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Seven on Kellner must be one of the better restaurants in Bloemfontein. The food is interesting; we ordered the Brie, cranberry and rocket pizza for the table, a good combination of flavours. The mushroom risotto is one of their signature dishes and after a bit of “on the menu, off the menu” confusion was moist and tasty. Other diners had the steak, rated very good, the prawns had a well-regarded sauce and the gourmet fish and chips, was large. I felt the service was too slow, so having arrived at 18h15, and being one of the only tables for 30 mins or so, to get out after 1.5 courses at 21h00 (no individual starter, no desert and just coffee afterwards) seemed a bit tardy. The restaurant is in an old house, so no air conditioning or active noise suppression, so it could get hot and noisy at times, with the outside area being a prime location on a hot and busy summer night. While Seven on Kellner is featured on the Amex fine dining programme, it could not manage any American Express card through the Capitec POS device, which is a pity. I am unsure if this is a temporary software issue, a bank problem or a broader merchant acceptance problem, but it almost caused a very very embarrassing payment issue. Overall, it is not expensive by Cape town or Johannesburg standards, the food is good value at R80 to R130 per mian course, but we did not have any wine or alcoholic drinks. If time is no object, then on the basis that this is not an expensive “La Colombe” then Seven on Kellner is well recommended.
I went to 7 on Kelner recently. Unfortunately I had a quite negative dining experience. Firstly after ordering an oyster starter I did not receive it. When the main course arrived I pointed this fact out to the waiter and he asked whether I would mind taking the starter as a side dish to the main course. Myself and another person attending (who also did not receive his oyster starter agreed to this suggestion). The waiter brought both our starters on one plate making it necessary for us to send the plate along so that we could eat our starter. Secondly I ordered medium rare steak, the steak was medium to well done on arrival. When I pointed this out to the waiter and later the chef Kim Brackenridge I was told that I did not know what I was talking about and should be happy with what I got. I was quite taken aback at this and decided to download the Cordon Blue picture standards for how steak should look on my phone. Kim Brackenridge prides herself in her studies at this institution. After seeing the picture standards of the institution that she studied at, she proceeded by saying that she would no longer argue with an idiot about things he knows nothing about and that nothing would satisfy me. A simple 'sorry sir, there must have been a mistake - would you be so kind as to accept the steak as is' would have been more than enough to satisfy this customer. I have had a terrible dining experience at this restaurant and would never recommend it to anyone.
Food is fabulous, for both the meat and non-meat eaters. The cocktails are to die for. Love the decor, the bar and the garden. Favourite spot in Bloem.