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De Kloof Restaurant

De Kloof Restaurant
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Cost
Five-course tasting menu R395; seven courses R495
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
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Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
Chef Hugo Snyman is in charge of the De Kloof kitchen, and continues to create some interesting combinations. Apart from a standard a la carte menu, De Kloof also offers a five- or seven-course tasting menu with beverage pairing optional. The kitchen team clearly has enormous fun naming their dishes, as is evident from ‘Alive & kicking’, ‘Pig in Japan’, ‘Mediterranean cow’ and ‘Rooikappie se ouma se koek’. The dishes themselves are no less interesting, such as cauliflower and Gruyere fondue fondant served with baby marrow ribbons, goats cheese crumble, fennel crisps, tempura maraschino cherry and tahini purée.

Free range beef fillet is served with braised beef cheek dolma, roasted pepper and smoked feta ravioli, olive, anchovy and red onion rösti truffles, grilled bone marrow and red wine jus. Desserts include rum baba with chocolate, raisin and raspberry ice cream, pineapple gel and a coconut mousse brandy snap cigar. Finally, a most interesting cheese plate, called “Cheesy Orange Field”, includes a Meebos chutney, marinated blouwildebees biltong, boerenkaas catalan, cheddar fondue croquette, parmesan crisp, home-cured Coppa ham, Gorgonzola and sage crumble, confit kumquat, and raisin melba toast.

Drinks
Sommelier Richard Haupt is happy to make suggestions for wines and other beverages that will go well with your meal. De Kloof not only has an excellent wine list, but keeps an array of excellent beers, gins and other craft liquors and beverages in stock. The wine list is introduced with a section of limited releases, rare vintages and bin-ends that includes spectacular wines.

Service
Restaurant owner Charl Whitlock has managed to appoint an experienced team to ensure that De Kloof runs smoothly. A full-time manager sees to operations while an events manager deals with all the special functions, parties and set-menu dinner requests. Service is polished, refined and elegant, which is no doubt exactly what he had in mind.

Ambience
The interior at De Kloof – with walls in deep grey, touches of burnt orange and a bit of bling – is quite business-like, focusing most of the attention on the food.

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The restaurant is situated on a golfing estate, so expect the usual security measures at the entrance. The building sits slightly elevated, allowing grand westward views at sunset and a bit of the Voortrekker Monument in the distance. With a slight stretch of the imagination one might feel as if one is out in the bushveld somewhere. They have also planted a kitchen garden around the restaurant to guarantee fresh produce at all times.

(September 2016)

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  • Diane de Beer

    Food
    The Whitlock brothers opened De Kloof a few years ago with the dream of establishing a new fine dining restaurant in Pretoria. They seem to have hit the mark with their new chef, Hugo Snyman.

    Previously from Nelspruit, where he worked at Mpumalanga’s highly rated Zest, Hugo is very keen on his meat. This is a perfect match for the restaurant’s new emphasis on keeping things as fresh and quality driven as possible. They have started sourcing and processing their own carcasses; they grow their own herbs and some of their vegetables; work with free-range and hormone-free chicken; and use only fish on the SASSI green list.

    During our visit we encountered dishes playfully named Mary Had A Little Lamb, Big Bad Wolf and Birdies to designate the meat dishes. This touch of humour certainly adds a smile to the meal. The dish of apricot- and lemon-stuffed lamb loin wrapped in the belly, a lamb-head medallion, pea purée with parmesan polenta and roasted tomato for splashes of colour, gives new meaning to the head-to-tail concept, and offers texture and a variety of tastes on one plate.

    The Birdies dish comprises stuffed turkey in honey bacon, delicately prepared quail, chicken popcorn and cauliflower purée with rooibos and thyme jus. The tenderness of the meat and the beautiful blending of the differently flavoured and textured birds leave an excellent impression.

    The clear star of the day, however, was the masterstock-braised pork belly, accompanied by panko-crumbed pork cheek and neck, butternut and carrot purée, apple and ginger chutney and apple glaze. The Asian flavoured stock, combined with the Japanese panko, introduces a taste spectrum that’s enhanced by the different cuts as well as the cooking methods.

