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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A terribly disappointing experience for what is was sold as a fine dining experience. There is certainly nothing fine about this place. The table we sat at was dirty. My wife sent her raw, cold steak back to the kitchen to be cooked. My steak...was also raw and when I finally got a waiter, she told me “that is how the chef cooks everyone’s steak”, so there is nothing she can do so I didn’t eat my steak. There were only three waiters to serve 21 tables and we waited ages to get any attention. I had to get up to go and find a waiter on three occasions. We even had to wait in a line with other patrons to get our bill at the end and pay before we left. The toilets were dirty and very unhygienic. We could not get out of there faster and will not be going back…ever.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Valentines dinner 14 Feb, what a let down!! Was not the price worth! No effort on the tables.. not even a tablecloth, service very slow, wait forever between meals.. the place was not clean.. I almost fell in die bathroom with lots of soapy water...on the floor.. no warning signs.. the canapes was served on a piece of wood and the food on it was already dry from standing.. a blob of sorby was floating between the food. The soup was delicious, also the main food was delicious, but not thw money worth.. we did not have the dessert because we were already waiting 20min for it and decided to leave because we need to leave. They will not see me again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 5 December 2023

We had our year end function - what a disappointment - they were 2 hours late, dirty tables, they were still cleaning when we arrived to set up at 11am. the entrance was dirty. The welcome drinks were not ready when guest arrived. They only...started braaing when guest were there. some of the team were not aware of us arriving. Food that was questionable - they were suppose to leave left over food for group which they did not - definitely will not be returningMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023 via mobile

The kitchen is let down by appalling service. The owner has let the staff team down by not monitoring them such that everything takes twice as long as what it should take, the serving staff don’t know what they’re serving, couldn’t care less etc. The...attitude is lackadaisical and suits a bunch of tenderpreneurs who have nothing better to do than overpay for sh*t service and ok food. AVOID.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 30 October 2023

For our 3rd venture on Restaurant Week, we revisited this restaurant. We were graciously hosted by Anthony who regularly checked in with us, as well as Precious, who although new and a bit nervous, was very friendly and attentive. To start we were served some...complimentary sweet potato bread, served with thyme butter, a smoked pepper foam and delightful Christmas inspired crackers with cream cheese and dried fruit. Then for our starters we chose the Wild Prawn Risotto and Tartare. The Prawns (Argentinian wil prawns) were beautifully prepared and very tasty. The saffron risotto was unfortunately a disappointment, being over cooked and under seasoned This was served with deep fried clams and chorizo, some minted pea puree on the side and grapefruit beurre blanc – all components worked well to create a fresh summer inspired dish. The Steak Tartare was a divine combination of cured and grated egg yolk, garlic aioli, sundried tomato and pesto with the finely chopped steak. This was served with a crunchy Parmesan crisp. For our mains we enjoyed their “Pig in the Vineyard” and “Beefy Goodness”. The “Pig in the Vineyard” was a smoked pork belly, served with mustard mash and a Hanepoot jus alongside a pork & apple Samoosa and dukkha braised cabbage. The pork meat was soft and juicy, and the Hanepoot jus was the perfect accompaniment for it. The Samoosa was out of this world, while lite and crispy it packed a punch with its aromatic flavours. The Beefy Goodness was also beautifully plated and filled with flavours. The flat iron steak was prepared perfectly medium rare as ordered and served with potato dauphinoise (a delicious signature of De Kloof), spinach in a wonton and honey roasted carrots. A delicious glam up of the old popular ‘meat and potatoes’.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 1 October 2023

Food presentation was beautiful but the teste was not good; we had to refuse one dish as the meat served was rotten and we were generously offered an alternative replacement; kind waitress but hopelessly slow. Place generally lacks maintenance. All 3 of us did not...enjoy it.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 May 2023

Great view, lovely safe venue definitely worth a visit. We enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. We will go again

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 28 April 2023

Friendly waiter and manager but the food was overpriced I expected much better for the price we paid. First and Last.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 14 October 2022

For starters we shared their Pinchos and Moules Marniere The Pinchos consisted of Steak Tartare, Warthog Chourizo, onion mozzarella, mascarpone & fig and a strawberry & pepper chutney. The tartare was freshly made and well prepared, being served in a tin and paired with the...onion mozzarella and crisp seeded cracker which worked well. The warthog chourizo was an interesting addition to this dish (and a refreshing break from the more traditional pork sausage). The strawberry & pepper chutney unfortunately fell short on taste compared with the other elements on the dish. The Moules Marniere were mussels prepared in Sauvignon Blanc and cream, with some bacon lardons and sprinkled with garlic powder and topped with crisp deep fried sweet potato strips. The mussels were also freshly made and well prepared and wonderfully flavourful without being overly rich (considering the cream and bacon). This combined well with the sweet potato elements in the form of the crisp strips and a slice of sweet potato bread. For mains we shared their aptly titled Mrs. Applebaum and Spain v Norway. The Mrs. Applebaum is a roasted pork belly served with a Savanna jus, turnip & celeriac remoulade (traditional French sauce), along with a pork belly samosa and apple galette (puff pastry topped with fresh apples). The pork belly was wonderfully juicy with a crisp skin and was a great combination with the sweeter jus and the slightly more bitter remoulade. The black rice bound these flavours together with its earthy balance. The samosa was also freshly made with a tasty shredded pork filling. Unfortunately the apple galette got a bit lost in all the strong flavours on this plate. The Spain v Norway, which was grilled butterfish served on saffron risotto and topped with a grapefruit beurre blanc with some prawns, chicken skin, chorizo and clams. The butterfish was beautifully prepared, grilled to perfection and tasty. The combination of the beurre blanc sauce with the grilled seafood elements were a good balance between the sweet / sour grapefruit and rich meats on the plate. The risotto, unfortunately was clumpy and had no real flavour. With this visit the seafoods definitely took the first prize among the dishes.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 September 2022

