Restaurant review Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden MzansiBride

Winona Griggs

A Delightful Dining Experience at Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden

When I first stepped foot into the charming Rhodes Memorial Restaurant a few years ago, the rain poured down heavily. Seeking warmth and comfort, my friend and I found solace near the crackling fire, indulging in a flavorful curry accompanied by sips of velvety red wine. The entire experience was a harmonious blend of taste and coziness.

However, as time went on, whispers of a decline in quality reached my ears, leaving me with a slight pang of sadness. The restaurant had once held such promise. But in 2011, something wonderful happened. Bernard and Jessica Lyon took the reins and revitalized the establishment. Naturally, this called for a personal investigation – I had to find out for myself.

One beautiful autumn morning, I had the pleasure of joining a group of close friends for a delightful breakfast gathering. The sun was shining, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere as we made the decision to sit outside under a colorful umbrella. From our table, we could enjoy a breathtaking view of Cape Town, making the experience even more special.

What made this breakfast gathering even better was the fact that we could indulge in a delicious breakfast for only R35, which included a serving of toast. We were so pleased with our meal that we decided to order another round of hot tea and coffee to prolong the enjoyment. As we savored our drinks and chatted, we couldn’t help but appreciate the company, the beautiful weather, and the stunning view before us.

As time passed, the restaurant began to fill up with couples and families who had also discovered the joy of this place. The sounds of children playing in the nearby playground and the sight of dogs being treated to biscuits from a giant jar added to the lively atmosphere.

Eventually, our breakfast meeting came to an end, as lunchtime approached. Eager to stay active after our delicious meal, we decided to take a refreshing walk down the stairs of Rhodes Memorial. The view from the top was breathtaking, and we vowed to make these breakfast gatherings a regular occurrence in the future, as they provided the perfect start to our day.

When I returned for lunch with another friend a few weeks later, it was a chilly winter’s day. Surprisingly, we sat in the exact same spot where I had first visited. The atmosphere was cozy, with a blazing fire and rose petals adorning the table. To combat the cold, there were piles of blankets available. We both decided to try the delightful pea and sausage soup, served with toasted ciabatta and butter. The portions were generous, and the soup was already quite filling. But it was so delicious that I couldn’t bear to leave any behind, so I asked for a takeaway container. My friend jokingly remarked that he’d need a wheelchair to make it back to the car, given how full we were. For our main courses, I opted for a lamb tagine, while my friend went for the ostrich bobotie.

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As we walked out of the restaurant, our bellies were full and satisfied. We overheard a woman at the next table raving to her waiter about how amazing the chicken curry was. She said it was the best she had ever tasted, even better than the ones in Durban. It was such a high compliment that it made me curious to try making it at home. A few days later, I bought a jar of Harissa paste and attempted to replicate the flavors of the tagine I had for lunch. Unfortunately, it didn’t turn out quite the same. I guess I’ll just have to go back to the restaurant for another meal. There’s a springbok potjie on the menu that I’m eager to try!

Before my next visit, I’m thinking of going for a walk with my dogs on the mountain. It’ll be a great way to build up an appetite and enjoy the fresh air. Who knows, maybe even my dogs will enjoy their visit and demand their own doggy bag if the dog biscuits are as tasty as the human meals.

Welcome to Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and Tea Garden

Our Opening Hours
We are open from 9 AM to 5 PM every day of the week.

What can you expect?

Welcome to the new and improved restaurant experience! We’ve made some exciting changes to cater more to our local community, while still providing a warm welcome to tourists like you. Get ready for a delightful adventure for both you and your little ones!

Let’s start with the good news: our prices are now more affordable than ever! We believe that everyone deserves to enjoy a delicious meal without breaking the bank. So, whether you’re a local or a visitor, you can indulge in our mouth-watering dishes without worrying about your budget.

