Pigalle owes its name to a vibrant square in Paris which is famed for its night life, and its name is certainly appropriate, as the restaurant overlooks the nightly hustle and bustle of Somerset Road where a huge revival has put Greenpoint firmly on the map as the trendy area of town. Owners Victor and Naldo Goncalves have many successful years in the restaurant industry, and embraced the challenge of converting a huge old ice-rink into a stunning 300 seater restaurant which simply oozes glamour from every pore. A spacious dance floor and a live band every evening, ensures that Pigalle is able to offer the very best in dinner dancing for its sophisticated clientele (including a fair amount of celebrities).
Much of the décor was shipped down from Johannesburg including the spectacular chandeliers which contrast superbly with the stark tubular pipes criss-crossing the enormous ceiling. Dramatic red and black upholstery and luxurious carpeting create an opulent décor, that is off-set by the simple white walls with eye-catching light displays. Certain feature walls have been painted a warm ruby red to create the perfect backdrop for the larger than life 30’s style prints which add the finishing touches to the exciting interior. An impressive bar, handcrafted in rich dark wood, has plenty of seating for those enjoying a pre dinner drink, and offers a selection of speciality cocktails such as the Pigalle Petal (gin, rose syrup and litchi juice) as well as a variety of flavoured martinis.
On the food side, the menu focuses on Seafood and Portuguese specialities. The shellfish - prawns, langoustines, crayfish, and of the course the Seafood Platters, are all highly recommended with tried and tested recipes that ensure that the shellfish is cooked to perfection. Traditional Portuguese dishes such as Trinchado - spicy beef cubes, and Chorico Sausage are both popular starters together with the pan-fried prawns. Main course specialities include the Duck Mandarin with a Grand Marnier Sauce and the spatchcock Baby Chicken Peri Peri. The desserts are rich and decadent with choices such as the sinfully delicious baked Cheesecake or the smooth rich Crème Brulee. Pigalle is also open for lunch and has a separate light lunch menu to enjoy on the terrace.
The Pigalle stores all have back up powered generators.
From Muizenberg take the M3 and Eastern Boulevard to town. Exit Eastern Boulevard into Buitengracht Street and turn right into Somerset Road. You'll find Pigalle on the corner of Highfield and Somerset Roads.