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“Life, in the slow lane...”
Review of Life Grand Cafe

Life Grand Cafe
Ranked #288 of 1 228 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

A two hour shuffle around the newly opened Zeitz museum of contemporary art across the bridge left us hungry, so the Life Grand Café appeared in front of us at just the right time.
It’s quite a large place on more than one level with great views from above, but tables were freely available even during peak holiday lunchtime. We sat in the shade under a whirling fan, very welcome on a hot day and ordered glasses of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay to help cool off.
Not feeling too hungry in the heat, a tartare of salmon caught my eye. It came with a quail’s egg, sliced avocado, rocket and aioli, nicely presented with fish eggs on top and a squirt of balsamic dressing across the plate; it hit the spot perfectly.
The family’s choices of wagyu burger, seafood ceviche and a Banting pizza were also well executed examples of their kind.

There are lots of staff bustling around but service wasn’t fast, it didn’t bother me but I imagine on a busy day it could suffer. I would guess the dishes we chose demanded a degree of extra attention to detail so may take longer to produce from the kitchen? but the quality was there, so that’s OK then.
Prices were reasonable given the location.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

Direct inside the harbour, you can look to the traffic of ships and boat, while you're waiting.
The service was very good, always looking for us.
The food... Well, sometimes the fish is not fresh. Should not happen in the harbour.
The drinks were good, nothing to complain.

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Thank frank_zillmann
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

Great ambiance, very nice restaurant with live DJ (lounge music). Waiting time for service and food was long but this was compensated by the entertainment / site watching. When we were there a party was ongoing making it in total quite busy. Food was good so we enjoyed our stay!

Thank Marita d
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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

The perfect resturant for locals and tourists offering a bit of everything needed for a Memorable and satisfying dining experience.

Thank Brad d
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bonny s, Manager at Life Grand Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi Brad

We are delighted to hear that we are meeting our guests expectations.

Kind Regards
Bonny

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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

We visited the establishment many a time. Just because there food is great. Today had to be the worst service experience . We waited forever for a simple order pizza and arabiata pasta. Food eventually arrived. With the waiter literally placing it and hurrying away. Not a single manager in sight either to check in level of service. They seriously need waiters that are focussed on a few tables tables and will enable prompt service. Extremely disappointed.

Thank Ferhana C
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bonny s, Manager at Life Grand Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 9 January 2018

Hi Fernhana,

Firstly I would like to apologize for the unacceptable service you received at our establishment. At Life Grand Cafe we pride ourselves in great food and service.
Unfortunately we did not live up to it on this particular occasion.
I assure you staff training is ongoing and of the utmost importance to us.
Please take the time to visit us again so that we may redeem ourselves.

Regards
Bonny

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