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Savoy Cabbage
Reviewer: mac

Reviewed on the: 21/12/2006 10:07:53

Overall Rating: 88%
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When you walk into a place called the Savoy Cabbage, you have expectations... just from the name, let alone their reputation. Now I must admit that my expectations did not include them having the naked bricks the walls exposed. Of course when some of those walls are stone walls dating back from 1770, it makes them some of the oldest walls in Cape Town and gives the restaurant heaps of character. Of course I have to mention the heaps of character that Caroline (the owner) brings to the restaurant, and would like to warn the conversationalists amongst you to prepare for a long meal if you happen to get into a conversation with her. She has learned the art of conversation, and learned it well.
It was a little bit unfortunate that we ate so early in the afternoon, so we didn't get a full experience of what the restaurant holds in terms of atmosphere, however we did get the full attention of both our host and our very attentive waitress. I like to think that the service is that good when the restaurant is full.
Surprisingly, with a reputation like the Savoy Cabbage has, they won't charge you an arm and a leg for their meals, which include their world-renowned tomato tart. Thankfully my mother taught me to eat my veggies, and I have to thank her for this because I might have missed out on the tomato tart otherwise. There is good reason why they are obliged to keep it on their daily changing menus, it has been listed as one of the 10 Things To Eat Before You Die by the New York Times.
On the day that we were there they had Swordfish on the menu, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Kine doesn’t like lamb, but she decided to take a risk and try their lamb, she also doesn’t like red wine, but she had it with a Merlot sauce, she is also not a fan of rarer meats and agreed to have it cooked a little bit pink… I don’t know if this was a good idea, because I had to tell her to slow down eating it, it was that good!
The wine list was quite impressive, with out being daunting. Excluding the international collection of champagne (they do consider themselves a champagne bar as well), they stock wines from many of the local boutique wine farms, which are always of a high standard.
They have not yet been rated by the South African Tourism grading council, however they have received a very praising review by the New York Times, and perhaps a better indication of the high quality of food and service is the impressive list of international start who have eaten there: Billy Joel, Victoria Beckham, Alan Rickman, Dave Matthews to name but a few.
Now they have an interesting situation when it comes to music. There is none. And I must say that it is quite pleasant and very conducive to conversation. Mention must be made of their opera evenings though, but if you hear of one of these, be sure to be quick with our booking as they are always booked out within the day.
Located just off Greenmarket Square and Long Street, it is very central, however parking can be a bit of a problem, as ever, in central Cape Town.
I really enjoyed my meal here, the food was of the quality to be expected from a restaurant with such a good reputation, the service was quick and attentive and the conversation Caroline was interesting to the point that we had to interrupt it before we started to run late. If you haven’t had the Savoy Cabbage recommended to you before, then allow me to do it now!

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