Tortellino D’Oro

Tortellino D’Oro is the type of restaurant you should visit if you are looking for authentic Italian cuisine with exceptional service. I loved that the complimentary nibbles were a glass of Prosecco, zucchini fries and bread with dips. The zucchini fries would have been perfect if they were served hot.

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The restaurant is quite small and popular so you definitely should make a booking. I didn’t like the outside or deli seating but most people seemed happy to be seated there. The main section of the restaurant is cosy and intimate, perfect for a date.

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The bread was okay but I didn’t like the dips which had a strange oil after taste.

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To start we shared the mussels special with tomato, Italian parsley, garlic and white wine for R115. I loved that they already shared the portion into two bowls for us. The sauce was delicious and the mussels exceptionally plump like I have never eaten before. We were also given a finger bowl and bibs. Our waiter even cleaned the table afterwards and placed a napkin over a stain so we wouldn’t mess our clothes. I have seriously not received service like this anywhere else before.

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For mains I had the summer pasta with pesto, cherry tomatoes and roquette for R115. It was extremely salty and I sent it back without any issue. Overall I didn’t like this type of pasta or the taste of the pesto. I think a spaghetti would have been better than this macaroni style that was served.

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We also had the spinach and ricotta cannelloni with the mushroom and cream sauce for R125. It was yummy but mainly had a very rich butter taste. The mains were quite expensive considering they didn’t have any meat in them.

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We were unfortunately too full after all that food to have dessert. The ice cream served in a bowl of ice is definitely something to try here.

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Like I have mentioned before, service from our waiter was exceptional. The owner/manager however seemed a little rude. We mentioned we had a booking which she couldn’t find. A waiter did and showed us to our table. After being seated for a while, she told us we couldn’t sit there without a booking. I thought this a little rude as we did have a booking and it could have been checked before approaching us. The people next to us had to leave because the table they were seated at was reserved. I feel that this is clearly a booking process problem and shouldn’t be made the customers problem.

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Overall the food was average for me. This wouldn’t be a restaurant that is at the top of my list if I feel like Italian. The service and attention to detail do make it a lovely spot to visit.

Ring: (011) 483 1249
Hop: Oaklands shopping centre, Corner Pretoria Road & Victoria Street, Melrose

Prosecco & Pasta,
CG

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