We were recommended to dine at Ryan's and managed to secure a reservation. When I e-mailed several weeks in advance they said this was the lead time for a guaranteed reservation. In the end we took pot-luck and booked the day before. As it was a breezy night the diners were inside the restaurant, all with a view of the open kitchen and Ryan and his staff creating their imaginative dishes. We chose the four course tasting menu with accompanying wines. As we had a few food likes and dislikes, they did honour these for us, although we were told that it was up to the Chef as to what was served. We were presented with a delicious amuse bouche - little plant pots with pea puree with a mushroom crumble. Then followed a beautifully presented plate/bowl with raw tuna, and apple and watermelon sorbet. We then had different courses, I the minced chicken with egg and pepper puree and my partner the curried fish presented en-papillote. A cleansing sorbet came before our tender springbok loin. Dessert was a chocolate fondant and a banana soufflé. The accompanying wines were all very well matched. The food was excellent and very inventive, but we both felt that the restaurant had something lacking - the kitchen staff didn't seem very happy in their work and it made for a very sober dining experience.
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