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Reviews by (late) Judith Taylor up to 2020, except where indicated.  Editing by Rick Raubenheimer.  Reviews are listed in reverse date order (newest at the top).  For older reviews see Restaurant reviews for Rivonia and Morningside. You might also like to look at Review of Restaurants in Morningside and Restaurant Reviews for the rest of Sandton.

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Reviews on This Page:
Blueberry Beacon
Chow To Go
Paul depuis 1889
Nala Bheema's Authentic Indian Restaurant
Kitchen Vibes
STK Grill House
Jozi Gin Local Eatery
Polpetta Pizza & Pasta
Ocean Basket Morningview
Ocean Basket Morningview
Roasting Jacks
Manto’s Café
Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucinaü
Ocean Basket Morningview
STK Grill House
011 Morningside
Pomodoro Ristorante
The Green Peppercorn
Kong Tai Chinese Restaurant
Ocean Basket, Morningviewü
Pappadums, encore!
Polpetta Ristorante
The Green Peppercorn
Morningside 011
Pappadums again again
Silver Pine Spur
Ocean Basket, Morningview
Metro Restaurant Morningside
Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina
Polpetta Ristorante
The Hussar Grill
Ocean Basket, Morningview
Silver Pine Spur
Pappadums and again
Pappadums yet again
Fego Caffé, Gallo Manor
The Baron, Woodmead
Piza e Vino
Pappadums again
Love Fish
Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina
Piza e Vino
Green Peppercorn again
Piza e Vino
Ocean Basket, Morningview
Salé e Pepe da Giovanni, again
Kiyota Sushi
Polpetta Ristorante
Pomodoro again
Raashee Indian Restaurant again
Third Opinion on Piza e Vino
Second Opinion on Piza e Vino
Piza e Vino
Le Bistro at Petit Cochon
Raashee Indian Restaurant
Kiyota Sushi again
Kong Tai Chinese Restaurant
Kiyota Sushi
Chez Girard
Food Lovers Market
Sale e Pepe da Giovanni by Shannon
Adega, Bryanston
The Baron, Dunwoody Centre
Cucina Italiana
Vasili's again
Green Peppercorn
Silver Pine Spur

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Restaurant reviews for Rivonia
Older Restaurant reviews (for Rivonia and Morningside)
Restaurants in Rivonia

Accommodation in Rivonia,

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Other Shopping Centres in the Morningside area:
The Wedge, Morningside
90° on Rivonia
Morning Glen, Kelvin Drive
Morning View, South Road

Shopping Centres in Rivonia:
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall
Rivonia Central

Shopping Centres in Woodmead:
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead Super Value Centre

Other Places of Interest:
Culture: Books, Movies, etc
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Rivonia Village Veterinary Clinic,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop,
Manor Medical Centre,
Morningside Country Club,
Rooms To Let in Morningside

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The Reviews

***** Blueberry Beacon, Morning Glen Mall: Fri 25 August 2023 (by Elizabeth Pereira)

The restaurant is located on the top level in Morning Glen shopping centre. The location and design allows patrons to see the Rivonia skyline. Watching the sunset is a treat.

The food is well presented and we enjoyed our meal of Haloumi balls for me and Cajun Chicken with well-done crispy chips for my partner.

Staff are efficient; respectful and sufficiently attentive. The management keep watch ensuring that needs are met. The vibe is upbeat and pleasant.

The children's playground is heaven for active kids. The tables around the sides allow parents to keep watch.

In conclusion; a highly recommended outing for the family.

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**** Chow To Go, Morningview Shopping Centre: 28 February 2020

Moreblessing Wadenga was amazing. She was alone up front but organised green tea, plus a combo of 2 spring rolls, rice balls and meat skewers. We ended up with prawn toast and Fried Banana Ice cream. Brilliant service and interesting Chinese food.

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***** Paul depuis 1889, Morningside Shopping Centre, Morningside: 31 December 2019

A boulangerie, patisserie and great place to go to eat. The service, from greeting to seating and eating was superb. We ordered Carrot Juice (which was freshly squeezed) and Chenin Blanc. Have you ever eaten Traditional Onion Soup out of a hollowed out loaf? Well my partner did and declared it very good. I had the Pesto Chicken Sandwich. Both were excellent and we had takeaways! Felicia was great.  This is definitely a place worth trying.

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*** Nala Bheema's Authentic Indian Restaurant, Morningview Shopping Centre: 13 September 2019

A new restaurant in this centre, it has a good menu. We drank Robertson Chardonnay and Mango Lassi. Then we ordered Dal Makhani and Prawn Masala. I'm still finishing the latter as I should have ordered mild not medium! Very friendly and attentive service.

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***** Kitchen Vibes, The Wedge, Morningside: 24 August 2019

A new restaurant in the Wedge, serving food from all over Africa, that was well worth the visit. An Appletiser and Durbanville Sauvignon Blanc were chosen for drinks. We mulled over the menu and went for Spicy Roast Goat (low spice) and Brebo which was amazingly hot! Michael spent time explaining the menu to us which helped!

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***** STK Grill House, Morningview Shopping Centre: 23 August 2019

A return visit after a few months, Bheki was a great waiter. We had hot chocolate and Flagstone Poetry Cabernet. For food, I chose the small fillet with creamed spinach and my partner the rump. Both steaks were melt-in-the-mouth. This place is great and full of big welcomes and great attention.

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***** Jozi Gin Local Eatery (formerly "Morningside 011"), The Wedge, Morningside: 10 May 2019

Silly when you can share excellent oxtail at a lower cost than making your own! Washed down with Franhoek Chardonnay and Appletiser. Great service from Christin.

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***** Polpetta Pizza & Pasta, The Wedge, Morningside: 09 May 2019

Wonderful mussels and great lasagne, topped off with hot chocolate and Tiramisu. Total indulgence and great service from Sherol. Management always comes to greet us as well.

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*** Ocean Basket, Morningview Shopping Centre, South Road Morningside: 03 May 2019

Quick meal at one of our favourite places, but it was not their best day. Charity gave good service but the fish and chips were not their usual standard.

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***** Pappadums, Morning Glen Mall: 13 April 2019

As always, our favourite place and Sharon knows our needs! Tried Doolhof Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc for the first time and can recommend it. Lassi Mango is my partner's favourite drink here. A medium Chicken Tikka and a mild Dal Tadka were enjoyed as well.

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**** Ocean Basket, Morningview Shopping Centre: 22 February 2019

One of our favourite Ocean Baskets, stopped off for calamari and their famous Fish, with butternut and spinach. Drinks were house white wine and Appletiser. Service was good and the restaurant was busy. Great place to go with the family.

