Aubergine is a colonial gardens house, which is home to exciting yet refined cuisine. The kitchen turns out delicious classic-based offerings with a ... More
Aubergine is a colonial gardens house, which is home to exciting yet refined cuisine. The kitchen turns out delicious classic-based offerings with a vast variety of textures and shapes. Enjoy the lounge/bar for aperitifs, smoking and private functions, or for alfresco dining, go though to the courtyard. This is gourmet heaven!
The main course arrived and was not good the meat was filled with fat and grizzel, we were offered another choice which was accepeted and was much better.
The bad news is that we were charged for both choices, when we asked to speak to the (manager) owner he refused to see us and sent a lackey out to tell us that the meal was good he tasted it. This has never happened to me any other place I have eaten
no matter what the cost.
I really liked the food - it is tasty and beautifully prepared. But it is served by a procession of haughty and unfriendly staff. From getting the order completely wrong, to backchat about the exorbitantly priced wines (they take pride in their overpriced wine list), this experience is to be avoided. There are some mighty fine restaurants in Cape Town. This one rests on the assumption that if you pay a fortune it must be good. Well it is only an assumption. What is certain is that you will pay. You will also be made to feel uncomfortable in the stiff atmosphere and ill at ease because of the tense staff. Go somewhere else where the staff welcome customers, and make the experience memorable.
From the moment one enters one is greeted and treated superbly. The well-trained service staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the food cannot be surpassed anywhere in Cape Town or surrounds (occasionally we try elsewhere and always return to the best in town), the wine range is excellent, the ambience is relaxed and it is a pleasure to chat to Mr Bresselschmidt when he comes in to greet his customers late in the evening. We have enjoyed the restaurant for the last 15 years and now, as old age pensioners, my husband and I can only afford Aubergine for special celebrations, but every cent is worth it, every time.
I really liked the food and the atmosphere in this restaurant. It was also very nice that the chef came to our place and asked us who we liked the food. The Aubergine isn't the cheapest restaurant in Cape Town but definitely worth the money. Will come back for sure!
We had this restaurant recommended to us by our accomodation owner, who uses it to wine and dine clients. From the moment we walked through the door we were made to feel extremeley welcome. The ambiance was excellent, the staff courteous and knowledgeable and the food was absolutely divine. From the starter to the dessert, everything was well presented and cooked to perfection. The waiters topped up water and wine glasses when empty, and seemed to appear from nowhere, right on cue. The prices were perhaps a little higher than Cape Town average, but for the quality of both service and food we thought it excellent value. We would not hesitate to recommend The Aubergine.
We have travelled to Cape Town twice a year for the last seven years and make a point of always eating here. (Next visit in a week's time). We always choose the tasting menu with accompanying wine and have never been disappointed as both the food and the wines that are paired with it are superlative. The service is discreet yet attentive and both the dining room and the outdoors patio are charming. The chef/patron usually comes into the restaurant to speak to diners towards the end of the evening. We have eaten in literally dozens of other places in the Cape and this has to be the best. It certainly isn't cheap by CT standards, though if you are travelling from London it is a bargain!
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