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Kloof Street House

Kloof Street House
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Cost
R180 avg main meal (dinner); R150 avg main meal (lunch)
Ambience
Classic elegance, Family friendly
Food
Contemporary fare, Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R95 for 750ml (one bottle per four guests)

Critic's review

Sandiso Ngubane

Food
Kloof Street House keeps it classy with indulgent offerings on their menu. Oysters for starters? Here they come with a shallot vinaigrette, cucumber, caviar and lemon. From here you could perhaps move on to their Morrocan-spiced lamb rump served with herb couscous, a red cabbage slaw and yoghurt dressing. It’s a light but nonetheless satisfying portion that, for me, is only rivalled by the delicious bouillabaisse. It is a delicious seafood stew with linefish, salmon, prawns, calamari, mussels and clams, served with a baguette and aioli.

For vegetarians, the baked lentil and artichoke loaf with a goat cheese, carrot and cumin puree may go down well. Otherwise, the ostrich fillet with celeriac puree, onion and gorgonzola frittata, and Waldorf salad is another great option.

Drinks
They have an excellent wine list, an extensive cocktail menu and a full bar.

Service
The staff are always very helpful and bubbly. The service is unexpectedly quick for an establishment that is always quite busy.

Ambience
Kloof Street House is in an old Victorian house, giving it great character while adding to the sense of sophisticated dining that it exudes. The garden, closed off to bustling Kloof Street, gives one the impression of being far and away from the hip city street.

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Kloof Street House also has a lunch menu of lighter and more affordably priced meals.

(September 2016)

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  • Bianca Coleman

    Food
    The menu is printed on silver paper – that’s classy. Dinner main courses are pricier and more substantial, but we popped in for lunch, for which there are lighter meals and house regulars. There is also brunch which is served until late afternoon, which includes items like poached eggs on grilled asparagus with hollandaise sauce, and steak, egg and chips with wilted spinach, sautéed mushrooms, and green peppercorn hollandaise. The lunch offerings range from beer battered fish with minted peas and hand-cut fries, and Morrocan-spiced lamb rump on flatbread with red cabbage slaw and tahini yoghurt, to beetroot risotto and the KSH Wagyu beef burger with camembert, truffled wild mushrooms, rocket, pickled red onion, and horseradish crème fraîche. The butternut, spinach, and feta spring rolls with dukkah spiced sweet chilli sauce are a winner, as is the salad of pan-fried halloumi with charred cauliflower florets, cucumber, sultanas, toasted seeds, and red pepper. The celery was omitted as requested.

    Drinks
    There’s a good wine list, but the cocktails – and there are a lot of them – are in a league of their own, with irresistible names. The Porn Star is an absolute must, made with vodka and passion fruit liqueur, vigorously shaken with fresh passion fruit puree, vanilla sugar, and topped with half a fresh granadilla and served with a shot glass of champagne on the side.

    Service
    Bubbly and friendly. Our waitress was helpful, and when she didn’t immediately know the answers to our questions she went to the kitchen to find out.

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    The restaurant is set in a Victorian house so there are several separate rooms to create intimate dining spaces as well as a bar with a large dark wood counter. The décor is opulent and gorgeous, with lots of velvet and quirky design details. Outside in front of the house is a garden area for summer eating.

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    Save space for the salted caramel cheesecake with popcorn sorbet for dessert. It’s to die for, doll.

  • Jeanne Calitz

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    After quite a few establishments have come and gone, it seems that the address of 30 Kloof Street in Cape Town is finally coming into its own in its most recent reincarnation as the buzzing Kloof Street House. On weekends it is packed to the rafters and it can be tricky getting a table mid-week, even when booking in advance. Taking into account the fickle nature of the trade, coupled with the fact that the initial honeymoon glow since their opening in November 2012 will have worn off by now, it looks like Kloof Street House has settled in for the long run. Which is good news for Capetonians.

    Described as bistro food, the menu shows a decided Mediterranean and Moroccan influence. On the starters side of things, they offer some of the best steak tartare I’ve tasted in quite a while, loaded with the fragrance of fresh green herbs chopped into the meat. The halloumi salad with honey, sunflower seeds and dukkah comes with the added delight of raw cauliflower couscous and a hint of cinnamon. And an excellent salad of chickpeas and chargrilled onion is rendered unforgettable by its topping of melting goat's cheese – a heady mix of flavours and textures.

    The mains section tempts with hearty dishes like osso bucco with risotto Milanese, a butternut, sage and ricotta ravioli, and bouillabaisse for two. But it’s the Moroccan-spiced lamb rump that demands attention. Served with herbed couscous, red cabbage coleslaw and a tahini dressing, it’s simply delicious. The lamb is soft, juicy and flavourful. It’s a plate of pleasurably contrasting textures: soft couscous meets crisp cabbage meets creamy tahini. Truth be told, I become so immersed in this dish that I forget to notice, let alone taste, my companions’ mains, but am reassured it it’s all spectacular.

    We can’t even think of dessert, but should you be so inclined, there’s an apple and ginger crumble that sounds intriguing, and the dessert platter for four (with cheesecake, lemon meringue, sticky toffee pudding and vanilla ice cream) would be just the thing if you’re in the mood to share.

    Drinks 
    Described as “flashy but impressive” by the wine enthusiasts at the table (there are a few big guns listed here) the wine markup is not bad and the range good. They also do an interesting variety of cocktails, including a range of martinis in flavours such as basil and pineapple, cucumber and mint, and – perfect for summer – watermelon.