Visit the restaurant today with the family. Was well received on arrival. Number of items not available on the menu. 2 guests had the five corse and to ordered from the menu. Food was average in taste and service very slow. Not the experience i...expected .More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 4 August 2022

Bathrooms, which is at the stairs to the restaurant smells terrible. The 5 course menu on the website(under tasting menu), is not at all the same as the menu currently served. Pairing of wine/sake(sakki)/rum with meals were terrible. Food was tasteless and way to much...salt to fish soup and duck dumpling. We waited long for the main meal to be served which was cold by the time it arrived at the table. The dessert is served with rum, not one of my female guests could drink it - they could at least flambeed it. Not at all what is expected of a fine dining restaurant. I am totally disappointed and regret my choice to entertain my 10 friends at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 9 May 2022

For this round, their complementary home-made fresh bread was served with plain butter and a deep fried carrot ball / bhajis, topped with pesto and cream cheese - fresh and tasty. For starters we had selected their dishes titled Fiela se Sop & the Charcuterie....The Fiela se Sop, which was a Cape Malay shellfish soup, had a slice of garlic bread (melba toast) and pieces of smoked monkfish and dollops of mussel pate. This was a superb taste feast sensation!! Delicious in every way. The Charcuterie was equally tasty in its own combination of bresaola (aged, air dried and salted beef) served with fig, mozzarella, crisp deep fried capers and rocket pesto. This was accompanied by a helping of steak tartare, with a Grana Padano crisp. For mains we selected their dishes titled Delicious Schwein and Pan Fried Delights The Delicious Schwein, which was a Pork belly (perfectly prepared, succulent meat with a crispy roasted pork skin); apple & pork jus (the sweet, sour taste of the apple working perfectly with the rich jus, forming a lovely sticky, reduction); Pork Samoosa, crips and delicious. This was served with cabbage and black rice. The Pan Fried Delights, consisted of a Ostrich Fillet, which was perfectly prepared medium rare as ordered, was served with Mdumbi & potato dauphinoise, a slice of tongue, Panko aubergine, cauliflower puree and Okra. All the elements well prepared and very tasty. For deserts we chose on of each of their option. Rum & Rasberry – this was a Pineapple tarte, served with raspberry coulis caramel & rum, caramel ice cream and hazelnuts. Asian Persuasion – this was a lime and chocolate fondant served with coconut sorbet, grilled clementine pieces and lime sherbet. Both deserts were perfectly executed and the perfect finish to a wonderful afternoons delight.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 9 April 2022

Many items on menu not available, served items did not meet descriptions, items called vegan served with cheese and dairy cream, six course tasting came with five courses. When asked what happened to one of middle courses told kitchen closed. We were at a 7...pm seating! Food was uneven, very poorly executed. Service was mixed. Seated on covered patio even though reservation said inside. Patio roof leaked water on me during dinner. Just a terrible dinner.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 2 January 2022

We only had a main course but we waited 2 hours for our food. Our meals arrived at different intervals and was cold and looked far from the photos on tripadvisor

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 2 January 2022

Greeted by awesome and knowledgeable staff and wonderful music. Seemingly accomplished menu, for which out of respect we ordered 3 courses in advance, we with 2 bottles of wine. The wine selection is excellent by the way. The goats cheese starter was not only underdone,...but underseasoned and raw.... The taste of flour the first on the palate... Without the signature goats cheese requirement in any noticeable quantity to in allude to the title of the dish. Main plus point it was pink, at least hinting at the beetroot component of it. Being a proclaimed 4 to 5 star stablishment, we would expect the chef to intervene in kitchen disasters and mitigate and mange expectations from guests. The vegetarian main of butternut and blue cheese non chalantly transmutated into a wild mushroom risotto... Without explanation... Despite the best attempts of the waiting staff... Trying to explain. Picanha... Severely Overdone.. Half of the accompaniments promised not delivered... With withered veg. Dessert.. Oy... Toffee without any toffee... Or coffee or anything else promised.... White egg wierdo without any coherence.... But to be fair by that time the horse had bolted.... Ghost Corner, and and Blom Rose saved it that far... But could easily have been enjoyed on the golf course without the faff... 2k blown. Lovely setting, hope it can do better....More

Date of visit: January 2022
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