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“A real jewel of a restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant
Nitida Wine Estate | Tyger Valley Road, Durbanville 7551, South Africa
+27 (0)21 976 0640
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Ranked #10 of 51 Restaurants in Durbanville
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: With its beautiful natural setting, Cassia Restaurant is a wonderful country venue for a business conference, romantic wedding or a relaxing meal in the Cape Winelands.Cassia Restaurant and function venue was recently added to the farms portfolio. Here eating is a stylish yet friendly experience with menus created to suit diverse appetites whims and pockets, highlighting local and seasonal ingredients
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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9 restaurant reviews
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“A real jewel of a restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

Set amongst the vineyards of Nitida Wine Estate, Cassia Restaurant exudes charm and ambience.

Cavernous to a degree, the dining area has the intimacy for a business lunch, a couple having a romantic meal or just a family dinner. Overlooking the beautiful lake, with a spacious wood-decked, outside eating area for those that enjoy the alfresco lifestyle.

Easing into the meal with a refreshing glass of the Nitida Sauvignon Blanc 2012 was pleasantly surprising, displaying lingering flavours of sweet citrus with undertones of peaty muskiness.

With an extensive and wide-ranging menu, starters were original and enticing, something about the evening and the atmosphere led me to the Durbanville Wine Valley Regional Dish – Lamb sosaties with cumin pumpkin, ‘stampkoring’ and pumpkin pickle, and offered at R65.

With a fusion of spices and modern Cape Malay, there lingered a moderate kick to enliven the taste buds. A delicious and aromatic dish which was more than enough to respond to my anticipation and appetite.

The chef’s preference for starters and main course to be ordered together threw me somewhat, but that aside, the service was good and not overly familiar. My small party of six were left to chat and attended to without need for request.

Coming with a recommendation from the Chef, I opted for the 280 gram rib-eye steak served with chips and a béarnaise sauce on the menu at R125. Ordered medium, served medium, perfection. The béarnaise sauce was creamy and a delightful accompaniment to the steak and the rustic style chips.

For a Wednesday night, the restaurant appeared to be quietly busy with almost half the tables taken, all attentively served and attended to.

For dessert I decided to extend the boundaries of my palate and go for Pavlova with balsamic and pepper strawberries for R55. Combined with the sultry creaminess of the balsamic and the slight bite of the pepper, the strawberries were nothing short of a riot of taste and deliciousness, the sweet meringue casing immediately putting to one side any lingering doubts I might have had about the suitability of such a combination.

With its great atmosphere, service, location and food quality, this would most definitely be a restaurant worth a visit and one that I would be keen to revisit.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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69 reviews 69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“a gem by the wine estate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

wonderful food and fantastic environment on a hillside wine estate. small and cosy with the cold breeze from a small lake nearby. whatever you choose on the menu, very tasty and well presented.

their in-house red wine so so..... rather take the well known brands on their wine menu!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Benita G, Public Relations Manager at Cassia Restaurant, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Dear Travelingben66,

Thank you for your kind review on our restaurant. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your meal with us.

Out of interest, please can you let us know what wine you had with your meal in order to address.

Kind regards,
Cassia
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Service gone down”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We went for upper lat night. The service was friendly but slow. After hour and a half we had only had a starter! Also the chef's special rib eye steak was overlooked and tough. Especially as we had ordered medium rare...... Will not go back for supper. Three starters and mains and one desert come to over R800. The quality does not justify the cost.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Benita G, Public Relations Manager at Cassia Restaurant, responded to this review, January 2, 2013
Dear John K

I am very sorry that you had a bad experience, can we contact you to discuss this matter? Please be so kind as to either give us a call or mail us on info@cassiarestaurant.co.za

Thank you for the time you took to write your review.
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38 restaurant reviews
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great night, well executed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

We attended a business function, Moroccan Evening very well executed. From the decor to the food was excellent. Super friendly and efficient staff. Nice ambiance.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Good service, wonderful food with excellent wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

First time to the Estate, having heard about their wines. Lunch menu was good and the food well priced. Will certainly eat there again.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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