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“Unpretentious, friendly too all ages, atmospheric, and good food”
Review of Pomegranate Restaurant - CLOSED

Pomegranate Restaurant
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Restaurant was originally located in Johannesburg but moved to Stellenbosch, Cape Town.
Reviewed 21 October 2012

Viisited on an impulse on a rainy Saturday and had to move in from garden during meal, all smoothly handled. Service was attentive, food a little slow to come but no more than to be expected given the painstaking preparation involved. The house is a national monument, full of interesting pictures and books, but as informally welcoming as any country farmhouse. The tomato tart, which we had eaten at the previous home of Pomegranate in Melville, was still excellent, and the other food was good. The garden and farmyard were excellent play venues for our 6 year old son between courses (and whenever else he felt like it....), while other children climbed a tree in the garden.The chef was attentive and amusing, with good wine recommendations. Not the best food or most elaborate setting in the winelands, but as a package it was outstanding.

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2  Thank JonB_SA
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Reviewed 10 September 2012

We often take overseas guests here for dinner. It's usually fairly quiet, so don't be startled if you find that you're the only patrons for the evening. The real treat is the chef, who explains the menu with such convincing passion that you feel your heart will just break if you don't try everything on the menu. The dishes are well prepared and presented and simply delicious. The only downside is that the venue is quite far out of town, but it's absolutely worth the drive.

1  Thank xxLeanie
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Reviewed 18 August 2012

Setting was lovely, but so disappointed by the poor quality of the food. Chef descriptions got my mouth watering and was expecting incredible food.

We had the duck, which was inedible, stringy and very little flesh, that I was still hungry. Tomato tart too much pastry.
Ice cream so unattractively presented and probably was bought from a downmarket retailer. Chocolate fondant underwhelming. Dorado fish a non event, tasteless.
Such a pity.

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Thank Rummplestilskin
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Reviewed 1 July 2012

Still my favourite in the Cape. Great service, great food (loved the game carpaccio) and a fantastic wine and food pairing... the ideal way to spend a rainy winter afternoon.

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Thank Itaxerxes
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Reviewed 26 March 2012

Lovely building, nicely decorated and ok quality but generally over priced food. Overall the evening would have been fine if it wasn't for the pretentious ramblings of the chef and the inattentive service.

Despite my partner and I clearly planning a romantic meal for 2, the chef felt the need to explain in VERY lengthy terms the content of the menu. Rather than be able to read, decide and order, we were subjected to a good 20 mins of description of every tiny detail of how the food was bred, killed, cooked, marinated, sliced, garnished, seasoned and on and on. A similar discussion ensued as each course was served. It was excruciating!

The chef obviously feels that he's to good to commit his menu to paper, but he seems to have forgotten that often people eat out to enjoy each other's company as well as the food and that the food at Ponegranate isn't good enough to excuse the extensive intrusion on your evening.

When we tried to leave, we had to ask for the bill 4 times and waited over 35 mins from when we first asked for it to be produced - even though only 3 other tables were occupied. Eventually we had to walk to the door, put our jackets on and stand by the till to highlight that we wanted to leave. The staff here like to talk but not listen!

Overall I just didn't enjoy the 'experience' at Pomegranate - the quality of food and the skill of the cooking should speak for itself when you taste it. That such lengthy descriptions are needed really highlight what's lacking. My advice to Pomegranite is stop embarrassing yourself and print up some menus.

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1  Thank MrsMeatballs
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