LNL em Cape Town: Restaurante MAReSOL

In **, Cape Town, European, International, Mediano / Average $$, Portuguese, Restaurants by Winnie Carmo1 Comment

Escrito por Graça Baptista

O MAReSOL é um dos poucos restaurantes na Cidade do Cabo que diz servir comida verdadeiramente portuguesa, com um toque de charme moçambicano, num espaço deslumbrante e com comidas muito atractivas. Mas nunca julgue um livro pela capa.

MAReSOL is one of the few restaurants in Cape Town claiming to serve authentic Portuguese food with a touch of Mozambican charm, in a stunning venue. But never judge a book by its cover.

Localizado no famoso V&A Waterfront, precisamente no antigo edifício Hildebrand, este belo restaurante oferece vistas maravilhosas do porto e da montanha.

Located on the famous V&A Waterfront, right in the old Hildebrand building, this beautiful restaurant offers wonderful views of the harbour and the mountain.

O MAReSOL é abençoado e lindamente decorado com as vistas deslumbrantes do V&A waterfront e da famosa Table Mountain. O espaço foi, sem dúvidas, muito bem pensado e desenhado. Isso vê-se em cada detalhe e material usado, desde os candeeiros até à mobília.

 

The MAReSOL is blessed and beautifully decorated with magnificent views of the V&A waterfront and the famous Table Mountain. The space was undoubtedly very well planned and designed, this can be noticed by every detail and material used from the lamp fixtures to the furniture.

Aqui foi onde a nossa decepção teve início. O pão português estava velho, um pouco duro e a manteiga não era da melhor qualidade, apesar de bem apresentada, e o molho só se sentia acidez, sabor bom mesmo não tinha.

Here was where our disappointment began. The Portuguese bread was old, a little hard and the butter was not of the best quality, even though it was well presented, and the sauce was just sour, with absolutely no good flavour.

Pedimos um Caldo Verde que nem sequer era um caldo verde, pois mais parecia água com enormes pedaços de couve e batata rena, e para piorar estava sem sabor.

We ordered a Portuguese Green Broth that was not even a green broth, it looked like water with huge pieces of kale and potato and, to make it worse, it was tasteless.

Pedimos também Camarões enrolados em Bacon. Outra decepção! Quase nem se via o camarão que sabia mal; apenas se via o bacon, e foi servido com molho de mel, maçã e amêndoas por cima, que ofuscava completamente as estrelas do prato. Só se sentia a doçura do molho, esquecemos até que estávamos a comer bacon e camarão e pensamos que já havíamos chegado à sobremesa.

Then we ordered Shrimp Rolled in Bacon. Another disappointment! We couldn’t see the shrimp that tasted bad, we only saw the bacon and was served with honey, apple and almond sauce on top, which completely obscured the stars of the dish. We only felt the sweetness of the sauce; we even forgot that we were eating bacon and shrimp and thought we were already having dessert.

Oramos tanto para que o prato principal fosse satisfatório, mas infelizmente não foi. Pedimos Bacalhau à Brás, mas fomos servidos com uma espécie de ovos mexidos com grandes pedaços de bacalhau em vez desfiado e um pouco de batata. Estava bem salgado, tinha tanto azeite que deixava o prato enjoativo, sem falar nos ovos.

We prayed so much that the main course would be satisfactory, but unfortunately it was not. We ordered Bacalhau à Brás, but we were served with a sort of scrambled eggs with large cod halves instead of shredded and a bit of potato. It was too salty, had so much olive oil that made the dish sickening, and let’s not even mention the eggs.

Felizmente pudemos contemplar algo delicioso no MAReSOL. Pedimos Arroz Doce, que foi a única coisa boa que nos serviram. O açúcar estava no ponto, a canela também, e estava bem cremoso e balanceado. Porém, não sentimos o limão e a baunilha que eles citam no menu.

Fortunately we were able to contemplate something delicious at MAReSOL. We ordered Rice Pudding, that was the only good thing they served us. The sugar was ok, and the cinnamon too, and it was very creamy and well balanced. However, we did not taste the lemon and vanilla mentioned in the menu.

