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“Absolutely fantastic” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Noop

Noop
127 Main Road, Paarl 7646, South Africa
021 863 3925
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Ranked #2 of 53 Restaurants in Paarl
Cuisines: Contemporary, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Welcome to Noop. We hope you feel at home here, because that is how we think of our restaurant. After all, we spend more time here than we do at our homes. Our beautiful heritage building breathes warmth and hospitality. We know many of our guests by name; some of them have become our friends.As for us, we were customers before we became owners. Noop was established in 2005, and we had an affinity for the restaurant when we took it over in 2012. It's still as popular with returning locals as it is with visiting tourists, and we've kept everything people love about it while also making it our own. There's plenty for you to choose from, and we're sure that you'll find something you like. The meals are all fresh and so is the inspiration on our specials board. If you have special requests, we'll try our best to accommodate them. Whatever you order, you can enjoy it knowing that we make the same kind of food here as we do at home. Unpretentious. Often spontaneous. Always delicicious.
Cape Town
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Absolutely fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Best food I have had in ages. Great service. Very good ambience, enjoyed the meal tremendously . Pork belly starter is to die for

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Noop Restaurant W, Owner at Noop, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Dear GerritCapeTown,
Thank you for taking the time to rate us on Tripadvisor!
I am really happy you enjoyed the pork belly starter so much! It is an old favorite that many guests return for.
Hope to see you again soon!

Regards,

Mariette
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
2 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Best dining out experience in ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Ended up at Noop by pure chance, after discovering that most of the wine estate restaurants in the area are either closed on a Monday or close quite early during the day. Noop came up in one of my mobile searches, and was easy to find, so decided this would be our late-lunch stop. Am I ever so glad that our original plans for the day fell through!

We were offered a nice sunny spot on the stoep that looks out onto Paarl Main Rd. Despite being road-side the atmosphere of the restaurant still puts one in a relaxed mood, and you could imagine being somewhere in Europe, at a road-side cafe, people-watching.

The menus are delightful both in the design and composition. Not only do the dishes sound delightful, but the presentation and taste was devine. To top it all, you are receiving gourmet food at a very reasonable price!

Our server JJ treated us like royalty. It's very seldom these days that a server is able to converse so well with guests, and we thoroughly enjoyed learning the origin's of the 'Noop' name, as well as the history of the restaurant and it's owners. The cherry on top was when, at the end of our meal, JJ informed us that there is something special that he wished to show us.

Out came what we assumed was a cigar box, until he opened the lid to rows and rows of beautifully wrapped chocolate truffles. At R15 each, these uniquely flavoured and decorated little morsels were absolute heaven!

I have grown up in the hospitality industry, and eat out often, and I can honestly say that my afternoon at Noop was one of the best dining-out experiences I have had in ages. Thank you!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Noop Restaurant W, Owner at Noop, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Dear Lorin K,
What a pleasure to read your review! Thank you so much for the kind words and compliments.
Here at Noop we are big on service and food quality and to learn that you experienced both is just amazing!
Our handmade chocolates really are a treat and enjoyed by many...a small sweet that makes a big impression.
I really hope to welcome you back soon and that next time i have the opportunity to meet you!

Have a great day!

Regards from a lovely sunny Paarl,

Mariette
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Great Food but atmosphere and service let us down”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We made a reservation for lunch at Noop. It was a lovely day and on arriving the front patio was already full and the waiter ushered us inside. On requesting an outside table we were told that this was not a problem and shown to a back patio area which had a little sun at that stage so it was fine however waiter failed to mention that not only was it the staff entrance (we had staff back and forth past our table arriving and leaving for shifts) but it was also a smoking area which we discovered by having the owner or manager not sure which siting behind us having a cup of tea and a cigarette chatting on her cellphone? Ok so bad stuff out the way lets get to the good. Starters we ordered were Mussels with white wine and garlic, mussels were a little over cooked and sauce a bit thick, my partner had pork belly which was tasty but a bit of an odd combination served with a dried banana. The mains were absolutely delicious, I had the springbok with gnocchi and a porcini truffle sauce which was divine while my partner had the confit duck which was done to perfection with beautifully crisp skin.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Noop Restaurant W, Owner at Noop, responded to this review, July 23, 2014
Dear Braegha,
thank you for your comments. I am terribly sorry to hear that your lunch experience was not as you expected it to be.
I value feedback, positive or negative and take any negative in a very serious light.
Sadly, our front patio was indeed full, and therefore we had to seat you outside, on the back patio. This area is not really used for staff only but serves as 1 of our 2 only entrances to the restaurant. We also have private parking for our geusts in the back and thus the back entrance is always used by guests who make use of this parking area.
With regards to the smoking - i had a look on my outside camera and learned that the "smoking guest" was actually a friend visiting from Johannesburg and not myself nor a manager of Noop Restaurant.
Zian takes a lot of pride in his dishes and prepares each dish with great care. The pork belly starter is a dish that we inherited from the previous owner, and a very popluar dish at that. A dish that many guests return for.
I am really happy to learn that you enjoyed your main course and hope to welcome you back at Noop very soon!
Both Zian and I are always here and in the kitchen so please do not hesitate to call us on your next visit. Even if just for a chat or comment.

Warm regards,
Mariette
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Riebeek-West, South Africa
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“nice...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were there on a sunday for lunch. The atmoshere, service and food were excellent. A nice sitting, inside or outside. The food was excellent price/qulity ! We come back again !

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Noop Restaurant W, Owner at Noop, responded to this review, July 24, 2014
Dear fuzzy4zSouthAfrica,
Thank you very much for the lovely comments about our restaurant.
I am really happy to learn that you had a good dining experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Please note that our trading hours are Monday - Saturday, 11:00 till late.

Warm regards,


Mariette
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“Light, Fresh & tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The special was Kabeljou fishcakes which were light as a feather and delicious.
The fish of the day was kingklip cooked to perfection. Desert.....let's just say I was in chocolate heaven!
Lovely place, good service, delicious food and value for money!

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Noop Restaurant W, Owner at Noop, responded to this review, June 25, 2014
Dear Kittenscushion,
i am really happy to hear that you had such a good dining experience with us. We believe in service & quality and go out of our way to give our patrons a good experience.
We strive in using the best quality ingredients and ensure that everything is always fresh.
Our motto - Keep it fresh, keep it local, keep it simple.

Please pop in when in the area!

Warm regards,
Mariette
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