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“A mixed bag”

The Small Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 28 Restaurants in Robertson
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
England
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195 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“A mixed bag”
Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

We dined here as part of an overnight stay. The staff were really friendly and it is a great setting on the terrace on a lovely summers evening,
The food however was a mixed bag, my main course had to go back as the peppercorn sauce was reduced to the point of astringency. The GM to be fair then made a replacement sauce personally. The wedgies that came with both courses were actually small boiled potatoes that had spent minimal time in the oven, all in all this rated third of the three meals we are in Robertson, but first for location and friendly staff

Visited February 2014
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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Ramsgate, South Africa
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96 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Well designed menu to cater for all tastes”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

The Breakfasts are superb, a large choice of all aspects and all food is cooked to order, can't be beaten! The Evening menu is designed so that everyone can find dishes to suit them. Well cooked food, well presented and the Pork Belly is divine1 One tip, if asking for the steak, ask for one level rarer than you would normally ask for, they cook a little longer than normal European tastes. Otherwise, 5 star food and 5 star service. The staff at all levels are superb!

  • Visited January 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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127 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“First class standards have returned”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

We reluctantly returned for dinner after receiving indifferent service on our last visit, after all in a place like Robertson the choice of restaurant is limited to two B&Bs run by Europeans or pile it high diners, certainly very happy we gave them another chance! The welcome and attention to detail delivered by Alanna and Nelson was warm and professional. The setting and style in the Restaurant is exceptional, however we visit all establishments mainly for the food, after I had tasted, savoured and taken in all the flavours in my Chilly Calamari I turned to my wife and said "it was worth coming for this alone", my main of rack of lamb was also brilliant.
To conclude this restaurant is an oasis in a desert, the prices are cheaper than Cape Town, the wine list does look expensive on the first read however they have excellent cheaper wines also, the service levels are back to first class and it's a beautiful place to relax, what more do you need on holiday! Definitely not to be missed when in Robertson.

  • Visited February 2014
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Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Brilliant!”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

Had a fantastic meal and the service was wonderful! Delicious food and beautiful environment! The salmon was to die for!

Visited December 2013
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Good but not quite worthy of the Reuben's tag...”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

The setting: great! What a lovely ambience.
The staff and service: friendly and professional.
The food: average, not on par with Reuben's original eatery in Franschhoek.
The winelist: expensive.

Overall: average to good.

  • Visited January 2014
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