For the sake of transparency and honesty, it would be prudent to note that Caffe Villagio is a restaurant I frequent as a customer often. After having reviewed the restaurant almost two years ago, it has become what you could describe as my local. Hardly a week passes without me paying a visit.
As my last review was so long ago, I decided that it was time for an updated one, so here it is.
Situated within the Sable Square shopping centre sometimes referred to as Chinatown, Caffe Villagio is an oasis of friendliness, homely warmth and great food. The large Mediterranean menu with lashings of Greek influence is both inspired and mouth-watering.
Of course I have my favourites at Caffe Villagio, I love their falafel (I think it’s the best in the Western Cape) and their lamb shawarma, but I decided for the review I would select something that I had not eaten either for the previous review or during my regular visits.
For my starter I chose a combination of dishes from the meze and dips section of the menu. I had the aubergine and feta croquettes with tzatziki (R42), the mini spanakopita (phyllo pastry triangles stuffed with spinach, onions, cheese and herbs) and aioli (R42), keftedes (Greek meatballs) and pita bread with tzatziki (R46) and a plate of hummus with pita bread (R22). It sounds like a lot of food, and it was, but I wanted to sample as much as I could.
Each of the dishes would have easily sufficed as a starter and each one was amazing and tasty in its own very distinct way. If I were to choose a favourite it would have to be the spanakopita, it’s a dish I have never had before and I really enjoyed it. They looked a little like samosas because of their triangular shape and they were stuffed with the most amazing flavours of cheese and spinach. An absolute must for me to have again on my next visit.
Friday at Caffe Villagio is their fish and chip special day, so I decided to opt for it. At R42 it’s about the same price that I would normally pay at my local fish and chip shop but with the added bonus of being able to be seated and served.
The portion of fish and chips is more than generous and to be quite honest it would have been more than enough for lunch without the starter. The fish was cooked perfectly and you just have to taste their home made chips, it’s so rare to find a restaurant that serve chips that have not come out of the freezer and you can taste the difference from a mile off.
Caffe Villagio is open seven days a week and has a great all day breakfast menu as well as a large selection of ciabattas, toasted sandwiches, burgers and of course their Mediterranean specialities. My only disappointment is that Caffe Villagio closes at 17:00. I would love nothing more than to bring my family and friends to Caffe Villagio for dinner. I realise that Sable Square empties out somewhat when the shops close but there are other restaurants in the centre that do remain open in the evenings. Maybe if there is enough interest from the local patrons, Caffe Villagio will reconsider the viability of being open later.
As for dessert, I went for the home made baked cheese cake, R35 with salted caramel and white chocolate topping. It tasted even better than it sounds, it was creamy and delicious and not overly sweet. It was an absolute joy to eat.
It goes without saying that Caffe Villagio has TweetCritique’s stamp of approval, we highly recommend it, we love it and we’ll be back as usual.