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** Roasting Jacks, The Wedge, Morningside: 9 February 2019

Stars for Unam's great service and beautiful smile, as the rest of the experience was very disappointing. The "fresh squeezed" juice arrived in a bottle. Despite implying they sold wine, they didn't, so we went a bought a bottle at Spar Tops. Ice container was great. We ordered two quarter chickens and their salad. I asked for no mayo, but my salad arrived with some and was a sorry mess when it came without dressing. The chicken portions were a good size, but mine tasted sweet and sticky.

We now have chicken in the takeaway box!

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***** Manto’s Café, Morningview Shopping Centre: 26 January 2019

Drinks here were Strawberry Juice (and they do juice their own strawberries) and Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc. To eat, I had Smashed Avocado on Rye toast and my partner a toasted Cheese and Tomato sandwich. Simangele is a great waitress. They also serve mean coffee!

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**** Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina, Ri'vonia Road, Morningside: 25 January 2019

A return after a long break! This is a very child friendly restaurant and it was alive with little ones! Drink choices were Brampton Sauvignon Blanc and Castle Free. To eat, I chose the spicy chicken livers and my partner a California pizza. The chicken livers proved so spicy that I took half home for later! We now are carrying a box for my leftovers!

Prince gave great service.

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***** Ocean Basket, Morningview Shopping Centre: 18 January 2019

A thoroughly decadent meal, our drinks were Appletizer and Ocean Basket's own dry white. I indulged in oysters and my partner in sole with great chips! We stretched ourselves to dessert. My partner had icecream with decadent hot sauce and I went for an Irish coffee.

Thoroughly enjoyable meal and great service from Lebani.

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***** STK Grill House, Morningview Shopping Centre: 11 January 2019

Newly opened and very friendly owner and staff. All menus are on boards and there's a good choice of portion sizes. My drink, as usual, was Sauvignon Blanc whilst my partner went back to Appletizer. I had a beautiful rare rump, after rejecting the first one for being over done, with creamed spinach. My partner had a medium rump (with pap balls, not worth repeating).

Sammy was our efficient waiter and we can definitely recommend this venue

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**** 011 Morningside, The Wedge, Morningside: 02 November 2018

This is part of the Baron chain of restaurants and is on the lower level of the Wedge. It has an outside balcony for summer and sunny days. Our waiter was Goodness and made sure we were well looked after. To drink, my partner had Tomato Cocktail and I had Durban Sauvignon Blanc, which was a good enjoyable wine. Been very happy with all the wines I’ve tried so far in 2018. To eat, my partner had Liver and Onions and I had Calamari. Both were good. The calamari were so good that I was naughty and indulged in a slice of cheese cake!

011 also has a Sports bar, so it’s a great place to go if you are a fan!

Once all the work at the Wedge is finished, I think this plus Morningside Shops will be two of the best restaurant venues around.

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***** Pomodoro Ristorante, Morningside Shopping Centre: 05 October 2018

Believing that they would be open, we returned and they were. This was a dinner event and we decided to have a special one! Pewo was our waiter and a joy to work with as well. I ordered Buitenverwacht Buiten Blanc, one of my favourite wines, which is becoming difficult to find. My partner ordered hot chocolate. TO eat, he ordered Lasagna Bolognese and I ordered Pollo al Limone. The latter was exquisite.

The break and revamp seems to have revitalised an already outstanding restaurant. It’s definitely worth a visit!

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**** The Green Peppercorn, Morningside Shopping Centre: 23 Sept 2018

The intention had been to go to Pomodoro, but they were renovating! As usual, their waiters were on the ball and Skinny took us to a table promptly. Drinks were Appletiser and Klein White wine. I went for a Steak sandwich without the roll and chips and my partner for Hake and chips. They do a mean hake and chips!

The steak was perfectly cooked and excellent. All in all a great lunch break and a visit to Exclusive Books wrapped up the day out!

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**** Kong Tai Restaurant, 31 The Wedge, Morningside: 15 Sept 2018

I was hungry, it was earlier than noon and Kong Tai the one place that was more than happy to accommodate us! Kuda gave us excellent service as well. Drinks were Appletiser and Calitzdorp Sauvignon Blanc. The latter was excellent. I ordered Chicken and Chinese mushroom without rice. It was really tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My partner ordered Diced chicken with cashew nuts and Egg Fried rice.

Kong Tai’s lunch menu is extremely well priced. Dining is elegant and service is excellent. Recommended for intimate lunches and dinners.

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** Ocean Basket, Morning View, South Road: 21 July 2018

Another favourite restaurant to which we got into rather late. This visit was marred by the fact that they failed to mention that the tomato fish soup had chilli in it. This meant that my partner, who hates chilli, was unable to finish his soup. He drank nothing whilst I had Two Oceans Sauvignon Blanc. Sheperd's service was excellent as usual.

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**** Pappadums, Morning Glen Mall, corner Kelvin Drive and Bowling Avenue, Gallo Manor: 23 May 2018

Another of our favourite places, with an excellent Mango Lassi as well! I ordered Strydom Freshman Sauvignon Blanc - another new wine to add to my list. My partner's food choice was a mild Chana Masala whilst I ordered the Murg Tikka medium. Charity is used to my "No rice, thank you", which still surprises in other restaurants. Good food and good service, plus reusable takeaway containers.

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***** Polpetta, now at The Wedge Shopping Centre: 19 May 2018

Opening much later than they expected as the renovation of this centre is way behind schedule. Access was a challenge for me as the lifts in the underground parking were not functional. However, I found two plant containers that solved my problem easily! By then my partner had lost me! Not a big enough place to stay lost in for long, we soon found each other and proceeded to our destination. This is a really changed and enlarged place to go and Patience was on duty. She has to be one of my best waiters by far!

Hot chocolate and Robertson Sauvignon Blanc were brought. Osso Buco was ordered for sharing and proved to be excellent. The Pizza oven provides a good source of heating and the place is airy and inviting. The sun deck will prove a place to be on sunny days. Looking forward to more visits.

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***** The Green Peppercorn, Morningside Shopping Centre: 26 April 2018

Coping on crutches rather better and after a change of dressing, we headed to Morningside Shops for a lunch break. Initially, we made "The Naked Kitchen" where I was confronted with the fact that the lunch options were all in a display case, which did not give access to someone on crutches. Having regained my breathe, we left for "The Green Peppercorn" instead.

Here we were greeted with the usual warmth and found an easily accessible table. This restaurant does its menus on tablets, including pictures of what is available. It is an innovative system and needs a bit of time to master. I managed after my first time there and can now guide other people through the system!

