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.
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