    This is the chef’s strength: playing with ingredients and making them perform. The result is a taste kaleidoscope on each plate. While the starters and desserts also delivered in terms of taste and quality, it’s the mains that take center stage here. This is modern fine dining, and it is already one of Tswane’s best taste experiences.

    Drinks
    Charl Whitlock is a smart wine man and it has always been his philosophy to find the best wine at all the price points. The offering leans heavily towards smaller boutique wines and their list is constantly changing, so ask for guidance on the night. They also have a sassy craft beer and cider selection.

    Service
    There have been some niggles in the past, but it’s getting better and better, the results of good training are clearly visible.

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    Being part of a golf estate, the premises was ready-made and they have tried their best with the dining room. A bonus is the outside stoep, from which you can enjoy spectacular sunsets if you arrive at the right time. The tables are smartly dressed and they’re constantly changing the look to find the right balance for their clientele.

    And…
    If you’re in the mood for something more casual, slip downstairs to DK Gourmet Burger and Craft Beer Bar, which comes highly recommended.

    (August 2015)

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    The young chef Monché Muller is one to watch. She’s passionate, creative and on trend, and her food does not disappoint. The dinner offering involves a five- or seven-course tasting menu with wine pairings extra. Assisted by very able sous and pastry chef Simone van der Merwe, the kitchen staff sends out dishes like a playful take on a Waldorf salad that includes apple panna cotta, fennel and candied walnuts, paired with a Seagrams gin and tonic with pickled cucumber. This inventive take on drinks pairings is also visible in other courses; for instance, the cheese course, which is basically Spain on a plate: chorizo chips and chorizo chutney, served with white chocolate gorgonzola catalan and some sangria to wash it down. There’s a lot of talent here, with loads of colour and fresh flavours on the plate. Add to that the playful element of surprise and Monché has really hit a sweet spot in this affluent area that had room for a serious player.

    Drinks 
    Owner Charl Whitlock really knows his vino and has some great wines on offer, which are showcased in a well-presented wine library with a good preservation system. The beverage list also has some great cocktails and a couple of craft beers.

    Service 
    Needs a little polish, but they’re friendly and sport a great attitude.

    Ambience 
    Located upstairs in the clubhouse of a golf course, the restaurant looks out on to the raised walkways of the 'golf in the sky' driving range, beyond which lies fantastic views of the open hills and vales of the real countryside. Inside, the aim is for a contemporary feel, with dark wood, chandeliers and modern furnishings.

    And…
    The Sunday lunch menu – kids are welcome – is very popular.

    (August 2014)

  • One of a small handful of independent fine dining restaurants in Pretoria. Modern contemporary food showcases high quality produce from grass-fed beef to organic duck. Situated on a golf estate, it is stylish and elegant. Visit for a special occasion. (EO mag 2014)

    Editor's note: Chef Monché Muller is now at the helm of the kitchen, experimenting with some playful ideas.
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    This is where they hit all the marks. Chef Leanne Robberts (formerly from Granny Mouse) makes her entrance with a caramelised pearl onion and Jerusalem artichoke tarte tatin with thyme and Szechuan caramel-toasted hazelnuts and gratinéed goat’s Camembert. She follows with slow-braised oxtail ragout, and veal brisket with truffle mash, a melange of wild mushrooms and rosemary jus. She takes a final bow with Valrhona bitter chocolate soufflé, tiramisu terrine and a chocolate-centred brioche doughnut. There’s no encore, because their menus change by the week. Fortunately the repertoire is something to return for – time and again. (In April 2013 a new chef, Wessel van Jaarsveld, was appointed. His food philosophy is to focus on sustainable local produce and he supports nose to tail eating.)

    Wine
    This the passion of the two brothers who own this new establishment. It’s one of the finest selections you will find.

    Service
    They still need to work on the finer points.

