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“Very good!”

Kitima at The Kronendal
Ranked #1 of 63 Restaurants in Hout Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $60
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Between 1835 and 1849 the Kronendal Farm was owned by Sir William Josias Cloete. Legend has it that the homestead is haunted by his daughter Elsa Cloete who died of a broken heart after being forbidden to marry her soldier lover. Kitima still sets and serves a table for Elsa with samples from the menu to appease Elsa's spirit. Welcome to Kitima restaurant where oriental elegance and hospitality meet the unpretentious grace and charm of Africa. Our authentic Thai and Asian Fusion cuisine, prepared by our Thai chefs will carry you to a world of exotic spices, perfumes and all that's precious and exotic. Various dining option are available from our private lover's room seating 2-6 persons, our VIP room seating up to 12 persons, our Temple and Bangkok rooms as well as the Raya lounge for cocktails, drinks, snacks or even dinner to share. Kitima exudes all the splendour of a traditional Cape Dutch homestead with yellowwood ceilings, wooden floors combined with modern Asian artefacts and cuisine. Our cocktail list is extensive and features a number of award winners that are both stunning in taste and appeal. The restaurant has the addition of the garden and the Raya Terrace which are unique covered areas that are available,however these are weather permitting. We invite you to have a taste of true Thai cuisine in a traditional and modernised South African homestead.
Eschen, Liechtenstein
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Very good!”
Reviewed November 15, 2011

We were lucky to get the last parking space (and there are lots of parking spaces outside) and to find the last table (as we didn't bother to book a table on a Tuesday night at 20.30). Small restaurant area compared to the bar, so you'd better call before coming. Food and service are very nice! Sushi, crispy duck, spring rolls, dip sums,... Just name it, they'll have it and it's tasty!

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Somerset
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Lovely swish atmosphere and nice food”
Reviewed November 2, 2011

Although this restaurant is billed as a Thai it offers many dishes from the far east, including dim sum and miso soup. As a Thai restaurant it is therefore a little disappointing. However if you forget that you are meant to be in a Thai the food and service are very good and the dining experience very nice indeed. The nature of the building means that there are lots of smallish rooms leading off a central bar area, so the feel of the whole place is quite intimate. It also has a very up market feel to it as this is where Cape Town's (or at least Hout Bay's) beautiful people meet to have cocktails and discuss the price of gold !!

  • Visited October 2011
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Cape Town
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“To date, our best meal at Kitima - and we go a lot!”
Reviewed October 27, 2011

My husband took his entire management team to dinner at Kitima last night. We love going as a couple or with friends - this was the first time taking a work group. He said he thought it was simply the best food he's eaten at Kitima in all the years we have been going there. Kitima starter platter, pot stickers, golden dim sum. Main course: aromatic crispy duck, green chicken curry (delicious!), beef dish, vegie curry etc. Those from Johannesburg, who are used to great restaurants, loved it!
Thanks Kitima for such a special place right on our doorstep!

  • Visited October 2011
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Doha, Qatar
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“Lived up to the hype!”
Reviewed October 11, 2011

Ate hear at the reccomendation of our guesthouse (Shambala). Great vibe, great food, great evening out! Would visit again.

  • Visited September 2011
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Cape Town
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“Corkage stipulation needs addressing!”
Reviewed October 3, 2011

Hello,
We were at Kitima on Friday night. It was a special dinner - in memory of my late husband's birthday. The evening was lovely, the food was great, but we were disappointed when the waitress & staff refused to open our bottle of Buitenverwachting wine - because it is on their wine list. They have a corkage charge but they do not mention that they will not open client's wine if it is on their wine list.
This caused us some embarrassment and they were not interested or willing to accommodate us. Their 'Corkage' policy should be reviewed to avoid this happening to someone else.

  • Visited October 2011
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TimCapeTown, Owner at Kitima at The Kronendal, responded to this review, October 4, 2011
We highly appreciate criticism as long as it is constructive and therefore enables us to better our service in the future...

The practice of bringing wine to a restaurant in South Africa originates in the old days of apartheid when there were for example in Cape Town only a handful of restaurants licensed to sell alcohol.
It was however legal for people to 'bring their own' so they would be able to consume alcohol with their meals when dining out.
Nowadays all restaurants in Cape Town are normally licensed to sell alcoholic beverages so there would no longer be the need for people to 'bring their own'.

Our wine list has won Platinum at the 2011 Diners Club Wine List Award. We have more than 180 wines to choose from in 24 categories.
We have put a lot of effort into providing our guests with only the best wines that South Africa has to offer.

However, it has always been our policy to allow guests to bring their own wine when dining at Kitima (the bar area is excluded).
This is intended as a courtesy to our guests should someone have a special bottle of wine that they would like to share with their companions.
Wines that are already on our wine list are therefore excluded from that courtesy.

Our rules regarding 'bring your own' are stipulated in our General Terms and Conditions which we send to guests on request or when engaging via email to make a large group booking. They can also be found on our website and in our menus.

We really don't see any reason why Carol should be embarrassed when it was pointed out to her that the wine she brought is also on our wine list and therefore not permitted for corkage.
This is a simple and common procedure that should not embarress anyone.

Our guests are informed about our policy as they enter the premises if wine bottles are carried visibly and the hostess or manager would inform the waiter to bring the bottle(s) to the table to be chilled or in some cases inform the guest that the wine is on our list and therefore not permitted.
This is usually done in a professional and discreet manner and we have never before had any complaints in this regard.
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