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“Locals' view is that this is anything BUT lekker......”
Review of Annie se kombuis - CLOSED

Annie se kombuis
Price range: $3 - $31
Cuisines: Diner
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Locals' view is that this is anything BUT lekker......”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

On day trip from Cape Town, we decided to eat here as it had good reviews in the 'Eat Out' guide, locally published here in SA. I've had many doubts about this publication and our experience at this restaurant just confirmed them even more.

The lunch time menu read well enough, with standard South African and Afrikaans favourites. However, we didn't notice the 'specials' board until it was almost too late, and the waitress never even mentioned it to us. I opted for a non typical SA starter of pear and gorgonzola salad with pine nuts, and it was awful. How can you possibly get salad wrong? Sour leaves which were not fresh and crisp, scorched pine nuts and tasteless pear. The whole thing was just wrong, wrong, wrong. The main course of mussels was fine, but absolutely nothing special and not half as exciting as the write up in the menu.

The worst was to come with the melk tert - a particular favourite of ours and we know how it should be done here in SA. Annie's melk tert was beyond recognition to anyone who knows and loves these - it was rubberised and then nuked in the microwave. We gave the manager our feedback, and to give the man credit, he didn't charge us for the offending tert. He tried to persuade us that it wasn't microwaved, but eventually conceded when faced with the sad remnants of our tert.

Service was indifferent and ambiguous - aren't we locals as welcome here because we can probably judge the menu more realistically than our overseas friends? We found the whole experience a let down, and know that there are many other and better places to eat in Hermanus and experience 'local lekker food'. Beware too of the recommendations in the 'Eat Out' guide - we have had more disappointments with this publication than any other food guide, anywhere.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Maija63
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  • Dutch first
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English first
Dorset, UK
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Refurbed restaurant with excellent staff”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

We had a superb meal here, in a really pleasant environment. The staff were friendly and able to talk through the menu confidently and offered us lots of suggestions on what to choose from the local dishes.

Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Tina P
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great find!”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We had asked the tourism office for the name of retsaurants serving SA food in Hermanus. We were sent to Annie's! We did wonder about walking down an alley at night (against all other advice!) But we need not have worried! The food was good, service outstanding, with full expanations of the dishes on the menu.
Just have a quandary as to which dish we'll order this evening!

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank MrsG103
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Little Falls, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great South African Food”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

The atmosphere was cozy - and warm on a chilly night! Service was attentive and friendly. Food was excellent!

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank susy122859
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Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Traditional SA Food at it's Best!”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

Try Annie se Kombuis (Annie's Kitchen) for the best experience I've had in local South African food. Food, is the cherry on the top, while layers are made of extremely compentent and friendly staff with the host, Kobus, being the pillar that adds to the fragrance and tastes of "local is "lekker!"

  • Visited August 2012
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1 Thank thebestisthebest
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