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European, Contemporary
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked a lunch at De Kloof during the restaurant week which fell right in my long weekend away. Living in Cape Town, I was quite excitted to experience the fine dinning scene of the Gauteng. The menu looked appealing and the combination of flavor...as well, but I've been quite disapointed by the courses when they have been served to me. Beetroot fondant & pomegranate mousse Mascarpone crumble. Cherry sorbet. Sage : For me it was more a souflet that a mousse or a fondant. It was too heavy for a starter and you couldn't really taste the different ingredients, as too diluted in the egg preparation. I loved the cherry sorbet, which really gave a boot to the dish. Pork belly panang. Coconut risotto. Pineapple & granadilla salsa. Szechuan pepper shard. Daikon : It was basically a stew served with rice. I didn't really tast the coconut or the granadilla. I also diddn't undetand the parmesan chips on a asian dish. “Pina y helado”, Dulce de leche ice cream. Pineapple. Salted caramel sauce. Roasted nuts : That was the highlight of the meal. The pineapple and salted caramel sauce were an excellent combination. A pity that the ice cream was critallised and quite melted when it arrived to me. Having said that, I enjoyed my meal and I think the restaurant week menu is a good deal, but do not come with too high fine dining expectations. The service was good and friendly.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 5 December 2020

We went for Restaurant Week. Lunch was a very reasonable R200 for 2 courses and R250 for 3 and the food did not disappoint. The salmon bisque starter was richly flavored, the eland heart and kidney pie was also good. For mains, the fillet was...cooked to perfection with delicious potato dauphinois, the pork belly crispy with tasty sweet potato and ginger croquettes. Artful desserts. Heavenly pineapple tarte tatin with dulche de leche ice cream. Service was friendly and attentive. Good value wine options. Lovely views.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 27 November 2020 via mobile

The person who served the wine could not use the opener to get the cork out and my son had to open the bottle. One could see he was a complete new comer with no training. Our food order was only taken after we have...been there for more than 30min. We did not eat the 5 course meal and yet we sat waiting for the main meal and desert for 2 1/2 hours. Food was excellent though. Compliments to the chef. The new manager tried his best to make us feel comfortable, but he clearly did not have his restaurant under control. This resaurant needs to jack up. In this difficult times where you need to get back after Covit 19 you are not going to make the grade. The bill did not fit the experience😪More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 29 October 2020 via mobile

Having been here a few times before, I was looking forward to experiencing Restaurant Week here. I was terribly disappointed. The food was up to scratch, but service was terrible. I definitely expect more from a fine dining restaurant. There were 3 waiters covering 12...occupied tables. Service was disjointed, and I had to ask another waiter for something several times, as the first one had forgotten. I ordered a gin and tonic with cucumber, grapefruit and lemon, the cucumber specifically being recommended by the waiter. My drink had only a slice of lemon in it, and when I enquired, I was told, not by the waiter who had brought me my drink, but by the waitress, that the restaurant was out of grapefruit and cucumber. I find this unacceptable, as the restaurant appeared completely unprepared for Restaurant Week. We were a group of 3, all having ordered meat, but we were not provided with steak knives and had to ask for them. They were then taken to the wrong table, and we had to call the waitress over when we saw her wandering around with three steak knives on a tray, while our food went cold. Portions are small, but we were satisfied after our 3 course meal. However, anything less than 3 courses, would not be sufficient, in my opinion. To end off, the bill folder was filthy and sticky.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 27 October 2020