    Ambience
    It’s a room with a spectacular view, especially at night when you step out on the balcony and catch the night sky with lights stretching beyond the horizon, almost to Joburg. Interiors are sleek and stylish with interesting art, but fresh flowers would add a bit of spontaneity.

    And...
    They’ve got most of the main ingredients to work perfectly; it’s the details that prevent them from being the best. They might just get there. (DdeB, October 2012)

User reviews

  • An awesome we had with our friendly waiter. Lots of fun. All was amazing
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  • Went there for Xmas Lunch. Have never been and the menu for the day looked great! Real fine dining or so I thought. The food was shocking! Smoked butter - NOT!. Smoorsnoek which is a typical SA dish - was inedible. Seared Tuna was VERY overcooked Tuna. Turkey Roulade so dry one could not eat it. Olive crumble was pieces of olives. Braised Beef cheeks was dry as bone. Trimmings were inedible. Panno cotta (pudding) was something serve in a pastry shell that resembles baby food. As for the ambiance - if there was any the kids and toddlers made sure that it disappeared very quickly. Three items were acceptable. The cauliflower panna cotta was good (nothing more). The beef fillet was not overcooked or dry. The burnt honey ice cream was very good. Such a pity as the Menu was very good and well balanced. Service slow. Wine average. The one pairing they suggested I question. Not sure if they understand how to pair. I almost got the feeling it was the blind leading the blind. From manager/owner ( who was there but never made his appearance) to Chef (?) to waiters.
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  • Excellent food. Great view and exceptional service. A pleasant experience enhanced by a wonderful Pretoria summer evening and my favourite company...
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  • Unfortunately we didn't have the lovely experience that most revewers seem to have had. Being a fine dining restaurant, you'd expect small portions, but this was quite rediculous! Half of the food on my husband's plate (a potato and polenta cake) was still frozen and inedible, so he was left hungry. In the hour we waited for the it, we expected fully cooked food. The cook sent word that one dessert would be free, but having paid R185 for his main, that was just not enough of a consolation. The service by the waiters in general wasn't very impressive either, we didn't even have napkins at our place settings. What a disappointment, we will in future much rather visit La Pentola, which is also very highly recommended. There, at least, you get great service, bigger portions of incredible food and probably a smaller bill.
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  • Great service, great food!
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  • Beautiful setting. Food was absolutely outstanding. We had the set menu. I would recommend that you do the wine pairing that goes with it. Every bite was a new taste sensation! The chef manage to combine ingredients that will stay with you long after you left. Restaurant is expensive. Therefore ideal to celebrate special occasion. Notify the staff if it is an anniversary as they prepare a little surprise at the end! Definitely worth a visit
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed the valentines set menu, 5 course meal with paired wines. All the flavours were wonderful and the wines perfectly selected. The portion sizes were also just right. Definately one if the best resturants in Pretoria.
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  • My husband and I had an impromptu date night without toddlers so I went looking for a grown-up restaurant with great food as we both love fine dining. We were very pleasantly surprised to find a gem just a few km's away hidden away at the Waterkloof Golf Club. The great service started at the car in the parking lot where we were met with umbrellas as it was pouring outside. The staff was very friendly and added to the experience with both wit and knowledge - we enjoyed them almost as much as the food! And the food....my oh my the food was fantastic!! We had the 7 Course Tasting Menu with Wine pairing, every course was phenomenal. I seriously can't wait to go back there with friends and family.
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  • It was my first time at De Kloof Restaurant and it definitely wont be my last. I had the 5 course meal for tasting and everything was just delicious. The service is on point and we were attended to at all times. the ambiance is relaxing and calm which is exactly what I wanted. It is a bit costly but worth every penny. I would definitely recommend it.
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  • We have been fans of De Kloof almost from its beginnings. We recently ate there again and we were reminded why it is one of our favourite places for a special evening out. The new Chef has done wonders with the menu. We were delighted with the food. The service was outstanding and the atmosphere was predictably fantastic. They have struck the right balance between elegant and comfortable. We'd highly recommend the Cheeky Cow and Birdies for mains and the Bring and Braai dessert was a complete delight.
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  • De Kloof has really changed a lot since I first ate there. The food used to be really excellent and I would have recommended it as THE go-to restaurant in Pretoria. I'm not sure what has happened, but on a recent visit I was really disappointed. The menu has become much more "complex". This would be ok if the basics were still in place and if all of the complexity was on target. But neither of these are spot on. A medium rare steak coming out medium well is not good. And I had something in one of my disches which really was just foul tasting. I can't even tell you what it was as it was homogenized into a paste. Now it is easy to say that I have just got an unsophisticated palate or something. But in my disappointed state I took a bit of time to watch plates being cleared up. And based on the amount of plates going back to the kitchen with stuff left on the plate my palate is surely not alone. Once upon a time one would be tempted to ask for a piece of bread to wipe up whatever you couldn't get off the plate with your cutlery. I'm really hoping they can get this sorted. I'll try them one more time, but if I get more of this, I'm going to have knock them off the list.
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  • We decided to try out De Kloof restaurant and it was an amazing experience. On arrival we we're greeted by the owner of the restaurant and were taken to our table. Immediately felt welcome. We decided on the 5 course tasting menu. The exec chef came to our table, introduced herself and spend a few minutes with us. The food presentation and flavours of the food were amazing. Before we left the exec chef again came to our table and shared her interest and passion for food and new creations with us. I would definitely recommend the tasting menu for first time visitors. Now I know exactly what I will order from the menu when I visit the restaurant again. The ambience is relaxed and perfect for a peaceful, relaxed evening out
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  • We had a very enjoyable time at De Kloof for my birthday. The food was an experience (an excellent one), as was the service. They will surely see us again.
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  • On our monthly mission to explore incredible restaurants, we decided on De Kloof as our treat for October. What a treat it was!

