Inspired by classic Brasseries this unpretentious space includes a huge bar, kitchen counter dining and al fresco dining in the walled garden. Retaining the ethos of Societi Bistro, seasonal products will be locally sourced and much emphasis is placed on small local artisanal producers.
Four of us dinner at the Brasserie on a busy Friday evening. The ambience is pleasant - somewhat rustic, with exposed brick, wooden floors, and the buzz of the designers. The table next to us was very loud, but overall noise levels were fine.
The menu is shortish, with pretty standard gastro-pub offerings (salad, steak, pasta, burgers and pizzas). Our starters included pizzete with blue cheese, pear and a balsamic reduction (not bad if you enjoy the sweet-salt combination), hake goujons (probably the best dish of the evening) and “spicy” chicken livers (not spicy, and strangely soft. What did they do to those livers?) when the starters arrived, the waitress apologised that the pizzete had been slightly burnt on one edge, and brought fresh ones shortly after.
The battered hake and chips seemed crispy and reasonably tasty. The burgers arrived in cold buns, which we took up with a passing waitress, as our waiter had disappeared. The manager appeared a few minutes later with a warm burger and crispier chips. Flavour was average. The spaghetti carbonara was disappointing, with a sauce that seemed more like a cream sauce with bits of bacon than a carbonara sauce.
With mains in the R120 - R220 range, we felt the quality of the meal did not quite justify the price. Nothing was bad, but nothing was really good either. Except the espresso to end the meal, which also came with a lovely little amaretto biscuit.
The pizzas look good - crispy thin bases and interesting-sounding toppings. Perhaps we shoukd have gone for those instead.
Have had numerous great meals at The Brasserie. I live in Sea Point and my folks in Tokai - whenever we are meeting up in their neighbourhood "the Brasserie" is our go-to place and I have eaten here at least 7/8 times. The menu has something for everyone and the food is always flavoursome, looks great and never disappoints. They built a wood-fired pizza oven and their pizzas are now better than before. I've never been on a Monday - but I saw on their blackboards that they have a buy one get one free deal on Mondays which is great value for money. They have a few beers on Tap and an ample Wine List - simple with a couple of choices per varietal of wine - It is always packed and busy when we go - so I would recommend booking a table - The perfect neighbourhood eatery.
I went out with a friend for lunch the other day and after a few years being out the country I decided to try out my old work place the brasserie. On arrival we were not welcomed as I expected there were hardly any staff in sight, we chose to sit outside as it was a nice day. The service was slow and we waited long before we got a menu and waited even longer to be served, the food eventually came I ordered a lamb shank and my friend ordered the ravioli the food wasnt great, it was average, but what lead me to this review was that I found a hair in my food and when I informed the waiter she came back saying the chefs were laughing, nobody actually attended to the situation, I get better service at a drive through than what i got at the brasserie. I am really dissapointed and I won't recommend anyone to go there i feel ashamed to say I worked as a chef at the brasserie
Fantastic all rounder restaurant with a lovely fireplace and bar
We just love going to Brasserie for romantic dinners, family events or for no other reason than the fantastic tasting food. The Mushroom Risotto is one of our favourites!