“The Proof is in the truffle!”- (Truffle Restaurant, Cape Town)

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Finding upmarket halaal restaurants in Cape Town can be quite a challenge. Sure, we have our fair share of halaal-friendly spots but generally, you have to concede that either the restaurant is not going to be particularly fancy (hence many-a-birthdays have been spent at Spur), or that the restaurant won’t be strictly halaal.

When I heard about a strictly halaal, “fine-dining” restaurant in the heart of the CBD, I was instantly curious. Truffle had only opened its doors about a week prior to our visit. We could not find their website initially but managed to find a Facebook page to get their phone number. Not that it helped, as we could not get through to their phone to make a reservation. So we rocked up at Truffle, reservation free, in hope that they could accommodate us. It was lunch time on a Sunday and was not particularly busy so we were instantly seated.

The design was quite impressive. Rays of natural light entering the restaurant made it feel warm and welcoming. I don’t exactly know how to describe the decor. I’m going to go for classical with a modern edge. I loved the light feature, it took the design to another level.

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20140831_130907 20140831_125730The view was not particularly interesting from upstairs. Basically it overlooks the highway. This does make it feel like a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of town.

Okay, now the important stuff: The food!

For starters we had the grilled cajun style calamari. It was tasty with a lovely kick of flavour. It could have perhaps done with a tartar sauce.

DSC_0430For mains, we took the waitresses advice and tried the Mozambican prawn curry and the “Truffle Piquante” fillet which is a beef fillet stuffed with jalapeno and mozzarella. Neither dishes disappointed where taste is concerned. The prawn curry was good enough to rival my mom’s. The fillet portions could have been bigger as it was so succulent that we would have loved to have more than 200g.

20140831_132420 20140831_132434Dessert being my favourite course, I was looking forward to a wonderful chocolate fondant. This is the only course which disappointed me as it was over-baked and did not have the expected soft, gooey centre. The way I like it.

Looks Delish though

Chocolate Fondont – Looks Delish though

Lets get down to the nitty-gritty: the pricing. Truffle is by no means cheap and they aren’t pretending to be affordable either. You will likely be paying between R100- R180 for a main course. Its a great place to go on a date or a special occasion. Based on taste alone, we were satisfied to spend the money, just not too often. Have a look through the menu here.

Truffle may still be in its teething stages but I have no doubt that they will be a contender on the Cape Town dining scene as long as they continue to provide good quality, delicious food. They wont be replacing Spur but they are in a different league and there has definitely been a need for a place like Truffle in the Halaal dining market.

The Deets:

Address:
5 Harbour Edge Building,
Cnr of Hospital and Chiappini Street,
Green Point

Tel: 021 418 3777

Website: http://www.truffleco.co.za/

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7 thoughts on ““The Proof is in the truffle!”- (Truffle Restaurant, Cape Town)

  1. Decided to try out Truffle for sunday lunch last weekend. What followed was the worst dining experience of my entire life. Firstly the aircon was not working. The service is absolutely pathetic. Waited atleast an hour for starters alone. Had to fetch the drinks from the kitchen ourselves as this was the only way of getting any service. Waited approximately 2 hours for mains of which half the sides were mixed up. Two of the steaks had to be sent back not once but twice! Steak ordered medium rare comes back well done twice!! Cant comment on the taste as I cancelled my order after sending it back the second time. When asked for the manager the response was to write my name and number on a piece of paper and he would contact me. Its been a week and no response. Overall worst dining experience ever. Will never ever eat there again.

    • Wow, that is terrible! Sorry to hear. I don’t blame you for not returning after an experience like that. Hopefully they will read your comment and attempt contact. Do let us know if they do.

  2. Also had a horrible dining experience at Truffle and trust me, they did not attempt to contact me even after I sent through an email. Hostess is rude and condescending and the fish was not fresh. Had a pungent smell and was slimy.

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  4. we made bookings yesterday and when we arrived there at 6 we were asked to choose a table we like. we ordered the stater then. main meal and it was good, while. waiting. for the desert around 7 an Asian woman came along and told us there is a client waiting outside so she is giving us 10 minutes to leave the place cause she wants the table we are using. then had to stop the order and leave the place. we feel discriminated and dessapointed at the same time

    • Hi Odwa
      Thanks for your comment. That is terrible and I would be equally offended. Hopefully they will contact you and attempt to remedy the situation. Please let us know if they do. We have contacted them regarding the bad reviews and they assured us that they will address the issues.

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