    Upon arrival you are greeted by a classy design, exquisitely lit by the soft orange light of the setting sun over Pretoria. We were brought some delicious, warm home made bread with delightful cheese, freshly roasted garlic and salted butter. Our starters arrived and were also deliciously prepared and masterfully plated. After our starters, the executive chef arrived with an amuse for us, a really fantastic Carpaccio taste explosion. After that I was properly excited for our mains.

    I ordered the Duck and Cherry Pie, a first for me to be tasting duck, and I absolutely loved it. My date ordered the "Swine" pork belly. This was also amazingly presented and offered a truly special taste experience.

    The deserts were really the 'Cherry On Top' of this experience. The chef presented her spin on traditional South African desserts to magnificent success.

    All in all, this is probably in my top 3 restaurants that I've had the privilege of visiting.

    Thank you for a wonderful dining experience!
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  • To be quite honest, this restaurant is not worth the prices they charge. Truly disappointing as I would frequent it if they treated their produce with respect. We had the tasting menus paired with wines. The first starter was so salty that half of our table refused to eat it. All of our meat was overcooked on all the courses. On every plate their were elements missing - after being met with excuse after excuse, the kitchen would eventually admit they forgot things, then bring the missing elements out on boards to our table and add it to our plates. I have never seen that in a restaurant before, never mind a fine dining one. The dessert was super disappointing.

    Unfortunately this restaurant is a case of good ideas (and lovely sounding menus) which is just poorly executed. I haven't been back, and don't plan on it...
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  • Overall a great experience! Wanted to spoil husband on Birthday & it worked! Loved the tasting menu & wines, Onati our waiter added to making the experience memorable. Warm & cosy fire... really enjoyed everything, especially the Lamb ravioli...if I REALLY had to choose! thanx to everyone for making it special!
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  • I decided to take my mom out as a spoil after reading about De Kloof in the Eat Out magazine. We wanted to have the tasting menu and asked our waiter if it would be possible that the chef could substitute the pork and beef items on the menu due to religious reasons. We were well impressed that she came out to chat to us about what she could substitute with and even offered me the normal tasting menu as I eat everything and normally the tasting menu has robe served to a table as a whole. She said that the chicken and salmon dishes were her new creations and that they were amazing. So we decided to have the tasting menu with the chicken and salmon substitutions. This was the worst meal I have ever had. And this includes eating at places such as Mugg and Bean.

