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“Waterfront food at its best”
Review of Hildebrand - CLOSED

Hildebrand
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed November 29, 2012

Perfect food - excellent presentation -
- wonderful location - prices are acceptable - have fun here ! Very friendly service and no rush with the food and drinks to get you out - a very nice and first class location

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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Normally, I wouldn't've choosen an Italian/Spanish/French, etc (coming from Europe) restaurant when in South Africa, but we liked the location a lot.

The hostess told us that we had to wait for 20 minutes (which was fine), but they became more than an hour... Happily we weren't very hungry and enjoyed the wine. It was... let's say.... "interesting" hearing all the sounds coming from their kitchen: something between a reality show with Gordon Ramsay and a torture chamber!!! Really, it was an hostile atmosphere...

In the end, we were taken to our table (which was nice) and the waiter was nice, too, but the food... not good at all and definetely with no Italian touch!!!!! I like pasta, but my pasta was extremely cooked with "tons" of tomato seeds in it and waaaaaay toooooo muuuuuch garrrrrlic!!!! It was definetely the worst food in South Africa!!!!

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Reviewed November 11, 2012

From the States (if that/this matters), in-expensive for us.
Good place to eat .... am used to 'al-dente' but unsuspecting dinners might say undercooked. Had bolognese sauce with tagatellie .... full portion was more then enough. Spouse had ravioli w/spinach & ricotta. Both well, were tasty and enjoyable.
Wine by bottle or glass ... had portage .... good selection overall. Desert was lemon parfait; very refreshing and digestive to the pasta had. (If you have a starter, maybe a half portion would be sufficient).
Wait staff excellent. Sunday evening .... cool outside; everyone was inside so tables were taken ... reservations were needed.
Nostalgic memories on walls ... take a moment to read some. Clean eatery.
In the middle of the waterfront; a good (but nice) walk from the parking area or the hotels, yatch basin etc..

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Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a good, solid restaurant that has an Italian menu. Top quality food, but with smaller proportions, which were just right. I had the Penne Al Forno (Penne with meat sauce baked with Mozzerella) and it was very good indeed. Nice selection of wines and starters. I recommend this place

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We really enjoyed eating here on two occasions during our recent trip. Food was generally very good and prices were competitive for the V & A. We liked the dining room which has picture windows along its full length out onto the harbour. You can also sit outside. Service was a little slow on our first visit but they were very busy and who needs to rush on holiday.

My only complaint is that on the second visit I had mashed potato which had far too much salt added. When will restaurants start allowing their guests to decide how much salt need to be added to their meals?

Apart from that tiny complaint, the rest was all good.

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Thank Sandra P
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