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“Authentic local cuisine with a larger-than-life chef” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Gordon's Restaurant

Gordon's Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 18 Restaurants in Graaff-Reinet
Price range: $0 - $35
Cuisines: European, Contemporary
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Authentic local cuisine with a larger-than-life chef”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

By his own admission, chef Gordon's path to this restaurant was unusual, but filled with genuine passion and an earlier legacy of satisfied private diners. Do not visit if you want the predictable - Gordon's formula is as different as is he from the predictable country dining norm. This is an occasion venue for us; always a show and a surprise. The food is all locally sourced and tasty, each of the courses (with two options in each) varied but in harmony. Many memorable meals here!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank RobDfhk
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Leftywright, Owner at Gordon's Restaurant, responded to this review, May 7, 2012
Thank you for your kind and informative words, it is always nice to have positive and frank feedback from our regulars.
Though by refering to me as "larger than life" I trust this is not a reference to my belly.
Never trust a thin chef... Ha ha!
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not to be missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2012

A memorable four course meal cooked and presented by the owner

Visited December 2011
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1 Thank lutzphilip
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Rijswijk
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“slow food in the karoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2012

Slow may have a negative connotation but I mean it in a very positive way. Gordon takes time to cook and explain his cooking to all his guests. Your wine can then be chosen. The menu is fixed and consists of two choices for every entry (three to four) - on the menu. Expect two hours to dine and enjoy yourself. It is not cheap but I think one of the best places to eat in Graaff Reinet. Service relaxed and adequate.

Visited December 2011
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2 Thank Rijswijk
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“What to say?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

Graaff Reinet has not got good eating places. If I say then that this is the best there is, it doesn't say much.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Rebecca B
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Bingley
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Karoo restaurant with a difference”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2011

Gordon's was an interesting and pleasurable experience. It is certainly different to most other restaurants in the Karoo - with an emphasis on quality rather than quantity. We had an excellent three course meal and spent some time talking with Gordon, who was not in the kitchen that night, but he dropped by to cast an eye over things. It was slightly disconcerting to find we were the only people eating there that evening - but I can only say that it was the absentees who lost out. It may be that Gordon's is struggling to win over against a pervasive culture and expectation of massive, meaty portions - but he satisfied our hearty appetites without overloading the plate/presentation and this is an establishment that deserves to succeed.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank Richard A
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