The menu is extensive and includes Dim Sum and sushi as well as many other different dishes from all over the world. We ordered their Applebased juice plus a glass of dry white wine to drink. To eat, we ordered their coriander squid as well as Hake and chips. The chips were well done and the hake was flaky and succulent. The squid did me for two meals and were excellent.

This restaurant can be recommended for excellent service, great food and somewhere were you can hold a conversation. They are also aware and supportive of people with disabilities.

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***** Morningside 011, Ground Floor, The Wedge Shopping Centre: 13 April 2018

This is a new take on the Baron franchise. Situated at the far right hand side, entrance is easy for abled and disabled, That said, not for a drug-fuzzy person just out of hospital. Two  strong guys ported me in with ease! I reached the table on crutches.

Talk really spacious and a great environment - good linen and beautiful glasses, plus great staff and management. They have an extensive menu and also a lunchtime special one. We ordered from the latter - liver and onions for two! I chose Brampton Wines Sauvignon Blanc, which arrived in a very generous carafe, and my partner strawberry juice.

The food was bliss, especially after a week of hospital food, which should be banned! In all honesty, though it was simply beautiful. I managed to finish everything with real enjoyment. Service was excellent and another big accolade - I was helped out to the car once more, as I was still too unsteady on the crutches to manage the slope.

All in all, well worth another visit!

PS Don't break your foot!  It's the second worst break I've managed.

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***** Pappadums, Upper Level Morning Glen Shopping Centre: 16 February 2018

Another favourite restaurant which we had not visited for a while! Shalom served us and she was very good. I had the Allee Bleue Sauvignon Blanc, which is produced by the Dauphin family in Franschoek. It is a very pleasant wine. My partner had mango Lassi. To eat I had Prawn Tikka Masala and my partner the Dal Makhani. Both were declared excellent.

All together a great evening out.

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**** Silver Pine Spur, Upper Level, Morning Glen Shopping Centre, 23 February 2018

With news that the Spur is closing at the end of February (verified at the restaurant), we hastened to have a last meal there. I ordered a rare rump steak with spinach, my partner a medium sirloin with well done chips.  Both meals were excellent as was the wine. My partner felt his steak was more medium-rare than medium, but still good. As usual the service was good: Staff were feeling shattered but bearing up well under the immanent closure, the reason for which we were unable to establish, as the restaurant was well patronised.

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***** Ocean Basket, Morningview Shopping Centre, 10 South Road: 17 February 2018

This is becoming one of our favourite restaurants because of the friendly service and great food! This night our waitress was Charity and she was great. We started with hot chocolate and Boschendaal Blanc de Blanc, which is served by the carafe. Food of choice was the OB fish and the Mediterranean Seafood Soup. Both were excellent. I really love the Seafood Soup as it has all my favourites in it!

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**** Metro Restaurant Morningside, Hill Road opposite Morningside Mediclinic: 27 October 2017

We arrived here to find ourselves the only diners for the evening. This was following an excursion intended to take us to the Codfather, but parking there was inappropriate for me, so we left and visited Benmore Gardens, which only had a Thai Restaurant. Benmore Gardens is currently a building site. So we backtracked to Metro.

We were made very welcome by everyone and impressed by the sweeping staircase, which is built for New Year's Eve as you can go up one side and come down on the other! They have a breakfast menu as well as one for later meals. Worth going to, if only to look through the wide range of dishes available, including specifically local flavoured ones. Some dishes have truly creative names!

Drinks were Appletiser and Laborie Sauvignon Blanc. We ordered Alfredo without pasta for me and Mascapone Chicken with fettuccine for me partner. Both were excellent and we took what we couldn't manage home with us.

Wellington was an enthusiastic waiter who followed up our queries effectively/

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**** Ri'Stretto Morningside, at the Garden Court: 29 July 2017

A visit from our Middelburg family caused this occasion! So good to see grandsons Max and Jack plus their parents after eighteen months. Ri'Stretto is the ideal family restaurant with extensive play areas and the possibility for children to make their own pizzas. Max and Jack opted for Sticky pork ribs and spaghetti Bolognese though.

The craft beers were savoured by my daughter and declared good as was my Sauvignon Blanc. For the drivers, the bottomless coffee and water were favoured.

This is a Banting friendly restaurant as well, so foods include a cauliflower base Siciliana pizza and a pepper burger. The latter arrived overcooked so was replaced with a perfect rare one as requested. The other choices were an Hawaiian pizza and a Salmone pasta. Altogether a great afternoon which came too quickly to an end.

Beware of thieving pigeons - they love chips and chicken fingers!

Arnold was our waiter and looked after us well

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***** Polpetta, 90 Degrees on Rivonia: 22 July 2017

I'm sure we go here too often because of the great food and service! Their fruit cocktail was pronounced good and their house Chardonnay went down well. This time I choose Mussels - they were plump and tasty. The hake was also declared good.

Patience was our attentive waitress. Great atmosphere and the manager is always on hand to follow up.

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***** The Hussar Grill, Morningside Shopping Centre: 15 July 2017

We were feeling in celebratory mode after some really great orders came through so this was a real treat! These chain of restaurants started in Cape Town in 1964 and has slowly spread its wings around the country! Fannie, our waiter, told us this.

Drinks were Appletizer and Laborie Chenin Banc plus a single espresso much later! Food was a rump steak with spinach, done blu as requested, and a Hussar Burger. What a joy to have perfectly prepared food, real table linen and great service. Definitely a "grown-up" restaurant for special occasions, with prices to match.

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***** Ocean Basket, Morningview Shopping Centre, 10 South Road: 24 June 2017

This is becoming one of our favourite restaurants because of the friendly service and great food! This night our waitress was Charity and she was great. We started with hot chocolate and Boschendaal Blanc de Blanc, which is served by the carafe. Food of choice was the OB fish and the Mediterranean Seafood Soup. Both were excellent. I really love the Seafood Soup as it has all my favourites in it!

The place was warm on a really cold night and the number of customers told us that they have a lot of returnees, not just us! Recommended for being child friendly as well

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**** Silver Pine Spur, Upper Level, Morning Glen Shopping Centre, 29 May 2017

After a really good Speakathon at Ernest Ullmann Park with Transformers Toastmasters, I was hungry. We dropped in at the Spur and I ordered a rare rump steak with spinach. The spinach was a mistake as it was full of flour, so it got sent back.  The steak was excellent as was the Van Louvern Chardonnay. The hot chocolate went down well for my partner.. As usual the service was good and the venue was warm!

