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“A great dinner!”
Review of Emily's - CLOSED

Emily's
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Stellenbosch, South Africa
Level Contributor
261 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“A great dinner!”
Reviewed 28 October 2013 via mobile

Emily's recently relocated from the Waterfront to Kloof Street and it is great to have them here on the "strip". The food was fabulous: warthog carpaccio followed by Boned Quaill stuffed with ostrich on Africa polenta and rounded off with pancake filled with custard and sprinkled with almonds and drizzled with Contreau! Great atmosphere! I am going again!

Visited October 2013
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Thank Johann S
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food, lovely restaurant!”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We came here for dinner after Emilys had just moved to Kloof Street. Food and wine was amazing, would definitely come back!

  • Visited September 2013
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Franschhoek, South Africa
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71 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Exceptional!”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

We reserve our Excellent ratings for restaurants that tick all the boxes. Emily's (now in a new location on Kloof Street in Gardens) is truly exceptional! A refreshing welcoming drink is just the start to a wonderful dining experience. Such care is taken to ensure that everything leaving the kitchen is perfect. Beautifully presented & more importantly, absolutely delicious food!! I loved the Waterblommetjie bredie (A traditional South African dish) & my dessert was superb! Thank you Chef Peter Veldsman & co. for a memorable experience.

  • Visited September 2013
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Morristown, NJ
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing, creative, unpretentious. Loved it !”
Reviewed 25 February 2012

Loved our dinner here. Food was fantastic with such creative twists and unexpected amazing flavors. Definitely and 'arty' atmosphere. Food absolutely delicious and satisfied a table full of 15 Australian businessmen at a table nearby, who gave chef a round of applause and standing ovation. Not sure why this restaurant is not rated higher. Definitely would go back next time in Cape Town. Enjoy with emphasis on 'joy'..

Visited February 2012
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Thank ScarletteRose
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Stuttgart, Germany
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Best Dinner in 10 Evenings of Cape Town Fine Dining”
Reviewed 22 January 2012

I have been in this restaurant many years ago and liked it very much , so we went here again on one of our first evenings in Cape Town. We could not know that night, that we had the best right on the beginning of our trip !
I have read very ambivalent ratings of this restaurant here and its ranking is quite at the end of all in Cape Town, so I was worried, that it has meanwhile worsened much.
So it was my great pleasure to have a really tasty and classy dinner !
Usually we go back to the best restaurant during a holiday on our last evening again, but unfortunately it was fully booked then! I mention this because indeed as read in the ratings before the place was deserted on our first evening even on a weekend Friday. There was only one couple more in this cosy and beautiful decorated restaurant. The food should not have been the reason as it was delicious, but obviously the not so gourmet "IN" crowd prefers much less classy , even more doubtful places (see my other ratings here!)
It is also true that there was 1 single person in the entire restaurant but he WAS waiter, barman and receptionist and he was really courteous and professional.
But lets speak about the most important thing in a restaurant: the food!
And indeed it was wonderful.
First course was Springbok Carpaccio with Green Peppercorn Icecream and Olive Sauce: a balanced mix of tastes, which was rounded up by green asparagus and mango.
Main course was Blesbok Loin with Butternut Puree, Apricot Chutney and Foie Gras Cream: Wonderful tender meat accompanied sweet and dry . Delicious.
For this dinner we tried a very powerful 2000 La Riche Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon out of the restaurant's good wine display.
The desserts were "Lemon Snow" with berries and cherries , a very light, fluffy and tasty foam and Baked Ginger Pudding with "Christmas Casata", the probably best Casata I ever had.

It is really a pity , that this marvelous restaurant has not the ranking in here, that it deserves.
As a world wide traveller I only can recommend this restaurant as a wonderful place to have really extraordinary food not only for Cape Town standards !

  • Visited January 2012
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