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“Superb” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Flavours Restaurant

Flavours Restaurant
1303 Marine Drive, Ramsgate 4285, South Africa
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Ranked #1 of 14 Restaurants in Ramsgate
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Just had the pork belly for lunch. What a absolutely wonderful experience. The venue and staff is wonderful and the only thing topping them is the delicious food presented here. And regardless of the price of the food it is worth every cent. Will come back here in a heart beat.

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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Homey ambiance delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Perhaps you find yourself on the KZN South Coast. And perhaps you are looking for a really nice place to eat. Not really in the mood for family fair food, and actually wanting to give the regular franchises a miss, although there’s a part of you that feels comforted by the consistency of the usual menus and generally maintained standards of such establishments. So you are ready to venture out of your comfort zone, to the unknown territory of “another chef’s food”.

Allow me to introduce to you, courageous adventurer, a local South Coast gem: Flavours Restaurant. This little eatery is located in the Bistro Village in Ramsgate, in an old renovated house with a large patio overlooking a lush garden. It feels a little homey and slightly apart from the rest of the world.

Flavours was put on the South Coast Foodie map by owner partners Chef Ian Beattie and Ingrid Formo. Ian was trained at Christina Martin’s culinary school and although he has moved on to other projects in other cities now, he did so only after training his kitchen staff and sous chef to a standard that we all associate with Flavours. Your front of house host is Ingrid, who is always a delightful presence. She proudly oversees every aspect of the business now, including aspects of kitchen quality control. Ingrid always makes us feel at home, welcome and free to enjoy the restaurant’s homey environment and delicious food.

The menu at Flavours is usually pretty set. A visit to their website will allow you access to this menu. But don’t let the seemingly static nature of the menu lull you into a false sense of security, because every time we have visited Flavours, we have been presented with an equally extensive SPECIALS menu which is diligently and accurately delivered in an expert culinary soliloquy by Ingrid who will go into mouthwatering detail for each and every special dish from starters to mains.

It has been a year since we’ve had the privilege of visiting Flavours restaurant. Last time we went for lunch and sat on the patio; a delightful option, particularly in summer, but with the South Coast’s mild winters we have also been known to pop outside with our after dinner coffees and chat in the evening air.

The restaurant seems to have gone through a complete décor revamp; dated Boer décor elements are replaced with a modern, clean lined, artistic feel; tables donned with crisp white linen and deep red chargers the interior lends a depth to the now light feeling interior. Servers are now dressed in lovely crisp white and black with bistro style long aprons. They are attentive but not bothersome. The service is professional, knowledgeable and friendly. Up, up and away.

Would you like me to give you a little run down of the dishes my table ordered?

Pork and prawn wontons, deep-fried with a soy and sweet chili dipping sauce
Slow braised oxtail pastie with a bone marrow and mushroom jus

Kingklip lightly dusted with seasoned flour and grilled with lemon and clarified butter. Served with a prawn and herb veloute.
Rump steak grilled to order with a garlic herb butter and onion rings.
Pork belly, slow roasted with a sweet and sour ginger sauce and topped with a red cabbage apple slaw/salsa.
Roast free range duck with a plum and naartjie sauce.
Impala loin roasted to medium rare with a green peppercorn, blue cheese and brandy cream. finished with caramelised apple.
Lamb shank slow braised with herbs, tomato and root vegetables.

Keylime pie. A light set lime mousse with a ginger biscuit base.
Bannoffee tart: Tartlet filled with creme patisserie topped with caramelised banana and a homemade praline ice cream.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best restaurant outside of the Cape!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The slower South Coast is not overendowed with good restaurants so, if you're in the area, this is an absollute MUST! The menu is creative, cooking superb and extremely well presented. The restaurant is located away from the hub-bub of Margate, so one can enjoy the sea views in peace and tranquility, and concentrate on the joys of your meal and company you're with. We've been in large groups, small intimate groups, and the food and service never disappoints. Competes favourably with restaurants around the world. Great work Ingrid, keep it up!

  • Visited June 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Excellent Thai inspired Mussels dish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

"Flavours" visit is a must should you be around Southbroom or Ramsgate area in KwaZulu Natal.
The selection of innovative dishes very positively surprises even the cosmopolitan foodie. Daily fresh Fish and Seafood dishes and vegetarian offers available.

Visited May 2014
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Howick, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Flavourful Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Flavours had been recommended to us by a couple of family members as we were celebrating a birthday and wanted somewhere nice to go for a family lunch. We were in Margate, so it's a few kilometers out of the main part of town, but easy to find and right next to the road.

We can recommend the snails in philo pastry with 3 cheese sauce (never had the pastry part before but it was really great!), the pork belly was enjoyed, the fish of the day was excellently prepared and the deserts were really good too. Pricing was a little on the higher side, but it is catering for slightly more upmarket anyway so wasn't too bad considering. Definitely go there for any special occasions! Not really a kid friendly place, but the kids did keep themselves busy outside. Just keep an eye on them with the road so close.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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