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***** Pappadums, Upper Level, Morning Glen Shopping Centre, 6 May 2017

There was another couple there enjoying lunch who came to us as they were leaving to say the only problem they had was the food is so good that they keep coming back!  Very much why we do as well! We indulged in Chicken Hyderabadi, which arrived somewhat undercooked but was quickly rectified, and Lamb Biriyani. The chicken was great as was the Biriyani. The Lassi Mango was declared excellent and my Leopards Leap Chenin Blanc was not only excellent but well priced.

The staff and owners are great and attentive, making it always a pleasure to be there.

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***** Pappadums Gallo Manor, Morning Glen Shopping Centre, 26 November 2016

Fancying a bit of spice, we made a return visit to this very good Indian restaurant. As usual, the service was great and Salom made sure that everything was organised. Their Leopard's Leap Chenin Blanc is very good and well priced. The Murg Tikka came with an unexpected salad and the Chicken 65 came mild as requested.  Good portion sizes for people who do not eat huge amounts.  Worth going to for an easy lunch with pleasant seating on the patio.

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***** Fego Caffé, Gallo Manor, Morning Glen Shopping Centre, 27 August 2016

Here we have found the best quick lunch solution.  Innocentia remembers us!  We are now very clear on what works.  The Mezzano platter, which we share. Calamari for me plus olives and, sometimes the Rocket.  Most everything else for my partner! Appletiser for him and wine for me. Fego is child friendly, however Morning Glen is not, as it allows smoking in the underground carpark next to the play area in breach of the law.

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***** The Baron, Woodmead, Dunwoody Centre, 09 August 2016

I forget where we were coming from, but we were hungry and chose this pub to have lunch.  What a good choice - lots of sun outside and excellent service! Chose the Brampton Rose as my wine - soft and beautifully dry.  My partner went for his usual Appeltiser.  I chose the Chicken Tikka - wonderful and my partner indulged in liver and onions.  All together, a great experience.  This place has a real buzz all of the time.

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***** Piza e Vino, The Wedge, 24 July 2016

This restaurant is really becoming Banting friendly My marinato Zucchini Linguine was fantastic. My partner's pizza made him happy - he doesn't need to diet - 54kgs for years! The wine and locally produced beers are worth going there for as well.  Everyone is invested in excellent service.

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***** Pappadums, Morning Glen Mall, Kelvin Drive, Gallo Manor: 27 November 2015

It was a cold and stormy night, so we moved inside! This was our second visit to this venue and we opted to share the Tandoori Chicken.  It was really good!  This is going to become a favourite venue, as the service is excellent, the atmosphere peaceful and the food well-worth eating.

They are also child friendly.

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**** Love Fish, Morningside Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road,  Morningside: 7 November 2015

One of two recently opened restaurants in the centre, replacing Tsunami and Midori, which we had found very customer unfriendly.  Love Fish certainly is the place to go for a really good selection of fish and shellfish.  They have a limited selection of very good wines.  I opted for their mussels, which were lovely and plump, whilst my partner had their beer-battered fish. Well-done chips are not their high point, sadly, even after a second try. The service was very good and made for a pleasant and enjoyable lunch.

We would go there again.

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*** Ri'stretto Al Fresco Cucina at Garden Court Morningside, cnr of Rivonia Road and Cullinan Close,  Morningside: 10 October 2015

This restaurant replaces Pappachino's, as the franchisee decided to take over the restaurant and rebrand it.  There are some excellent options and it is Banting friendly.  Service was excellent and our waiter, Sonny, engaging.  They are also very open to feedback, which we gave.

We had starters - small appetites do starters well!  Even so, the excellent Calamari and Scallop salad defeated me.  Lunch the next day was covered!  Rick's Chorizo sausage was overcooked and rather chewy, accompanied by an over-dressed salad that had too much bitter rocket for his taste.  Appletizer and Boschendal Blanc de Noir well chilled were our accompanying drinks.

This place is very child friendly.  We will go again and definitely recommend it for an evening meal.

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***** Piza e Vino, The Wedge, Morningside: 26 September 2015

This is becoming a favourite venue for light and very different lunches.  Their Carpaccio is particularly good and they still do very reasonably priced medium Regina Pizzas.  They also do a very good Squid head special.  The outside deck gives you a wonderful view across Morningside and Gallo Manor - wish more restaurants could boast such views. Altogether, a lovely place for a quiet lunch with good food and good service.

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*** Pappadums, Morning Glen Mall, Kelvin Drive corner Bowling Ave, 28 August 2015

This restaurant replaces Rashnee, which closed some time ago.  It has been completely revamped and is now family run.  The menu is extensive with a wide range of choices.  We ordered a Mango Lassi and a glass of Leopards Leap Shiraz whilst going through the menu.  Our choices were for the Murg Malai Tikka and the Chicken Biryani.  The latter was a generous portion.  The Murg Malai came with salad, which turned out to be entirely onions.  This was changed for a plain green salad on request.

The Chicken Biryani, specified as mild, turned out to be uncomfortably hot!  This appears to be "mild" according to Indian tastes.  Both dishes defeated us, so I had Murg Malai and salad available for my trip the following day! 

Service was good and the atmosphere is very friendly.  A large party arrived for dinner as we were finishing ours.  I trust that this is an indication for the future.

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*** The Green Peppercorn, Morningside Shopping Centre, 18 July 2015

The menus have now been pasted into books - sad loss of the opening to the story, but a useful resource if the service is slow!  We dropped in for lunch and made some mistakes.  We should have asked for the beverage menu as the ordered Ceylon tea was indeed Ceylon but an exotic black tea and not the one expected.  The glass of red wine, however, was more than acceptable.

I ordered the Bone Marrow and had to go through exactly what I didn't want with it, so ended up with salsa.  The marrow was very good indeed and gloriously messy.  It should have been served with a finger bowl!

The cheddar omelette was a big disappointment.  Service by Llyod (is his name spelt right on the till slip?) was good.  I did ask about the restaurant being more Banting friendly and was told that their attempt was a complete failure.  The fact that the steak was being served with polenta may be the reason.  I did point out that this is not a Banting choice.

It's a pity.  This restaurant used to be so good.

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*** Piza E Vino, The Wedge, Morningside: 17 April 2015

Again, a noisy restaurant, so not for that special intimate evening!  However, their fire was warming the interior and the cold patrons who needed warming up.  Their hot chocolate is frothed milk with a jug of pour-in thick chocolate.  I think the jug needs to be bigger as the drink was found to be too milky.  The Middelvlei Merlot was excellent.  Food was the Carpaccio and a medium Regina pizza.  The latter met expectations although it could have been crisper.  The Carpaccio turned out to rare beef, which was unusual.  The real disappointment was that it was described as coming with olive oil.  Well, it didn't.  Balsamic vinegar instead which was not a Banting choice.  They are changing their menu to be more Paleo/Banting friendly next month.

