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Indulge in contemporary cuisine with a South African twist at this restaurant. There’s lots of local influences here, as seen in dishes like the ‘heerboon’ velouté on the starter section of the à la carte menu, which is served with a peppadew pesto and roasted pears, and a dish of West Coast bokkoms with Jerusalem artichokes. Because of the seasonal approach, menus change almost weekly, so it’s a good idea to have a look at the website before you book. Other local and lekker treats may include Saldanha Bay mussels, Franschhoek salmon trout and braised Karoo lamb. They’ve also become known for their rather fine soufflés – a prime example of which is the forest blackberry soufflé with buffalo yoghurt sorbet, which is just perfect.
The eatery has gained a reputation for their extremely comprehensive wine list, which boast almost every local star you can think of, and some international favourites as well. Wine pairings are well considered. Also: a very nice craft beer line-up.
Attention to detail and silver service. You can expect the level of quality which denotes a fine dining establishment.
With stunning views overlooking Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles, rolling gardens just begging for a relaxed picnic, and a very stylishly restored historical building, The Roundhouse boasts one of the best locations and a great atmosphere.
If you’re after a more relaxed affair, the retaurant’s outside section, known by the lovely name of The Rumbullion, offers a laid-back setting in which to enjoy drinks and tapas-style food during the warmer seasons.
Service great but food did not match it. Wine prices very high (not every diner is a foreign visitor).
Superb service and excellent food. A great fine dining experience.
For their New Year's Eve party they accepted too many guests (200 people) with a pre-payment of R1650 (150 Euros per person). They set up tables outside on the lawn and in a tent, despite the strong winds up to 100 km/h. Plates, glasses and food were flying off the tables. Management had no back-up plan and refused a refund. Very poor ambience and poor quality of food. I would avoid going here again.
In a nutshell, hugely disappointing. The food was good, but not particularly inspiring or memorable, the service over-theatrical, verging on not genuine, and the decor tired and bland. They would do well to ditch the ugly amateur artwork too.
I later found out that the owners are involved in service training - perhaps they should start closer to home.
All in all, simply not what you would expect for the overinflated price and reputation.
My partner and I went to The Roundhouse for our 10th anniversary, and had the most amazing evening there. The food was everything I expected of a restaurant with such a great reputation, although I was pleasantly surprised by the number of well-considered vegetarian options. But the service was what really made the night for us - complete with personalised menus signed by the chefs before we left. Definitely worth the prices for a special evening.
We had the Winter Special. The food was amazing, the combination of textures and flavours was mind blowing. I love the chef's use of fresh, seasonal ingredients. The service is extremely professional, not often experienced. Overall a wonderful eating experience.
Six of us had a wonderful dinner at The Roundhouse on Wednesday evening. Service was warm and knowledgable but the star of the evening was the food. We had different tasting menus and every dish was as imaginative and tasty as the next.
The food was lovely. But not earth-moving. Many dots of 'flavour' did nothing more than decorate. Fowl sausage was good.
Oddest thing though - music was the Lord of the Rings soundtrack. Eating my food as Frodo leapt into Mordor was interesting. Soundtracks are mean to evoke emotion. In restaurants, background music should be subtle and in the background.
My first name on the menu, cute. On first name basis with the server? Very rude. I am only on a first name basis with my friends. I am South African, but I found it far to 'folksy' for my liking.
Restaurant decor did not improve the acoustic. It was a rustic hunting lodge and now remains a hollow-sounding hunting lodge. Location is amazing - should be exploited more.
Overall, the price was super cheap when converted to Euros. It was good, but with a subtle, elegant hand, could be worth number 4 on South Africa's best.
The whole experience, first name basis, Frodo, over-serving (three people showed up with everything they did) was not luxurious, it was over the top and smacked of amateur.
I decided to re-visit The Roundhouse Restaurant on Friday evening with my girlfriend and we both opted for the 4 course a la carte menu with wine pairing.
I have not eaten at The Roundhouse in almost a year and the food and service was flawless. The combinations of flavours, textures and beautiful presentation were an absolute treat. The food was even more unbelievable than my last visit and there seems to be a huge focus on seasonal ingredients and local produce. It is very rare to find such attention to detail in food and service.
