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Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant

Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Quick meals, Special occasions
Food
African, Bistro fare, Cape Malay, Light meals, South African, Steak, Vegetarian
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food
Plates here are simple but tasty and offer a welcome break from the R62 route through the Karoo. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the spacious gallery, the walls adorned with interesting artwork. For lunch, expect the likes of a seasonal soup of the day, Cajun chicken salad or the trademark springbok carpaccio.

Mains include hake fillet with hand-cut chips; a chicken burger with bacon, cheese and chilli mayo; a beef burger with cheese and a deliciously sticky onion marmalade (both served with potato wedges); and a Cape Malay chicken curry with all the trimmings. Dinner starters include interesting-sounding Japanese-style black bean soup with feta bruschetta, jalapeno poppers and ostrich carpaccio; while mains run the gamut from rump with blue cheese sauce and Malay-style lamb curry to osso bucco, slow-roasted pork belly and sesame-crumbed chicken with Asian noodles.

For dessert, sago brûlée with poached guavas and vanilla ice cream is an update on a nursery-pudding classic, while lemon-and-lime panna cotta and Cape brandy pudding will please both traditionalists and those wanting something light and refreshing.

Drinks
An impressively comprehensive wine list features many options for both red and whites with a focus on local cellars, as well as some interesting varietals. Beers, soft drinks and spirits are also well-represented.

Service
Friendly and relaxed.

Ambience
The rambling old hotel has been tastefully transformed into an interesting, artistic space with many rooms worth exploring.

And…
Stay overnight in one of the quirkily decorated rooms.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • We attended a special dinner at the Karoo Art Hotel at which their restaurant served a traditional Indonesian Rijstafel. The meal, which consisted of many small, interesting dishes, complemented by various sambals, was extraordinary! Every dish was delicious and the entire feast was a wonderfully spicy culinary adventure. Despite pulling off a most challenging dinner the previous night, the kitchen was on top form the next morning. Their breakfast was a treat! This is a food destination well worth the drive.
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  • The head chef was outstanding, the personnel followed suit. We had a wonderful evening, thank you so much!!
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  • There's a place away from home that please all the senses: the pre dinner drinks in the bar had good vibe going with a local band entertaining us with korsentina and all! Dinner was served with wines suggested by our host for the evening, Johnivan. I was fortunate to have the company of intriguing and humorous fellow guests. We all share a love for food, art and good wine - which this hotel have plenty of! We shared the hearty marrow bones and mushroom spring rolls. For mains I had the Cape Malay Lamb Curry with sambals, basmati rice and a poppadom. The home made sambals included a pineapple salsa and a ginger refresher. My companions for the evening, enjoyed other varieties of the "O, sooo good!" Karoo lamb, such as cutlets served with paprika seasoned potato wedges; and a proper greenbean stew. Dessert was tempting not because we were hungry, but rather because of the descriptions... And so as one do when good food and company meets: we shared all the deserts on offer! From a chocolate browny smothered in white chocolate sauce; plum stewed pudding with decadent homemade ice-cream; milktart créme brûlée; and a winter special crumble made with apples and pears from the region. All exceptional! But the experience was flawless due to good service and excellent timing. If you're looking for a get away with it all, be sure to include the Karoo Art Hotel in your trip!
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  • We have visited the restaurant a couple of times on road trips and destination travel. Recently we hosted an event at the hotel, my sister's 50th Birthday bash, and spent the weekend there with 25 friends and family. Chef Derrick was very accommodating and pulled together an incredible menu for us. This is authentic Karoo food, fresh and delicious - highly recommend breakfast, the picked fish for lunch or the butternut salad and lamb ribs for dinner, you will want the recipe for the ribs... If you can convince the chef to bake you a chocolate cake then this is the best chocolate cake you will ever taste, not too sweet with the right balance of texture and taste, we had guests asking for seconds, seldom happens at an adult birthday party!
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  • I was very welcomed. The staff were extremely helpfull. I also really enjoyed the food. The chef is a rockstar. I would recommend the Karoo Art Hotel to everyone.
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  • Absolutely superb food served in the most beautiful hotel! The head chef is incredibly versatile and catered for my vegan needs without hesitation.
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  • Just one thing to say.........Amazing.
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  • The best food in the Klein Karoo! The Breakfast Menu has something for everyone and is a great start to your day, with friendly service and great coffee, you can't ask for better! The Dinner Menu is just big enough to include something for everyone but small enough to make the choice easier! The food tastes just as good as it looks. Nothing beats Chef Derek's Slow-roasted pork belly! (And of course the fresh vegetables and potato wedges are not far behind!)
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