Their coffee is also excellent and the service was reasonable.  Prefer sitting on the balcony and, seeing the heating going on there, may well return to take a table there again and enjoy more quiet!

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**** Ocean Basket, Morning View Centre, South Road, Morningside: 3 March 2015

This branch only opened at the beginning of the year and is very family orientated, with ample entertainment for youngsters in the form of play gyms and other equipment.  It has a good sized deck nearby by this play area and a wonderful corridor for riding toy motor bikes up and down!  The staff and manager are very friendly.  The interior area is bright and welcoming.

This was just my second dinner out after starting the Banting lifestyle in January, so it was a good test for learning how I can adapt normal restaurant offerings to this.  Still not drinking wine, I ordered sparkling water with ice and lemon and my partner opted for Appletiser.  My drink choice is a real treat and change from just large amounts of cold water!  We will probably have to look for a Soda Stream again (assuming they still exist).

For food, my partner ordered the Ocean Basket Fish and Chips (OB on the menu) and I opted for the Grilled Calamari Salad.  Predictably the chips had to be returned for crisping.  Not so predictably, the salad also had to be returned as it arrived pre-dressed.

Once the food was rectified, the OB fish and chips proved to be their usual reliable selves.  The Calamari Salad came with olive oil on the side, which was virgin cold pressed and wonderful.  The calamari were great.

We finished our meal with a Kataifi and a filter coffee - both extremely good!  The service was good and we would definitely go again.

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*** Salé e Pepe da Giovanni, Morning View Centre, South Road, Morningside: 3 October 2014

A new venture on our part, as we have seldom been to this centre.  The restaurant is well laid out with attractive tables and decor.  Austin found us a table and brought the menu.  This is a fairly expensive venue where starters can be around R80. However, there is no objection to sharing!  We ordered Sauvignon Blanc and Appletiser, plus a calamari and Chorico half and half pizza.

The service was excellent and the pizza good.  It was somewhat cold though, as we had not taken coats and the doors were wide open for the early part of our meal.  Ended with an Irish coffee.  We would go again, preferably on a warmer night!

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**** Kiyota Sushi, Shop 73, Upper Level in Morning Glen Mall: 5 September 2014

A return to a favourite restaurant for a leisurely evening meal - service here is excellent.  We chose to share a seafood Bento Box, which was a really worthwhile choice with fish, mussels and calamari in great quantities.  This is value for money at R110 and fed two people easily.  Our drinks were white wine and green tea.

Altogether a quiet relaxed meal with time to talk and unobtrusive service - somewhere to go when you want to enjoy being with your favourite person.

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***** Polpetta Ristorante, 90 Degrees on Rivonia, corner Rivonia Road and Kelvin Drive: 11 May 2014

Following a request from one of our readers to review our local restaurant, we booked for Mother's Day lunch.  We arrived and were welcomed by Maria.  Our table was inside, but the cold wind gusted in until the heaters really got going!  Boldly, we decided to not have our usual shared pizza, but to choose other things from the menu.  First we ordered an Appletiser and the Fishoek Savignon Blanc.  After looking at the menu, we chose to share the Bruschetta, followed by Calamari for me and Chicken Schnitzel for my partner.

The Bruschetta were served with roasted vegetables and very tasty and hot.  My Calamari were totally perfect and the Chicken Schnitzel declared very good.  Service as usual was excellent.  A good place to go for friendly service and where you make good friends with everyone.

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**** Papachinos Continental Café, Cullinan Close off Rivonia Road, Morningside – 25 January 2014

Despite our booking and arriving promptly, our table could not be found, so we were shown upstairs to a lounge-like waiting area and drinks were served.  Being conservative here, it was our standard Appletiser and Sauvignon Blanc.  As no wine menu was offered, I don't know whose it was.  We ordered the Fisherman's Platter to share and continued to relax.  The people at the table in the balcony left and we expected to be offered it.

This did not happen as another couple, who had just arrived, were give the table.  Rather indignant, I went up to the waiter who had given them the table and pointed out that we were already waiting for that table.  With commendable alacrity, the situation was handled and a second table put into the balcony for us to take.  The manager came up and apologised.  Full marks for a situation diplomatically and speedily resolved.

The restaurant is very big and well patronised.  There is plenty of room for children to run their energy off in the well-protected play area.  The access to the open air gives views across Rivonia Road towards the Magaliesberg and to the smell of the rain.

Our Fisherman's Platter arrived.  A goodly portion of Kingklip, four prawns, mussels in garlic sauce and calamari with lovely lemon butter.  More spinach would have been appreciated.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable meal and plenty for two people.  With one of us preferring just fish and the other shellfish, our needs were well catered for in this shared dish.  Our waiter was attentive but not overbearing and we would definitely go again.

This is one of the few places that, when asked for "well done, crispy chips", actually delivers!  Best crispy chips in ages.

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**** Pomodoro, Morningside Shopping Centre – 15 November 2013

A hot evening and break in a hectic schedule gave us an opportunity to revisit this restaurant after quite a time away.  We were greeted immediately and a table found despite not having booked!  I sat down and the waiter immediately changed the glasses so that I had the pink one and my partner the blue!  The drinks this time were Appletiser and Boschendal Blanc de Noir.  The latter is a very enjoyable dry pink wine.  I ordered the starter calamari and my partner the Salame e carciofini pizza, medium.

The calamari were perfectly cooked but rather bland, so I perked them up with chilli.  The pizza was the largest medium I've seen in some time.  My partner enjoyed it and took half home.  This meant that I was able to appreciate how good it was when I had a piece later over the weekend.

Great service, good food and reasonable pricing make this a good place to go for an evening.

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***** Raashee Indian Restaurant,  Morning Glen Mall – 2 November 2013

A chance for a relaxed lunch on their deck arose so we took it! Everyone greeted us as we are now old friends and we placed orders for Appletiser and a glass of dry white wine.  Our food order was Daal Makhani for my partner and the chef's speciality, Chicken Kali Miri, for me.  The wine and Appletiser arrived with lots of ice and so did the poppadums with dips.  When our main courses arrived, they were well presented.  The Daal was declared very good.  My chicken was hot and spicy with overtones of pepper as promised.  A worthwhile lunch and with the joy of real linen, it is great not to have paper serviettes!

