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“Excellent food, but poor treatment of at the end of the evening”

Koornlands Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $18
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Koornlands Restaurant is the longest serving restaurant in Swellendam, established in 1994. We pride ourselves as being amongst the finest. Warm, friendly and always professional. Our menu often changes due to the seasons and availability. A menu gegustation with wine pairing is available for table participation. Our venison is legend and so is our comprehensive wine cellar. Dine alfresco on the veranda or the garden. We care about vegetarian and vegan preferences. Reservations are highly recommended, due to limited seating. 04.00 PM - 06.00 PM Drinks 06.00 PM - 10.00 PM Dinner
Cape Town, South Africa
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“Excellent food, but poor treatment of at the end of the evening”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is a wonderfull restaurant with a warm and inviting atmosphere. The friendly and competent staff complement the crackling fireplace and immediately puts one at ease.

The food, an interesting mix between slightly novel game dishes (crocodile sashimi featured as a starter) and the more traditional (lamb shank) was not only extremely well prepared but also presented in a manner that shows a great commitment to detail. Combine this with the wine list that is populated with excellent, but reasoanbly priced wines and you certainly have a restaurant worth visiting.

The cheff delivered the mains himself and I was greatly impressed by the springbok fillet that was served.

I would certainly recommend this restaurant to any serious food lover.

It is therefore a shame that the evening was marred by the rather poor treatment of our party of four at the end of the evening. We arrived at about 7:45 and completed a three course meal by about 10:30 on a saturday winters evening. By that time we were the only patrons left.We were presented with a bill without asking for same, while still enjoying conversation and while still contemplating some coffee and cheese. It became patent that the staff wanted us to leave and we started feeling presured to go. Shortly thereafter at about 11:00 we were unceremoniously asked to leave as the staff wanted to close the restaurant. This is truly dissapointing and unacceptable from an establishment that otherwise caters so well for the needs of its customers. I can only hope that this was an isolated incident and not the norm.

  • Visited August 2014
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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good South African food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We ate on the veranda on a balmy evening - great!
The food was very good SA type dishes. Excellent steaks and game but limited fish - good for meat eaters. Portions were generous.
Wines were very good and reasonably priced.
We enjoyed our meal which was well cooked and presented. The service from the young waitresses was friendly and professional.

Visited February 2014
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Somerset West, South Africa
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A great find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by our hosts at Impangele B&B. They asked us if we wanted delicious food. Well, they were right, it was delicious. We sat out on the verandah on a lovely balmy evening and were waited on with good discrete service. Our friend from the UK was blown away by the Soringbok. entree.. Now weeks later he is still talking about it.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Lorraine H
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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2014

We thought this was one of our best dinners in S Africa. The food was very freshly sourced, we had the most tender steaks and game. The service was understated and efficient, and it is not trying to be really fancy, but had a lovely atmosphere for couples and families alike. Definitely recommend this restaurant.

Visited April 2014
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Excellent food but ... .”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

The restaurant makes a very good attempt to give authentic SA-food a touch of "nouvelle cuisine" and this was appreciated by us. Presentation of the food was nice and the waitresses were friendly and had good product knowledge of the dishes and wines.
Only minus was the (loud) background music ... in this dining atmosphere I don't think a complete Joe Cocker album was a good choice. I made a gentle remark to one of the waitresses about it, but to no effect. Not really a big issue, as the food was excellent, but still ... .

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Guy P
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