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Aubergine Restaurant

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Fine Dining Mediterranean South African Vegan Friendly Vegetarian Friendly
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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Fireplace
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

Aubergine Restaurant opened its doors in September 1996 with a vision to create a gastronomic haven in an atmosphere of timeless elegance where diners could enjoy innovative and creative combinations that excite the senses and pique curiosity. We are proud to have gained a significant following from both within South Africa and abroad and it is always a pleasure to welcome back guests who share our passion for good food and wine. Aubergine has received numerous local and international awards and been consistently rated among the top restaurants in the country.

Gourmet Guide Description

'where the food flows behind the wine'

Whilst the historic building, circa 1830, had new life breathed into it over two decades ago, the history and heritage remain. Wood and neutral tones provide an uncompetitive backdrop, in winter guests gather inside but in summer they dine al fresco.

Stalwart of the fine-dining fraternity, classically-trained chef Harald Bresselschmidt has developed a name for himself and a faithful following based on his prowess with perfecting food-and-wine pairings. He considers himself a traditionalist, "Food needs texture," he says. Harald is not a one-dimensional chef, "My complete gastronomy is based on doing things that work." His focus is providing satisfaction for deliciousness of the food, wanting diners to depart knowing what they had, remembering dishes that were not over-complicated.

The chef's menu and a la carte selection change seasonally. The chef's degustation menu is intriguing, classical and focused on using the finest South African ingredients. A dash of Oriental influence adds interest along the way, and you may see flavours of masala, inspired by Harald's Indian mother-in-law. A lightness of touch and finesse is evident in dishes like the risotto of sweet pea shoots with rabbit confit, and the quail – layered breast and tempura leg – with mango, carrot and soft egg – sublime. Desserts guarantee delight, you may vacillate between ordering the fondant of sweet potato with rum caramel, honey streusel and tonka bean, or the traditional chocolate fondant, but know that both will impress.

Service is superlative and their wine cellar extensive – house wines (look out for the Aubergine Special Cuvee), fine wines and rare vintages – local and international.

"I first see the flow of the wine, then match it with the flow of the food." Chef Harald Bresselschmidt

Reviews (111)

4.5 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.3
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.4
  • Sonia C. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Jost K. Dined: 1 day ago
    2
    Food 1.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 1.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 05 Dec 21
    Best Restaurant in Cape Town

  • John H. Dined: 2 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 04 Dec 21
    Excellent - the new menu is FANTASTIC!!!

  • Andrew O. Dined: 2 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Margie B. Dined: 3 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 03 Dec 21
    We had a wonderful lunch at Aubergine. The food was excellent, as always. The “Cottage pie” was food for the Gods, and we weren’t the only table who thought so. The service was faultless - caring, competent and timeous. Our thanks to all at Aubergine for making our lunch so special.

  • Fritz S. Dined: 3 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 02 Dec 21
    Very friendly and professional. Great experience

  • Tania L. Dined: 5 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 01 Dec 21
    Month end Date night tonight was celebrated at Aubergine .. amazing welcome , ambience, waiters, service , Chefs personal touch/ chat ... the petite fours were my favorite tho .. the beef fillet n lamb were .... hmmmmm ... definitely going back for 3rds n 4ths Tx Harald n team 5 🌟 for sure x

  • Kyle P. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.3
    Food 5.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 28 Nov 21
    A wonderful experience with excellent food. Wine is overpriced however.

  • Marina N. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 28 Nov 21
    Very friendly staff. Excellent food. Fine wines. Beautiful place to spend the evening. All our compliments to the chef!

  • Sne D. Dined: 1 week ago
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0
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Opening Hours

  • Monday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h00 - 18h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h00 - 18h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday CLOSED
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Christmas at Aubergine

Aubergines Christmas offerings (Dinner 24th and Lunch 25th) Friday 24th December 2021 (Christmas Eve) 6 course menu: R 1295 per person (includes coffee/tea and friandises) Optional wine pairing: R 855 per person (alternatively you may choose from our wine list) Gratuity: 12.5% on food and beverages Saturday 25th December 2021 (Christmas Day Lunch) 4 course menu: R 1095 per person (includes Amuse Bouche coffee/tea and friandises) Wine pairing: R 695 per person Gratuity: 12.5% on food and beverages

  • 24 Dec - 25 Dec
  • Fri-Sat: All day
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 29 Nov 2021