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“First class food, impressive view of the winelands” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tokara Restaurant

Tokara Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 244 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: European, International, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Leading contemporary South African restaurant located atop of the picturesque Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, included on the 2014 Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice SA Fine Dining Top 10 list.
Munich, Germany
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“First class food, impressive view of the winelands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2013

This was our first visit to Tokara after spending the morning visiting the Stellenbosch area. Tokara was recommended to us by some friendly locals we met whilst in Cape Town. We initially wanted to head over to Delaire-Graff-Estate for a nice lunch (very impressive surroundings and estate), but were turned down by a rather snobbish sounding Maitre D', who - after explaining that all tables were reserved, did not offer us any options (e.g. to perhaps spend some time wine tasting whilst waiting until a table was free in the restaurant).

Anyhow, back to Tokara - it turned out to be just our luck that things did not work out at Delaire, and we headed over to the Tokara restaurant, where there was ample parking to boot.

the view from the restaurant is simply stunning and afforded wonderful views over the wine region and even Table mountain in Cape Town. The best place to sit is either on the balcony outside or close to the glass sliding doors.

The architecture is amazing, very modern and inviting. The restaurant has very high ceilings and most walls made of glass (great for taking in the scenery!). There is even a fireplace for cold winter nights. The kitchen has numerous windows which allow diners to see the chefs in action.

We were greeted by a friendly Maitre D', who - after taking some time to find us a table for 4 in the relatively small restaurant - brought us to our table close to the terrace. The staff was attentive and polite.

The menu was relatively small (not necessarily a bad thing) but the wine list on the other hand was lengthy (nice selection!). As a starter I chose a delicious tofu dish, served with fresh figs and goat cheese. As a main, I enjoyed a fantastic Springbok-filet, grilled to perfection with a fine pepper sauce and potato croquettes. Lunch was completed with a cheese platter with local preserves - also a great match to the light rose wine we had with lunch. Overall the menu has a fusion touch to it - we came across a combination of Asian and European flavours, which combined very well. Great Balance. Food was served beautifully on preheated plates - almost like fine art! We left the Restaurant content and would return again in future.

I would highly recommend to book in advance if possible. Amex is not accepted unfortunately.

  • Visited February 2013
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Antwerp, Belgium
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Best ever price/quality”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013 via mobile

What a stunning location, but the the food came. Excellent tasty and a real painting on the plate. Wow. Price/Quality never had this before. Compliments to the chef. Hopefully we will come again.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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261 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Poor customer relation”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2013

We went as party of 12. From the word go the service was unattentive and very slack. We were served with a attitude of doing us a favour by waiting on us. The food was average not the standard we are used to from most other estates in the area. After the bill was settled (incl a automatic 12.5% service fee which was definately not deserved!) 6 guests (and 2 others who joined the party) asked for a glass of wine. We were told it is not possible as they needed to get ready for evening setting. We said we will move to another table / outside or even to the tasting room to no avail. It was clearly stated that we must go and they not interested in the additional possible income. We were very very surprized / flabbergasted to say the least and will def not be back soon.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank Stefan-12345
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Oslo, Norway
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54 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“What a menu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2013

This place offers wine tasting and lunch and dining in beautiful settings in an extraordinary building, whose architect I dont know the name of. We read very positive reviews about this place, and got tempted to go for lunch one day.
Menu is indeed small, but the food is amazing. For main I had one of the best tofu dishes Ive ever tasted, not to talk about the starter: duck something (only one duck starter on the menu, so youll find it).
The wine menu is obviously massive, mirroring the size of Tokara wine farm, and the waiters know everything about which one you should choose to your food.
We sat outside and enjoyed the view of wine field after wine field and as it was a clear day we got a glimpse of Table Mountain in the far horizon too.

I havent tried this place by night, but due to the views of the site in day light, I think daytime would be a favorite.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank tiavioleta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“delicious....charming environment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2013

sofisticated delicate meals, nice service in a breathless location,
absolutely on of the top in the region, don't miss it! will be back asap

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Stuart L
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