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“Sublime food in a historic setting” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Roundhouse Restaurant

The Roundhouse Restaurant
Ranked #81 of 1,136 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Steeped in over 300 years of history, the former guard house, tea room, hotel and the hunting lodge of Lord Charles Somerset has been elegantly restored with the charm and sophistication of the Grand Old Cape. The style of cuisine at The Roundhouse is uncomplicated, contemporary French, inspired by seasonal ingredients and paired with one of the finest boutique wine collections in South Africa.
London, United Kingdom
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“Sublime food in a historic setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

The first thing you notice is that The Roundhouse is round, with a circular inner sanctum which extends out to the wider terrace, which is enclosed in the winter. Nestled in the hills above Camps Bay the views across both the mountains and the hills are outstanding.

As it was our first visit we headed for the tasting menu, with paired wines. Amuse bouche of cauliflower cheese mousse and dried fish soon had us under way. Each of the tasting courses are small enough that you can enjoy each one whilst getting a real feel for what the kitchen and the resident chefs are capable of. From the beetroot carpaccio, sliced thinly, to the 'winter salad' with both pickled and preserved vegetables presented as an individual work of art.

The paired wines were well chosen and varied in both source and grape variety, the pairing didn't just include wine, as a lovely deep ale partnered a melt-in-the mouth slow cooked ox tongue. The Banana soufflé presented with caramel ice cream in the centre, created a divine yet light dessert. Although the views and location are good, this is a restaurant where it is all about the food. Put yourselves in the hands of the staff and enjoy

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“disappointing ending to meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We enjoyed the food and service at the Round House but were left with a very bitter taste.When we arrived we were asked if we would like still water and we agreed. We could not quite understand why the waitors kept topping up our water ( from an open jug) until we were presented with the bill and found that R20 per person ( R80 for 4 people) had been added on for the water. When we questioned them, we were informed that it was a bottemless cup of water and that is why they were charging this amount. I left a complaint about this with the head waiter. The followinng day I was phoned and I was informed that they had invested a lot of money to have the water purified and therefore they had to recoup. We feel to be charged for water in this way is sharp practice and it left us with a very negative feeling

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tessa S
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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24 reviews
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“A wonderful night out!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We had the most delightful evening out for my sister's birthday. The service was exemplary - friendly and unobtrusive. The attention to detail was most impressive - they prepared a special vegan menu for one of our party and it was, apparently, superb.

The wine was rather expensive for my taste, but was very good.

The food was absolutely top notch - the tongue was perfect, as was the venison and the cheese was an interesting selection, with the blue as tasty and moist as stilton.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Fustbariclation
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los angeles
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“Excellent Cuisine”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013

Although main dishes were limited to red meat or a vegan choice, the appetizers were more than enough to create a meal with variety and savory flavors. The wine list offered an amazing selection.

Visited May 2013
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“Very fine fine-dining !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013 via mobile

The food was absolutely outstanding. Service was extremely attentive and youthfully enthusiastic. Wine was superb. A real treat of an evening. For that special occasion perhaps? It's perfect

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Tracy2345
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