Cape Town has many excellent restaurants but, over the years I have learned that dining at even some of the most successful and otherwise excellent eateries during High Season (Christmas and New Year ) especially, is a bit hit and miss.
We booked this restaurant, formerly in the Waterfront and now moved to Kloof Street, for dinner. The limited menu comprising 3 starters, 3 main courses and 3 desserts was uninspired and the food was generally very average with the exception of the desserts which in fairness were pretty good.
The restaurant has an open kitchen and from where I was sitting I witnessed the chefs prodding my steak with their fingers several times and tasting and re tasting the sauce and then using the same spoon again to stir or thicken it. Frankly, whilst I have no objection to an open kitchen, this particular eye witness account put me off visiting Emily's again.
Carpaccio of Springbok was too thick, over garnished and generally average and the steak was equally ordinary and not cooked medium rare as ordered, as indeed was the Cape Malay curry option ordered by another person in my party.
Chefs should be mindful that guests do not like to see them tasting and then using the same spoon again having had it in their mouth and prodding steaks after just having smoked a cigarette in plain view of us.
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