The beautiful restaurant seemed to promise a beautiful meal, but it did not live up to its lovely calm and tastefully decorated dining room, whose tables were well spaced apart. A stunning glass chandelier hung from the ceiling and a lot of thought had gone into making the surroundings somewhere one wanted to spend two or three hours with friends over a leisurely meal.
Our drinks orders were promptly taken and menus offered to us all. The dishes all sounded interesting and I jumped at the chance to try the Beetroot soup with pancetta. Sorry chef, way too salty, I would have preferred it without the cheese addition. My husband's salmon trout starter was OK.
My main of Karoo lamb was delicious but my husband's mushroom tagliatelle was overcooked and gloopy. The side order of vegetables we'd asked for when orders were taken, had been forgotten about, but to give them their due, they rustled up a great dish of the green stuff PDQ.
Only one of our party had dessert and it looked very nicely presented. I ordered fresh mint tea with some petite fours, the latter of which turned out to be 4 thin, dry, and tasteless slices of crisp sweet cake.
The service, surprisingly enough for a Cape Town restaurant of this quality, was not great and not attentive at all. It just wasn't as slick as one would expect for a five star hotel's main restaurant.
My loo check gave it a score of 8, very nicely decorated!
Not sure if I would want to return next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hout Bay Manor, built in 1871, is renowned as one of Cape Town’s most graceful landmarks. The recently restored Hout Bay Manor offers 20 individually designed en-suite rooms and a sophisticated fine dining restaurant named ‘Pure.’ Hout Bay Manor, protected by century-old oak trees, was built from stone (600mm thick walls) and in traditional Cape Colonial style by Jacob Trautmann on an unspoiled piece of land, which had previously been part of the Kronendal Estate. ... more less
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- Hout Bay Manor Cape Town, South Africa