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De Kloof Restaurant

De Kloof Restaurant
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Cost
R150 avg min meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R75

Critic's review

Food

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.

Drinks

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.

Ambience

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

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.

And...

Try one of the pairing menus to really sample the best De Kloof has to offer.

(October 2017)

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  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    Chef Hugo Snyman is in charge of the De Kloof kitchen, and continues to create some interesting combinations. Apart from a standard a la carte menu, De Kloof also offers a five- or seven-course tasting menu with beverage pairing optional. The kitchen team clearly has enormous fun naming their dishes, as is evident from ‘Alive & kicking’, ‘Pig in Japan’, ‘Mediterranean cow’ and ‘Rooikappie se ouma se koek’. The dishes themselves are no less interesting, such as cauliflower and Gruyere fondue fondant served with baby marrow ribbons, goats cheese crumble, fennel crisps, tempura maraschino cherry and tahini purée.

    Free range beef fillet is served with braised beef cheek dolma, roasted pepper and smoked feta ravioli, olive, anchovy and red onion rösti truffles, grilled bone marrow and red wine jus. Desserts include rum baba with chocolate, raisin and raspberry ice cream, pineapple gel and a coconut mousse brandy snap cigar. Finally, a most interesting cheese plate, called “Cheesy Orange Field”, includes a Meebos chutney, marinated blouwildebees biltong, boerenkaas catalan, cheddar fondue croquette, parmesan crisp, home-cured Coppa ham, Gorgonzola and sage crumble, confit kumquat, and raisin melba toast.

    Drinks
    Sommelier Richard Haupt is happy to make suggestions for wines and other beverages that will go well with your meal. De Kloof not only has an excellent wine list, but keeps an array of excellent beers, gins and other craft liquors and beverages in stock. The wine list is introduced with a section of limited releases, rare vintages and bin-ends that includes spectacular wines.

    Service
    Restaurant owner Charl Whitlock has managed to appoint an experienced team to ensure that De Kloof runs smoothly. A full-time manager sees to operations while an events manager deals with all the special functions, parties and set-menu dinner requests. Service is polished, refined and elegant, which is no doubt exactly what he had in mind.

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    The interior at De Kloof – with walls in deep grey, touches of burnt orange and a bit of bling – is quite business-like, focusing most of the attention on the food.

    And…
    The restaurant is situated on a golfing estate, so expect the usual security measures at the entrance. The building sits slightly elevated, allowing grand westward views at sunset and a bit of the Voortrekker Monument in the distance. With a slight stretch of the imagination one might feel as if one is out in the bushveld somewhere. They have also planted a kitchen garden around the restaurant to guarantee fresh produce at all times.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • The worst restaurant in Pretoria. We arrived 13:20. We can only ask for our food at 13:45. At 14:30 they told us that our food will be ready in five minutes. 14:45 arrived the food for two of us. After the two lucky ones finished our food arrived the food for the other three people in the table. We were the only table in the restaurant. When we complained they told us to write the review in TripAdvisor. We had done it so know we are writing it also here. Unbelievable
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  • An awesome we had with our friendly waiter. Lots of fun. All was amazing
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  • Went there for Xmas Lunch. Have never been and the menu for the day looked great! Real fine dining or so I thought. The food was shocking! Smoked butter - NOT!. Smoorsnoek which is a typical SA dish - was inedible. Seared Tuna was VERY overcooked Tuna. Turkey Roulade so dry one could not eat it. Olive crumble was pieces of olives. Braised Beef cheeks was dry as bone. Trimmings were inedible. Panno cotta (pudding) was something serve in a pastry shell that resembles baby food. As for the ambiance - if there was any the kids and toddlers made sure that it disappeared very quickly. Three items were acceptable. The cauliflower panna cotta was good (nothing more). The beef fillet was not overcooked or dry. The burnt honey ice cream was very good. Such a pity as the Menu was very good and well balanced. Service slow. Wine average. The one pairing they suggested I question. Not sure if they understand how to pair. I almost got the feeling it was the blind leading the blind. From manager/owner ( who was there but never made his appearance) to Chef (?) to waiters.
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  • Excellent food. Great view and exceptional service. A pleasant experience enhanced by a wonderful Pretoria summer evening and my favourite company...
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  • Unfortunately we didn't have the lovely experience that most revewers seem to have had. Being a fine dining restaurant, you'd expect small portions, but this was quite rediculous! Half of the food on my husband's plate (a potato and polenta cake) was still frozen and inedible, so he was left hungry. In the hour we waited for the it, we expected fully cooked food. The cook sent word that one dessert would be free, but having paid R185 for his main, that was just not enough of a consolation. The service by the waiters in general wasn't very impressive either, we didn't even have napkins at our place settings. What a disappointment, we will in future much rather visit La Pentola, which is also very highly recommended. There, at least, you get great service, bigger portions of incredible food and probably a smaller bill.
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Menu

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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