"Could have been better......"
We did not believe this to be a fine dining restaurant and felt the additional R50 added per person was unwarranted.
The menu for the Restaurant Week was really restrictive, offering only chicken or risotto for mains. Both of us decided to rather order from the main menu and did not make use of the Restaurant Week special.
My wife does not eat meat and on inquiring about the fish, was told that they only had one type of fish (Grenadine, i think it was) and it was not recommended. While we applaud the waiter for telling us this, we did not feel this should be offered as the only fish option in a restaurant supposedly promoting fine dining.
We waited quite a long time for service, but when it did come, it was good.
The food was reasonably good (from the main menu), but their speciality is certainly their burgers.
- Tuesday 03/05/2016
The service was friendly and observant.The food in general was good. The salmon as starter was delicious and well presented .At the mains we missed a fish course.The risotto was perfect and creamy and the chicken tasty, which is a compliment, as we are no chicken fans.The wine we ordered first was run out (but not mentioned on the wine list) but enough others to select. An enjoyable evening.
- Wednesday 27/04/2016
"Great Evening with Amazing food"
This was a birthday gift to my girlfriend and what a great evening it was. We were seated inside looking at the kitchen which the two of us love! It's amazing to see how the food is being prepared.
The dish of the evening was the Pork Belly starter. The food just melts in your mouth and it was so flavorsome. The Steak was cooked perfectly to our specifications and the Chocolate Guiness Pudding was mouthwatering! I wanted more!
The service was also great. Attentive but not obtrusive.
- Tuesday 03/11/2015
A "crisis" in the kitchen caused our food to be EXTREMELY delayed.
When our food finally arrived it was overcooked and bland.
Their regular menu seemed to be going down well with other patrons but the Restaurant Week menu & experience on this particular day was a complete let down.
The manager was very apologetic and took 50% off our wine bill and threw in free coffees and water. His service was not poor at all but whatever was happening in the kitchen(or lack there of) was pitiful.
- Monday 02/11/2015
"Stunning Restaurant, Average food!"
I give Mondiall tops for Ambiance and service but the food was average for me. The pork belly starter was the only thing that really stood out, it was served Asian style and different to the norm so i really enjoyed that. The main was disappointing, i ordered the steak and chips, my steak wasn't done as i requested, i got a well done instead of medium and the Guinness choc pudding was OK, nothing wow. I would definitely go back to give them a second chance.
- Monday 02/11/2015
"Restaurant Week – Mondiall Kitchen & Bar"
A modern Brasserie in the heart of the V&A Waterfront. The space is really interesting; you could almost call in an industrial work of art. Where the space inspires the gastronomical works of arts one gets to enjoy.
Offering for Restaurant Week
Lunch: ★R145 for 2 courses
(Starter and Main or Main and Dessert)
Circa 1964, Buffalo, NY, USA smoked chilli baste, ranch dressing, celery salad
Sesame Prawn Toast
Circa 1800 – Guangzhou, China spring onion dipping sauce
Fish & Chips
Circa 1860, Yorkshire, England
ale battered hake, skinny chips, tartar sauce, ‘yorkshire caviar’
Cheeseburger & Fries
Circa 1885–1904, Disputed 180g wagyu beef patty, 'all the fixins', umami ketchup
Lime Panna Cotta
Circa 1244, Piedmont, Italy coconut parfait, seasonal fruit salad, sesame tuille
Circa 1929, Philadelphia, USA orange cinnamon caramel, almond shortbread
Dinner: ★R225 for 3 courses
(Starter, Main & Dessert)
Game Fish Tataki in Sesame
Circa 1900, Tosa Province, Japan chilli, ponzu
Glazed Pork Belly
Pineapple salsa, crackling, cucumber, honey soy
Grilled Sirloin Café de Paris
Circa 1932, Geneva, Switzerland 280g sirloin steak, café de Paris butter, French fries, mushroom ragout
Poisson du Jour
Fish of the Day chef’s choice of seared line caught fish
Maple & Pecan Pie
Circa 1930, Burlington, Vermont, USA milk ice cream, bourbon syrup, blueberries
Chocolate & Guinness Pudding
Circa 1759, St. James Gate, Ireland café latte ice cream, caramelized banana, bitter chocolate sauce
Arriving at 12:00pm Brunch/Lunch was served. We chose to order from both The Restaurant Week Menu as well as the A la Carte Menu.
From the Restaurant Week Menu we tried the following:
Starters – Buffalo Wings, smoked Chilli basting, Ranch dressing and Celery sticks. Simply yummy, you just had to get in there and enjoy it, sticky fingers and all. A little spicy, but not overpowering and the Ranch Dressing added another dimension to the sticky wings.