For our third excursion for Restaurant Week, we visited De Kloof restaurant. This venue has become a regular with our Restaurant Week selections with their courteous and friendly waiters and innovative gourmet foods. As a complimentary entree we received some freshly baked bread served with...a pea puree, butter with orange zest (lovely idea) and two fun nibbles with a blue cheese topping. For starters we enjoyed their Mermaid and Tongue in Cheek. The Mermaid, which is a salmon bisque with lemongrass monk fish, lime labneh and tom yum mousse en croute was delicious and perfectly prepared and presented. The Tongue in Cheek, which consisted of an Eland heart & kidney pie, Gemsbok liver parfait & cucumber relish on a bruschetta, lamb tongue with rosemary & raisin, was equally delicious with each component of the meal perfectly prepared and served. For mains we selected their St. Johan and Weiveld & Bosveld. The St. John, which is their Pork belly, bacon, mango & pork trotter, sweet potato & ginger croquette, apple mouse and broccoli. The pork belly was soft and tender, while the croquette was very flavourful. All components of this dish complimented each other while still being able to be lovely on their own. The Weiveld & Bosveld, which is a Beef fillet, oxtail jus, Kudu stroganoff, potato dauphinoise, edamame (soy beans) and a carrot puree was equally well done. The fillet was perfectly medium rare as ordered, while the stroganoff did not shy away in delivering flavour. While we really enjoyed the food, their Restaurant Week menu was relatively the same as last year. The wait between the starters and main was so incredibly long (nearly an hour) and our waiter did apologize profusely despite this being beyond his control – this was not the first time this had happened at this restaurant. I fully grasp the time and effort that goes into creating all these numerous dishes for their patrons to enjoy but we were so hungry by the time the mains arrived they could have served us peanut butter on old toast and it would have been wonderful. One becomes disheartened when you realise an old favourite is no longer what it used to be, but then again you must accept that times change, and maybe I just have to accept the fact that if I do choose to go there again I might just pack a sandwich for in between meals.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed 24 March 2020

We looked at the online menu and were intrigued. We decided to try the restaurant, even though it was reasonably far away. The beautiful views encountered during the trip made it the long trip worthwhile. The menu was extremely imaginative, however, each dish had so...many different parts to it, that it was difficult to make it all work .Deconstructed paella was lukewarm rice with small shrimp. The salmon bisque was served nicely but was barely edible. Coconut seared salmon with red spaghetti made an interesting and tasty appetizer. The dark chocolate fondant dessert was the best part of the dinner.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 2 March 2020 via mobile

Went there for an early dinner. Loved the atmosphere and ambience. Excellent service and a really different menu. Hubby had the pork belly said it was delicious. Being a vegetarian was wonderful to get a different well prepared and absolute delicious vegetarian meal. Thank you...to the Chef & Staff for amazing experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 30 December 2019

Booking was confirmed the day before when I contacted them they let me know that the restaurant is closed and my booking is cancelled

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 14 December 2019

The restaurant is "fancy" but not so fancy that you feel out of place, or feel like the other patrons can see through your carefuly tucked in shirt and observe that you're the type of person that changes your own flat tyre. We sat near...a table of rowdy lesbians who had a very loud and lengthy conversion that culminated in the epiphany that Salmon is basically like fish fingers.All of this however was more entertaining than distracting. The food...the food.... the Fahood! That chef definitely studied at Hogwarts because there was a whole lot of magic happening all up in my mouth. An eccentric menu to a laymen but the flavours, textures and fragrances are expertly arranged and masterfully executed, each one of our three courses blew my mind, I literally almost shed a tear. And then, half way through the main course, just as that cloud of edible ecstasy seemed to start to fade I had a sip of the optional paired wine,,, wow. I think we did more waiting than our waiter as we sat in a corner, he probably took a little longer than he should have but there were so many sensations to take in and discuss that it simply didn't matter. An all round delightful experience!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed 9 December 2019

The view is great, especially during daytime. The atmosphere and service, although above averaqge, lacked a litlle finesse. A small group entered, looked around and mentioned "This is not fine dining "and left - I tend to agree. The menu seems attractive. We had the..."Weiveld" which is a sirloin or fillet steak and gemsbok stroganoff. The fillet choice was good, but the sirloin, although medium rare, was dry and salty - I think they forgot the oxtail jus. The miniature gemsbok stroganoff seemed to have been dried out in the microwave. Service was acceptable. It was surprisingly quiet for Friday evening in December.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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