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“Not worth the wait, and what's with the obligatory tip?”
Review of Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin
Ranked #14 of 25 Restaurants in Observatory
Cuisines: Asian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 20, 2017

We were very excited to have lunch here when we saw what a beautiful location it's in, and everything looked lovely. The 45-minute wait for our food (with small children) was already a let-down, but would have been quickly forgotten if the food was excellent - but it wasn't. We informed the waitress that the lobster bisque was not good (in fact it smelled as if it had gone bad), and she told us that it was probably because it was crayfish (not a reason for it to smell so bad). I ordered the Kingklip, the most expensive fish on the (very reasonably priced) menu, and it was tough and tasteless. But the biggest surprise was the obligatory 10% tip added to our bill! We were only a party of four, and when we inquired if this was their usual practice, we were informed that it was. In three weeks of dining out in the Cape Town area this was the only establishment that added this on (and we usually left a bit more than 10% anyway). When the waitress took the bill, she said, "Oh, I asked them to take off the bisque since you didn't touch it," - but they didn't, oh well. Needless to say, we won't be back soon.

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Thank karlg580
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Reviewed July 29, 2016

The place was really crowded with other tourists so service was a little slow. Great seafood joint though the chowder was not what we expected! The fish made up for it. By American standards, the prices were a steal--a 3-course meal for 6 with wine came up to about US$80 (though we understand it would be exorbitant for a regular South African to eat there). The views are to die for, overlooking the Indian Ocean on a calm and beautiful day.

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Thank John and Chenit F
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Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We arrived and were shown to a table in the centre of the restaurant. It was a cold day, the room was drafty but the fire place was barren. This would have been a perfect night for a fire. We asked a waiter if he would light the fire and he shrugged and smiled. That was it.

The waitress serving us got our drinks order wrong and we kept calling her back to remind her what we'd ordered. She didn't write anything down.

The sushi we ordered took 35 minutes to get to our table. No snacks were provided while we waited. Although the food quality was good, the service quality was appalling. If we don't come back here it'll be too soon.

Thank Frank M
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Reviewed June 9, 2016

Excellent sushi and lots to choose from. The takeaway platter of 40 California rolls for R100.00 is real value for money as well. I would recommend that they get a card machine though as one does not always have cash on your person.

Thank craigwyngaard
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Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Favorite spot for a quick lunch during work. Sushi is very well priced and usually get a table at the window to harness the sun and watch the diversity walking past. Sushi is always fresh and the tempura prawns have real tempura batter which is always a good thing.

One thing I always like is the fact that every timeyou go there it's a lottery with the background music. Sometimes is Chinese traditional, sometimes it's modern contemporary, my last visit I found myself humming along to a selection of 90s tracks which took me back to an my youth when sushi was a rarity in the city.

Don't expect cut glass and solid silverware but you will get world class sushi at fantastic prices.

Thank Nelsonred
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