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If you have children, we have a special treat for them. We’ve built a brand-new playground that will keep them entertained for hours. From swings to slides, there’s something for kids of all ages to enjoy. And while the little ones are busy having a blast, you can relax and savor your meal knowing they’re having just as much fun.

Now, let’s not forget about your furry friends. We’re a pet-friendly establishment, and we love dogs as much as you do! Feel free to bring your well-behaved canine companion along. Just a small favor to ask: please keep them leashed so everyone feels safe and comfortable. You wouldn’t want any doggie mischief to distract from your fantastic dining experience.

When it comes to seating options, we’ve got you covered. On sunny days, our outdoor tables provide the perfect spot to enjoy your meal while basking in the warm rays of the sun. The tables are shaded with umbrellas to keep you cool and comfortable. And if the weather is less than ideal, come inside and cozy up next to our welcoming fireplace. It’s the ideal setting to savor your food and enjoy the company of friends and family on chilly days.

If you’re in the mood for some outdoor activities before or after your meal, our nearby hiking trails are waiting to be explored. Take your family, friends, or even your four-legged companions for a scenic adventure. The trails offer beautiful views and a chance to stretch your legs, building up a healthy appetite for a satisfying meal. And if you prefer to burn off some calories after indulging, a leisurely stroll down the 47 stairs of Rhodes Memorial offers a stunning vista that will leave you feeling refreshed.

So, whether you’re a local looking for an affordable and enjoyable dining experience, or a tourist seeking a welcoming atmosphere, our restaurant is the perfect destination. Come join us and create wonderful memories while treating yourself to a delectable meal.

Let me tell you about the delicious food you can find on our menu:

  • How about starting your day off with our Breakfast on the Run? You’ll get two fried eggs, bacon, tomato, toast, jam, and butter for just R35.
  • If you’re craving a hearty breakfast, we’ve got you covered with our English breakfast. For R55, you’ll enjoy beef sausages, bacon, grilled tomato, mushrooms, eggs, toast, jam, and butter.
  • Looking for something light and refreshing? Our Niçoise salad is a perfect choice. Priced at R70, it includes lettuce, anchovies, tomato, peppers, green beans, potatoes, grilled seared tuna, and a hard-boiled egg.
  • Are you a vegetarian? Don’t worry, we have options for you too. Try our vegetarian quiche of the day with a side salad for just R65.
  • Craving some classic flavors? Our Ploughman’s platter is a great choice. It includes cheddar cheese, gypsy ham, pickles, and chutney, all for R75.
  • If you’re in the mood for a juicy steak, our 250g sirloin served with bearnaise sauce is a must-try. It’s priced at R95.
  • Looking for something unique? Our Ostrich Bobotie, topped with butternut, is a delicious option for R85.
  • Craving some spice? Our Cape Malay Chicken Curry, served with sambals, papadums, and chutney, will surely satisfy your taste buds for R85.
  • Fancy some game meat? Our Venison potjie served with cous cous is a flavorful choice for R90.
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Welcome to my delectable menu! I’ve got an array of irresistibly tasty dishes lined up just for you. Indulge in the comforting goodness of a home-baked scone, complete with a dollop of jam, a slather of butter, and a dreamy swirl of cream. Savor this delightful treat for only R25.

Feeling a bit peckish? How about sinking your teeth into a mouthwatering toasted sandwich? Each one is served with a generous portion of golden french fries on the side. Satisfaction guaranteed, all for just R40.

For a more adventurous palate, I’ve got a selection of flavorful wraps waiting to tempt your taste buds. Choose from a variety of fillings and enjoy the harmonious blend of ingredients wrapped snugly in a soft tortilla. Prices start at R65, catering to both your appetite and your budget.

So, whether you’re in the mood for a scone that’ll transport you straight to Grandma’s kitchen, a savory toasted sandwich that hits the spot, or a wrap bursting with exciting flavors, my menu has got you covered. Come on in, take a seat, and prepare yourself for a culinary journey like no other. Your taste buds will thank you.

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