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“Unexpectedly Disappointing”

Powell House Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 37 Restaurants in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: African, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: We make you feel at home. A quaint restaurant serving delicious food at great value.
Bredasdorp, South Africa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Unexpectedly Disappointing”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

Visited Powell House on the 26th of Oct. Originally the plan was to have dinner at Fraai Ulitz 1798 however the R60 was closed hence decided to head to Powell in mist of the great reviews it had.

We had ordered an array of food as follows,

1) Warthog Carpacccio
2) Prawn Salad
3) Cape Malay lamb and Chicken Curry
4) Lamb Cutlet
5) Kinglip

The warthog carpaccio was alright, I reckon the combination of brie/camembert cheese do not go well with each other as the meat itself is already salty. Perhaps a nice chutney would have been better.

Prawn Salad. The prawns look really big and fresh however the salad sauce was something that required imagination to make it taste nice. Its a salad thats ordinary and definitely do-able in a normal household

Cape Malay Lamb and Chicken Curry. The absolute worst chicken curry that I've had in my life. Bland and tasteless, in a sauce that is too watered down. The lamb curry was average, but the chunks of lamb were too tough and chewy. The rice that came with it was also too wet for my liking. The only saving grace was the papadum (Indian cracker), which tasted proper.

Lamb Cutlet. I believe there's a difference between Medium and well done. Ordered medium but received well done. Hence it became both chewy and gamey. The potato mash was tasteless . Portion was alright though.

Kinglip. The fish was introduced as impecable and definitely was a good choice. Pan fried and not oily was what was described. However what came out was a really flesh piece of kinglip which was not seasoned , a pool of oil sitting underneath the fish and chips that were in retrospect soft, undercooked and under seasoned.

Will Powell house be a place that I would visit if I was in the area? No.
Will Powell house be a place that I will visit if i was staying in swellendam ? No.
Is home cooking nicer and cheaper than eating at Powell House? Yes.

I reckon the one awesome thing about the place is really Alan. Alan's a really awesome guy, friendly , funny and very true to himself. Perhaps we went on a day where the chef might be slightly under the weather. I do not deny that we went in a pretty big group of 9 but that also doesnt mean that the standard of food should drop that badly . For that matter, it should only improve. Maybe this review will be alittle too harsh but this is our truthful review . Hopefully the constructive comments for the individual dishes will be good.

  • Visited October 2012
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4 Thank DanZzzZ
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Alan C, Owner at Powell House Restaurant, responded to this review, October 31, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed and lengthy review. We are sorry that you did not enjoy your meal as much as we would have liked you to. It is a pity that you did not share your feedback with us while you were our guests as we would have done our best to remedy any mistakes on the spot.

We make an effort to serve good food and create an enjoyable dining experience.

Feel free to visit us before you return to your home country Singapore, and give us an opportunity to change your mind about Powell House. Alan remembers your table clearly and l will recognise you easily.

Warm regards Alan &Cheryl
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A visit to the Overberg”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

Sorry this is late as we visited in September. We were advised to try the Powell House Restaurant and went on two evenings and were royally looked after by Alan and the food prepared by Cheryl was excellent. We were sung to on our second evening and even told who to try when they were closed on a Sunday. First class!
Laurie & Sheila Garner.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank Laurie G
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Wesel, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

on our two days staying in Swellendam we enjoyed a delicious and warmhearted welcome in this Restaurant. After a very good dining we got Cheryl`s great tasting caramel sweets.
Thank you Alan and Cheryl. We hope to see you in near future again.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Guenter B
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Cologne, Germany
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“friendly atmosphere, great food”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We had one of the best dinners here during our trip around South Africa - the food was delicious and the hosts very friendly and charming. The atmosphere is relaxed and the owners make you feel right at home. We especially enjoyed the dessert recommendations :)

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Katharina W
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Harpenden, England, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fabulous food and great service”
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Arrived in the town and were recommended this restaurant for dinner. The food was fantastic and the host Alan very helpful indeed. We had a lovely evening thank you. Would highly recommend this restaurant for anyone staying in Swellendam.

  • Visited October 2012
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1 Thank Julie S
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