The food and service here are excellent and it is a good place for families as well.

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*** Piza e Vino at Morningside Wedge - 6 September 2013

We are not opposed to second tries, so we revisited here to check out another reviewer's experience.  Service is way better and the pizzas have also improved - still (in my humble opinion) way below Polpetta's, who are hard to beat.  It is good to report on improvements!

Piza e Vino in The Wedge has closed.  Back to top

***** Winnie's Soul and Jazz Restaurant , Wendywood Shopping Centre, Daphne Street

What a wonderful place with jazz playing all the time and a live show at 21:30, which was sadly too late for us!  Anthony made us feel very welcome and presented their very interesting menu.  Drinks were ordered - the hot chocolate standard and a Vrede and Lust dry pink wine, which is truly wonderful and a real change from dry whites.  It is a light and truly delicious wine worth repeating.

We shared chicken livers, which were a little too hot for my companion.  I found them just right for a chilly evening!  My partner ordered lamb shank whilst I went for the mussels starter.  Both dishes were perfectly cooked and presented.  My mussels were plump and the sauce was just right.

We concluded the evening with a coffee and a cappuccino.  Atmosphere is great, prices on the high side, definitely a place for the elite to be seen and to have a great evening.  Service is good - thanks Anthony!  Loved the decor - lots of photos of jazz greats and warm wood.

Winnie's Soul & Jazz Restaurant is no more.  Back to top

***** Piza e Vino, The Wedge Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road,  reviewed by Nicci Richardson: 3 June 2013

We recently dined at Piza é Vino at The Wedge and the food was fabulous, service outstanding and comes highly recommended! 5 stars. We have headed there several times and had lots of their dishes including their spicy tomato vegetable soup, mussels in white wine, bruscetta with salmon and cream cheese toppings…but our favourite has to the Gorgonzola pizza topped with fresh herbs and since we are serious blue cheese fanatics this goes very well with the Gorgonzola and Pear salad. Mouthwateringly wonderful!!

Recommend you book especially on the weekends as it seems that restaurant is giving new life to The Wedge Shopping Centre…

Piza e Vino in The Wedge has closed.  Back to top

* Piza e Vino, The Wedge Shopping Centre, Rivonia Road: 18 December 2012

What a disappointment!  1950's style chairs and tables should have set warning bells ringing.  Appalling music, which could not be changed because it comes from the group database, whose compiler appears to be tone deaf.  The Butterfly Chardonnay makes me question why Robertson sell it.  It is over priced and insipid.

We shared a half and half pizza or, to be more exact, a third and two thirds pizza.  I chose Gamberi, my partner Americano.  The base was very soggy and over cheesed.  I had to hunt for the prawns.  Two each on two slices and one on the other.  The large decorative prawn was overcooked.  The rocket was plentiful but there was no sign of the garlic.  The Americano jalapenos were hot, despite my partner being assured they wouldn't be, and the rest of his two thirds uninteresting.

Altogether a meal designed to completely disappoint.  Sam the waiter said he would bring our complaint to management's attention, presumably at some time in the future, as no-one dealt with it before we left.

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* Le Bistro et L'Annexe aux Petit Cochon, Codfather Village of Restaurants, First Avenue Rivonia, 12 October 2012

What a disappointment!  The smoking section is not closed off from the non-smoking section in violation of SA laws and French courtesy.  In a good French restaurant, smoking is NOT allowed as it is understood to spoil the appreciation of the food.

We ordered hot chocolate and Tokara Sauvignon Blanche for drinks plus chicken livers as a starter which we share.  However, big mistake I also ordered the Calamari in lemon butter sauce (another starter) as my main course.  Net result, both starters arrived together and the latter was sent back.  The main Osso Bucco arrived next with the revamped calamari.  The Osso Bucco was mediocre and the calamari was incredibly salty.  The latter was sent back and a new one produced, eventually.  This did not meet any standard.

If you are a smoker, this is for you.  If you want good food, avoid this venue.

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***** Raashee Indian Restaurant, Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall, corner Kelvin and Bowling, 18 August 2012

This restaurant is newly opened and currently unlicensed.  However, Woolworths next door offers a good range of wines to accompany their food and no corkage charge is levied.  This was our second visit, as I really needed a Vindaloo to combat my flu!

On their advice, I had it medium hot and chose the chicken version.  My partner ordered a mild Daal Tadka and a mango lassi.  My wine from Woolworths was their house Chardonnay, which stood well with the Vindaloo.  This was the hottest curry I have had in many years.  It was very enjoyable with the spices well-balanced.  What is more, it hit all the right places and I had enough for the next day's lunch as well!

The Daal was pronounced good as was the Lassi.

The range of dishes offered includes many new ones not previously encountered.  Their Tandoori Chicken is very good and we are encouraging them to serve it with a real salad, as this makes it really good.

The owner and his staff are really friendly and take pride in their food.  I can thoroughly recommend going there for a meal even as a party, as the service is excellent.

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***** Kiyota Sushi, Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall, corner Kelvin and Bowling, 14 July 2012

A return trip, to see how they are doing, proved to be a wise choice.  This time the spring rolls (one chicken and one prawn) arrived first.  The prawn shaped one, encasing a whole prawn, was delicious and the chicken one was full of chicken.  My partner pronounced it good.

We followed up with my beloved calamari teppenyaki and beef fried noodle.  Both are excellent value for money.  Coconut milk and wine by the glass were good drinks to have.  Relaxed and replete, we shared a pot of green tea.

Good friendly service and good value are definitely this restaurant's signature!

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**** Kong Tai Chinese Restaurant, Morningside Wedge, 1st June 2012

Been there for a long time and we have bought other things from them but not gone to the restaurant.  So in search on something new, we went there.  Service was good, delivery was unusual.  The starter was cancelled when we received the main course first.  However the calamari and vegetable stirfry was great and the chicken and coconut was also good.  The tea and the wine were excellent.

We would go again and they are expanding into bigger premises to include Minamoto, the Japanese restaurant, as well.

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***** Kiyota Sushi, Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall, corner Kelvin and Bowling, 22 April 2012

Just open for maybe two weeks, this restaurant faces the Spur on the upper level of the centre.  There are three types of seating - at the Sushi bar, at tables in the central area and in alcoves.  The decor is understated and the theme red and black.  They have one of the heaviest menus (to hold) that I have come across recently!

However this menu is very well laid out and gives excellent descriptions of the food on offer, plus the pricing structure.  They are licensed.

