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“A Haven That Out-Shines The Harbour”
Review of Roberto's - CLOSED

Roberto's
Cuisines: Central European
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed August 14, 2013

What a relief and a pleasure to find Roberto’s restaurant. We had planned to eat in one of the restaurants around the famed V&A Waterfront Harbour but we almost ran to get out of the most over-sold and commercially exploited tourist trap ever encountered.

It was only a short walk to ‘Roberto’s – Signature Restaurant’ in the centre (Long Street) of the shopping area of Cape Town where we had a most memorable and enjoyable meal. To put that in context, we had been privileged to enjoy a fantastic trip across southern Africa, staying and eating in some of the best hotels and restaurants.

The ceiling height was high and decor was light so there was a cool and refreshing atmosphere in such contrast to everything we had seen earlier at the harbour. However, the welcome was warm and attentive offering the best of Mediterranean hospitality.

Our meal was typically Portuguese and the seafood was certainly some of the very best we have tasted anywhere. The mezes were light and delicious, but the west coast prawns in the special seafood platter were amazing. We followed with Portuguese Pasteis de Nata – little lemon scented custard tarts in feather light pastry which melted in our mouths. If you have never had these little pastries, you don’t know what you have been missing. In fact if you are in the area, you will not eat fish that is fresher or better.

Roberto’s CV is highly illustrious as his achievements in the kitchen have been widely recognised; in addition, his peers selected him to be a ‘Certified Culinary Judge for the South African Chefs Association’. His repertoire of reflects his background; Mediterranean and, in particular, Portuguese followed by his move to South Africa where he was a pioneer in fynbos (foraging) cuisine. Just as impressive, Roberto was Executive Chef at the highly acclaimed ‘One and Only Resort’ and the equally prestigious ‘Twelve Apostles’ Hotel’ - two of the best hotels in the Cape.

What a great find and so much better in all respects than the V&A Waterfront alternatives, this restaurant offers some of the best fresh seafood in Cape Town.

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1  Thank Freda365
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Roberto's was a great restaurant and a regular for me to eat with friends or even during the day when wanting to catch a good meal at a reasonable price. We had many enjoyable and memorable meals there. Unfortunately it is no more. Roberto (according to his web site) decided to return to working in an hotel environment (as executive chef) at one of Cape Town's major hotels.

Thank Ashley L
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This was a totally amazing meal. They were busy and the service was a bit slow but it was well worth the wait. I consider this the best restaurant in all of Cape Town Yes, even better than La Colombe and by a long shot.

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Thank Haven'tseenitallyet
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Reviewed May 2, 2013

We arrived as a fairly large group and were told it would be no problem accommodating us by a waiter. Unfortunately the waitress didn't look too impressed and her expression seemed to get worse as the evening went on!

We ordered meals and waited....had a drink and waited some more! After about an hour we had to find someone to ask about the delay. We were fobbed off with some story of the oven not working, then another half hour later we were told by someone else that there was a new, slow chef! Every time we wanted information about the delay we had to go & find someone. There was poor communication throughout and after such a delay we were promised that the food was almost ready. What they failed to say was that it was only half the group who were going to get anything! When that half had finished the other food arrived!!

The waitress was quite surly and at times downright rude! The waiter was trying his best, but that was spoiled by his colleague's manner. If only we had had better communication our final meal may have been a memorable one for the right reasons! Unfortunately that was not the case! We were promised something to compensate for the delay, but that was not forthcoming either!

Oh yes...the food. When it did arrive it was very well presented and tasty. Portions were quite small in most cases, which given the delay was not ideal as we were really hungry by then.

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Thank damselflyspotter
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

The food and the service at Roberto's was excellent. I had the pasta with spinach and feta but because I don't like olives they were left out which was possible because each dish is freshly prepared. My husband had the prawn, calamari and yellow tail skewer which was dramatically presented. Both dishes were perfectly done. We were too full to have dessert.

Thank Micki R
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