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Aubergine Restaurant

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Fine Dining Mediterranean South African Vegan Friendly Vegetarian Friendly
RRR+

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.

Outside Seating
Our outside terrace is open for lunch and dinner. Note, you can only book outside online for lunch, not dinner. Simply add a special request to your reservation and ask to be seated outside. Weather permitting, we will be more then happy to have you enjoy your meal on the terrace.

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 (256)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.6
Value 4.3
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.5
  • Philip R. Dined: 5 days ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Thomas H. Dined: 4 weeks ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 04 May 22
    Great, just great!

  • Miguel Angel A. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 29 Apr 22
    Really good food and excellent service!

  • Malcolm F. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 27 Apr 22
    Harald's cooking continues to shine in this long established fine dining venue. Lovely tasting menu, friendly and warm service in a lovely setting.

  • KFC Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Ingrid B. Dined: 4 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 22 Apr 22
    The dinner experience was just outstanding and the food out of this world. Thank you Harald and your team

  • Kent S. Dined: 1 month ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Michael L. Dined: 1 month ago
    2.8
    Food 3.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 16 Apr 22
    Horrific prices for both food and the wine. The wine prices are just plain greedy. Markup is exorbitant because most diners will know how much a standard Chardonnay will cost in the bottle shop. R500 translates to R1575 at the table! Not even considering the French or European wines. To present one and A HALF slices of tuna tataki is an insult. Why, when you paying over R220 for three bites ? Who ate the other half? But the restaurant was pretty full so Mr B is doing ok after all these years. Small things should be tweaked.

  • ROTHCHILD SAFARIS . Dined: 1 month ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 13 Apr 22
    Practically perfect except for the hour between the second and third course. Ralph, sommelier, was excellent! Food was delicious!

  • Karen S. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
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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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