Soft Japanese music plays to create a gentle and conducive atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal and the waiters are courteous.  Whilst studying the menu, I sipped on a glass of Seasons Sauvignon Blanc.  I finally chose the pork dumplings and the calamari Teppanyaki.  The Teppanyaki arrived first and was simply glorious!  Beautifully cooked vegetables, succulent calamari made a meal of pure joy.  The dumplings came somewhat later and they were worth the delay!  Crispy dumplings containing the softest pork accompanied by a really good hot chilli sauce.

Well with food that good, appetite checked in!  I closed this blissful experience with Thai Prawn rolls.  These were two prawns each wrapped it their own pastry casing and they made the perfect ending.

As you might guess, this was a great experience and currently they are giving discounts as an opening special, so the value is exceptional.  If anyone would like to share the sushi special at R130 - I would love to join you!

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***** Chez Girard, 20 WEST, 20 West Road South, Morningside, 16 September 2011

A return to an old friend in a new venue proved to be an excellent choice for a cold night out!  Christian's warm welcome was accompanied by sherries on the house.  The restaurant's decor is understated and inviting.  The menu and wine list are of high quality.  I was spoilt with half a dozen oysters for starters, which were complemented by the Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc.  Rick chose his favourite roast duckling, which was perfectly served.  I chose the beef fillet with peppercorn sauce - gloriously rare.  The vegetables were cooked to crisp perfection as well.

Finally delicious coffee!  A very enjoyable evening in good company at one of our finest French restaurants left us relaxed and happy.

Chez Girard moved and later closed.  Back to top

**** Steak Bar, inside Food Lovers' Market, The Wedge, Morningside, Rivonia Road, Morningside (9 July 2011)

A solo venture following a long meeting on a Saturday morning and the need to do the week's shopping!  We have been going to Food Lovers' Market since it opened in the Wedge as their prices are very good and there is great attention to good service.  The Steak Bar did not let me down, especially when I discovered that they do Schwarmas!  They also do rump steak with chips and salad; beer battered fish and chips.  However, deprived of Schwarma for many months, I ordered one.  Not only was it delicious and packed generously with salad, meat and tahina, I felt I could have shared it easily!  The service was very friendly and fast.

I was particularly taken with the attention to detail, including keeping the small space allotted to the bar pristine.  It's a good place to stop and take a break whilst shopping in a place that offers a wide range of fresh meat and fish; a copious choice of cheeses and also one of the best ranges of pates I know of in the area.

Food Lovers' Market in The Wedge has closed.  Back to top

**** Pomodoro, Morningside Shops, Rivonia Road Morningside

A return visit for the company Christmas lunch took us there on Christmas Eve.  We sat outside and were attended to promptly.  We then ordered drinks - Apple and Grapetisers plus a glass of Porcupine Ridge Chardonnay.  Starters  were Crostini with Mozzarella and Anchovy or Chicken Livers.  I shared my Mozzarella and Anchovy ones with Rick.  They were very tasty and came with olive oil and fresh basil.  Main courses were Saltimbocca Romana, Prawn Rissotto and Gnocchi Gorgonzola.  All beautifully presented and extremely good.  We finished up with coffees, being too replete for desserts!

Great and friendly service, unobtrusive attention to detail and our wellbeing were the main features of a truly pleasant lunch!.

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**** Sale e Pepe da Giovanni, Morning View Shops, South Road Morningside (reviewed by Shannon P)

I have not ordered food from this restaurant in years as I remember that it was not that great. But we happened to be in the area on Sunday (17 June 2010) and decided to go in for lunch. I ordered the Linguini Scampi which was outstanding. My husband ordered the seafood risotto which he also thought was fabulous (and he is Italian, so not so easy to please). All in all we were very impressed. And we were told that the original Giovanni chef is running the kitchen now (it certainly tasted like the original Giovanni food).

As for your review on Giovanni's at the Dunwoody Centre. I completely agree with you. We ate there not so long ago and we had the worst pizza I have ever had – the sauce they used was very sweet.

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***Adega, Bryanston Shopping Centre, corner William Nicol and Ballyclare Drive, 9 October 2010

A very busy and successful restaurant that has moved into a franchise.  We arrived without booking on a whim and were seated within minutes.  However, we would advise you to book.  We looked at the menu and decided on three starters rather than main courses – calamari, black mushroom and chourico.  I ordered white wine –a very pleasant Sauvignon Blanc– and my companion ordered Appletiser.  The Black Mushroom was rather over cheesed with both Feta and Mozzarella, and the Chourico was rather strong on its own.  The calamari, served with spinach rather than rice, was excellent.  Service was somewhat confused so perhaps Fridays are not the best time to go.  A little noisy, however the ambience was good.

The restaurant is well attended, service is acceptable.  My feeling is that the franchise needs to look at how it is maintaining its standards.

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*****The Baron, Dunwoody Centre, Western Service Road Woodmead, 17 September 2010

After the unfortunate experience at Giovanni's, we felt that trying the Baron out might be a good idea!  So off we set on a much warmer night.  The Baron has a large non-smoking dining area, which they expanded some time ago, and we were offered a table towards the back.  A request to turn down the music was complied with, which meant that we could hear each other talk.

We ordered an Appletiser and a bottle of Chardonnay before perusing the menu.  (See I still feel mellow!)  Then we ordered just our usual one course.  Inevitably, I ordered calamari grilled with a lemon sauce, rice and a side order of spinach.  My companion ordered his favourite, liver and onions.

What really delights about the Baron is the crisp linen and heavy cutlery.  It feels like a special evening out, with flower arrangements around the room, mirrors and brass fittings.  Old fashioned brought up to date with good service and greater lightness of touch.

In good time, our food arrived.  It was well presented and the spinach was excellent.  So were the calamari and the liver and onions.  We dined in contentment, thoroughly enjoying the evening, the well-timed attention of our waiter and our surroundings.  We ended our stay with a cup of coffee, also good.

All in all a good place to go, they were busy and the waiters cope easily with the patrons.

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*****Cucina Italiana, Elizabeth Ave, Benmore, 31 July 2010

This was a party of four, headed by Winston, and completed by Rick, Lynne and myself.  This is a boutique restaurant with an expansive host in Paulo, who breaks into song from time to time!  He imports very good Italian red wine and makes extremely good food.  Our choices were the liver and onions, Putannesca pasta, Prawn pasta and the AOP (Garlic, Oil and hot peppers) pasta.  It was a leisurely meal enjoyed in good company, which was enhanced by the excellent food and wine.  We finished off with coffee and felt content.  A good way to end the week, Cucina Italiana is to be recommended.

