Visited this restaurant as part of our stop in Wilderness, whilst driving through the Garden Route. There arent many restaurants that cater for a sit down dinner experience so this was an easy option to choose based on its location at the foot of the town. The restaurant is circular with an inner circle close to the fire place and an outer circle seperated by a wall. The space is quaint. Service is quite good with waiters paying careful attention to guests. The menu appears large but on closer inspection there are only 4 dishes served in different ways - fillet steak, line fish of the day, prawns and thai curry. They offer all sorts of flavourings and combos of the steak fish and prawns. overall the food was good,cooked simply and well and we had a pleasent evening. For dessert we had the frozen cheesecake and chocolate fondant with the frozen cheesecake being the better of the 2. On a Saturday night the restaurant was full even thoough its the low season so I suggest a booking.
I unfortunately have to report a very unpleasant experience I had to make at the girls restaurant which we will never ever visit again. We had ordered oysters which were obviously spoiled or not cooled correctly, what can happen in every restaurant. Despite the warm white wine we got! We do eat oysters all the time, not only in South Africa and do know exactly what good or bad/spoiled oysters are. Instead of accepting our complain and apologising for the bad quality, our service lady put the full Appetizer on our bill and insisted on charging the oysters, which we had returned. Unbelievable! The rest of the food was good, but definitely not 4 or 5star. I can only recommend not visiting this place since client service is handled in a manner, which I never (badly) experienced it like this. Go somewhere else in Wilderness, there are other good places just around the corner with a good client service and great food.
The food was under-cooked. Roxanne Blum (the Chef) and her partner Cheri Sheridan (couple?) argued that it was fine!
Further research indicates that they do not have any formal training.
Just google "wildinfo the girls" and you will find a photo of the two where they declare they have no training.
I'm disappointed that the food was expensive too!
Unhappy Camper :(
PS. Please show some respect to your customers next time, and a little less attitude.
The Fay Way
The Girls Restaurant, is well known by the Locals & visitors to the Wilderness, Southern Cape Garden Route. It is owned and run by the two girls, Roxanne (who is also the Chef) and her partner. It is an eclectic place where one comes to sample the food in an unusually decorated place. There's upstairs and downstairs. We decided to sit downstairs by a window for some fresh air.
I brought two bottles of wine from my wine cellar in Hout Bay: Raka Shiraz and Waterford's Chenin Blanc (we were charged corkage of only R10 a bottle as our friends are locals living in the village).
We went straight into the Mains. I ordered the Thai flavoured Prawn/Chicken Curry, served with rice, poppadum and sambals. I tasted lemon grass, a hint of chilli and fresh coriander leaves. It was simply delicious, scrumptious, creamy and very satisfying - and the Raka Shiraz did not overpower it.
My friend had a similar dish, but he opted for the Coconut/Mango chicken Curry, Cape Malay styled, which he said was fruity with coconut, lots of spice but no chilli. He chose couscous instead of rice. He ate hungrily and when he did ultimately come up for air I asked him how was his Chicken curry - and he proclaimed it to be "EXCELLENT!"
His wife had her usual order in this restaurant as they are frequent diners here - Vegetarian Platter: brown mushroom, topped with fresh pear and blue cheese camembert, couscous, sundried tomatoes, Mediterranean Stir-fry, potato wedges, stuffed litchis, peppadews, roasted sunflower & pumpkin seeds - pesto - melon - dates and poppadum. She was in her seventh heaven from the moment she began eating until she finished the whole plate. She proclaimed her delicious dish had many contrasting textures with sweet & savoury flavours.
Sharon had a 200g, matured Karran beef Fillet Steak (medium rare), lightly pepper crusted, with potato wedges & crisp stir-fried vegetables - with the accent on crisp. I had a bite and it was really outstanding, crunchy outside, soft and tender inside and oh, so tasty. Her potato wedges were "to die for" - I had quite a few of hers and we both agreed that they were the best we've ever tasted! The seasoning of the whole dish was so, so good - never over-seasoned - just perfect!
The gents ordered the Amarula Crème Brule, served in a ramekin. It was real good with a thin crust which led us to the delightful creamy Amarula cream filling which was not too sweet nor overpowering. The Waterford Chenin Blanc was a perfect pairing to this dessert.
I had a great cup of flavoursome black decaff coffee & Sharon had her usual Earl Grey tea. She complained softly that it was Liptons & not Twynings.
We called for Roxanne to come to our table so that we could give her feed-back. Although she was busy in the kitchen, she made time to come to our table. She is a confident, friendly Chef and restaurant owner who really wants to please and runs a 1st class Restaurant - and a very good sister restaurant (less sophisticated cooking) next door called "Flava" for comfort food - hamburger & chips and fresh Hake & chips.
Our whole meal at "The Girls" was a festival of flavours, subtle and never overpowering to the taste - definitely a place for very many happy returns! The restaurant was buzzing & busy with all the tables filled - approx 30 tables in all.
Our bill came to R720,00 for the 4 of us with tip and corkage.