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“Jawdropping view and great food”
Review of Tokara Restaurant

Tokara Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 276 Restaurants in Stellenbosch
Price range: $12 - $22
Cuisines: French, Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
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.
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We loved Tokara's setting and thoroughly enjoyed our champagne on the terrace. We opted for the Chef's menu which read beautifully but we were a little disappointed with two of the dishes which lacked the finesse we expected. That said, there were some outstanding dishes and overall we loved it and would definitely consider going back and recommending it to people. The service was good and unobtrusive and it was lovely to be able to see into the kitchen and watch Richard Carstens and his team at work.

Thank Lindsay_CB
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

The duck we ordered was chewy and the skin not crispy, and mine was served on a chipped plate. Certainly not cost effective.

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Thank Christo001
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Reviewed January 2, 2014 via mobile

We had our New Year's Eve dinner here and it was absolutely amazing. We started with a cocktail on the terrace and watched the beautiful sunset.
After that the 8 course dinner started. All courses were a taste explosion and a lot of effort was put in making up the plates. I have to agree that the chocolate handkerchief was absolutely amazing. The chef showing off on what he can do with chocolate.
I would really recommend going here for the great view and awesome food. It is expensive though, especially for South Africa.

1  Thank Brenda S
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

Nestled in the Foothills a Spectacular Setting.The Estate was first Class with Lots to taken in.Incredible Wines and Food with an Incredible View from the Dining Room.Definately if you want to be seen in Stellenbosch this is the Place to be.A must stop if just to Pop in and see how the other half Live.

Thank Ron F
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Reviewed December 31, 2013

We've been to Tokara's for New Years Eve dinner and started with some nice local Champagne on the wonderful terrace. The view with sunset is incredible. The 8 course menu started so so, all fresh ingredients with tasty crayfish and other seafood, but we missed a bit of finesse with the first 3 dishes. Rather disappointing in total so far.
But now: The vegetarian parmesan fondue was delicious and then topped by the famous Tokara beef filet - always a clear recommendation!
But the end was the best, the "Chocolade Handkerchief"! Even Belgians do admit that this creation of dark chocolade is World Class! Congratulations to this wonderfuk creation!
The wines pairing were the same like the food with average Whites (for us too oaky) and excellent red and Klein Constantia dessert wine.
We missed some framework programme; it was just the set menu, what they offered.
Reservation is a MUST!

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Thank Dils2003
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