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Idiom Wine Tasting Centre & Restaurant

Somerset West, South Africa
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About Idiom Wine Tasting Centre & Restaurant
Idiom Tasting Centre offers spectacular views of the majestic ‘Helderberg basin’ mountains and the full profile of the Cape Peninsula from Table Mountain to Cape Point. The wine tasting centre showcases Idiom’s Flagship Blends, signature Italian varietal wines and rare limited release 900 Series wines. Idiom offers wine tastings, wine and canapé pairings as well as wine and macaron pairings.
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Marion W wrote a review 11 Jun
Somerset West, South Africa16 contributions4 helpful votes
A rating of Three is actually not fair, but four for this visit is too good. We love the setting, the building, the view, the wine, the service all amazing. We brought guests here hoping to show off. Alas we couldn't. Management was not in evidence. The manager stood in the background with his hands in his pockets watching or chatting with other staff. We had an unfortunate table close to the door on a cold and windy day, this in itself does not affect this review. The restaurant has a two door access system designed to keep the unwanted weather conditions out. The door was being poorly managed, kept open and we were constantly exposed to cold and wind. We asked our waiter to please ask that the door be better managed. This, not really the waiters area of control, changed nothing. We asked to see the manager, Jean van de Westhuizen. From the get go his attitude was unhelpful, sarcastically informing us that he would now have to open the internal door to close the external door. Really?? We had a number of dirty cutlery items at our table as well. The food was good, but not good enough to justify a very limited menu, Particularly if you are vegan or vegetarian. The staff however were amazing, Lwazi, Tino and Craig made our visit pleasant. The wines we chose are really very good and the recommendations by Tino and Craig really appreciated. Will we go back? Yes we love going there and hope this was just an off day.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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JMBFDublin wrote a review Mar 2022
Dublin643 contributions177 helpful votes
This is a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful location. However the lack of a visible and effective management presence meant the service was a bit hit and miss. The staff are lovely but need a bit of direction. Our friend loved his pizza and I thought the dessert was great but my husband said he had a bad aftertaste after his fish.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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andycluver wrote a review May 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa39 contributions29 helpful votes
Memorable lunch at Idiom Restaurant near Somerset West / strand . The food was outstanding with good local wines . Service was good . Highly recommended .
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Date of experience: May 2021
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Bernard wrote a review Feb 2021
Cape Town Central, South Africa47 contributions13 helpful votes
We made a booking for 11 am. Expected to have lunch. It was a disappointment when we were informed we can only do brunch! We had a bottel of Gusto, Prosecco, which we enjoyed. We decided to do a wine tasting with canapés. This was excellent. We enjoyed is so much we wanted to stay for lunch. After inquiring, we found a cancellation... wow the Menu was excellent, something to remember!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Jozi2Melb wrote a review Dec 2020
Exec in Tokyo157 contributions65 helpful votes
The drive up to the restaurant is impressive. The building is modern both inside and outside. It would certainly appeal to an international clientele. The inside of the restaurant has clean lines and great views of the vines, mountain and far off sea. The day we were there, the restaurant was about 25% full. In other words, it was not busy. On arrival, despite a confirmed reservation, the host seemed unable to find the booking. No table had been set aside. As it was not busy, we ignored the oversight. Despite Covid distancing requirements, we were then offered a table immediately next to 4 or 5 other tables. We declined and requested to sit outside at a vacant table. Menu options include a four course set menu, a very limited a la Carte option and a separate (odd for an upmarket restaurant) pizza section. As we did not want a 4 course lunch, we chose two items off the a la Carte menu. That was when the debacle started: My guest asked that no chips were put on his plate. He additionally ordered roast vegetable. The waiter went back to the kitchen and the chef apparently stated that removing the chips from the plate was impossible. Really? My guest then asked for aioli to accompany his main course. Even if it meant extra payment. The waiter went back to the chef who stated that aioli was not available. He then asked for mustard. The waiter again disappeared only to return with a message from the chef (apparently) that there was no mustard. Seriously? We asked to see the manager to figure out what was going on. The alleged manager arrived, confirmed what the waiter had said and promptly disappeared. By this time both untouched courses were lukewarm. We again asked for the manager and a completely new “manager” arrived on the scene. We were then told that he was the “real” manager and that aioli and mustard were indeed available. Another 5 to 10 minutes later, these arrived. Clearly someone was lying. When we questioned the waiter about this and the reason he had introduced someone purporting to be the manager, he said that a more senior waiter would do despite us having asked for the manager. By this time, the food was seriously cold. While artistically presented, my fish dish was mean in quantity and the vegetables almost non-existent. See photo. 2 pieces of asparagus, 4 (exactly) salad leaves and (probably) one spinach leaf cannot justify the price. The glass condiment holders brought to the table were dirty. Notwithstanding Covid. The third setting at the table should have been cleared as we sat down. It remained until we left. See photo. We asked for the bill as there was no way we were going to order any other course. Just as we were about to depart, the waiter arrived with two “mocktails” care of the real manager. Too late. I personally will not return to this overrated and pricey establishment. Especially when no one seems to know what is going on, from the waiters to the manager. So, one star for the food and four for the location. Sadly, an average of two stars due to the above.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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