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“WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT”

Buitenverwachting Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in Constantia
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Buitenverwachting offers a elegantly casual dining experience, with design and menu reflecting the authentic character of the wine estate. A new wine library was established for pre-dinner drinks and tasting experience of rare and vintage wines.
Reviewed September 27, 2013

I recommended this restaurant in April 2013 and visited it again in September. There must be new management who have no idea how to run a sophisticated restaurant. The furniture has been replaced with horrible wooden tables which are far too low, as are the wicker chairs. There are no longer table cloths only a napkin on which cutlery is scattered. The tables and chairs would be suitable for wine tasting but not for dining. We felt cold and asked twice to have the heating increased but we could not notice any improvement. We ordered the first course which was a mis-match of ingredients and far too rich. The menu is small and was not appealing. Unfortunately we decided to try the schnitzels with so called "home made" chips. They were served on rectangular plates and were so huge they overhung the plates and rested on the table on each side! They were a revolting dark brown in colour, dry,and the batter was stuck like glue to the meat and the chips were soggy. We noticed two buses had arrived and there was a dinner for a group of people in another room. It was a Saturday night and there were only four other people in the main dining room until the two bus drivers and their wives were shown to an adjoining table. The drivers put down their caps on the table and their wives got out their cellphones. They looked at us as if we were from the cast of Downton Abbey as we wore jackets and ties and our lady guest was properly dressed. There was another room in which they could have been seated. An officious woman asked us if we were enjoying ourselves. We had the impression that the food we were served would have been more suitable in a works canteen yet when we asked if the Chef was new we were told it was the same chef. We could not believe it. Other people have reviewed this restaurant and found it excellent. We thought it appalling and would not dream of going there again.

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LorenzoMarco, Owner at Buitenverwachting Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you for the review on Buitenverwachting Restaurant. We changed the terrace section of the restaurant and have now uninterrupted mountain views, with the option of sliding all glass panels to the side and allowing - weather permitting - for a true terrace experience. Stylistically we have opted for solid oak tables and decided to have them as a feature instead of covering them with table cloths. The inside of the restaurant is still formal featuring dining room chairs, table cloths and silver service.
Our dinner menu was also adapted, as many patrons have requested to include the bistro style dishes for dinner as well. We therefore offer the four categories on our Dinner menu : Light & Easy, Rustic Affairs, Indulge and Desserts. In each category we offer approx. 4 -5 dishes. The Indulge section offers our "fine dining" dishes and are higher priced then the Bistro style dishes.

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

Although Buitenverwachting Restaurant is not rated as the best in Cape Town, we had the best food and service there after sampling a few of Cape Towns finest including some restaurants reputed to be the best in Cape Town and Franschoek. The setting is excellent and so are the food and service. Reasonably priced too, what more can one expect?

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Thank Hendrik S
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

Three of us enjoyed a fantastic lunch at Buitenverwachting after a morning exploring Kirstenbosch. Put simply, the food was delicious, the service perfect and great picture views.

The attention to detail is really top class, it is a very long time since I've enjoyed a meal which had been given so much effort and attention, it really shone through. As visitors, we were glad to speak to the team in the restaurant to listen to everything they had to say about the area, really excellent.

As someone else has said, especially for the price, this was simply brilliant and I can't wait to return soon.

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Thank Bluehamster
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LorenzoMarco, Owner at Buitenverwachting Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you - much appreciated

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Reviewed September 17, 2013

No idea what other guests at Buitenverwachting had experienced to give it a rating less than 5 stars. We went to the restaurant for a more or less quick lunch on a day with terrible weather. Already after the amuse bouche, my wife and I had almost forgotten the pouring rain. Although we had ordered only a simply one-course meal, we were treated with another excellent freebe: a great sorbet! What really blew our minds were the beef tartar and the ribeye steak. Perfectly done, well presented, wonderful tastes. We then went on to order the chocolate variety for desert (to share) - don´t believe what I write, just go there and try it... The service was very attentive and pleasant. I didn´t like the 2009 Riesling too much - thought the bottle had been opened too long ago. Sure, the waiter pulled the cork on another bottle - I didn´t like that either. No worries - he then brought me a most delicious Savignon Blanc - withouth charging me for the Rieslings, of course. So the bottom line is: I don´t hope that too many of you read this - as this may deminish chances that we will get a table at this wonderful restaurant in the future...

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Thank Clemens K
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LorenzoMarco, Owner at Buitenverwachting Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you for the great rating

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

We had an amazing lunch at Buitenverwachting! I can really recommend this restaurant. The food is wonderful and the service outstanding.

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Thank JolindaBartlett
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LorenzoMarco, Owner at Buitenverwachting Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2013

Thank you for your great remarks

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