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“Slow service, good food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Pentola

La Pentola
Ranked #28 of 668 Restaurants in Pretoria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $20
Cuisines: European, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: La Pentola established in 1995 is the perfect venue for executive chef/owner Shane Sauvage's authentic fusion cuisine. The atmosphere is cozy, romantic and relaxed. All food is prepared to order, using only the very best quality ingredients, real butter, fresh cream and fresh herbs.Yes absolutely no MSG! The menu by internationally renowned executive Chef/ Patron & award winning author Shane Sauvage,comprises of a large variety of fresh seafood (Mozambique Style Prawns, free range cuts of beef (KWV Fillet, hand made pasta, exotic game dishes, a great selection of vegetarian fare (Aztec Mushrooms) and a decadent selection of in-house deserts (Chocolate Terrine). La Pentola offers a Diamond award wine list with a large variety of local and international wines. We are an A la Carte restaurant that also caters for corporate functions, intimate weddings and special occasions. Open Monday to Sunday Lunch & Dinner.
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Slow service, good food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2012

The service we received here was very slow.. Over an hour for the main course which the waitress explained was because the food was made fresh. I personally think this was just an excuse because other restaurants make the food fresh but don't take over an hour to complete the order. When the food arrived it was of good quality however I believe a little overpriced for the Pretoria area. Overall average evening.. Worth a try if you are prepared to wait a while.

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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg
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54 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Good food in a quirky setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2012

Great food combinations, and good value for money with the mid-week specials. Lots of tasty meat favoured with booze, so expect cognacs, brandy and whisky on the food menu! Intimate and quirky atmosphere, a refreshing change from franchise resturants. Good restaurant for a special occasion.

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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 restaurant reviews
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“Terrific always”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2012

Fantastic, inventive food. Always the highest quality.

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Thank David G
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Pretoria
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53 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A fantastic mix of flavours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2012

La Pentola has a bit of an ugly interior. But that is just my taste. The waiters are real Afrikaners, which is funny to listen to.
But then....
The waiters know their menu perfectly well! There is a a la carte menu which changes twice a year, and then they have some specials every two weeks.
The food me and my friends had was delicious. Really. Mushrooms with a chocolate flavoured sauce, springbok carpaccio, warthog with honey & mustard sauce or a classic boboti.
It was amazing.
The wine list is a bit expensive, but eating at La Pentola is definitely worth it!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Wim B
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Pretoria, South Africa
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31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“International saucepan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

They are indeed all their name says. A wonderful blend of Afro, European and Creole cooking.

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