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“A reasonable restaurant but expensive by South African standards”
Review of La Perla

La Perla
Ranked #235 of 1,193 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed April 11, 2013

We had visited this restaurant three years ago on a previous trip so decided to return we we given a table outside which was overlooking the sea and the sunset. Until the sun went down it was warm then after sunset the temperature rapidly dropped to the lower 60s two patio heaters were available but failed to provide noticeable heat. This meant food soon cooled especially the main course. The food was unremarkable with portions smaller than at our hotel, vegetables were charged extra wine again was more costly than at our hotel. A two course meal with wine cost £46 for two people which is quite expensive by Cape Town standards. I had soup followed by pork and my wife soup followed by beef both tender but needing the extras ie vegetables and potatoes. Coffee concluded the dinner iiWorth a visit but there are better places to eat in the city

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Thank POOHBEAR60
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

This restaurant is very popular with the locals for a reason. Great seafood and best chocolate tart I have ever tasted!

Thank MAD M
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

The place is nice and the revamp was well done. The terrace became a romantic place though right on the Marine Drive. A beautiful and well organized bar is still a place to go. But the food is as far away from italian food as Arctic from Antarctic. Of course they serve different kind of pasta and other dishes with italian names, but when you know Italy and the italian cucina there is nothing in common. So unfortunately you will be served average food in a good ambience. The spaghetti we ordered were warmed up and ice cold at the bottom. Over friendly indian waiters made us feel more Mumbai than Roma....

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Thank Bushara
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

I read a bunch of reviews on Tripadvisor beforehand. Many said that the service was poor, but happily it wasn't. I was surprised at how many reviews said that the food wasn't great - but unfortunately, that was just the case. There were six of us, and of the five main courses we ordered, one of them could only be described as a 'ready-meal' (the cannelloni), one was stodgy and inedible (butternut ravioli) and the seafood platter was so bad (having been left to sit & get cold before coming to the table) it had to be sent back. The two chicken dishes were really good, as were the baby leaf salads & the sea food and rice soup (starters). Desserts were sub standard, in particular the Tiramisu and the Baked Cheesecake.

I'm afraid that I must add to the growing list of the disappointed, and say again that there are MANY better (and cheaper) Italian restaurants in Cape Town.

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Thank Keith F
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

To be honest there are many many other and better Italians in Cape Town. The food is average, it is rather on the expensive side and the service is below average.

Many of the waiters are there for 20 - 40 years which is nice that the management keeps their staff but it can be also bad when service lacks and attitude takes over.

Definitely not going back!

Thank endaxi0815
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