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“very disappointed”
Review of Savoy Cabbage

Savoy Cabbage
Ranked #23 of 1 163 Restaurants in Cape Town Central
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$40
Cuisines: African, Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
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.
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
342 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
“very disappointed”
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Having visited this restaurant over many years, I have to report that the last visit was very disappointing. Food was unispiring, overcooked and the presentation rather lazy. Service was ok but read this: We started by ordering two glasses of sparkling wine and the bartender, less than 5ms away from us, just let the glasses sit on the counter. The waitress was busy, he was not, but he did not think about bringing the glasses over to our table. So I got up and fetched them myself. No reaction or excuse from the barman who just watched me! Unbelievable! We then ordered the second most expensive bottle of red wine and before we could drink it, it needed 20ms of chilling. Answer from the waitress: Our wine racks are in a place that is much too warm! So then go and change it! I am sorry to say that I will not come back to this restaurant which is sad to say.

  • Visited March 2017
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Thank HansM1959
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Savoyowner, Owner at Savoy Cabbage, responded to this review, 22 March 2017
Dear Hans

It is always upsetting to get a poor review, especially from a regular customer whose return business and opinion we value.

The barman pours the drinks but the waiters are responsible for collecting them and delivering them to the table, unless the waiter specifically asks him to do so. The waiter will know who ordered what, if, as on many occasions, the choices are different.

Our red wines are under air conditioning but I am afraid we lack the space for more advanced cooling facilities. We can always decant and put on ice ntil we get a temperature that suits your palate.

Usually great care is taken in plating. Even if we are very busy, it should never be compromised because the eye eats as much as the mouth and it is your first contact with the food so should always deliver the wow factor.

When you are next in Cape Town please contact me personally and I will ensure you your next meal with us meets your highest expectations.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“First amongst equals”
Reviewed 7 March 2017

Slightly more formal than some CT restaurants , but horses for courses. If you want to dress up to eat ,there is nothing better in the city.Went twice and each time a great pleasure. The waiters really are wonderful. They have clearly been tutored well by Caroline and add to the experience. Interesting menu with SA influence. We took the liberty to recommend the Savoy Cabbage( always a risky business) to two very seasoned elderly travelers who were staying at our hotel.We were informed that it was their best meal whilst staying in Cape Town We look forward to returning next year.

  • Visited March 2017
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1 Thank a20hol
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Oakham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“high quality yet again!”
Reviewed 7 March 2017

As occasional visitors to Cape Town it was good to revisit one of our favourites. This restaurant has a great atmosphere in an historic building which at one time was on the waterfront. The menu was varied and accommodated the vegetarians in our party. The wine list selections were well balanced and well priced and the service first class.
To top our evening, the food was absolutely lovely and the cheese souffle !!!!!!!!!!

  • Visited March 2017
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1 Thank Andrew S
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Verona, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

on of the best lamb I ever had! In Cape Town a must!
High quality of the food (with a very honest bill)!

  • Visited March 2017
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1 Thank Davide A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Outstanding Gaspacho!”
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Stylish and informal ambience, short but inventive menu. The Gaspacho soup could be the best I ever had, and the blesbok entree was also outstanding. This was the best meal we had in Cape Town.

  • Visited February 2017
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1 Thank Igor G
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