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“2 Michelin stars quality you could never imagine”

La Sosta Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 40 Restaurants in Swellendam
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$38 - US$46
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: La Sosta is a FINE DINING Restaurant. A modern and contemporary Italian Restaurant working with 3 Different Tasting Menu . EatOut Award 2014 BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN SOUTH AFRICA Reservations are recommended.
Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

Salvatore and his wife Nina are the two incredible Chefs that run this place together with Nina’s father. Salvatore mastered his talent in Italy, working for several years in starred restaurants, while Nina studied in Lugano. They landed here by chance.... as we did after one friend of ours recommended it, and managed our booking (which is worth a several months’ waiting list). The location is quite simple, really very small, modern and hardly sophisticated or notable, as the service, which is absolutely ok but not particularly special nor sophisticated, definitely family-run. But .... food, creativity, quality and presentations are nothing short of exceptional, at an INCREDIBLE value-for-money, which you could not even dream about when visiting from Paris, London, Seoul, New York or Milan. You can chose amongst a few menus, ranging between 450 and 490 rands (plus drinks; cheese platter come in at an extra 75 and is worth it), and can equally mix-and-match components of different menus together. Definitely small portions, but huge variety, sequence, number and surprises will not leave you hungry. The main course from the vegetarian menu’ could possibly be the highlight of the dinner, simply celestial, but all the ten-ish different dishes we had boasted fantasy, colors, incredible usage of vegetables, flowers and super natural quality fresh ingredients, (very) generously seasoned with olive oil-based creations. We would have never ever expected to eat like this in little, in-the-middle-of-nowhere Swellendam. Bravo to this incredible family!!!

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Reviewed 31 March 2018

THE most amazing meal and service we have ever had and we've eaten in lots of restaurants around the world. Chris was the perfect host serving us the most delicious 7 course meal which was perfectly presented. La Sosta is booked months in advance and I can honestly see why. If you are in this area be sure to book early, I promise you will not be disappointed. We will definitely return when we next visit South Africa.

Thank Pajan2
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Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Dear Pajan2

Thank you so much for your very kind words about your dining experience at La Sosta.

It is very rewarding and motivating for our entire team to read reviews like yours.

We look forward to having you as our guest next time you are in South Africa.

All the best

Chris and the La Sosta Team

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

One of the best dinners I have ever had.The evening was like you ending up having an Avatar movie experience when you just went to watch a normal movie to kill time.

Great service and friendly staff.Chris, Nina and Salvatore - great job and thank you for making our evening special.

Thank Harikrishna N
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Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2018

Dear Hari

We are all very glad that you and your travelling companions had an enjoyable stay and a special dinner at La Sosta.

Thank you for altering your travelling plans so that you could all stay and eat at La .

We really appreciate the support and it was great to see you all again.

Will see you in Lugano in June

Best regards

Chris

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Reviewed 29 March 2018

On our first visit to Swellendam we did not know what to expect from this restaurant. We have never experienced a meal sensation quite like this in the UK - it was superb. An excellent taster menu, beautifully cooked and presented together with an excellent choice of wines.
A husband and wife team with father front of house - who talked us through the menus, helped choose the wine and entertained us as well. He was very attentive regarding the gluten free choices which was much appreciated.
A truly wonderful experience complemented by shuttle service home.

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Thank Sue A
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Flavours, presentation quality of ingredients are all exceptional
Swellendam is very lucky to have a restaurant of this Caliber in town and customers should appreciate the hard work and effort of all the team at La Sosta for making it such a good restaurant
Waitresses are charming very well presented & efficient
Keep it up guys we know how hard it is !!!!

Thank Mark S
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Chris M, Owner at La Sosta Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 23 March 2018

Hi Mark

Many thanks for taking the time to write the reviews excellent review, which is very much appreciated.

It’s reviews like yours that help to keep out entire team motivated and determined to ensure that our guests have a great time, every time.

Looking forward to having you as a guest again in the near future.

Best regards

Chris

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