I tend to stay away from Sandton City restaurants because I find them pretty pricey and quite overrated. The former Piatto left much to be desired and I am thrilled that Cilantros has made such an awesome upgrade.
The first thing that struck me was the attention to detail on the Architectural finishes.. Every area of the restaurant offers something unique and although so different in places, it all comes together really well!
We were seated pretty early and planned to make the most of the evening ahead. The thing I liked most about the menu is the variety of food types and prices: there is something for every wallet and taste. The drinks menu is however more pricey and the cheapest glass of wine available is roughly R60 (it was great wine though).
We started with 3 tapas, 2 of which our waiter suggested, and I would happily recommend them all. Calamari Lime (R59), Chorizo Espanola (R68) and Halloumi with a tomato relish (R39). Small portions but bursting with flavour!
After deliberating for an hour, we finally ordered our mains (a warning for all: order your main meal while you’re still hungry because the options are pretty vast). We both opted for Pasta which I think may not have been the best idea. Not because they weren’t good but after the interesting flavours of the tapas, they were a slight let-down. The Penne Cilantros (R135) was more ‘exotic’ than the Spinach & Ricotta nests (R85) that I ordered but I think I’ll have to go back to try their pizza or steak.
To end off the evening on a sweet note, we chose to indulge ourselves with an Oreo Pavlova (R65). What a treat! The meringue was chewy on the inside and the mix of flavours was great.
The thing that stood out over the food for the evening was the service. Our waiter, Prosper, was so patient (we sent him away a few times so that we could continue fussing over the menu). He was always open to give suggestions and really made our night even more enjoyable. The manager was also fantastic and very actively involved with the staff and guests. He was fascinated with my camera and offered to take a picture of us to get his hands on it.
Thank you to Zomato for the spoil! It was very much enjoyed and appreciated.
- Food 4/5
- Value 3.5/5
- Service 4.5/5
- Atmosphere 4.5/5
- Overall Rating = 4/5
Contact: 011 784 2510