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“The best choice” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Readers Restaurant

Readers Restaurant
12 Church Street, Tulbagh 6820, South Africa
+27 232300087
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Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Tulbagh
Price range: $6 - $12
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Continental, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The oldest house in Church Street , Tulbagh – Readers. Offering simple, outstanding local and global cuisine, has been able to maintain a standard of excellence that has created a notable reputation with both locals and tourists. The cuisine varies on a daily basis depending on the availability of fresh produce. This provides Carol Collins – Silwood trained Cordon Bleu Chef -a certain challenge in ensuring the creation of dishes using imagination, flair and superb presentation. Certain dishes have become trademarks at Readers but the focus remains on variety, fusion of flavours and combination of unusual ingredients.
Germany
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“The best choice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

We too were caught by cold and rainy weather and were staying in a nearby country house where we agreed all too quickly to stay for dinner the first night. The experience there made us determined to find something much more adequate after all the good food we had had so far on our SA trip.
We studied bascially all eating possibilities in Tulbagh and both agreed we had found the right place at Readers.
We made a reservation and were heartily greeted 15 minutes too early with a sherry, offered a nice place for two and the menu, which we had already studied online.
Appetizer of Butternut Soup was delicious.
Main course of Wildebeest with gooseberry and amarula sauce - perfectly combined.
Finally the dessert, Trio of Homemade Ice cream -try to guess the flavors, the perfect conclusion to an excellent dinner.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Eclectic at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Great ambience,friendly service my Lamb Shank was served with aplomb ! ice creams are a must have will definitely return

Visited August 2013
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Cape Town
1 review
“Disappointing experience”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We ate at Readers on Friday night and were incredible disappointed with the quality and price of the food on offer. The soup, we were told by our waitress, came from a packet, the meat was undercooked and we really felt hard done by after settling the bill. On a positive note, Carol is a really friendly host, however we were there for a nice meal on recommendation and overall this was an experience never to be repeated.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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CarolJCollins, Owner at Readers Restaurant, responded to this review, September 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to write this reveiw, as mentioned in other correspondence I can guarantee my soup and other dishes are made with fresh and as much as I can local ingredients, I have also spoken with the staff and have relooked at the cooking time to ensure in future the meat is cooked to perfection. I hope to see you back at Readers so the I can show you and ensure you have an outstanding dining experience. Thank you
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Outstanding dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

We were recommended to Readers by friends and we were not disappointed. The meal we had on Saturday was outstanding and the service exceptional. Carol and her staff were attentive to all our needs and they went out of their way to make our meal memorable. Well worth a visit

Visited August 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“LIME AND LAVENDER PRESERVE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

I have to say their preserve which they put onto the cheese platter (delivered for us to Saronsberg Wine Farm) was so delicious that we went and asked if we could buy a jar! The kitchen lady helped us, and while we were there, we also bought a few items for our cat at Curious Cats (attached to the Restaurant).

Visited August 2013
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