Reuben’s Restaurant – Superb Savors in a Sophisticated Setting

There are many reasons for putting a visit to Cape Town on your bucketlist. It is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a unique culture. The city is steeped in history but that doesn’t stop it from being at the forefront of setting trends and embracing modern luxury living. It is here that you will find some of the best chefs in award-winning restaurants that provide exclusive fine dining experiences.

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Reuben Riffel is one of South Africa’s most renowned chefs. It comes as no surprise that he has won South Africa’s ‘Chef of the Year Award’ more than once. The eponymous Reuben’s, located at the elegant five-star One & Only Hotel, is his first ever urban restaurant. The brasserie atmosphere is at once sophisticated and relaxed. It has established itself as a fine dining destination without being pretentious.

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The heightened ceilings add a touch of grandeur to a palette of dark wood, grays and reds. The large glass panels and subtle lighting create just the right atmosphere. The space is warm and welcoming, as is the service. The staff is attentive, efficient and anticipates your every need. They ensure that your dietary requirements and personal preferences are catered to throughout your meal. It is undoubtedly the superb hands-on management that ensures the smooth service in the front of the house at all times.

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The menu at Reuben’s is described as “deceptively simple”. The classic French-inspired bistro fare boasts fresh, bold flavors and is served in hearty portions. It is the innovative combinations of local South African flavors that make this menu stand out as undeniably impressive. This, combined with an unsurpassed wine collection, makes for an unbeatable combination.

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The Wine & Dine evenings at Reuben’s are well worth experiencing. These events are hosted once a month throughout the year. Here you will experience a gourmet five-course dinner that showcases the best that Reuben has to offer. These dishes epitomize the perfect balance of flavors and textures. Examples include Herb Crusted Kingklip Tranche (served with white asparagus custard, pickled shimeji and daikon) and Roasted Mian Quail (with brioche and chorizo stuffing, pumpkin risotto, seared enoki and spinach pureé).

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The head sommelier, Luvo Ntezo, pairs all of the dishes with the perfect wines selected from five-star wine farms, including some of the world’s best. Each month, a different wine estate is selected for all the pairings throughout that particular evening. A charming MC provides entertainment to round off a sophisticated evening of the vest best gourmet cuisine and fine wines. This is definitely an experience that is well worth repeating.

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Reuben’s One&Only Cape Town Dock Road, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Cape Town 8001, South Africa Tel: + 27 21 431 5888 Fax: + 27 21 431 5230 Website:

Emma Flemming

As well as being a contributing writer for LuxeInACity, Emma is a teacher, freelance writer and has her own blog. She has four university degrees and qualifications in English, Psychology and Education. Over the years Emma has enjoyed travelling to and experiencing luxury in several countries. Apart from travelling and writing, her interests lie in art, yoga and trying out new dining hotspots. Emma lives in South Africa and when she is not writing, can be found scuba-diving in the Indian Ocean.