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“Excellent food”
Review of Savoy Cabbage

Savoy Cabbage
Ranked #23 of 1,148 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: African, European, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Enjoy creative contemporary cooking in a visually exciting venue. With its historic Table Mountain stone and old brick that dates back to the 18th century, architect Leon Saven's design is complemented by glass, concrete and exposed ducting. Cabbage motif chandeliers and salt dishes, fine table appointments and impeccable service reflect outstanding attention to detail. The menu alters daily, using the freshest local produce and combines unusual flavours to excite the palate of the discerning diner. A boutique wine list which is very reasonably priced.
Cape Town
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Excellent food”
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

Went back to SC after a long time for a birthday dinner. Food and service truly excellent. Great choice of wines too. Restaurant cleared out quite early, which is what I recalled from previous visit too, but staff quite happy for us to stick around.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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73 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Serious let down”
Reviewed 1 August 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is set in a beautiful old building. The interior, like the menu, is quirky. You can see the crumbling old brick walls with ghosts of old windows and doorways that have since been filled with newer brick to make the double volume room that is now the restaurant. Cabbage lights and bishop Tutu appearing to hang in mid air as he swings on an ornate crystal chandelier complete this amazing looking restaurant.

The menu is also made up of beautiful sounding dishes, with some hard to source meats such as Zebra and Warthog.

Whilst the restaurant was not really busy whilst we were there, and they had plenty of staff, service is where the evening started to fall apart.

Our waiter struggled with communication, which made ordering an ordeal. Further we were limited to a single drink as the second round although ordered never appeared, despite our empty glasses left on the table to remind anyone who cared to notice that something was amiss.

Then we got to the food.
I won't bother with the starters, and neither should you.

For main course my wife had the Duck breast with beetroot risotto.
The fat had not been rendered, there was a piece of sinew running the length of the meat which made the duck impossible to cut. You basically had to scrape the meat to get at it. The risotto was over cooked so the rice had no bite to it, just a red tasteless mush.
The waiters only response to us pointing this out was to scrape the substantial remains of my dry warthog onto my wife's plate and clear the table. He either did not tell the chef as we had asked, or the chef couldn't be bothered to see us.
This restaurant has so much potential, a manager walking round making sure guests are cared for and some quality control in the kitchen would make all the difference. Based on the other reviews, perhaps this was just their night off.

Visited July 2014
4 Thank Say-it-straight
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45 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“First class meal at reasonable price”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We arrived in a somewhat cheerless mood, having been soaked to the skin in a cloudburst on our way. We were warmly and unfussily welcomed and treated to superb cooking at reasonable prices. We wouldn't recommend getting soaked, but we would strongly recommend this restaurant!

Visited July 2014
Thank sporadiccommentator
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Washington, Virginia
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93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“All in all, a great meal in a great atmosphere.”
Reviewed 31 July 2014

I enjoyed my meal here. I had the warthog - and it was very good. Quite memorable. My wife and I split the soup - a mushroom/chicken I believe. It was tasty. My carpaccio was very good.

I wouldn't say it was spectacular. But, all in all, a great meal in a great atmosphere.

Visited July 2014
Thank mattva1
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Kenmore, Washington
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199 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great service and a good place to eat”
Reviewed 28 July 2014 via mobile

Compared to our other eateries this is a 3+. Service is excellent and sauces are great. Meat is a bit chewy especially for us from the states. The high point would be the variety and good quality of their appetizers.

Thank Dwight T
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