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Black Bamboo

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
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Critic's review

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

  • 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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  • I would recommend the Black Bamboo to anyone who is looking for something special. They responded speedily to our emails and the chef went out of his way to to accommodate our every wish. Our group was treated like royalty. The service was excellent and the food, absolutely delicious.
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  • Best food experience in a very long time. Congratulations on a superb restaurant! The setting, service an ambiance all contribute to an experience congruent to any 5 star restaurant in the world.
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  • The atmosphere that we experience each and every time is "like coming home" - warm and inviting. Staff excellent. Food, as always and experience - outstanding.
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  • It is the second time in 2 weeks I have gone to this gem of a place, this time to celebrate the arrival of special visitors. Again we were spoiled for choice as Chef Grobler and his team catered for our every need. Whe had a brilliant lunch and we actually were able to enjoy the outside area. Sound of flowing water made this lunch a satisfying lingering experience, one where we all could pretty much just have remained seated and have a siesta. Food was great, service attentive and linnen crisp and white. Good wine selection and knowledgable waitrons. Happy
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  • Dear Chef Grobler and Team, Visited your establishment on Tuesday and I have been tortured by dreams of the Steak-Tartare Amuse Bouche and of that of my Tuna starter. Oh my word I enjoyed both tremendously. Thank you Ben for also taking the time to show us the rest of the establishment.
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  • What can one say?.....Everything was just perfect! Will definately eat there again!
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  • What an experience. We arrived at 6pm and were one of the last tables out... Savouring the experience as much as possible.The staff were professional, friendly and attentive without being overbearing. The decor was beautiful and elegant, with a cosy atmosphere. We ate a variety of dishes from each course between the four of us. Each dish was gorgeous to look at, and the combinations on the plate a taste explosion! You can clearly see the effort, love and thought that went into each and every component. We are huge fans!! Thank you Pellie and team... You are definitely one of the front runners on the SA culinary forefront
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  • The Chef made time to greet us personally. It was a wonderful experience. Black Bamboo will definitely see us again. Thank you for the wonderful experience.
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  • My date and I had a truly amazing evening at Black Bamboo, the chef took the time to come and chat to us twice, explaining what wines would be best paired with the food and describing enthusiastically the amazing food he had decided should be placed on the menu that evening. I cannot wait to go back to Black Bamboo...
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  • Our waiter, Ben-John was great even althuogh it was his first night on the job! The somelier, Erez, is knowledgeable and passionate. The food was excellent, between the four of us, we tasted at least half of the menu. There was some sureptitious plate-licking on all of the dishes. We had the surg-and-turf and chicken starters; the chicken and kingklip mains, and the cheesecake and salted caramel puds.I've never been one for de-contructed desserts, and whilst I've eaten at SA's top 5 restaurants, Black Bamboo far outstrips these all these restaurants . The wines are from heaven
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  • Being a first time visitor to Black Bamboo, it has definitely got me as a returning customer. Our host Ezra, was amazing and his description and knowledge of each dish is fantastic, but still does not do the chefs work justice. The starters were all fresh and their puree mixtures were a great choice. The mains were juicy and succulent. AMAZING!! Dessert was good, not too sweet but the the mains were definitely the winner of the evening. We will definitely be returning to try out their 7 course tasting menu. Ben also provided us with an amazing service the entire night.
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  • From the moment that you park your car to the moment you leave again, is a memorable experience. Perfect food, perfect service, food looked amazing and tasted perfect,
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  • I literally love everything about the Black Bamboo - the service is impeccable, the staff are friendly and efficient and the food is extremely tasty, with plenty of colour and texture in every dish. I highly recommend this restaurant and I cannot wait to return.
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  • What a fantastic culinary experience! You will find the different flavors and visual appeal of every unique dish inspiring. Friendly staff and service excellent. The ambiance contributed to a very relaxed but elegant setting. We couldn’t get over how skillfully done it all was.
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Facilities

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

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