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Black Bamboo

Black Bamboo
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Cost
R165 - R225 avg main meal; Three-course menu R450; Seven-course menu R550 (with wine pairing R750)
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO unless wine is 25 years or older, then R20

Critic's review

Sylvia Mckeown

Down a meandering path past Menlyn you will this small spot of pretty plates. More than just your average boutique hotel black bamboo offers fancy yet experimental takes on classics, like grilled duck, and current ever so trendy pork ramen.

Food
The menu is split in 4. Breakfast, room service, a la carte, and set menu. As one would imagine their 5 or 7 course set menu takes the greatest hits of the a
la carte – such as their quail ravioli starter and roasted trout main - and extends it with reasonable flair with a sneaky beef wellington. But the most noteworthy is that you will find sets of initials next to some of the dishes with a key of names allocated at the bottom like on their baked apple dessert. Each dish tagged is designed by one of the kitchens young up and coming chefs and depending on the reception it will be moved up to permanent big leagues. Who said learning couldn’t be delicious?

Drinks
Its not often that you will find Cinsault or Viognier on the menu, let alone a selection of 3 each. The wine list practically has everything you need and if you want something even more special you can wonder over the wine wall and chat to their in-house somm.

Service
The servers are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to make any of your requests a reality with a smile. A golf cart chauffer is always a treat.

Ambience
You can choose between the more formal fresh linen lined tables with wide comfy chairs inside or if the weather permits move it outdoors to the courtyard to hear the sounds of the sculptural water feature.

Best for...
Fancy business lunch or anniversary dinner

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Sylvia McKeown

    Food
    The menu is split in four. Breakfast, room service, a la carte, and set menu. As one would imagine their five or seven course set menu takes the greatest hits of the a la carte. Highlights include the quail ravioli starter and roasted trout main - and extends it with reasonable flair a sneaky beef wellington. But the most noteworthy is that you will find sets of initials next to some of the dishes with a key of names allocated at the bottom like on their baked apple dessert. Each dish tagged is designed by one of the kitchens young and upcoming chefs and depending on the reception it will be moved up to permanent big leagues. Who said learning couldn’t be delicious?

    Drinks
    Its not often that you will find Cinsault or Viognier on the menu, let alone a selection of three each. The wine list practically has everything you need and if you want something even more special you can wonder over the wine wall and chat to their in-house sommelier.

    Service
    The servers are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to make any of your requests a reality with a smile. A golf cart chauffeur is always a treat.

    Ambience
    You can choose between the more formal fresh linen lined tables with wide comfy chairs inside or if the weather permits move it outdoors to the courtyard to hear the sounds of the sculptural water feature.

    Best for...
    Fancy business lunch or anniversary dinner.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    The current menu’s appetiser section starts with a dish called 63°C Egg. It’s a delicious way to serve a sous vide egg, with tomato prepared three ways: smoked, ragout and roasted, and further enhanced by mustard greens, basil oil, brioche croutons and toasted onion seeds. A surf and turf starter is the most delicious combination of scallops and pork belly with coriander purée, butternut cannelloni, lemon butter emulsion and spicy chorizo. Other wonderful options include lamb shank ragù with a samp croquette and liquorice jus, blackened cod with beetroot mousse, a beetroot tapioca crisp, beetroot dust, goat’s cheese, apple balls and smoked black cherries.

    These wonderful flavour creations are the creations of chef Pellie Grobler. Try his duck breast with spicy chocolate, cashew purée, roast and pickled turnip and honey dukkah glaze.

    The white chocolate and raspberry dessert is so light and elegant it could easily be served as a palate cleanser. Baked cheesecake with black pepper meringue, apple marshmallow, yoghurt cream cheese and apple ice cream provides further proof of the kitchen’s dexterity.

    Drinks
    The wine list is a clever combination of the standard division of styles, enhanced by a separate page of ‘rare finds’, which features such delights as the wines of Kevin King, JH Meyer Signature wines and others. Each dish on the menu is expertly matched with a suitable wine.

    Service
    Dressed in traditional black and white with thin black ties, the waiters are well informed about the menu and even on a busy night remain unwaveringly competent and able.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is part of a boutique hotel, and there is a certain charm in feeling as if you are dining in the lobby. It is a large open space that can be accessed by lift from the secure underground parking area. In warmer times, there are loads of outside tables to dine under the stars. They recently renovated a private room leading off the main dining room where one will have a view onto their new dedicated pastry kitchen.

    And…
    Restaurant manager and sommelier Erez Atash will make you feel as if you’re dining in the restaurant of a glamorous Hollywood hotel.

    (October 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay their own way. Read our full editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • A beautiful place but sad that we didn't make it past drinks as the service was ghastly.
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  • What a great evening with great food!
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  • Excellent food. Well prepared! They didn't have a few wines when we were their but offered a complimentary bottle after our third. Hoole wasn't availible
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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