Restaurant review: Driftwoods, Langebaan = a disappointment!

Langebaan review: Driftwoods restaurant

We are in Langebaan for the weekend. Taking some time off normal life and recharging our batteries. Not easy to recharge when you have a 3 year old running around, like it’s a big adventure. And it is cold, yet he insists on going to the swings and trampoline. But thank goodness my husband isn’t as sensitive to the cold, so they can go play while mommy keeps warm in the room.

Day 1, and it’s dinner time. After much discussion, we decide it’s going to be my husband’s choice of restaurant tonight. We’ve come to Langebaan a few times before and we always seem to end up in the same places. This time we want to try new experiences. Obviously he does no research to find the options or make reservations. But I pledged to keep an open mind and not complain.

His plan: drive around town and go into a restaurant with the most people.
We end up at Driftwoods, a seafood restaurant by the waterfront. There are 3 tables occupied inside and they make pizza ( reason he chose it!).
We go sit down, and wait for about 10 minutes before anyone gives us any attention. 3 tables: 5 waiters who keep walking past us and no attention for 10 minutes! Just before I’m about to get up and walk out, a waiter comes over and takes our drinks order.
I have a Roberton’s Sauvignon Blanc by the glass, that tastes very foul. I’ve had it before and it’s a decent wine, not sure what they served me.

We go straight to mains, not wanting to spend too much time here. I order a lamb curry, being optimistic, worst case scenario I get lamb stew, right? Wrong! I get dry lamb in a sweet, thin sauce with veg but no salt, no spice and no heat. Served with an equally non-seasoned rice. So disappointing, but I’m hungry. So I ask for extra salt, pepper and chilli- I might have as well cooked it myself. Or bought a decent pie at the garage and saved 1000%!😒

My husband has a pizza, again uneventful, at a ridiculous R125 with chili! My son had an average kids’ calamari, and I just kept praying that none of us has gastro tomorrow.

Overall Rating = 4/10
Very Poor service = 3/10
Very disappointing food =4/10. Only because my husband thinks 3/10 is too harsh!
Ambience= uneventful =4/10
Child friendliness= 4/10
Affordability: very over priced =2/10.

Let’s just say, for the amount of money food costs here, I would expect a clean table at the least!
Never going back. Not recommended at all.

Not a good start to our weekend😞.

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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