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La Mouette Restaurant

Fine Dining
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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Fireplace
  • Gourmet Guide Rated

Henry Vigar, the chef patron of La Mouette, spent a number of years making a name for himself as an up-and-coming young chef in fine cuisine in London. After also working in Australia and France, and a number of other UK based top-ranked and Michelin starred establishments, Henry settled as head chef at Kensington Place in Londons affluent Notting Hill. It was here in 2008 that he met Mari Vermaak (now Vigar), a colleague with a passion for the industry and a dream to one day own her own restaurant. Two years, two resignations, one engagement and two one-way tickets to South Africa later, saw the couple settle in the sunshine of Seapoint, Cape Town, to begin their new venture. The couple fell in love with a beautiful old building on Regent Road which once belonged to the mayor of Cape Towns family. Captivated by its size and beauty, they quickly decided to make the building, home to their dream of owning their own restaurant. Calling on their good friend Gerrit Bruwer who also had a dream of being a part of the restaurant world, they signed the lease for 78 Regent Road, Sea Point in February 2010 and quite suddenly the dreams of all three were realised where they opened to trade on the 6th of May 2010.

Gourmet Guide Description

Chef Henry Vigar, his wife Mari, partner Gerrit Bruwer and sous chef Themba Bawuti have established La Mouette as a stand-out on bustling Regent Road in Sea Point, known for its good-value tasting menu. In summer diners choose the tranquil, cosy courtyard, in winter they sit indoors and feast their eyes on contemporary art showcased in the heritage building before experiencing Henrys talent. The team know their wines and the menu, so will gladly guide your pairing. After having your appetites whet with a platter that includes cured sea bass and Malay pickled aubergine, look out for the ostrich with fermented cabbage, a BBQ carrot puree and bolognaise sauce. Worth a mention is the lemon meringue with mascarpone, lemon leaf snow and sorrel. Henry does many things well, but his signature is scribed in sauces. “I want diners to depart feeling satisfied having had a delicious meal. It must touch them emotionally without being exuberantly extravagant. Food is all about the ingredients and suppliers – I love cooking with game, and onions,” states Henry. From childhood he watched his mum, a great cook, and from age 14 had a job washing up in a kitchen. Working in France and a stint with a French chef in the UK taught him French cuisine with a modern twist. He honed his fine dining culinary skills at top restaurants in London. At home Henry and Mari eat healthy and Mediterranean foods. “When I braai I have a theme, like Mexican. I continue to get inspiration from local ingredients and I like to forage for ingredients like sour figs.” “Seasons dictate.” Chef Henry Vigar

Reviews (198)

4.4 out of 5.0
Food 4.5
Value 4.3
Service 4.5
Ambience 4.3
  • Emilie D. Tue 03 Dec 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Diana T. Mon 02 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Beautiful place and extraordinary flavorful food

  • Thekla T. Mon 02 Dec 19
    3
    Food 3.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 4.0

    We are regular diners at La Mouette, but this time we were rather disappointed. The (new) surprise 5 course meal which we took was actually very little food. We both left the restaurant hungry. (And I'm actually a small eater; I usually can't finish plates in restaurants; my partner actually ate a plate of pasta at home when we got back.) The food itself was good though, and delicious - especially the tuna tartare, and the mushroom - ricotta dish, we loved. Good wines as well. Perhaps it would be good to serve some bread or something as a starter - just to make the meal more filling; or increase plate sizes. The service was also not fantastic. Initially we were the only people in the restaurant, and suddenly very loud music started playing (I can see a rainbow high in the sky...) which was very inappropriate. We asked twice to turn down the volume. Eventually this happened; which was much better, and nice. The atmosphere was good thereafter. At the end we ordered some tea, which we finished, and then paid. After we settled the bill, and were busy ordering an Uber, we still got some chocolates. I found this a bit late - we were almost getting off of our chairs. It would have been nice if these were served with our tea perhaps? The waiter who did the wines at our table was very nice - in fact I thought all the staff were friendly, but overall it was a little bit disappointing - since previously we've only had perfect experience at La Mouette.

  • Susana S. Sun 01 Dec 19
    4
    Food 4.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Giorgio M. Sun 01 Dec 19
    3
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • Adri J. Sun 01 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    This was an excellent experience with fantastic food. The new tasting menu is superb.

  • Lynda C. Sat 30 Nov 19
    3.5
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 2.0
    Ambience 3.0

    We usually love La Moutte but last night's service was seriously lacking. Our waiter forgot our appetizers, was unaccomidating to the vegetarians at our table, did not have a good grasp of the menu or wine list. Very disappointing indeed.

  • Allan W. Sat 30 Nov 19
    3.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 2.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0
  • gary k. Sat 30 Nov 19
    2.8
    Food 3.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Wifes birthday!!!! her scollops were gritty, main meals were bland,desserts hers 5/5,mine 3/5 could not taste gogonzolla cheese , to much chemicals used on toilet floors very slippery something special had to ask for at the end "forgot" overall experience for first time bad? Thanks Gary and Treasure

  • Ian M. Fri 29 Nov 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    What a marvellous experience! A splendid evening with excellent service. The food and drink, we had local gin & wine, were superbly presented. An exotic fusion of tastes within the food but oh so gently presented. Thank you for a truly memorable evening

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Opening Hours

  • Monday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Tuesday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Wednesday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Thursday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Friday 12h00 - 14h30, 18h00 - 22h00
  • Saturday 18h00 - 22h00
  • Sunday 12h00 - 15h00, 18h00 - 22h00
Favourite

Summer Tasting Menu R595 pp

5 Taste Menu | we want to take your taste buds on a flavour adventure.

  • 4 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
  • Available 24/7
  • All pax
  • Last confirmed: 2 Dec 2019