Starters – Sesame Prawn Toast with Spring Onion dipping Sauce. A very interesting dish, having never tasted it, I was pleasantly surprise and the dipping sauce was really good as well. The sweet Prawns and the salty dipping sauce was the perfect combination.
RESTAURANT WEEK MENU - Mains – Fish & Chips, Beer battered fried hake, tartar sauce, Yorkshire caviar (mushy peas) and hand cut fries. The fish was perfectly cooked and nice and flaky. The beer batter was really good, nicely puffed up batter, crispy, but keeps the fish moist and delicious. The mushy peas were simply divine…
RESTAURANT WEEK MENU - Dessert – Vanilla Panna Cotta, with Raspberry coulis and fresh Summer Berries. Light Panna Cotta, slightly tarte coulis, perfectly balanced.
From the A la Carte Menu we tried:
A LA CARTE MENU - Starters –Seafood Ceviche, lime, sour crème Panna Cotta, crispy Shallot Vinaigrette- Refreshingly good, every bite was another burst of flavour. Dish of the Day.
A LA CARTE MENU - Mains – Norwegian Salmon, grilled with greens and Asian Sauce. Being serves the Asian Sauce on the side we loved it so much we simply emptied the sauce onto the Salmon and greens and the dish was a perfect balanced broth.
A modern take on Brasserie food, fresh flavours, perfectly prepared dishes and excellent service.
- Saturday 31/10/2015
Mondiall was an incredible night out. From the well selected flavours in each dish, to the friendly and not overbearing service, I would say I thoroughly enjoyed my night. Very impressed and will be back.
- Friday 30/10/2015
"Bit of hit and miss"
Arrived at Mondial and we were politely escorted to our table, which had been Reserved. Once we had settled in, I noticed that an outside table was in fact unoccupied. I approached the hostess Storm about possibly relocating there, as the table had not yet been cleared and was clearly Unreserved. She said she would find enquire on our behalf, but never returned. After waiting for five minutes and watching a conversation between herself and another hostess ensue, two newly arrived patrons were seated at this table...after which Storm sheepishly ignored myself and my husband for the remainder of our dining experience! :-(
Drinks orders were taken and we immediately placed our starter orders. It would later emerge that these mojitos were the only highlight of our evening! Starters arrived with Jeremiah our waiter who politely informed us that the kitchen had run out of crackling for our pork starter...what chef worth his salt sends out two incomplete dishes from his kitchen and simply instructs a waitron to apologise…scary stuff! Mains arrived and again a substandard offering...new potatoes instead of fries and a ragout in the description which replaced with what was clearly a mushroom sauce. Dessert would have been ordinary at best, but ended up less than ordinary, with probably the worst 'ice-cream' offering we have ever had in a restaurant...icy and gritty is my best description. And to insult to injury this was in fact my husbands’ birthday celebration...which I added as a comment when making the booking through S.A. Restaurant Week! Mondial the descriptive narrative to your meal offering and how that translates onto one's palate are items in two different solar systems...and that paired with your lack lustre service offering...can't say I would eagerly return EVER! :-(
- Wednesday 28/10/2015
"Great view and food average service"
We had a great time at Mondiall last night. All went well the food was great but our main courses took more than an hour. When requesting certain wines on their wine list they were out of stock with 2 different wine brands. The waiter was nice and semi attentive but the kitchen was suffering. Don't know if the order was places late or who messed up just felt it all took a bit long. Otherwise great experience. Thanks
- Wednesday 28/10/2015
We had a great time! We were welcomed at the door and had a seat at the bar. The basil cocktail is a winner. Then our friendly waiter assisted us to our table. My pork belly starter was to die for! My husband's steak was perfectly cooked. My fish was a little overdone for my liking. Although I did ask for it to be medium. The chocolate pudding was beautifully presented. However the pecan nut pie was overdone and hard. We will definitely be back to try out some of the other mouthwatering dishes on the menu.
- Saturday 24/10/2015
"Rocky start to a fantastic evening..."
The evening got off to a rocky start with our reservation not having actually gone through to the restaurant. Despite our confirmation email and sms we arrived at Mondiall to taken aback staff faces and much questioning (we were not the only ones that this had happened too).
Fortunately they made a plan, placing us upstairs in their more private tasting area above the main restaurant. Although it was could've been noted that the area was really not a normal dining area (boxes, stationary and various other bits and pieces stacked neatly in the corner) the evening proceeded to get much better.
I did unfortunately find a piece of tissue paper in my starter salad, but the food was so good, the atmosphere so great and friendly and my guests were having such a great time that it was of little issue at the time.
The remainder of the evening was great. The food was delicious and out waiter, Scott, was absolutely fantastic.
I cannot blame Mondaill for the problems around the reservation, but considering the circumstances they dealt with it incredibly well. All waiters and waitresses were friendly, helpful and very professional.