    The first two courses which was a tasting plate of fish and cauliflower done many ways was amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed each. The third course was salmon which was over cooked. So much so that when you ate it, it actually made your mouth dry. All the accompaniments that was served with that salmon was cold. And exactly the same for the fourth course. The confit quail leg was so dry it was crispy and tasted like it had been in a dehydrator instead of being cooked in fat. The dessert option just made me angry. The cake was so dry and the sorbet was over powered with a dark chocolate flavor. I refused to eat any of it.

    We spoke to the chef after, she told us the salmon was over cooked because she had to make a smaller portion for us and the quail leg was crispy because it had been done in a confit. This is when I informed her that I was a chef and besides the fact that the salmon was done smaller it should not have been over cooked and in my cooking, when I have done a confit, it has never ever been that dry. She told us the cake should have been eaten with everything and then it wouldn't have been dry but the cake was dry either way. She then told me that when you worked with a team like she did you had to expect things like that. Never in all my time as a chef had I ever had my head chefs drop me and the teams i worked with in the shit nor have I myself as a head chef dropped my team.

    You take the criticisms and then you tell your team after. That for me was the worst comment I had ever heard from a chef. I will never eat here ever again and nor will I recommend this place to anyone. Paying a thousand rand for a meal like that was inexcusable and nor where the excuses that the chef made. I may be harsh to judge as a chef myself, but that meal was appalling, don't advertise fine dining if you are not.
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  • A wonderful menu paired with exquisite Chenin Blanc showing the 4 styles that Chenin Blanc is made in South Africa during the The Ultimate Chenin Blanc Tasting and Dinner presented by the Chenin Blanc Association of South Africa. Chef Monche was very creative and flavor combinations were quite innovative. My absolute melt in your mouth moment for the evening was the desert options especially the white chocolate & Gorgonzola truffle with green fig puree. Other highlights of the evening was the 2rd course buttermilk fried rabbit croquettes with a prune compote and the 1st course Porcini soup with thyme smoked tagliatelle & truffle crème. Delicious! A toast to the team De Kloof and the Chenin Blanc producers of South Africa
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  • We visited DeKloof on Saturday for lunch. What a bad experience. Firstly when seated we noticed filthy salt and pepper bowls on the table. Very used and very dirty. Then a dirty board with two sad rolls were placed in front of us. My husband ordered the Duck pancake for a starter and was told it was unavailable. I am a vegetarian and the only vegetarian meal was two small scoops of butternut with cinnamon and nuts. By far the worst vegetarian meal I have ever had. My husband ordered the Pork. It was served without any side dishes whatsoever. While we were trying to eat our main meal three waiters were standing next to us having such a loud conversation that we could not hear each other talk. We chose the Lemon meringue dessert and it was awful. The pastry case was old, thick and hard. The lemon curd was tasteless and the merinque was a runny underdone blob. The only good memory was a good bottle of wine. We will certainly not be back.
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  • I wanted to spoil my mother on her birthday, and after reading a bunch of reviews and spending much too much time on TripAdvisor, I decided on De Kloof for an early lunch. Both of us had three courses (with an amuse bouche and sorbet at the end included) and both the service and food were on par with the experience I had in Michelin star restaurants in London. The atmosphere was unpretentious and relaxed, with attentive and warm servers. We were able to enjoy our meal at leisure and never felt that we had to rush or that we were being pressured into ordering another drink (one of my pet peeves). The food was beautifully presented, with amazing depth of flavour. I would recommend De Kloof to anyone who wants to have a special dining experience. Oh, and do yourself a favour and order a glass of the recommended wine with each course - they really put thought into their selections.

