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329 W. 51st St., New York, NY, 10019
nr. Eighth Ave.

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Food: 7
Service: 5
Décor: 5
"Mixed Reviews"

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50% would go back.

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ok. bad. worse. will not return after been told 'get out of my restaurant'

By summervanderwoodsen on 3/4/2013

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

On arrival there was not a south african in sight. I enjoyed the fish I ordered. Not really South African but good. The calamari was dry, the chips were not South African and calling them 'slap' was misnaming them. My friend did not finish hersand my meal was late and so hers was cold. We decided to give one more thing on the menu and ordered the 'koeksisters' which are like deep fried plated doughnuts coated in sweet cold maple syrup. What we got was plated bread with a ball of ice cream on top. My friend had a query about the fact that the avo salad she had was not cheaper as it did not contain Lobster. The Manager came and my friend started to explain and when I piped up, He asked me not to speak for my friend, he asked me why do we complain now about the food after we ate the food if it was horrible to which we replied if you were customer focused you would notice we sent almost all the plates back to the kitchen untouched. He said 'why are you shaking are you nervous' which had no relevance at all. I told him the food was not south african at all and he replied by saying 'IF YOU DONT LIKE THE FOOD HERE, YOU DONT KNOW WHAT FINE DINING IS' thats when I snapped. He then snatched the bill off the table and said 'GET OUT OF MY RESTAURANT' A mexican cooked my fish, Raul was Spanish and so was the hostess. After i left my friend left her scarf and had to go back in to get it and heard Raul shouting 'She is british, she is putting on a fake accent'.

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Great experience!

By ManhattanMiss on 7/10/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

The place was crowded on Saturday evening, but we didn't have to wait for a table. The dining room opens onto a small front patio, and there's a nice event space in back with a sky light. The white marble bar is cool, and I could see coming back for wine and small bites. Everything we ordered was delicious. We started with the ostrich sliders and lamb sosati. Both had really tasty sauces. We split a ground chicken pie for our main, which came with a bunch of different chutneys and other sauces. Also, the side of truffle corn polenta was amazing! And they have a good selection of South African wines. Overall, recommend.

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