La Colombe- Restaurant Review

One of Cape Town’s most awarded restaurants, La Colombe achieved 12th place in the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants of the World Awards 2010. This supporter of contemporary French-meets-Asian fine dining, winner of both Chef of the Year and Restaurant of the Year in the Prudential Eat Out Awards 2008, and again honoured with the prestigious Restaurant of the Year title in 2009, La Colombe has also achieved the highest three star rating in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 issue of the Rossouw’s Restaurants guide.

Scot Kirton, Executive Chef of La Colombe says, “Every dish can always be improved.  The freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavours and classical elegance are the essence of my inspiration and passion for food.”

Since we are practically neighbours, I visited La Colombe several times since I moved to Cape Town. Last time I had dinner at this well-known restaurant I thought it was time to share the experience with my followers.

Booking a table at La Colombe, especially for dinner, can be quite a mission. So if you have any special occasion, I advise you to make the reservation months in advance.

Of course it helps if you are already known for visiting many times. Even though, after booking with a month in advance, I went for a family dinner.

Dale, our waiter, explained each dish on the menu from memory, which is quite impressive because each dish is quite complex, not only when it comes to the ingredients, but also their french names. And here’s my choice:

Amuse Bouche

A Miso soup with Mushrooms, corn and onions.

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A pea, morel mushroom tortellini.

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Palate Cleanser

Watermelon sorbet with mint.

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Main Course

Lamb ‘La Colombe’: pan-fried loin of Karoo lamb, with a braised neck spring roll and lamb crépinette, smoked tomato purée, salsa verdé,warm salad of fennel and asparagus, ragout of Mediterranean vegetables, caramelised onion, pomme galette and a fennel jus.

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Rose Turkish delight, mini citrus madeleines, maple meringues, cinnamon and espresso pistachio dusted chocolate truffles filled with salted caramel.

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(With this meal I had the Steenberg Pinot Noir Sparkling).

I have to say that the combination of flavours in each dish works perfectly and I can’t say that about many fine dinning restaurants I’ve been to. The service is excellent and I’ll for sure be back soon!

Contacts and other information

Open 7 days a week
: 12h30-14h00
Dinner: 19h00-20h45
Closed: Christmas Night,  New Year’s Day and
Sunday evenings in the winter months

Tel:  + 27 (0) 21 794 2390  Fax: + 27 (0) 21 794 7914

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For restaurant reservations, please contact

34° 02.45 minutes 28 seconds south
18° 25.12 minutes 55 seconds east



|Melissa De Sousa Nunes|

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