Dining in Casa Labia’s Venetian-style dining room is a treat – not just to marvel at the period heirlooms, but also for the assortment of superb meals that are made using fresh vegetables and herbs from its veggie patch. And, if you’d like to be serenaded by a pianist while dining, be sure to book at table on a Saturday or Sunday between 1pm and 4pm.
Casa Labia, Georgie Buchanan
The 1929-era three-storey house has been styled with 18th-century Venetian flourish. Drapes, portraits, high ceilings and plenty of light and space add to Casa Labia’s sophisticated elegance and old-world charm, which is outmatched only by its food.
Something for everyone
Cucina Labia, as the kitchen is known, is managed by Dish Food & Social and offers a small menu that bursts with flavourful dishes. From pork and beef to fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes, you’re sure to find something that suits your palate. Breakfast is only served on weekends.
I had the nero pasta sheets, with roasted butternut, smoked feta and macadamias, which blew all expectations away. The fish of the day, with Mediterranean couscous and green beans, is another particularly tasty dish. As is the beef burger, which one patron said was the best burger he’d ever had.
Instead of dessert, we opted for the scones and Italian koeksisters (yes, you read right!) off the all-day tea selection, which are not to be missed. We also shared the Cornetto–Continental (cheese platter) and, again, were not disappointed. The extensive drinks menu covers all bases from refreshing cocktails to classic wines.
If you have a function, milestone birthday, photoshoot or a wedding to plan, and don’t mind paying a pretty penny, you’d do well to hire out one of its dining rooms, the garden (wonderful for weddings), drawing room or reception area. The sense of whimsy and bygone charm is priceless…
Insider tip Casa Labia also houses a gallery and cultural centre which is open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 4pm.
Opening times Tuesday – Friday, 11am – 4pm
Friday, 6pm – 10pm
Saturday – Sunday, 9.30am – 4pm
Contact 021 788 6062, firstname.lastname@example.org (restaurant)
021 788 6068 (cultural centre/admin/events)
Where to find it Casa Labia, 192 Main Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town