The food offering at De Kloof is arguably some of Pretoria's finest and most intricate, with a fun, creative and unique handle on traditional fine dining with a touch of local flair. If you're a simple eater, De Kloof might be a step out of the comfort zone, with classic dishes such as mushroom and biltong soup getting an umami packed revisit with shiitake mushrooms, a thyme jelly and textures of onion (R78) and some venison making an appearance in a rich, velvety starter called "a tasting of venison liver", a delightful trio of blesbok liver pate, impala liver parfait and eland liver parfait, served with home pickles and butternut crisps (price on request). The menu has one or two vegetarian options but certainly doesn't specialize in plant based meals. If you're meat free and perusing through the menu, give the vege-zagna a try, it's a lot like a deconstructed vegetable lasagna w a spinach lasagna sheet, smoked tomato ketchup and some tempura tofu for a good bit of crunch (R139). The fun really begins at the end of the menu, with some spectacular desserts to seal off the meal. A massive crowd pleaser is certainly the ironically named "boring old Malva pudding", a butternut Malva fondant, an out-ofthis-world butternut sorbet served with a butternut toffee puree at R74. This dessert's pairing suggestion is a glass of Hennessy. If thats not the most triumphant way to celebrate a great meal... And as with most great establishments, there is also a cheese course available! "Die maan is van kaas gemaak" is a warm baked Camambert cheese on pumpernickel bread accompanied by a mature cheddar fondue, a Grana Padano cigar, cream cheese mousse, a mouthwatering fig salami and a herby Melba toast (R128).
The wine menu at De Kloof is as extensive (read impressive) as it is dizzyingly long, so it would be advisable to follow the food and wine pairing recommendations indicated on the menu.
The wine list features a number of the country's finest wines, such as the Arendsig Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson's winery(R260) or the Oak Valley "Sound of Silence" pinot noir at R249 per bottle. Also expect to find your trusted local beers as well as some extra special offerings like The Trappist
The service at De Kloof is attentive and personalized, albeit slow at times; due to the intricacy of most of the dishes, one should expect to wait a bit for dishes to arrive at their best quality. The waiters' wine knowledge is exceptional, making ordering and pairing a fun, easy and almost educational exercise.
De Kloof is as simple as it is elegant, situated on the Waterkloof golf course, it's definitely something of an outing to come out here. The terrace offers a fantastic view of the green and is honestly as fabulous as it looks. Whether you're just here for a sundowner or to tuck into an elaborate five-course dinner, there's a clear sense of feeling very well pampered.
An outing for getting pampered and soaking in the beautiful views.
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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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