October 3, 2007
Charges A Cakeage Fee If You Bring A Cake
Carlyle’s is a vibey little restaurant in Vredehoek, full of vibey little people, eating vibey little food. So this was where we found ourselves the other day, because we consider ourselves pretty vibey, and we were really hungry.
The place is not overly large, roughly the size of the lounge at The HQ, so it’s a fairly intimate setting. There were 8 of us who arrived to celebrate an engagement, which proved to be a problem because, as previously mentioned, the place is the size of The HQ’s lounge. Stay with me here.
Anyhoo, after much compromise and gnashing of teeth, we managed to squeeze everyone in, although I was forced to sit inside The Girlfriend’s handbag, which was slightly uncomfortable, but I wasn’t in the mood for complaining.
The place DOES have a nice little vibe, very chilled, without a hint of pretension, and the food was pretty good as well.
They make pizzas, steak, pasta as well as seafood. The entire menu is up on one of the walls, although the waitrons are also able to comfortable rattle off everything, which can take up to 5 mins but is pretty fascinating nonetheless.
We made our waitron repeat herself three times and she didn’t forget a single item. I know this because I am a bit of a Rain Man myself. If you don’t know who Rain Man is, I suggest you go and hire the DVD. Basically it’s a great little 80′s flick starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.
Back to the subject at hand, the bill came and we were pleasantly surprised to see that they had charged us an extra fee for what they called “cakeage”. Like “corkage” except with cake.
Yes, we had brought in a cake as part of the celebrations. All we wanted to do was have our cake and eat it.
So yes, whilst Carlyle’s may offer a good night out, beware of their extra costs.
They charge a corkage fee, as well as a cakeage fee. In addition, they allegedly also charge extra fees for any dinner party bringing in fat people, men who wear two toned shirts as well as women who have overly large heads. So be warned.
Where: 17 Derry Street, Vredehoek
How Much: + – R120 per person. (That includes a stiff Jameson or three)
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