A complimentary amuse bouche will keep you nourished as well as whet your appetite while you make your dining choice.
The Sardines Assadas for starters are recommended – three large and “meaty” flame-grilled fish topped with roasted green pepper, fresh rings of onion and olives (with pips) or keep things very light and opt for the Saldanha mussels prepared in a white wine velouté, garlic and a touch of paprika. For winter months, the Bouillabaisse is a good choice and comprises crab, linefish, mussels, prawns in a lightly flavoured seafood tomato base.
If your heart is set on seafood, you’re spoilt for choice. Langoustines, (large and extra large), platters of native lobster, langoustines and prawns, Kingklip fillet Nacional, Salmon Teriyaki, Falklands calamari and shredded codfish sautéed with onions and thinly sliced chips then combined with egg and flat leaf parsley are all tempting.
On the meat side, you have a choice of several cuts of beef both on and off the bone, which can be prepared in one of two ways: lightly brushed with Pigalle’s homemade basting or coated with peppercorn mustard seeds. Accompaniment are separately priced and include among other choices: sautéed or creamed spinach, savoury or basmati rice, chips or mash and crisped onion rings. Portuguese steak fillet, pork belly, lamb shank and the balsamic fillet are also available on the menu, as well as a small vegetarian offering that includes mushroom ravioli, wild mushroom risotto and South Indian tomato dhal.
Desserts are delightfully within keeping of tradition ranging from malva pudding, crème brulée, lemon tart and even cheese and biscuits.
The wine list includes a wide selection of top of the line champagnes to middle-range MCCs, white and red wines.
Staff are attentive and know the menu well enough to be able to recommend or steer you in the right direction. When the food comes out the kitchen, it is served by the manager with a very elegant flourish
With its heavy, ornate curtains, carpeted floors and chandeliers, it’s a very upmarket and rather traditional setting but not at all as stiff as you would expect from the looks of the space.
No kids under 12 with the exception of Sunday lunch. There’s a large private dining room if you’re hosting a small gathering. If you’re booking, make sure your guests are committed because if you book and confirm a table of say, eight (at least 48 hours prior to the booking), and only seven arrive, you’ll be charged R295 per empty chair.
Best for …
Impressing older, more traditional out-of-town clients or a celebratory Sunday lunch with the family.
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Always a pleasure to dine here, food never disappoints. Thumbs up on all seafood dishes, especially the prawns.
The ambience also allows for the dinner to be special, with highly attentive staff and service.
This is one of the most amazing restaurants that I have ever visited. We were celebrating a birthday when I visited and I must say - it made everyone's night. We were greeted by a very friendly waitress, she had seated us and placed our napkins on our laps. A few minutes later, we had hot soup and bread rolls placed on our table. They were divine! She constantly checked up on us, we also had two visits from the manager ensuring all was well with us. When it came time to place our main orders, we were told about their best dishes. I decided to go for the prawns.. BEST DECISION I have ever made. The prawns were huge and so soft, they were served with the best peri peri sauce that I have tasted so far, with a side of fresh chips on the side. While eating, the manager came over to check if the food was fine and if we needed anything that he could personally bring us, I found that really nice about Pigalle - they always add a personal touch. As soon as our meals were done, our plates were taken away and we were presented with the BEST dessert menu thus far. We tried the chocolate brownie and Malva pudding. I must say, it was delicious! Both desserts were the kind that just melted in your mouth. Their presentation is the epitome of perfection and certainly raised the bar really high. The ambiance of Pigalle is a really classy, sophisticated and classic type of one. There is soft music playing in the background, the most wonderful art work all around the restaurant and the most calm vibe. Pigalle has really lived up to its name and I would go back anytime! This restaurant is perfect for a celebration or special occasion because you will not be disappointed.
Pigalle is amazing!!! When you are seated, a complimentary espresso cup with curry-butternut soup with a warm roll is served. The soup is really tasty and smooth! The decor is luxurious and tasteful and waiters are well-trained.
I had the Bouillabaisse Soup today - R80. And wow, it had pieces of fish, calamari, crab, mussels and prawns in. It was quite a big plate (for me) and the tastes were amazing!!!!! I then had the Baked Lemon Tart with cream and it was just yummy!
Hein had the Grilled Kingklip with rice and veggies and he absolutely loved it! That was R150, well worth it.
Pigalle isn't that busy during lunch time, but the food is really exquisite!
A guy next to us had a Seafood Platter for one (R495) and it looked absolutely amazing! There was definitely a lobster on it and some other yummy seafood.
I've also added pictures of clams in coriander tomato broth and Duck Spring Rolls, and few pictures of the inside.
Such wonderful food, from a diverse and interesting menu! Such a HUGE pity that our evening was ruined by inappropriate music played too loud, red wine served warm, and a shouting match in the kitchen complete with vulgar four-letter words. We won't be back.
Whilst I appreciate that you do two dinner seatings on Valentines day, you really should have thought it through better... you do not have the capacity to cope with that amount of diners all arriving at once. Our table had not yet been reset from after the 6,30 seating, it took an absolute age to get a bottle of wine, ice, salt, pepper and a sald. Our mains were completely underwhelming, and the sole really inadequate as a main meal (serve 2 when they are that size). Coffee was luke warm, service was mediocre to poor, given the number of diners, and your kitchen was taking strain getting mains out. We thoroghly enjoy the Melrose and Bedfordview branches, but wont be returning to this one.