The reservation issue did taint the evening for me slightly, but I would not see this as a fault from the restaurants side, and would love to go back there again sometime.
- Monday 03/11/2014
As this was our first time at Mondiall, we did not know what to expect. With a beautiful setting and great atmosphere, our expectations were quite high.
Upon arrival, we were disappointed to find that the menu shown on the Restaurant Week website where we made our booking, differed from the menu at the restaurant especially when we had been looking forward to the Wagyu beef burger (there was no burger on the restaurant menu). We expressed our disappointment to the manager, who was very accommodating and allowed us to have the burger.
Service however was very slow, and we only received our starters an hour and a half after arriving. The salad was quite bland, but the tostados were tasty.
The pork belly main consisted of 3 tiny pieces with hardly any sides, but was enjoyable. After all the drama surrounding the burger, we found it to be quite dry and disappointing, the fries being the hero, especially as we had to share the fries to make up for the hole left in my belly after the tiny pork belly main.
The desserts were nice, but not out of this world.
All in all, our Sunday at Mondiall was meodiocre.
- Monday 03/11/2014
"Underwhelming and Unforgivable Errors"
Our experience was disappointing and not at all what one would expect of Peter Tempelhoff. After being seated and perusing the menu for some time, we ordered. There were two choices for each course. Upon ordering we were then told that one of the two choices for the main dish was not available. We should have been advised of this when we were seated and before we had wasted time making our choices. How can a professional restaurant, participating in restaurant week, run out of one of only two choices on their menu? Surely they keep track of stock and make sure they have enough for the week and re-order if neccessary?
We made our choices for starters and for mains. The waiter later came to check on us and told us our food would be arriving now. 20 minutes later, he arrived with our main courses! We told him we hadn't had our starters yet. He said "but the kitchen said the starters have come out already." No apology, it was almost as if he was questioning us?! We said "No, really, we haven't had our starters yet?! You haven't brought them to us." He said "Yes, but we have runners, so someone else could have brought them to you." He told us when he was in the kitchen he was unsure and said he would come and check with us if we had had our starters but the chef advised him that would be unprofessional. So he just brought our mains.(?!!) Its appalling that a waiter should be so intimidated by the kitchen, that he would rather come and embarrass himself in front of guests rather than challenge the kitchen. Surely a waiter keeps track of his tables and should know if a starter has come out and also know if it had been cleared away. So we ate our mains while he went off to sort out our starters. Which arrived after we had finished our main course.
To sum up: the food was unexciting, underwhelming, the service was poor and there was the unforgivable mistake by the kitchen of running out of one of the two choices AND then not timeously advising guests of this.
I had heard poor reviews from 3 different foodies friends about Mondiall, but I wanted to try it for myself after having enjoyed the Greenhouse so much. Now having been to Mondiall, I can believe that it really is disappointing.
- Saturday 01/11/2014
It was our first visit to this restaurant
The setting is fabulous and the decor very New York style which we like
The place was full so very noisy and hectic
So I guess that is why the service was slow-waiter very pleasant but kept disappearing
I feel the wait time between starter and mains was far too long
The food was amazing - beautiful to look at and tasting very good -
the pork belly starter was the highlight
We will be back again
- Friday 31/10/2014
"Great experience all the way"
Surprised to read some comments here about the food and service. We enjoyed every moment. The Restaurant Week concept brought us here an d will definitely let us come back more often. Food, service and ambiance all great!
- Monday 27/10/2014
Great time. The restaurant and beautiful and the food delicious.
- Monday 27/10/2014
Upon arrival at the restaurant we were advised that our reservation was cancelled, despite receiving confirmatory messages from both the restaurant itself and Restaurant week. Service was dismal and there was constant shouting from the kitchen for 'pick up' of food. The waitrons are unprofessional and extremely slow! Not what one would expect from a restaurant of this calibre. Food was average. Portion size of the main pork belly was pathetic. Overall, I don't foresee this restaurant lasting for years to come if it doesn't make some vast improvements.
- Monday 27/10/2014
Portion size being too big at a restaurant lacks good taste and class, but your pork belly main that was served to me on Saturday, whilst fantastic, was far too small for a main.
The quality of staff (they lack finesse) is preventing Mondial from competing with Cape Town's top restaurant
- Monday 27/10/2014
"Restarurant with awsome views"
Great setting on waterfront, looking right up to Table Mountain. Good food and nice vibe.
- Monday 27/10/2014
"Amazing location but not matched by the food & services"
Great location with a view to beat.
On arrival communication regards booking was made difficult by loud music
The reservations need attention.
The service was quick and fast like a French Brasserie, not what we expected.
The Pork Belly starter was excellent but let down by tough Sirloin.
The waiter serving the wine was more than helpful by letting us sample two wines before ordering.
The restaurant style and space makes it unique.
- Saturday 25/10/2014