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“Disappointed”

The Small Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 29 Restaurants in Robertson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Aldbourne, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed December 12, 2013

The venue is good but the food and the choices available were not. The the vegetables were beyond al dente and the venison was far too salty and spoilt the meal. The chocolate pave was uninspiring and the service was not up to the high standard we have come to expect in South Africa.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank John S
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
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  • German first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Randburg, South Africa
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What an experience!”
Reviewed December 8, 2013 via mobile

Firstly the setting is wonderful! The Robertson Small Hotel is a very charming place with a combination of the classic Cape architecture but with beautiful modern elements. The staff were friendly and helpful - they did neglect to take our detailed drink orders although they did take our wine orders and brought water. The food was amazing! Would really recommend going there for special memories.

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Thank AnriJ
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Cape Town
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Not a bad restuarant”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

Not a bad restaurant just a pity that Rueben himself is not more involved. Menu okay, food acceptable, service good, setting poor.

Visited November 2013
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Thank TravelProCapeTown
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bickenbach
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Most delicious meal”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

Belly, rumpsteak, salmon; any main course was excellent.
Same with starters and deserts.
The meals were very tasty and nicely served..

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank sabine b
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Cape Town
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Oh Dear! Standards are slipping.....”
Reviewed July 13, 2013

Second visit to Reuben's, which is the the Robertson Small Hotel, a boutique 5* establishment. As such, the Robertson had to attract a celebrity chef in Reuben Riffel. But then, our visit showed the limits of celebrity chef culture: Reuben's at the Robertson Small Hotel is Reuben merely by name. The celebrity chef is only the "concept chef" and the execution is left to others. And that's where the problem lies: Execution. Without the chef to check the quality things can go pear-shaped pretty easily. In particular: The tomato tom yum soup came out as an average tomato soup, the braised pork neck was overdone and tough, the apple tart was falling apart and the taste of its base was bland flour. Portions are on the small side. yes, you could still see the concept, but there was pretty much where it ended. Prices are 5* and therefore for what it is grossly overpriced. Disappointing! for how it's done, see my review of Mo and Rose. to their credit, the management of The Robertson seems to be aware of the problem and promise to fix it. But until that has happened, rather exercise care with your booking.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Justus A
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