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****Vasili's The Wedge, Morningside, 26 June 2010

The desire for clams having been stirred, I went here for a light lunch and was rewarded with their excellent clam starter.  This is done in a light tomato sauce (no sugar) with parsley, garlic and a touch of chilli (could have been more for me).  The clams were in shells and it is wonderful to really get into your food, picking up the shells and removing the contents!  A glass of Sauvignon Blanc and some sparkling water proved excellent accompaniments.  Thapelo was a friendly and attentive waiter.  All in all a great experience and the music is good as well!

Vasili's Restaurant, moved to Rivonia and then closed.  Back to top

*Giovanni's at the Dunwoody Centre, Western Service Road, Woodmead, 25 June 2010

This restaurant has been there for some years and is no longer part of the franchise.  It is a warm and friendly restaurant on entering and the staff are attentive.  I was disappointed that the advertised clam pasta dish was not available.  In fact it is very seldom available, as the restauranteur will only use unshelled clams.  I then ordered the Linguine Squid Heads instead and my partner a Quattro Stagione pizza.  The Leopards Leap Sauvignon Blanc came promptly and was good.

The food arrived in due course with the linguine served is a large copper pan, looking very festive.  This reminded me that the Giovanni portion size is actually large enough for two people!  On tasting the tomato sauce, however, I was overwhelmed by how incredibly sweet it was.  I called our waiter and enquired if there was sugar in the sauce and discovered that there was.  The cloying taste stayed with me for the rest of the night even though I had only taken one mouthful!

Even eating a slice of the excellent Quattro Stagione with its olives did not remove it.  I do not appreciate being served a main course which tastes like half a bag of sugar has been dumped in it.  No mention is made on the menu that sugar is used in the tomato dishes, putting diabetics at risk.  I am at a loss as to why sugar is becoming a must-have in many main course dishes, as it is alien and also bad for people's health.  Like over salting dishes makes them unacceptable to people who actually like to taste their food, using sugar again destroys the balance of the other flavours completely.

The owner was thoroughly unsympathetic: The recipe calls for sugar, he's been putting it in for 20 years, he doesn't care if it is bad for his guests, no-one else complains (they might of course not come back).  Not recommended.

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Tsunami Seafood Emporium in the Morningside Shopping Centre (8 June 2010) by Debbie Airey

Well well, after going onto various restaurant guides this morning it seems I am not alone in being utterly disgusted with the service and food at this restaurant. I do hope that someone is looking into it. This is the 3rd time that I have tried to give the place a chance. Never again. Food is overpriced, tasteless and the service is not even worth mentioning. The only reason we ended up there is the rest were fully booked, funny that. It was 8pm and the restaurant was not busy.. Judging by the patronage I guess something must be wrong. Good luck with that. We have been going to Rosebank for years. Just not the same.

To top it all, a client had sushi for dinner and then set his chopstix alight and burnt them in the candle holder stinking the the whole place out – there was just no one around to do anything about it!

I will never come back and you know the old adage of bad service. One person tells another, another tells 10 others. Its a fact. I just feel as South Africans we seldom complain about poor service and for that reason owners are not aware of what they are doing wrong. It is the restaurant that will suffer in the long run.

(Editor's Note: This was e-mailed to the restaurant for comment on 9 June 2010.  No reply was ever received.  Earlier (two-star) review here.  The restaurant has since closed)   Back to top

*** Green Peppercorn, in the Morningside Shopping Centre (22 May 2010)

This is an unusual restaurant as it has a loyalty programme and will give you one free breakfast a month if you join!  The night was cold and, after a long day of meetings, I was cold and tired!  Morningside Shops are not exactly organised for Winter and we were grateful for the gas heater at our table.  Even so, the wind blew cold around our feet.  However, the great attention from the waiters and the owner proved good draught excluders!

The menu here is very different – firstly it is presented as a newspaper and secondly the dishes are unusual.  I ordered the Tom Yum Chicken Stir Fry and my partner the Lamb Burger.  (We won't mention the chips).  The Lamb Burger arrived - a healthy, beautifully presented piece of lamb topped with a balsamic onion marmalade.  The chips went back for crisping.  The Tom Yum Chicken was unfortunately extremely salty from the soy sauce and was returned and replaced with the Porchini Risotto.  This dish was lacking in something and the wilted Rocket did nothing to uplift it nor did black pepper.  I would suggest nutmeg or cinnamon and basil to finish it.

The house wine from Franschoek was good and the coffee excellent.  Portions were such that afters were not required.  A special touch was the bread served with hummus!  Friendly service and a warm atmosphere did a lot to mitigate for the Porchini and Chicken dishes.

Another Opinion on Green Peppercorn (Sunday Night, 9 May 2010), by Sagi Bazar

Food was excellent. Of 4 mains and 2 desserts, no one could find fault with any item. The service was friendly, but it sometimes was difficult to get the waiter's attention. This was not to standard for an establishment of this calibre. (I am a man of few words)

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**** Vasili's at Morningside, in The Wedge, Morningside (7 May 2010)

This was a complete pleasure except for the perennial chip problem!  Friendly and attentive service, a wonderful ambience and great food (chips excepted).  My Prawn Pasta was everything I wanted - tasty with really plump prawns and a light creamy sauce.  My colleague's calamari looked and was pronounced to taste good.  A great bottle of wine (Graham Beck Waterside White) and excellent coffee.

Also very pleasant live music - a place to go to for great atmosphere and great food!

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***** Silver Pine Spur, Upper Level, Morning Glen Shops, Bowling Avenue off Kelvin Drive (5 March 2010)

Newly opened at the beginning of the month, this is a lively and spacious restaurant.  We were greeted at the door by the manager and his enthusiastic staff and shown to our table.  The layout of the tables is creative, with the central divider between two tables for four being removable to cater for a party of eight.

Our waiter was Samuel, who was attentive without being overbearing.  Drinks arrived within moments of being ordered.  The standard Spur menu offers a wide choice of dishes and we opted for a Spur burger with mushroom sauce and a half portion of fish and chips.   They both came with our preferred crispy chips!

I can recommend the house dry white wine.

Most interesting feature was seeing and hearing the manager debriefing his staff at the end of the evening.  We had arrived late and were the last table to leave.  The good atmosphere in the restaurant comes from this attention to the well-being of the staff.  It was a very enjoyable evening..

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  For older reviews see Restaurant reviews for Rivonia and Morningside. You might also like to look at Review of Restaurants in Morningside and Restaurant Reviews for the rest of Sandton.  Shopping centres with restaurants in the area: 90° on Rivonia, The Wedge, Morningside, Morning Glen.

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