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The Roundhouse

The Roundhouse
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Cost
R665 for five-course. R775 for eight-course tasting menu.
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
French, Modern
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Eat Out judges

Food 
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.

Drinks
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.

Service 
Attention to detail and silver service. You can expect the level of quality which denotes a fine dining establishment.

Ambience 
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.

And...
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.

(August 2014)

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  • Food
    Their chef combines classic French technique and South African produce to create a seasonal four-course à la carte menu which retains all the natural taste and textures of fresh farm ingredients. Exquisitely plated, the main ingredient – pasture-reared chicken, farmed cob, fallow deer or free-range duck and guinea-fowl – is enhanced by fragrant oils, purées and emulsions. Great attention to detail is the signature of an original menu, which showcases heritage herbs, berries and vegetables, from buchu-roasted carrots or parsnips to African wild garlic, lavender and juniper berries.

    Wine
    Fine wine, spirits and food pairing is a speciality here, with a focus on creating innovative flavour combinations through an acclaimed wine list and cellar.

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    Exceptional, with well-informed advice on dishes, matches and specials.

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    The historic guardhouse and hunting-lodge with majestic views of the Atlantic coast is an elegant venue for sophisticated fine dining.

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    Enjoy weekend breakfasts, sundowners and tapas on the alfresco terrace of the Rumbullion lawns in the summer season (1 Oct to 30 April). (GH, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Incredible setting. The lunch menu unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired. Pizzas have an overwhelming amount of (cheddar) cheese which makes for a rather oily experience. Whilst the base is crispy it tastes slightly fried which may be due to too much oil in the dough. My friend's salad was drowned in a mayonnaise dressing and my 'grilled' fish was doused in flour and cooked till dry. Unimaginative Hake too which would have tasted better in a kalk bay fish and chip shop. Finally, a glass of white wine on a hot spring day starts at R70. While I am prepared to pay these prices for decent wine the selection was uninspiring. I opted for a pimms instead which was sublime. Will not return.
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  • We still remember the Roundhouse of old, with a St. Bernhard in attendance and the best lamb chops in town. So when friends from Switzerland asked us to join them for dinner, we immediately accepted and they managed to fir us all in. Unfortunately there were thick clouds so we couldn't enjoy the view but the food made up for it. Being evening, we had the 4 course menu and opted for the wine pairing. It is pricy but a great experience. The service was efficient but not very forthcoming. This is a great place for a special occasion.
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  • Ambience: 7.5/10
    The ambience is difficult to judge, because you have to take into account that is purely a fine-dining elegant setting. It was as I expected, quiet and sophisticated. The only "downfall" I would say is that I thought the view would be a lot better.

    Service: 7/10
    The service was well timed and methodical. Our waiter was very friendly. The one point I did not enjoy, was when the maitre'd came over to give us suggestions on what we should select, he was sort of pushy on what he thought would be the better meal choice, even though we had already had our minds set on our own choices and favourites.

    Food: 8/10
    The canapes and appetizers were exceptionally good, they were creative and full of flavour. The choice on the menu is fair and I enjoyed nearly all my courses. I tasted my friends pork belly and it was absolutely to die for!
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  • Service great but food did not match it. Wine prices very high (not every diner is a foreign visitor).

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  • Superb service and excellent food. A great fine dining experience.

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Facilities

  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Parking
  • StreetSmart affliated
  • Vegetarian

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