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  • Food = Great!
    Service = Absolutely horrible!
    Food + Service = Made the whole food experience leave a bad taste in your mouth! Won't go through that again.

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  • Great location and very good food. Just wish that the service is given attention.

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  • Don't you just hate it when you recommend a restaurant and it turns out to be a bust?

    After reading Eat Out's review of De Kloof, I recommended it for a Christmas lunch with my girl friends. Man, were we disappointed.

    Our table was in the far back corner, beside the door. You could barely see out the window through the filth. Not like there was much to see as we looked straight into the cement path of the driving range. The lack of decor inside makes the room feel cold. One of our wine glasses was chipped and the other dirty. 2 out of 4....I had the Salmon, which was way under cooked. The other two girls ordered medium rare steaks and received well done. No complaints about the 3rd dish of chicken.

    As for the service, we had about 5 guys come to the table throughout the day, so I have no idea who was actually the waiter or if you could blame one single person as they must have all thought the other one was taking care of us.

    Their website makes it seem like it is a 5 star restaurant, but from our experience we won't go back. I feel terrible to write such a bad review, but I hope it can only help them improve.

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  • Dinner at De Kloof restaurant in Pretoria was under average - ambience and service not bad but the food was far from fine dining and tasteless - wil not recommend.

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  • Even though De Kloof is a destination restaurant, it is worth going to!

    The cuisine (Spur serves food) was superb and they had a wine list to match. The owner/operator's wine knowledge was impressive and I actually learned something about the wine they recommended, paired with our meals.

    I was surprised to find this gem tucked away on the golf course in the middle of Pretoria. I thought fine dining was reserved for visits to Sandton or the V&A Waterfront, but De Kloof.

    I can't wait to go to one of their set men's evenings!

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  • As a loyal patron of De Kloof for a number of months and trying my utmost best to attend each wine and food pairing evening presented, I can honestly recommend an evening at De Kloof for anyone who knows their restaurant and likes to indulge. Their food is top notch and follows through on the wines! Service is always optimal and the atmosphere cozy and welcoming. If you would like to impress, go to De Kloof!

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  • I have to start with Wow! What a fantastic experience. When you walk into De Kloof you are immediately transferred to the 1940s. The menu inspires exciting conversation and the food is of the highest quality. Table talk is interesting and enjoyable with the owner/manager being passionate about what he does but also about so much more. Fantastic wine selection and just a great experience. Spoil yourself with a visit to De Kloof!

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  • I needed to take a special client out for lunch, but in the last months of 2011 tired of the standard offerings in Pretoria. I consulted Eat Out and De Kloof's name came up. I loved the fact that the menu changed so often. My lunch was a resounding success. The food was amazing, the staff friendly and Charl such a treat to talk to about the food and wine. The winelist by the way is wonderful! De Kloof is really very different from what anybody else is offering. I have been back and back and back again. I'm planning my next outing already. And as my fellow diners on Friday said, you do go out to eat at other restaurants but only to confirm how special De Kloof really is, and then you come back.

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  • Let me start of by saying that we never go out on Valentine's Day but we thought that this would be a special treat because of all the good reviews. And also this is why I can't understand that we had such a bad experience. The venue itself is fine but it does not seem that special. We got to De Kloof at about 18,30 and we ordered some drinks to enjoy while watching the sun set. Whilst still enjoying the view we were ushered inside to start with our first course. From there it felt as if they were rushing us so that when it started to get busy they would not have so many tables. In a matter of maybe an hour and half we had 5 courses and then we had to wait what seemed to be a very long time for dessert. We don't mind having a long dining experience but then all the courses should follow at the same pace. Not rushed the one minute and then having to wait for the next. The food was good except for the duck which was terribly tough and did not impress at all. We really enjoyed the salmon and all the wines were well paired with the food. It would have been nice if someone could have given us a bit more information on the specific wines. The wine was always late and we received it only after the food had arrived and sometimes had to ask for the wines. Service started off well but when the restaurant started to get busy the service got worse. We had a different waiter every time. What spoiled it even more - when trying to pay our bill which was just for the extra drinks and for a tip, the card machine did not work. At first we said we would do an EFT but then realised we had some cash enough for the full outstanding amount and a bit for the tip. We gave the money to the hostess, but last week De Kloof mailed us to pay the outstanding amount which we had already paid. Terrible administration on their behalf. Maybe on any other day the experience would have been great but it should not have made a difference for a restaurant like this. They should be able to handle the pressure in serving a few extra tables. I doubt that we would be back any time soon.

