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“Asian food at its best” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lizette's Kitchen

Lizette's Kitchen
20 8th Street | Voeklip, Hermanus 7200, South Africa
028 314 0308
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Ranked #20 of 69 restaurants in Hermanus
Price range: $5 - $50
Cuisines: African, Asian fusion, Pan-Asian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Lizette's Kitchen is a low key Lounge / bar where diners also have the option of either al fresco or inside dining. Menu items vary and focus on offering patrons a taste of the East, ranging between Vietnam, Malaysia and Thai dishes as well as offering local favourites. Situated in the heart of Walker Bay, the surrounding fertile Overberg area provides most of the freshest produce, with support given to projects such as Camphill Village for herbs and vegetables. Surrounding wine estates also feature on the menu for a 'full bodied' compliment of choices.
Hermanus, South Africa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Asian food at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

been there a few times, had good and not so good meals there. BUT would always and truly recommend this place. Everybody knows that the last two weeks of December are the busiest period in Hermanus - we locals either stay at home or are aware that reservations are vital. If ignorant people feel that they are so important not to make a reservation or even just walk into a place, you have all the right in the world to turn them away. You run a fabulous restaurant there and should not be upset about such behaviour, nor any unjustified comments on TA. So, keep up the fantastic work!

I especially recommend their Pho Bo Soup and the spring rolls. And the bobotie. And the green curry. And the Tom Yum Soup. And … the list is endless . The chicken burger maybe not. My son didn't like it. But then again, he is 8 and normally happy with chips and pizza.

  • 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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Hermanus, South Africa
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“We love Lizettes Kitchen!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Well, we lived and worked in Asia and always dreamt of an Asian restaurant in Hermanus, so when Lizette and Scott opened the restaurant we were one of the very first customers to sample their menu. AND we have been back many many times, let me repeat! MANY many times ;) Christmas parties, birthday bashes, year-end functions, special celebrations, Lizette always accommodated us, and Scott is always available for a chat and a beer. The food is delicious, different, fresh, and even for the dull and uneventful foodie, Lizette caters for through adding delicious burgers to the menu. My wife repeatedly orderes the Pork Belly Stew, AND I am a Lamb Kofta fan. We know the staff by name, and we are always greeted with a friendly smile. Tombi is the local pup al the way from Vietnam, and if he barks at you, you are WEIRD! So if you are as cool as we are, pay Lizettes Kitchen a visit, if not ... go visit the franchises in town. Capeesh.
Lizettes food is Mashisoyo ... that is Korean for delicious.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Unaccommodating”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Overall, the atmosphere and coffee was nice. However, the staff were very unaccommodating regarding modifications to items on the menu. My girlfriend doesn't eat bacon, and wanted to swap hers for an extra egg. The waiter informed us that the kitchen staff would not change any part of any dish on the menu, as it caused confusion - even though the place was quiet. As this was the only breakfast with eggs in it, she had to do with half a plate of food. This attitude of "take it or leave it" is not befitting of the service industry. We won't be back.

Visited December 2013
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LIzettes-KItchen, Manager at Lizette's Kitchen, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewers and followers.

In response to the below par reviews we have received recently we have the following response to help clarify the situation. Over the festive period 12th December to 7th January we were inundated with bookings and walk in requests with over 400 customers per day Lizettes was pumping and the place to be. With a Great summer vibe we had to unfortunately turn people away who had not pre-booked. Signs were in place asking people to be patient and wait to be seated. Often these requests were ignored and bottle necks occurred. With the majority of customers happy over 10,000 having several negative is understandable. Lizette was in the kitchen for up-to 18 hours a day manning the engine room and getting those hungry customer fed. We'd like thank everybody for understanding and for those who were disappointed we can only apologize. The staff and team did an amazing job and we'll be resuming normal service from the 7th of January onwards.
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“So sad and it is getting worse”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

They have almost no competition on this side of Hermanus and we were so excited to have another option. We gave it 3 chances, all 3 were really bad, the ideas around the food are great but the execution oily,slap dash and below average. Give it a miss no need for any FOMO.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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LIzettes-KItchen, Owner at Lizette's Kitchen, responded to this review, January 5, 2014
Dear Trip Advisor Reviewers and followers.

In response to the below par reviews we have received recently we have the following response to help clarify the situation. Over the festive period 12th December to 7th January we were inundated with bookings and walk in requests with over 400 customers per day Lizettes was pumping and the place to be. With a Great summer vibe we had to unfortunately turn people away who had not pre-booked. Signs were in place asking people to be patient and wait to be seated. Often these requests were ignored and bottle necks occurred. With the majority of customers happy over 10,000 having several negative is understandable. Lizette was in the kitchen for up-to 18 hours a day manning the engine room and getting those hungry customer fed. We'd like thank everybody for understanding and for those who were disappointed we can only apologize. The staff and team did an amazing job and we'll be resuming normal service from the 7th of January onwards.
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“Great potential but it's just potential.....”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Great setting and ambiance, terrible service and very average food. We are regulars in Hermanus and really have tried to like Lizette's but they just don't seem to get it right. We went to breakfast recently and were greeted by a menu that specifies absolutely no changes to the menu..... This for me is a complete non starter especially when the menu is pretty average. Anyway, ordered the breakfast, after waiting some time for it to arrive, a very ordinary plate of food arrived, something that looked more at home at a low end fast food establishment. Tried ordering more coffee and never managed to receive any. The restaurant was not busy, so no excuses for bad service. Probably won't try it again, it's one of those places that the potential never seems to materialize.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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LIzettes-KItchen, Owner at Lizette's Kitchen, responded to this review, January 3, 2014
Dear Kim R Thank you for your comments and feedback. Unfortunately we don't specialize as a breakfast venue and never have. We offer a limited breakfast from 9.00am to 11.00am whilst we prepare for the lunch and Evening sittings which see's us close around 11.00pm. This year we have seen unprecedented numbers of people coming through the doors with many days having to unfortunately turn people away due to high demand.
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