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Review of Cucina Labia

Cucina Labia
Ranked #3 of 32 Restaurants in Muizenberg
Price range: US$4 - US$12
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Built in 1929 to reflect the spirit of 18th century Venice, Casa Labia is the former Muizenberg residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Cucina Labia occupies the ground floor and outside areas of Casa Labia. Many parts of the restaurant have views of False Bay. In keeping with the heritage of the Labia family, our menu is influenced by Italian cuisine. The venue is also used for weddings and other events.
Reviewed 7 August 2014

We had a meal here one rainy Sunday lunchtime. The setting is lovely with an art gallery up-stairs to browse through. The service was excellent, the food was very good and the prices were reasonable. We were interested to hear from my mum, who is 84 that the count Labia was part of her circle of friend when she was young. If your group is not too large ask for a window seat so that you can take in the sea view. Sadly we were far too many to fit in the bay window. The chocolate fondant was sublime!

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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I didn't quite know what to expect when I walked into the building and was quite blown away. As you walk through the door, you literally feel as if you are stepping into a historic Italian residence. The building is well kept and the service very good. The prices were quite high on the menu, but I suspect that you are paying for the 'lieu' and the overall setting. Their coffee is excellent!The upstairs art gallery is well worth a visit and I was told they have host monthly free concerts and arts and crafts events. I wouldn't recommend taking small children there personally.

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Thank ErikaCosta
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

When Casa Labia was built in 1929 in 18th century Venetian palazzo-style for Count and Countess Natale Labia. Muizenberg was a much more refined place. The grand mansions along Beach Road testify. Nowadays it’s laid back, chilled out and pared down, and if you’re not sporting a wetsuit with a surfboard under your arm, or have sun-bleached hair and walk barefoot, you’re probably a visitor! It doesn’t matter, nobody’s going to judge you here.

From the station look south and you can see Casa Labia ahead of you and you only realise how very grand it is as you approach the steps that split half way up at a little fountain. But the outside of Casa Labia is nothing compared to the colonial splendour you find on the inside. It’s actually a living museum, filled with oil paintings, rooms full of antiques and antiquities and it’s amongst all this that you can have breakfast or lunch. Out of all the fabulous brunch spots along this coast, Casa Labia is our favourite. Why? Because you get pancetta instead of bacon (it’s Italian after all!) and a delicious plateful of breakfasty things at extraordinarily low prices.

Feel the glory; either inside where you find yourself sitting a little straighter in such palatial surroundings, or outside with views of a very blue False Bay and the hundreds of surfers waiting for a break. And when you’ve finished brekkie, head upstairs to the art gallery and shop, both beautifully curated with desirable things.

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Reviewed 22 April 2014

This place is REALLY special. Its a beautiful house and you dine in one of the rooms - it is a real treat. The food was delicious but just dining in this kind of place is worth the visit. We went on a day when there was live piano music being played and the sun was shining in the gardens, plus a quick visit to the art gallery upstairs. It really is quite an experience and makes you feel like the Lord of the Manor! Be warned though, no baby changing facilities here, but we made do with a space next to the sink in the washroom. Did I mention the food was delicious too??

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1  Thank LiveWorkTravel
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Casa Labia, the building and its collectables, have over many years been at the forefront of opulence in Muizenberg. It had a slight setback as a dedicated museum a few years ago, but has been "taken back" and is now a popular venue for breakfasts, teas and lunches.

About three years ago, we came for tea and scones outside, which at the time was not outstanding, but on this visit we sat inside. Effectively we were in a museum with lovely works of art around us and if we cared to walk around after we had placed our order, there were lovely views out towards the sea.

The service was attentive, but not irritating and i went for "the top of the menu breakfast". I have just looked on their menu to see what to call it and the best I can come up with, is their description: "eggs Pavarotti with poached eggs, spinach, pancetta & a red pepper Hollandaise sauce on sweet potato toast" It currently costs R88, which is not the cheapest breakfast in town, but was great value considering the creative, well plated, generous breakfast, combined as it was with the unique interior of Casa Labia and the great service. The other guests ordered smaller items from the menu, but all declared they were more than happy with what they got, although I am sure when we all go back again we will all order the... "eggs Pavarotti with poached eggs, spinach, pancetta & a red pepper Hollandaise sauce on sweet potato toast"!

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1  Thank RogerCapeTown
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