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“Quiet tranquility”

La Belle Bistro & Bakery
Ranked #20 of 44 Restaurants in Constantia
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed February 5, 2013

Great venue for lunch in a courtyard with shady umbrellas. The food is well presented, varied and of good quality. The staff are eager to ensure you have an enjoyable experience. The bread and cakes are lovely especially the many different sweet tarts such as white chocolate of pecan. My curried chick pea with seared tuna with a coriander and yogurt dressing was really lovely but so filling I had no room for dessert. This seems to be a favourite spot for Constantia ladies who lunch but seem to spend hours over the one glass of wine which means there is often a wait to get a table outside but the tables inside are okay. Also worth a mention is the nicely appointed toilets. This is art of the Alphen hotel and easily located off the main constantia road. It is also a lovely spot for an early evening drink.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

What a very nice place for breakfast or just coffee and a scone. Service could be smarter and the delivery of food a tad slow . Otherwise you will enjoy your visit as I will always return when I can. Dinner is also nice especially if you have a balmy evening with some friends and a bottle of wine or two.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We went for a light lunch - just 1 course. The portions are generous and the food tasty. The food and wine by the glass prices tend to be high, comparable to the Waterfront, but you do have an opportunity to eat outside if you wish under shade. We chose inside as the chairs are more comfortable. It was hard to agree who had made the better choice. The seared salmon was as requested - crispy skin but quite rare inside, not easy to get right garnished with perfectly cooked asparagus. The two fishcakes with wasabi were excellent although the addition of sweetcorn we think made the salmon a winner.
Staff are helpful, knowledgeable but sometimes distracted if they're not too busy. The menu does not change very much so for us it is a now and then choice, but a reliable one.

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Thank HudsonS16
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Five of us booked a table for lunch on Sunday 6 January 2013. As expected for a sunny day at the height of the holiday season, the place was bustling. Nonetheless, the tables were nicely spaced and management hasn't been tempted (thankfully!) to cram more people in for the sake of a quick buck. Our waiter, Lovemore, was friendly (without ever being overbearing) and was present whenever you needed him - he obviously knew the menu well, made some great recommendations and was extremely efficient.

Our food was first class: from the 'comfort food' of a great roast chicken pie and mash, to a sizeable and tasty gourmet burger, to the fish cakes with wasabi mayo, to the Chermoula Tuna salad - all of it was attractively presented, extremely tasty and represented good value for money. Fortunately we'd been told to leave space for desserts, as the fresh cakes and pastries were outstanding! The carrot cake and the kahlua brownie were probably the best I've tasted, while the white chocolate berry tart was also outstanding.

The venue is idyllic and, despite being attached to a 5 star boutique hotel, it retains a casual and relaxed atmosphere - surely one of Cape Town's best spots to enjoy an easy-going dining experience under the oaks on a Sunday afternoon (or for that matter, an afternoon beer / tea / coffee and cake etc!).

All in all, highly recommended and looking forward to our next visit.

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Reviewed December 19, 2012

It seems to be a habit for restaurants in South Africa to hire plenty of waiters who are all running around. This is the case here as well on this Sunday. Location is superb, sitting outside under those old oaks is unique. Also food is rather unique. But service is poor, and on a Sunday late in the morning, it takes ages before getting your order. The waiter warned us it would take 15 minutes to get that vegan burger. Okay for 15 minutes, but when it's 35 minutes.... 45 minutes.... You wonder why they do not get a time management training in Switzerland ;-)

Thank 2nisk
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