Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Kitima Sunday Buffet @ Hout Bay

Started with cocktails

Bartender hard at work

Starter - sushi

Starter - chicken satay & dimsum

Main - thai courses

Elegant decor 

Sesame rice ball in ginger sugar soup 

Dessert - ice cream & cheese cake

We were fortunate enough to be at Kitima for a Sunday buffet with some friends. Kitima is rated as the best Asian restaurant by Eat Out Magazine and I can see why. Kitima is suited in an old 1670 farm house in Hout Bay and has been decorated with elegance. The design of the beautiful restaurant reminded me of Thai and Asian theme.

We were welcomed by the friendly bartender who made fantastic cocktails for us while waiting for buffet to be set up. The service at Kitima was excellent and every staff was very well dressed.

Starter - DimSum, Thai Starters & Sushi
Personally I think the starters were the most impressive and tasty. I loved the steamed buns, dumplings, chicken satay and sushi.

Main - Thai Dishes & Soup
The dishes were very good, lots of spice and flavors. However, the thing I love the most about Thai food is the noodle and Kitima's noodle was disappointing.

Dessert - Ice Cream, Cheese Cake & Sesame Rice Balls
We were very happy with the dessert. I have not had the sesame rice balls in ginger soup for a long time so was quite happy with that. Kitima had lemongrass flavor ice cream, which was interesting. I did not love it or hate it, it was just something new.

Overall I felt like the experience was very enjoyable. Being Asian myself, I would not say it is the best Asian restaurant in South Africa but one of the best Thai restaurants. Kitima is definitely something special with the whole package of food, decor & service. One thing is Kitima is pretty costly to the wallet, the buffet was R215/person. Not something I would do on a regular basis, times are tough you know!

Also note to book early, Kitima is very popular and often fully booked.
8.5/10 She Says

THAI KINGS' PHOTOS IN THE "VIP ROOM"


IMPRESSIVE EXPERIENCE!

SINCE MISSY GOT A LONG POST HERE I WOULD CUT MINE SHORT.

WE ARE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE SEATED IN THE LITTLE "VIP ROOM", PERFECT FOR FRIENDS GATHERING, AS IT WON'T BOTHER OTHER TOO MUCH, THIS IS A "HIGH CLASS" VENUE AFTER ALL.
WE WERE GREETED BY THE CHEF AT THE END OF THE MEAL, HE IS PRETTY COOL, AND HE KEEPS ON BRAGGING TALKING ABOUT HIM BEING IN THE TOP CHEF AND IRON CHEF. NOT SURE IF HE GREETS EVERYONE OR ONLY US BEING SPECIAL. BEST PART BEING AS A THAI CHEF, HE SPOKE CANTONESE TO ME!!! BECAUSE HE WAS IN HK FOR THREE YEARS. =)

THUMBS UP - THE SOUP WAS REALLY REALLY NICE, WELL SEASONED, GREAT FLAVOR!  AND SOUTH AFRICANS, THE PRAWNS IN THE SOUP ARE HOW IT SUPPOSE TO BE! FRESH AND CRUNCHY, AND NOT LIKE MOST SO CALLED KING OF PRAWNS' MUSHY PRAWNS.
VERY IMPRESSIVE DIM SUM, ESPECIALLY THE HAGAU AND SIUMAI.

THUMBS DOWN - VERITIES SEEMS LACKING, THE PADTHAI TASTED OLD.

SWONAL INDEX: 9.0/10.0 TO BE HONEST I THINK VALUE FOR MONEY, IT IS WORTH IT. IT WOULD OF BEEN THE PERFECT 10, HOWEVER THE LACK OF CHOICE AND THE OLD TASTE FROM THE PADTHAI DRAGGED IT DOWN.


-HE SAYS


Kitima
140 Main Road, Hout Bay
021 790 8004

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