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Review of Cavalli Restaurant

Cavalli Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 122 Restaurants in Somerset West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $40
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Cavalli’s approach to cuisine can be described as ‘modern​, ​nature inspired cuisine’, inspired by a focus on our heritage​ as it draws upon​ the landscapes, flora and fauna of Southern and Continental Africa. ​ The menu ​seeks to​ take diners on a ​gastronomic ​journey, ​touching on points of nostalgia paired with an expertly crafted local and international wine list, artisanal cocktail, craft beer and a notable selection of single malt whiskeys. Herbs and a selection of vegetables on the menu are grown in the Estate's self sustained heirloom garden. The restaurant is set to establish itself as a premier fine dining destination locally and internationally and is now open for lunch and dinner 4 days a week, Wednesday through Saturday for relaxed, generous Bistro lunch and Fine-Dining Dinner and Sunday Fine-Dining Lunch.
Reviewed April 23, 2014

We're regular customers in Somerset West and the whole Western Cape, spending our yearly Belgian winter months in South Africa.
Absolutely delighted with this new restaurant in Somerset West (on the route to Stellenbosch): food, service, setting were all perfect! Despite very short notice, the staff did everything in their power to accommodate us so that we could celebrate a special occasion. Even though a rainy day and too cool to sit on the spectacular deck outside, the atmosphere inside, in front of the fireplace, was very pleasant. The décor was ultra-modern and tasteful and we had no problems with the noise level mentioned in earlier reviews. The food and wine were outstanding, and the bill - though not exactly cheap for South African standards - was very good value for money for us spoiled Europeans. Only one hiccup: very difficult to make a telephonic reservation. Hope that will be sorted out next year because we'll definitely be back next January-March.

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Reviewed April 20, 2014

oh my god, this place is waow!!! the setting is simply breathtaking in the middle of the vineyards with a panoramic view on the surrounding hills. the restaurant itself is a master piece and if your are lucky with the weather you will enjoy lunch on the beautiful terrasse. the food is also well worth the visit. on the menus you will find limited selection of starters (3), mains (5) and desserts (3) but all what we chose was absolutely delicious. wine list is generous. service is smooth and friendly. this is a place we will return and that we very highly recommend.

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

i can honestly says that the setting at equus restaurant must be one of the most awesome i have been to,together with a wine list starting at only R75 for quality wines.the menu is interesting with highly rated chef henrico in charge.a must visit again!!!

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Reviewed April 12, 2014

My experience started with the the very friendly guard at security and then the one at the parking area which really made me feel welcome and I looked forward to the afternoon. It continued by being escorted by the very friendly and super professional Ami as Matre dee. The waiter introduce to me followed suite with regard to friendlyness and professionalism.

The meals although classified as 'bistro style' during afternoon setting was amazing. Def closer to fine dining than bistro! Beautifully presented and ever so tasty. Everyone in our party or 8 were impressed by the meal. Had desert outside to take in the stunning views. Wines to everyone's taste at affordable prices, most even available by glass. Very knowledgeable sommelier.

Most stunning restrooms in area downstairs which incl a boutique and art gallery.
I wil lost definitely be back very soon. Can't wait to sample the fine dining dinner menu!!

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Unbridled2013, Front Office Manager at Cavalli Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2014

Wow, Stefan-12345, thank you for the wonderful review and kind words. We love hearing that you felt welcome here and that you enjoyed the meal!

Please come and visit us again soon, we have just launched our new dinner menu which is sure to be a delectable affair.

Warm regards,

Equus Team

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Reviewed April 6, 2014

Chef Henrico Grobbelaar's new menu at Equus is mind-blowing!!! It was their first evening serving the new menu and we were extremely impressed. Each dish presented to us was exquisitely creative and a journey for our taste buds. The sommelier was professional and knowledgeable and we had such interesting discussions with him. We often travel internationally and Cavalli is world class! We love the views, architecture and design. Well done to Lauren Smith as your approach to each project really reflects your style and grace. You are the golden thread making Cavalli stand out!!

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Unbridled2013, Owner at Cavalli Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 13, 2014

Thank you LSinclair2356 for the great review- we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Cavalli Estate!

We hope to host you again in the near future.

Warm regards,

Equus Team

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