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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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User reviews

  • De Kloof was one of my two favorite restaurants in Pretoria ( the other one Mosaic) during the six years I was living in SA. Always when I return I try to squeeze in a night there. Fantastic wines, imaginative food and warm hospitality!!
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  • 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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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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