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“Perfect Evening!”
Review of Planet Restaurant

Planet Restaurant
Ranked #122 of 1,196 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Contemporary, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: City Bowl
Description: The glittering Planet Restaurant and Planet Bar are chic, contemporary spaces in which to enjoy out-of-this-world dishes and cocktails. Dining with the stars is guaranteed at Cape Town's most stylish restaurant. Crystal balls grace the entrance and the decor includes a galaxy-themed carpet, planetary chandelier and twinkling ceilings. Matching the decor are Chef Rudi Liebenberg's heavenly menus, journeys of gastronomic discovery featuring the freshest local ingredients. The unique, intimate atmosphere of the Planet Restaurant cellar is an ideal venue for a perfect private party.
Reviewed 11 May 2014

hosted my 21st last night, 10th May at the unbelivable Planet Restaurant. Have dined numerous times before hence chose it for this momentus occasion. The photos do not give it justice - its really is stunnning with beautiful chairs and intimate tables so you can hear everyone. [Rare in cape town!]. Wanted everything to be perfect for my party of 7. From months before, I had already started bothering lovely Chantal who answered my every request with such grace. Get there to see that not only have they organised the best table in the house but despite our age, treated us like complete royalty. every single staff member was welcoming, knew when to interrupt and were enthusaistic throughout. Delicious food - I would personally recommend the duck terrine and the prawn curry but every dish is beautifully presented. Generous additional tasters (the white chocolate truffle is amazing!). Left at 12am (thank you to the staff for staying so late and not making us at all feel rushed!) with the fondest memories and was most certainly the perfect evening I had so hoped for!

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Thank capetowngirl21
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

We were staying in the hotel on the last night our honeymoon, couldn't fault the service in the restaurant even the chocolates at the end of the meal with congratulations written on! Great wine pairings too.

1  Thank UkHappytripper
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

We made decided to check out the Mount Nelson hotel on a Sunday afternoon. Had no reservation for lunch but we were greeted by friendly sincere staff who gave us some options. We went for lunch at the Planet Bar terrace over looking the beautiful gardens.
We had succulent oysters, a genuine Caesar salad and grilled steaks. Superb!
Food was excellent! The service was exceptional!
And what a lovely relaxed atmosphere.
We could stroll through the hotel gardens after lunch.
This is such a lovely serene retreat in the heart of Cape Town.

Thank miz_ferreira
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Reviewed 14 March 2014

We booked for the vegetarian tasting menu and it was very good, even if it was a case of how many different ways can you serve vegetables. Not a lot of substance but all very attractive and tasty. My husband had the wine pairing too, which was done well.
Unfortunately I feel the restaurant lets itself down by not imposing a dress code for the evening. Most customers were obviously out for a special meal and to have several spoil the occasion by wearing shorts or other very casual wear is a shame.
When we were there a table near us was conducting non other than a business meeting, in very casual attire, with phones, laptops and papers all over the show. whilst the restaurant floor is large and not over crowded this was an unpleasant distraction. The table next to us was obviously even more disturbed by this and asked several members of staff to do something about the situation. It transpired the offending table were resident at the hotel (shouldn't make a difference) and although the staff did eventually ask them to put the laptop away, they did so reluctantly and only really when their food arrived. The staff handled the situation poorly in our view, but the mans persistence resulted in him being invited back at a later date at end of his holiday, so maybe I should have said something too!
For us the above commotion took the edge off a special evening probably never to be repeated.
The 'planets' décor is tasteful but doesn't go with the original and existing décor that remains. Stick with the traditional and do it well.

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1  Thank Gardengel-IoW
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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2014

Thank you for highlighting that your dinner was truly great. The dress code is a tricky one to address with some guests as patrons all react so differently when being spoken to. Whilst we appreciate every guest who makes an effort to dress appropriately, we also want our patrons to be comfortable. We will focus on guiding our staff accordingly to be able to handle these situations with more tact.

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Reviewed 12 March 2014

Great evening at the Planet restaurant last night. After reading some of the other reviews, made our reservation with some trepidation. But, we had a great evening. From the start, service was excellent. With carpeting thoughout the restaurant, acoustics are excellent, and you can carry on a conversation without lip reading, quite rare in this day and age. Great freshly baked bread to start, with a couple of little canapés thrown in to get us going. The food was really good. I had the marron starter, which was delicious. For main course, I had the monk fish in a curry sauce, with mussels, which was very tasty. Other guests had the kabeljou, which they thought excellent, and the tortellini. My wife's salad starter was one of the best she has had anywhere. For dessert, we had the panna cotta, which tasted great, but could have been a bit firmer. A very nice finishing touch was the selection of choccies and macaroons presented at the end of the meal. Really yummy. Very good wine list. Not cheap, but definitely a five star experience. The only very small criticism is that the background music, although fairly muted, was a little out of keeping. Soft jazz, or classical would have been preferable to the pop style tunes that were played. All in all, a most enjoyable evening.

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Thank Butch R
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Gundula W, Manager at Planet Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 15 March 2014

Thank you for a wonderful sincere review - we are happy to know that the entire experience was a great one for you, from ambience, food, wine and service. We are experimenting with music styles a little, so your feedback is welcomed, thank you.

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