The Company’s Garden Restaurant

5 Reviews
Burgers, Café fare, Cape Malay, Coffee, International, Light meals, Modern, Seafood, South African, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0214232919 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch

Breakfast: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 8.00am - 11.30am

Lunch: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun 11.30am - 5.00pm


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R120 avg main meal
Burgers, Café fare, Cape Malay, Coffee, International, Light meals, Modern, Seafood, South African, Vegan food, Vegetarian
R120 avg main meal
Business meetings, Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
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Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Beer served, Breakfast, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dog-friendly, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair, WiFi

Owner's description

Nestled in the heart of this historical site, formerly known as Haarlem and Hope, The Company's Garden Restaurant is built for families, tourists and locals to enjoy. This daytime eatery offers a shady haven with a large outdoor seating area, allowing one to take in in the lush green gardens that surround it, as well as a chic interior made from all natural elements such as stone, wood, slate and glass. This serene setting makes one forget they are conveniently positioned right in the buzzing Cape Town city centre, just a stone’s throw away from major city attractions. The design elements that have gone into the creation of Haarlem & Hope are inspired by nature, with a specially designed kids play area that was built to mimic the plant life that surrounds it, while also acknowledging elements of the rich history of the Cape. The menu offers a large selection of breakfasts, such as the Van der Stel breakfast, sandwiches and wraps, including a Bobotie wrap, fresh juices, salads and light meals, as well as some more hearty traditional South African dishes, such as Karoo Lamb Chops. A wide range of artisan teas and coffee, with accompanying teatime delights, are also available, as well as an extensive wine list and fully stocked bar.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    Six of us went for breakfast, We ordered 4 coffee's, a tea with cold milk and an orange juice. The coffees arrived with no teaspoons and the coffee had spilt onto the saucers. The tea arrived on a rectangular plate, cracked tea pot, chipped plate with tea all over it, no milk and no teaspoon. The orange juice never arrived! We asked the waiter where the orange juice is and he apologized and said they are out of stock. Asked for milk three times before we received it. As far as the breakfast is concerned. All six of us were disappointed. 2 plates were dirty, my sunny side eggs had obviously been under the heat lamp for a really long time as they looked like sunny side but the yolks were totally dry. I can go on and on about other problems but I don't have all day to type.

    This spot is so utterly lovely, surrounded by history and beautiful greenery, that it's hard to have a bad time here. But wow, the dish I had on Sunday really tested my resolve. Billed as a calamari salad with feta, grilled vegetables, greens and creme fraiche, it sounded delicious and full of texture and freshness. Boy, was I wrong. The calamari was tender enough, but I wasn't sure how it was cooked, it having no discernible flavour and lacking the scorch marks of a nice smoky baptism in the pan. The grilled veg were nowhere to be seen on initial inspection - halfway through I found scraps of some hard aubergine and zucchini, but not enough to warrant being mentioned on the menu. The 'greens' were just loads of frilly lettuce and there was no creme fraiche; instead, the lot was drenched in Greek salad dressing from a bottle. For ±R80, too! My friends' meals all looked - and tasted - delicious, so I had a major case of order envy. I will be back, but know better now and will stick to cake, scones or burgers. Hopefully it was just a bad day that they sent something out of the kitchen missing half its ingredients.

    Great restaurant for lunch under the trees. I had the calamari salad which was really good. Also their chips are the best so had to order a side of that with my salad. Its a pity the park itself is full of so many dodgy characters. They need to get people to pay R10 entry to the park and/or have security people around to keep the dodgy out.
    My mother and I had lunch in the new Company's Gardens Restaurant and was utterly disappointed in the food. I ordered Cajun grilled calamari and my mom opted for the Governor's Choice - a spicey chicken liver dish served with bread. When the food arrived, we smelt something off... I was hesitant to try the calamari put in front of me because it smelt really really bad, but it took one bite of a piece anyway, thinking it might be the spice I'm smelling... Bad idea. The calamari was completely rotten, and in the long time it took a waiter to realize we needed assistance and remove the plate from our table, the gentleman at the table next to ours had already gone to the bathroom because he felt like he was going to get sick from the smell (he told us later). The chicken livers my mother ordered, again, was bloody raw. We both love our meat done rare, so pink flesh or a bit of blood won't bother us, but the livers were still oozing blood into the cream sauce it's served in. NOT acceptable. I love the Company's Gardens, I think it's the restaurant with the coolest setting in the city... but I'm afraid they've lost a loyal customer. While I might have still excused the raw livers, serving people rotten food is out of the question.

    The ambience outdoors is beautiful, but things can get a little loud indoors, what with the clattering of the kitchen. Book well ahead if you'd like a seat in the jungly, sun-dappled area outside.

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