The paired wines were outstanding but I particularly enjoyed some of the alternative beer and brandy pairings which I found very refreshing.
The front of house staff seem to really enjoy their trade and have the most incredible positive attitude and atmosphere. It was a truly unforgettable experience!
We finally got to the Roundhouse and it was everything I had hoped for and more. The service was attentive, the various amuse bouche very delicious and the combinations really great. I finished with the Gorgonzola Mousse, not sure why, I don't really like very strong cheese and it was stunning. I will continue to recommend it to my guests and hope they invite me to join them!
The food was excellent, service mediocre to not good, the place is tired! Decor is terrible, place has no atmosphere. Not sure how it got rated under top 10.
My friend and I had an unforgettable meal at the Roundhouse, opting for their 4-course winter menu and a wine pairing - which in my case also include innovative ideas like Darling beer and brandy. Food was beautifully presented and the service was impeccable. I loved my melt-in-the-mouth beef tongue, cob and plate of chocolate delights. My friend's banana souffle was rather large, and out of this world. I will definitely return for round 2! Simply divine.
The bolo of beef and polenta lovely! The Kit Kat chocolate dessert to die for. The service amazing! Thank you Eat Out for giving us the top 10!
The best souffle.
A unique setting, drenched in rich Cape history, perched overlooking awe provoking vistas of the sea and forested hillside. Welcomed at your vehicle and escorted to the elegant dinning room. The understated décor, chic and crisp provides centre stage for the outstanding balance of convivial yet precise service, masterfully selected wines and delightfully inspired cuisine. The Roundhouse endows their guests with a truly superb dining experience.
I took my girlfriend to The Roundhouse in August and had heard from various people that the Winter Special menu was out of this world. Upon Arrival we were greeted at our car and from then on in, the service was attentive and friendly.
As for the food, it lived up to the hype and I have to say the cob with chargrilled aubergine was probably the finest fish dish I have ever tasted. I have since recommended The Roundhouse to various family and friends many of whom are extreme foodies and they have all had an amazing experience.
Having eaten at the Roundhouse before, I felt very confident in paying the restaurant another visit. But what a disappointment. As previous reviewers have commented, “how the mighty have fallen” and “too many flaws”.
Prior to making our booking, I very specifically enquired whether they were still offering their winter specials menu. They were and I made a reservation for four. However, when we arrived at the restaurant we were only given the regular menu – which is considerably more expensive than the winter specials menu.
The restaurant had asked when I made the booking whether our party had any special dietary requirements. We did, and I advised them accordingly. In my experience, when a restaurant asks this question it is so they can specifically cater for the relevant dietary requirements.
The Roundhouse, however, did nothing to cater for our dietary requirements – instead we were given the standard menu and told that problematic elements could be left off several of the dishes – but we would still be charged the full price. I was also less than impressed at being told “You can’t eat that”. It was a very impolite way of saying that there were elements in the dish that were contrary to my dietary requirements. When speaking to me, as though I were an errant five year old, the host and waitrons referred to me by my first name, which I felt was entirely inappropriate.
To add insult to injury, our waitron advised that the assistant sommelier would come around and take our wine order. Aside from offering us an aperitif, we never saw the sommelier again, our wine glasses were removed from the table and we had to ask to be served wine with our meal.
While the food was mostly good (there were a few misses, “nibbles” mediocre, fish bland and soufflé far too rich), the overall experience was both disappointing and extremely annoying, and certainly not what I expect from a restaurant of the Roundhouse’s supposed caliber.
Despite having emailed the restaurant to advise them of our disappointment, after more than 24 hours I had not received a response. Needless to say, we will not be returning.
The Roundhouse is celebrating winter with a four-course set menu for R395 (R635 with wine pairing) until the end of June. The menu includes a butternut velouté, pan-fried hake with asparagus and roasted free-range chicken. Dessert is a choice between the soufflé of the day or a naartjie-and-walnut cheesecake mousse.