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“Excellent food, some of the best in CT area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Buitenverwachting Restaurant

Buitenverwachting Restaurant
Klein Constantia Road | Constantia, Constantia 7847, South Africa
+27 (0)21 794 3522
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Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Constantia
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Excellent food, some of the best in CT area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

Really enjoyed the beautiful setting and excellent food & wine. This is a fantastic restaurant, laid back and good to visit with kids. Definitely recommended, one of the best meals we had in the CT area. Only slight grumble was the length of time it took to serve.

A great way of relaxing and seeing the good side of SA after having our bags opened and items stolen on South African Airways,

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and well priced.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

My husband and I had lunch there yesterday. We hadn't booked, but they were quick to accommodate us. To start, we had a complimentary salmon tartar and a lovely variety of breads and butters. My husband had the fois gras, and I the burger. Both were delicious, and were generously portioned. The waitress was very well versed in the wines and recommended a perfect wine to accompany the fois. When our bill came we were so pleasantly surprised- it cost almost the same as a lunch at a run-of-the-mill restaurant.

Thank you for the delicious lunch, and for perfect service.

Alison

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Overpriced Christmas meal was disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We visited Buitenverwachting for Christmas lunch as a special treat for what will probably be our last Christmas in Cape Town. Let’s start with the positives, even by the meteoric standards of wine farms in the area, this is a lovely setting with gorgeous grounds and Cape Dutch buildings. We also had a lovely table with great views over the vineyards. I also found the booking process to be very quick and efficient with good info as to the timing for the meal and what we could expect. We were given canapés and drinks on arrival, the drinks were good, although some choices of canapé (mini burgers) being quite heavy. The food also started well, with a nice salmon gravlax. However, things started to go a bit downhill from there with the next course, duck with chocolate, pate, fruit and brioche. If that sounds like a mouthful, it was! Duck and chocolate are classic combo, bit there was too much chocolate and pate, seemingly more for presentation than taste purposes. The brioche was pretty soggy and along with the fruit really don’t go at all with the duck and pate. Quite a strange dish that seemed to be a triumph of style over substance! It seemed a very odd dish to serve to people as part of a set menu.The main course of beef fillet was a little overcooked, although quite tasty, but the fois gras accompaniment was greasy and seemed overcooked. On to desert, which was trifle with truffles. This seemed a very pedestrian finish for a restaurant of this quality, with the truffles being heavy and the trifle as unexciting as you may expect. It was fine, but not the work of a master pastry chef. On this note, it seemed that the main pastry chef was not working over Christmas, as with coffee we were served a selection of biscuits that I am amazed that the chef was not too embarrassed to let out of the kitchen. They honestly looked like something that I would have made in cooking classes at school and felt quite insulted that they were being served!
The service also seemed very disorganised with some courses coming very quickly, and some taking a while. It was also not especially friendly given the occasion! In addition the dining room was so hot that we ended up sitting in the lounge between courses just to cool off. We were told that the aircon was on, but I expect that this is a regular problem on hot days.
Overall we were very disappointed with the experience and felt that no components were to the standard that we had expected. I tossed up on my rating, between average and poor, particularly given the R870 per person cost. In the end I’m afraid that the biscuits were the final deciding fact. We will go back to Buitenverwachting as we would like to do the wine tasting and have a picnic, however I won’t be eating at the restaurant again.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Eynsford, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Treat yourself in the perfect setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

This vineyard restaurant has style and grace, perhaps a bit more formal than your laid back Cape restaurants, the setting, food and service are very good indeed if you are a meat eater the Kudu and Springbok are perfectly cooked. The chocolate pudding selection is also one of the best I have had the pleasure of eating. A great restaurant for celebrating or ending your stay in the Cape. Make sure your taxi driver knows where to find it though.

  • Visited December 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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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic Breakfast!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

We have been to Buitenverwachting twice in this past week for breakfast (so good the first time we went back again!). A gorgeous, relaxing setting - The food was fantastic and their staff were friendly and attentive.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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