The Cousins

6 Reviews
Phone Number 0832739604 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

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Menu - The Cousins - Menu - updated in May 2018


R140 avg main meal
R140 avg main meal
Coffee, Groups, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian

Location and contact

3b Barrack Street, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Rupesh Kassen

Homemade pasta, authentic flavour and a true Italian experience have been created by three cousins from the Adriatic coast of Italy. The Cousins trattoria is located in an unassuming part of the city centre, where it's all about the food and not the surroundings.

You are welcomed with a warm plate of Gnocco Fritto, fried dough with air pockets, light as a feather. You will be tempted to order more of these but tread with caution there is a delicious carbo load ahead of you.

Mains consist of pasta, meat, seafood and a specials board that's worthwhile checking out. The cousins speciality pasta is the signature dish and not to be missed. Hot mushroom and thyme infused tagliolini is tossed in half wheel of Grana Padano cheese. Each strand of warms pasta is coasted in cheesy goodness as you marvel at the theatre of the finishing process at your table. The homemade gnocchi in a bolognese ragu are mouthfuls of light, fluffy pillows and recommended not be shared as you will want to keep every morsel of joy to yourself. I will be back to the Strozzapreti, meaning ‘strangled priest’. It’s a pasta made without egg yolk, so the finger-length tubes are fluffy and absorbent, with a grainier texture than normal pasta. Each dish displays authenticity and charming reminiscence to old-world Italy.

Finish off with one of their homemade desserts of Panna Cotta, Affogato al Caffè or the Bignè filled with pistachio cream, covered in chocolate.

Good selection of local wines and some imported Italian options. Limoncello and grappas are also available.

Efficient and friendly staff take care of you and one of the cousins might pop around to check on your experience.

A true hidden gem located in a quiet part of the CBD. The restaurant has an authentic trattoria feel. Memorabilia and photos adorn the walls of the compact spaces and flickering candles add to the warm ambience. The restaurant is small and popular so a reservation is important.

Best for...
Authentic Italian and tasty homemade pasta.


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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Really good. Very authentic homemade Pasa!!
    I enjoyed my experience at the cousins! The staff is very attentive and friendly.
    Ravioli heaven: hands down the best ravioli served in Cape Town!
    My husband and I had been dying to try The Cousins for ages after a friend posted a video of the now infamous "Cousins" pasta being mixed in a large hollowed out parmesan wheel. It's a gem of a spot tucked away in Barrack Street and even on a Monday night - it was a fantastic date night spot! We sat at a table for 2 that had been almost built into the window, so it was super cosy! The mussel starter almost stole the show (it was on the specials board) and there were at least 15 ginormous mussels in their shells with a delicious breadcrumb story baked over them. The beef carpaccio was also equally delicious. Then came their signature pasta - which my husband absolutely loved. It is deliciously rich, so if you don't like very rich food, perhaps stick to something not mixed in a parmesan wheel! I had the mushroom gnocchi with truffle sauce. Possibly the softest and most delicious gnocchi I've ever eaten. And such a large portion! I cannot review dessert as we were too full to even look at the dessert menu. Service was really attentive and the waiters take pride in explaining each specialist dish and why it differs from your run of the mill Italian restaurant. Really nice to see waiters who believe in what they're selling and are proud to do so! Our new favourite date night spot for sure! But also a great place for an evening out with a group of friends! I'm sure it buzzes on a Thursday/Friday/Saturday night!
    The staff are welcoming and service is good. Its a cosy place in a quieter part of the CBD. I've heard good things about the Italian brothers, and was eager for a good Italian meal. There is a limited daily specials menu (plus 'The Cousins pasta' constant) plus a larger menu that we hardly glanced at as we were there for the fresh dishes of the day. The mussles gratin arrived cold (I've had them at another authentic Italian deli/restaurant in the CBD and they didn't taste half as good), the 'cousins' pasta was presented in a showy way by swirling in aound in a massive hollowed out cheese, however once on the table, it was cold! All dished lacked seasoning (apparently real italian food is under-seasoned), the wine choices are good. While we stayed til closing enjoying catching up with friends, we won't go again! Sorry Luca.

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