The menu at De Kloof is one of the more imaginative in Pretoria, with a strong focus on South African flavours and ingredients. Beef cheek and samp are cleverly worked into a main dish playfully called Cow Cow along with Nguni sirloin slithers, fillet medallions and wild mushroom sauce, while sheep head, tongue and kidney are all brightened up by apricot atchar in the lamb dish.
To start, Millionaire’s All Sorts is a lovely medley of prawn, scallop and foie gras served with a Sambuca-and-blackberry All Sort. More of a meat lover? The steak tartare with deep-fried egg yolk, paprika angel hair, rambutan and crispy capers is simply mouthwatering.
Dessert is equally inventive, albeit a little disappointing in execution. Clever elements such as grapefruit and orange gummies, rooibos gel and raisin compote feature in the various sweet options. Unfortunately, the promise of a fun and delectable end to your meal falls a little flat as the flavours could be re-worked just a little more to be punchier and better balanced.
The wine list at De Kloof is extensive and as impressive as it is long. South African wines are highlighted but there are a few Italian and French wines from which to choose. A few harder-to-find gems make an appearance, like the Eben Sadie Mev. Kirsten 2012 and Mullineux Schist Chenin 2012.
The restaurant, set on the Waterkloof golf course, is simple and elegant with a beautiful view over the east of Pretoria. However, the music selection might be a little too eclectic and mismatched to the elegant surroundings.
Service is friendly and knowledgeable, if slow at times. The staff are well-trained and are eager to make wine suggestions, which is always lovely.
Try one of the pairing menus to really sample the best De Kloof has to offer.
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