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Chapter 1 Restaurant

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Updated 21/02/24 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$1 - US$17
African, European, Contemporary, Healthy
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks
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Sponsored by: Chapter 1 Restaurant

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Simply exquisite!
1. Simply exquisite!
"The ambience of the restaurant can be described as "romantic elegance""
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2. Best food of our stay
2. Best food of our stay
" best food of our stay here which is unusual for a restaurant hotel! "
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3. Oxtail off the bone
3. Oxtail off the bone
" the ox tail which was so tender that it melted off the bone"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Start with dessert - the creme brulee is unusally different. The oxtail seems to be the most popular dish and for good reason - perfectly cooked. The mussels are as fesh as mussels can be and are kept live in the tank - cooked on...demand. Didn't have the oysters but they looked outstanding. Will be returning.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 27 October 2020

Dining at Chapter 1 was like taking a pilgrimage. Each course was an experience for each of the senses. As soon as the plate is placed in front of you, you are experiencing "art on a plate". The interesting flavours and creative new takes on...old favourites are all reasons to keep making Chapter 1 our go-to for date night and family celebratory dinners. The chef is a culinary magician!More

Date of visit: October 2020
S8016IUjohnw, Other at Chapter 1 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2020

We look forward to performing more magic upon the occassion of your next pilgrimmage.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My Husband and I have a tradition of ordering oysters and a glass of crisp white wine while on holiday at the coast. So it was quite spectacular to have this treat in Dullstroom on our weekend away ! The oysters were fresh and sent...from Paternoster. I would highly recommend them!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just had the Oysters and wow... The last thing I expected to find in Dullstroom were oysters. I have a great love for all things sea food and when I saw oysters I could not resist. This place just keeps getting better and better.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant just gets better and better - incredible mussels and oysters and a selection of absolutely outstanding and varied dishes. This really is Art in food and worth every penny - incredibly well priced for the quality of food, service and ambience. Sometimes difficult...to get a booking but definitely one of the best meals available - anywhere !!!More

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 7 December 2020 via mobile

From start to finish the food is absolutely amazing. The springbok carpaccio was a lovely starter that soon was well accompanied by a trio of pork dish, this has to be the way pork was intended to be eaten as this is the best pork...dish I have had. chef Nick is a magician in his kitchen and this can be seen in all his meal preparations but in the desert as well, a different twist on the creme brulee that was mind blowing. I highly recommend the Chapter 1 Restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 2 November 2020

So little time. so many words. But I will start with CHAPTER 1..... We have been returning to the Highlander for a couple of years now. On our last visit at the beginning of October, we experienced the Chapter 1 Restaurant. The food was out...of this world! The chef puts the most amazing personal touch into every course that he plates. The food is an absolute culinary experience for anyone who appreciates fine dining. The staff as usual are attentive and make you feel as if you are the only people in the restaurant. The ambience is perfect for a romantic evening . I highly recommend Chapter 1 restaurant to anyone visiting Dullstroom.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 28 October 2020

We arrived for a Friday dinner, only to be pleasantly surprised with a free whisky tasting... John (The Owner) , very knowledgeable distinguished gentleman, gave us great insights into the various whisky regions and taste profiles.....is it whiskey or whisky...you need to go there to...find out. The staff were attentive, sent emails to confirm bookings and they meet you at the door....it felt like a celebration of some sorts. The FOOD!! was the highlight. ..easy on the eye, flavorful and generous portions. i recommend Chapter 1 to everyone who will be visiting Dullies. Loved it and I will return...SOON!More

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Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 24 October 2020

Dinner was fantastic. The carrot, ginger and orange soup was superb. The Braised oxtail, literally fell off the bone - absolutely awesome and being a chocoholic - I had to have the "Death by Chocolate" dessert. Not a restaurant for kids as the portions are...not your average fine dining portions and they would be wasted on children. If you travel to Dullstroom, you have to book a table and sample Chef Nic's amazing dishes. Truly a gastronomical experience.More

Date of visit: October 2020
S8016IUjohnw, Other at Chapter 1 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2020

Thank-you for your appreciationm of our dining venue.

Reviewed 22 October 2020

Chapter 1 Restaurant located in the Highlander Hotel in Dullstroom is simply amazing, the food is sublime and the staff are so friendly and helpful. Wish I lived in Dullstroom in order to eat there regularly. Definitely worth every cent.

Date of visit: September 2020
S8016IUjohnw, Other at Chapter 1 Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2020

We also wished that you lived in Dullstroom to - we do however look forward to your return.

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