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Nouveau Coffee and Grill, Century City

Hours

07:00 - 22:00 Mon to Sun

Cuisine

Grills
Indian
South African
Steakhouse

Halaal

Muslim Owned

Price Range (p/p)

Medium | R100 - R300,Pricey | R300 and above

Breakfast
Casual Dining
Coffee Shop
Dinner
Formal
Lunch
Smart Casual
Parking - Car Park
Credit Cards Accepted
Waiter Service
Wheelchair Access Available
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Updated: 17-03-2022

Conveniently located in the Century City precinct, this new spot on the Cape Town food scene is a welcome addition.

They opened about 2 weeks ago and have been very busy since due to a ravenous Cape Town patronage hungry for upscale halaal experiences. I visited on a Monday morning while in Cape Town before flying out to Joburg with just enough time for breakfast and a catch-up with a friend. I would have loved to try the main menu but it will have to wait for my next Mothercity trip.

The restaurant has a cosy but sophisticated ambiance with reasonably spaced tables and open ceilings. The glass wall at the back of the restaurant allows you to see into the kitchen while still maintaining a separation from the restaurant space. While there is comfy booth seating against some of the walls, the rest of the chairs are of a spare design, not really conducive to long-drawn-out meals. Some armchair style chairs interspersed among these may feel more inviting.

An outside seating area allows them to fit in more tables and offers hookah smokers a spot to puff away.

They serve bootlegger coffee which was very good and were able to accommodate me with almond milk for my cappuccino.

Service was ok. Our waiter was young and seemed inexperienced so small details were missed. Our empty cups were not cleared when our breakfast was served. He was pleasant and enthusiastic though which made up for the lack of knowledge.

We chose from a small breakfast menu which I found quite basic. Not much that was unusual. We both opted for the Sunriser breakfast which comes with 2 eggs, 2 lamb sausages, avocado, sauteed mushrooms, grilled tomato and toast. I had requested fried eggs but was served scrambled eggs. Pressed for time I chose not to send it back. The lamb sausage was a spicy dhanya sausage and was very good. Better than most other breakfast sausages I have had. The avocado was hard. If they had known this when cutting it, it should not have been served. Our breakfast came with complimentary mango juice as the special on the day. I was hoping to have a pot of Earl Grey tea after, but while they have a range of coffee-based drinks they only serve ceylon tea.

The rest of the menu is not huge and comprises a small selection of starters, steaks, a small range of Indian curries, 3 seafood dishes and a small dessert menu. Prices are on the high side at R188 for a fillet steak to R232 for 4 lamb cutlets. Curries average R200 and seafood dishes R230 with their Brownies dessert at R73. There was no kids menu but I did not ask for one either.

They describe their menu as fine dining but I am more inclined to call it upscale and sophisticated rather than fine dining. Fine dining is more than just plating. It is innovation with food that is unusual and that offers diners more of an experience. The service also needs to live up to this label.

They have a lovely setting and ambiance and with more attention to service will make a great destination for celebrations as well as a casual coffee.

Please note: Hungry for Halaal is not a certification body. We do our best to verify that an establishment is Halaal Certified or Muslim owned but we cannot guarantee information that is supplied to us.

User Reviews

  • The BEST restaurant by Far. We visited on the 04/06/2022 to celebrate my birthday, It was my first experience but it was absolutely incredible. Amazing, friendly staff and the food was beyond this world! Chef JP was so professional, friendly and an absolute pleasure. Thank you so much for an amazing experience!!! Will definitely be visiting very soon

  • Visited the much talked about Nouveau for dinner. Our first attempt was on the 21st March (public holiday) and tried booking telephonically only to be met with no reply telephonically just ringing and no answering machine. We tried to book telephonically yesterday 29th March also with to an unanswered telephone during business hours. As hubby was in the area he decided to pop in a make a reservation. As we were only 2 we could be accommodated. When he enquired re the telephone booking system he was told by the Manager (young lady) that they do not answer the phone if they are full or if they have reached full booking quota. ??? In today’s day and age and with many businesses closing during and after Covid this does not make business sense. Our booking was for 6h30 and arrival and seating process was quite seamless. Restaurant was relatively full with big groups. Once seated waiter came to our table to ask if we ready to order. This was in 3 minutes if not less of being seated. We requested an additional 5 min to peruse the menu. Hubby ordered a cappuccino which was relatively weak considering they stock Bootleggers coffee which outlets we frequent quite often. I ordered a boring Cola Tonic as I needed something cold after a long day in office. I ordered the Lamb bunny chow and he ordered the Sirloin with side salad and onion rings. Drinks arrived fairly quickly and food not to long after that. The bunny chow was nicely presented and his onion rings was brought with my meal. There was about a 5 to seven minute wait for his steak to arrive which was a lonely piece of steak with literally a petty pan, string bean one julliene carrot. By this stage my meal was on the cold side and we all know curry you cannot eat cold… Not in our DNA. Our waitress was all over the place and her spread of tables which she had to service was not very well thought out or planned to deliver a service to the patrons. She was rushing from one table to the other throughout the restaurant with no real direction or plan. No salad was forthcoming and despite us trying to get her attention we started our meal. At first bite of the bunny chow it had a lovely taste but when eating further it literally consisted of 2 bones with about 2cm if meat covering in each bone and 2 halves of a medium size potatoes. The curry left a residue or after taste once eating about 3 mouthfuls. I then swopped with hubby as he said his meat was dry and by this stage still no salad had arrived. I tasted the steak which was literally probably made hours ahead, heated and basted. No taste of steak really as the meats taste was killed ages ago. Eventually salad arrives… Omw.. soggy lettuce drenched in olive oil. Must have also been made long in advance as no sign or taste of crispness or freshness. Hubby ate of my bunny chow and at the bottom a huge potatoe. We left about half of the bunny chow uneaten. Food overall was extremely disappointing in presentation, taste and execution. Table next to us we noticed the food was send back on 3 occasions. We waited a long time and actually never succeeded again to catch the waitress attention. Manager finally arrived after she noticed us chatting to the table next to us re the service. Bill was requested and she apologized with an explanation of we short staffed…. Came home and, that after taste and reflux of the curry was felt by both hubby and myself. Will not go back soon and will not recommend them either. Definitely not a fine dining and not even a pleasant dining experience.