Em seguida, pedimos Pastéis de Nata, que vieram acompanhados de um gelado (sem graça) de baunilha. Notava-se logo pela textura que o pastel não era cremoso. Nada aprazível.

Then we ordered Portuguese Cream Pastry, which was served with an (unsightly) vanilla ice-cream. We could see by the texture that the pastry was not fresh, it was not even a bit pleasant.

Pelo menos as bebidas estavam satisfatórias. Pedimos a Caipirinha de Limão, que foi muito bem-feita; estava doce e bem gostosa.

At least the drinks were ok. We ordered the Lemon Caipirinha, which was very well done; it was sweet and delightful.

  • Caldo Verde R49 (887 AOA)
  • Camarão e Bacon R99 (1791 AOA)
  • Bacalhau à Brás R185 (3348 AOA)
  • Arroz Doce R49 (887 AOA)
  • Pastéis de Nata R55 (995 AOA)
  • Caipirinha R55 (995 AOA)

*Preços ao câmbio de dia 02.04.2018

  • Portuguese Green Broth R49 (887 AOA)
  • Shrimp and Bacon R99 (1791 AUC)
  • Bacalhau à Brás R185 (3348 AOA)
  • Rice Pudding R49 (887 AOA)
  • Portuguese Cream Pastry R55 (995 AOA)
  • Caipirinha R55 (995 AOA)

* Prices at the exchange of 02.04.2018

O atendimento foi razoável, mas os garçons carecem de formação em atendimento ao cliente. Chegamos e não havia ninguém na recepção, por isso entramos e encontramos eles a conversarem em vez de correrem para receber e sentar os clientes. Para além disso, o garçon mal conseguia nos explicar o menu.

The service was average, but the waiters lack customer service training. We arrived and there was no one at the reception, so we went in and found them talking rather than rushing to greet and seat customers. Additionally, the waiter could barely explain the menu to us.

  • Linda decoração e boas bebidas
  • Beautiful décor and good drinks
  • O LNL aconselha que seja dada formação aos garçons.
  • Devem melhorar o tempero das comidas
  • O restaurante coloca os talheres directamente na mesa, sem guardanapos ou base por baixo, o que aumenta a propensão de contaminação da comida
  • LNL advises MAReSOL to train the waiters
  • They should improve the seasoning of the foods
  • The restaurant places the cutlery right on the table without napkins or base underneath, which increases likelihood of food being contaminated.

Se gastronomia fosse apenas visual, com certeza o LNL voltaríamos ao MAReSOL mais vezes, mas como nós não comemos e degustamos apenas com os olhos, infelizmente caso não haja melhorias o LNL não tem motivos para lá voltar.

Nós solicitamos o livro de reclamações, mas a gerente disse que não possuíam um, mas que tinham um cartão de feedback que era geralmente usado apenas para grupos, e o LNL fez uso do mesmo para informar o quão insatisfeitos estávamos com a comida.

If gastronomy was only visual, surely LNL would go back to MAReSOL more often, but since we do not eat and appreciate only with the eyes, unfortunately, if there are no improvements, LNL has no reasons to go back there.

We requested the complaints book, but the manager said they do not have one, but they had a feedback card that was generally only used for groups, and LNL made use of it to express how disappointed we were with the food.

MAReSOL

Endereço | Address:  Slipway, Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – África do Sul
Tel: +27 021 425 3385
Email: reservations@mar-e-sol.co.za
Horário: 08h00 – 22h00
Opening times: 08a.m. to 10p.m.

Comments

  1. Alfredo

    As a Portuguese restaurant, it could not be worse.

    I tried the Portuguese chorizo; the kale soup and the Beef Prego in the bread and the 3 were an attack on the Portuguese Cuisine.

    The chorizo was of poor quality; the soup was made with sprouts and baked potato slices (In Portugal we give that to pigs. It´s true.) and the Beef Prego is not worth commenting.

    Whoever is running this restaurant can not be Portuguese at all and never went to Portugal or enjoyed the excellent Portuguese cuisine.

    As Portuguese Restaurant I would not recommend at all.

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