The restaurant is not as good as I remember it. The service is not bad but they do not have a separate smoking area, so my food\'s smell was masked by the stench of shag tobacco. The food tasted good, but was very mild and sweet and lacked any bite what so ever. I am prepared to pay for quality, but this place is a total rip-off as you are charged far too much for what you get.
I have resigned myself to letting people think that this is what South Africans traditionally eat. But it is an excellent exotic selection for people whose reference point is stamppot, potatoes or similar (though monkeygland steak -beef, not monkey- is sorely missing). The food is better than I recall from the last time that I was here and the service is definitely better. And like a proper South African style restaurant it is now smoke free! Two thumbs up! I find the salads are amongst the best in Amsterdam if you choose to have a salad as a meal. I thought that the springbok boerewors lacked the coriander that makes boerewors the way South Africans know it. The chicken and mushroom pie was just as good as that of some or other tannie who we used to visit in the platteland. The house red is served chilled and the house white is not that great (personal taste). The other wines are really good but quite expensive so a selection of less pricy wines would be appreciated to reduce the portion of the bill going to wine.
People like Petra below should stick to eating bland foods because complaining that an exotic Thai curry has too many ingredients is not something I can seriously believe. The snapper in red curry was excellent. I also find people who claim to get raw food in restaurants but do not complain immediately about it deserve what they get. I ordered the same dish and found it delicious. On the downside, the restaurant was extremely busy that night and unfortunately some people think it imperative to smoke cigars in an enclosed area while other people are eating.
The complaints below surprise me: if people are so price sensitive then they should go to Febo. The presentation, quality and taste of the food, combined with the really unique interior with the loads of flowers and good service make this restaurant one of the few I go back to.
A limited but suitable lunch menu that offers delicious salads andsandwiches. Their chocolates, cakes and tarts are excellent and it a welcome treat to enjoy a decent pot of tea. The minimalist decor is really pleasant. It is a smokeless zone, a welcome relief in this city.
We had to wait 20 minutes for our table despite a reservation so we were sent to the bar to wait. At the bar there was no place to keep our jackets so we spent the time in the bar standing (too full to sit) with jackets draped over our arms. The food was not bad, though the option to get some some freshly milled black pepper should seem a standard for any modern kitchen. Having an active bar downstairs seemed to keep the staff working on drinks rather than tending to the tables, and it was the source of a constant stream of secondhand smoke for people dining upstairs. The total disappointment however was the absolute lack of ventilation. We asked for the ventilation to be turned up as it is unpleasant to be sweating from the heat when eating your fdinner. When we were told that this was not possible we decided it was too unpleasant to linger and left. Leaving a restaurant early and really stinking of secondhand smoke is not the way I like to end an evening and I will not be back because despite good food the ambience was awful.
Delicious food in a top restaurant. I usually go for a salad but decided to try a soup instead, which are excellent, and for the not so hungry dinner guest, the waitress got a larger soup serving as a main course. The mango dessert was excellent: I have not had such a sweet mango in a very long time. It is just a pity that there is no smoke-free area.
As a South African, I would not classify this as traditional at all: it is more of a new trendy way of cooking with South African game. It is probably a new style akin to the famed Australian fusion. The truly \"traditional\" dishes are limited to the less exotic items on the menu like tipsy tart (excellent!) and the dom pedro (which needed more whisky). Most South Africans will not touch zebra or crocodile and it is only an elite and trendy few who can afford the likes of springbok, kudu or ostrich. However, both the springbok (in the kugel salad) and ostrich (sosaties = kebabs) were excellent, and my colleagues said the same about the zebra abd crocodile.
The Mulderbosch Faithful Hound is a good Bordeaux style blend that lends itself well to the gamey taste. For dessert, Vin de Contance is a revived classic.
The green payaya salad is a must for those who like it hot. The rest of the food we had was also excellent, though we skipped dessert as the portions are really good. The staff are very friendly and extremely charming in a way not seen at most restaurants in the Netherlands.
Uiteindelijk!! De mogelijk om goed eten in een eetcafe te genieten dat NIET van de rook van anderen stinkt. De hors d\'oevres waren zeer origineel (aubergine & abdij kaas terrine) en erg lekker, en de entrees waren ook zeer goed (lekkere porties!). Prijzen vallen ontzettend mee en het is zonder twijfel de moetie waard om terug te keren. Vooral op zon- of maandag. Nadeel... beperkte wijnselectie.