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Toni's Restaurant (Cape Town, South Africa)

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Address: 88 Kloof Street / Cape Town / South Africa

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      25.07.2010 17:46
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      A real hidden gem

      You'll find this little gem of a restaurant half way up Kloof Street. It's a Mozambican / Portuguese eatery, frequented by more locals than tourists, so you know it's good. You could easily pass by it, it doesn't exactly flaunt itself, and the entrance is up a few steps. When you get to the top you are not really sure which way to turn - but hopefully one of the lovely staff will take care of you promptly. Choose to eat in or out. There's not a huge outdoor space, and it's next to the road, but on a hot evening, it's my choice. Inside it's a little quirky, a bit olde worlde with creaky floorboards and the like. Very cosy. There's a bar and plenty of space to eat, and it never feels like you are sitting on top of someone else.

      There's a good choice of starters - around 15 ranging from prawn rissoles to deep fried calamari to chicken giblets in peri peri sauce. I must admit the giblets never appealed to me, but I can recommend the prawn rissoles. Prices for a starter range from approx 16-39 ZAR (£1.40 to £3.50).

      There's around 25 different main courses to choose from, and all are very easy on the wallet. A favourite (and cheapest at £4) of mine was Bitoque - a small rump steak in a sauce with an egg and chips. It's served in a bowl, and it all goes very well together with a mozambique beer called Laurentina which I was quite partial to.

      The mozambican peri peri chicken is probably amongst the best in the city, if not the country. For less than £6 you'll have enough chicken to feed yourself and your dining partner - or if you don't have one, don't be afraid to ask them to box it and take it home with you. Beef Portuguese is also worth a try as is the mozambican curry. All portions can be described as "hearty", and great value.

      The seafood menu is made up mainly of calamari, prawns, fish of the day all prepared in interesting and very tasty ways. All the ingredients Toni uses are fresh - no frozen stuff in this kitchen.

      The desert menu is pretty light, but again very reasonably priced. Take the chocolate mouse if you can't decide, it's well worth the asking price of 19 rand - a little over £1.50. There's also sticky toffee pudding and tiramisu. Round it off with a lovely coffee a bargain at 70p, or try one of the special ones such as Frangelico coffee which is a bit more of a luxury, but will help you sleep I'm sure.

      When it comes to beers and wines, they've a good selection of everything, all at a price which won't break the bank.

      Absolutely worth a visit, and reservations are not usually required.

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