my partner's kidney starter's pastry was burnt. Main meal, prawns overcooked, garnish limp. The 400gm steak tasted like cooking oil - TRULY DISGUSTING. Besides that their "booking my email" was never confirmed after numerous attempts. I eventually confirmed the booking by making a call. When we arrived we were told we didn't have a booking but after checking found that we were already marked off as having arrived. The host is extremely rude and you get the feeling that she HATES her job. We waited long our drinks, which I am happy to pay for, as that didn't disappoint. Overpriced, no ambience, chef absent, soul absent, R700 I would have rather spent at a garage ordering pies. Never again!!!! Their signage should say: "ENTER AT OWN RISK"
    I agree with Tania Joubert Ponter. The restaurant trades on the name with an absent chef. I was so disappointed. We read up about this restaurant that will give you a "fine dining" experience. We ordered the Salmon starter and received a vinegar drenched coleslaw with salmon at the bottom and a dried out baked filo something. Main course was steak drenched and covered completely with mushroom sauce (as per K Britz) the fine dining veg was a floret of dry broccoli and some carrots. My husband ordered the Dorado which was ones again drenched and completely covered in mushroom sauce. The fish was overcooked and burned with a hard bottom. Desert and we had a bottle of wine - all this for R800. It is the worst restaurant experience I had. I will never ever recommend this restaurant to anybody and I will make sure to tell anybody that asks.
    the throw the food and especially their steaks closed with sauces - take that away and you find dried inedible meat - I think 3rd grade. Request your steak without the sauce ontop and find out for yourself
    The food is exceptional. Truly exceptional, original, and a sensory experience that I've not had anywhere else in the world. Great! You always leave this restaurant happy.

    Waiters are good and know their menu etc., but manager and waiters keep interrupting your meal to ask how you are - that's irritating!

    Decor needs an update.

    Still the best place to eat out in Pretoria.

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