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  • We drove in at sunset to the estate where de Kloof is situated and I was so impressed by the view and tranquility of the venue.

    The staff were incredibly attentive and knowledgeable about the food and wine. The wine pairing was thoughtful and brought flavours to life. I had the beef fillet which was a generous portion and value for money.

    Charl's knowledge of all things gourmet and gastronomic is outstanding - his passion for the diners tasting experience is extraordinary - real beautiful attention to detail.

    All in all a great place to bring someone you want to impress and although still fairly new, it will make it's mark quickly on the Pretoria restaurant scene.

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  • I took my wife to De Kloof for her birthday. We had just spent December dining around the Western Cape’s best restaurants for 2 weeks so our expectations were high.
    It was very quiet for a Friday night with only 3 or 4 tables full. The restaurant is not beautiful but it is a comfortable space to be in and has great views of the western side of Pretoria. The service was attentive and all around very good and balanced.
    My wife and I are self appointed foodies and enjoy a fine dining experience, which this was not. Fine dining is about absolute perfection and attention to every little detail. Fine dining is an art which very few do well (maybe only 3 or four places in South Africa). Fine dining means your food is of the finest quality, cooked to perfection and served as artistry on a plate in a beautiful and sophisticated location with service that is outstanding in every way. De Kloof falls short here.
    However, De Kloof is still a brilliant restaurant. The food was delicious! I had pork belly with sweet potato and ginger puree which was a genius combo. My wife had soufflé which was a little heavy but very good! My main of stuffed quail was excellent however the duck mousse stuffing was a little under done. My sweetness and light had rack of lamb which served a little French style with a great garlic pomme puree.
    The cheese course was rubbish. They need to do some work here.
    We had one dessert to share which I remember as being good but couldn’t have been spectacular since I don’t remember what it was. Maybe that was the chardonnay’s fault.
    The wine list is a true gem. Rare, complex and well priced wines! It really is one of the best wine lists I have come across and very well priced!
    In my opinion, De Kloof is a great restaurant but certainly not a fine dining one. It doesn’t need to be, it is good enough being great restaurant without having to call itself a fine dining one (Fine dining = huge expectations). It’s a little like Cameron Diaz taking a role as Princess Diana. Yes, Cameron is beautiful, funny, sexy and loveable but, she’s no princess Diana is she? Half the population still wants to marry her though.
    I will be back and back often for a great meal and a taste of some beautiful wine!

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  • The best culinary experience presently in Pretoria! But we have to keep it a secret to prevent our friend from Joburg making it impossible for us to get to it. The service, food quality and innovation is comparable to the best in the Western Cape. The big difference is that here you get the best wine selection at palatable prices.

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  • I took Eat Out up on the suggestion of having Christmas lunch at De Kloof and what an amazing experience. The food was traditional fare with a modern twist, beautifully presented, mouthwatering taste combinations, and enough on the plate to keep my dad happy! While we were dining we even spotted a giraffe walking in the reserve, which made my day. We will definitely be back! Thanks again for a wonderful outing to the De Kloof team!

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  • A wonderful evening at this new restaurant. Great service, a creative and finely considered menu, served while watching a brilliant sunset.

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  • A new restaurant with a lovely setting but needs to improve service. My daughter and I went for brunch to celebrate my birthday. We both had omelettes. The eggs were tastless and the mushroom filling was overcooked. A disappointing meal. The freshly squeezed orange juice was a delight.

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  • A menu that changes weekly. Great food and a really cool deck.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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