My wife and I visited Ali Barbour's having seen it in the Lonely Planet Guide and it looked intriguing. We were staying a couple of miles away and they sent a taxi to pick us up and return us back at the end of the evening which, even though it's in their interest, was a nice touch. The setting is the star. This isn't a restaurant that has made its name because of the quality of the food (which was good but not good for the price of it if it was served in any other venue) but I have no qualms about paying the inflated tariff because the venue is quite simply the most romantic and breathtaking of any restaurant I have had the pleasure to eat in.
We opted for the hot and cold seafood platter to share. It was nicely presented: the staff were attentive and everything was done in good time. I went for the cheaper of the two South African roses on offer (my mistake - should have refused it having tasted it but we Brits are too polite for our own good). But as i said, the eating side of things takes a back seat to the setting. You have to go there.
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