    Service 
    We went on a Friday evening – I suspect we nabbed the last table in the house – and the place was packed. Nevertheless, service was friendly and swift, with meals arriving steaming hot at the tables and everybody served at the same time.

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    There’s a definite buzz to the place. The look and feel is that of flapper glamour (a dark colour palette, chandeliers and beaded lamp shades everywhere) combined with a touch of Moroccan mystery. Loud laughter drifts from dark nooks and crannies. Attracting both beautiful young things and well-to-do middle-aged patrons, the space is divided into several dining areas, including a bar that does rip-roaring trade. It can get quite noisy, so be prepared to raise your voice.

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    The garden area (which in winter serves unofficially as the smokers’ retreat) is drenched in fairy lights, which would make it a rather magical option for outside dining on warm nights.

    (July 2014)

User reviews

  • It’s hugely successful. We arrived at 18h30 on a Monday and the place was full, with more diners due at 20h30. There were hosts of staff of all the peoples and genders of S. Africa, ready to greet you at the entrance, and all of them young and fashionable. The wage bill must be huge. The clientele was also young, many under 25. Showbiz! I had butter chicken curry – pink-orange, slightly thickened sauce, faintly spicy, in a bowl with pieces of meat, some of it difficult to identify as chicken, swimming in it. It was the second worst ‘cooking’ I have ever eaten. This wasn’t just a lapse in standards. This was just cynical. The service, by our young black waitress, was really good, attentive, egalitarian, informal, making us feel at home. This is the second fashionably successful place I have visited in Cape Town, serving up ridiculous food, and popular with the young (who don’t know their e’s from their a’s). What Cape Town urgently needs is a Restaurant Guide of conscientious standards in unpretentious prose. Where on earth these days can one get decent South African, Cape Malay-influenced, cooking? Nowhere!
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  • I had looked up the menu prices of Kloof Street House before visiting, and braced myself to settle for a salad (though not exactly an economical choice in itself). “Yes,” my companions frugally agreed. “Let’s skip the starters and share a bottle.” By the time the bill arrived, we had all ordered cocktails, (non-leafy) mains, desserts and shared three bottles. It’s not difficult to be dizzied by Kloof Street House, especially when sitting outside under the twinkly lights, surrounded by Cape Town’s beautiful. It was a warm night for winter, and the atmosphere was giddy and light hearted. We laughed, drank, and ate. And then drank some more. The expertly coiffed server mentioned off-menu specials in passing, after we had ordered our meals. My partner was seduced by a particularly mouthwatering description of lamb shank, only to find out later it was about double the price of what he had originally selected. I barely glanced at the salads. Later, I had a snoop around the inside. Just like outside, the interior is marked by pleasingly bohemian clutter. “Fascinating, eh?” a man in glitzy coattails asked me. In the end, the bill arrived and we had admittedly flown too close to the sun. Was it worth the prices? The mains were decent: I’ve had much better for much less, though rarely in a setting as charming. The desserts and cocktails were superb: original, interesting, and tasty. The wine list was fine. But some things in life are worth a splurge: maybe not a R135 starter, but certainly a lovely evening spent with good company in an enchanting setting.
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  • If you're thinking of ordering a special, be sure to ask the waitron the price. I didn't and was hit with a R195 charge for 3 chops. Taste, nothing special. Amount of meat, minimal. Articulated my grievance to the manager, only to be told that the price is in line with industry and that it was MY responsibility to ask for the price before ordering. To the manager who asserted himself so arrogantly: you have done this establishment a lot of damage.
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  • My husband took me out for a romantic dinner to celebrate my birthday on Saturday 9th April to the Kloof Street House restaurant. We really thought that the restaurant would live up to our expectations and we looked forward to a wonderful evening of fine dining. Unfortunately it was not to be. It was one disaster after another. We were seated at a table right in the middle of the smoking section. When we made the booking, no mention was made that our table would be in the smoking section. (And we made the booking in person at the restaurant.) We asked to be moved and after quite some time (having to wait for a table to be vacated) we were finally seated in the non-smoking section.. The white wine we ordered was warm. The waitress provided a glass of ice blocks and eventually they also provided an ice bucket. We are not accustomed to putting ice blocks into very expensive wine, in this case Haute Cabrierè Pinot Noir. So we had to wait for the wine to chill in the ice bucket before we could drink it. In the mean time, the inexperienced waitress, Megan kept on coming around to pour the wine into our glass after we had told her to leave it to get cold. Very frustrating. Twice during the evening, a waitress came to our table with food meant for another table. She had no idea which table the food was for. Very unprofessional. In the meantime, we asked our waitress about the specials available. She was very unsure of herself and she could not find the paper with the specials on it. Completely scatterbrained and unprofessional. We decided to order the Moroccan lamb which was a big disappointment to say the least. It really was very ordinary, lukewarm meat and cold couscous. Certainly not the fine dining we expected at all. The waitresses were totally unprofessional, uneducated and it looks if they were picked up from the street. The price of the food was a rip off for what we got. What I cannot understand is why this place is so popular. Are we missing something? All I can say this was definitely not a fine dinning experience but a disaster. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
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  • I went to Kloof Street House last night with my husband for my birthday. The ambience and service was great, but the food felt unimaginative and lacking a finesse I'd expect at that price - the springbok loin I had was amazingly tender but was paired with a heavy-handed sauce and lack-lustre side, and my husband's lamb shank had a nice flavour but wasn't the most tender ever, and was also paired with very standard mash. Sadly we were also seated right beside the front door which, being a windy night, meant I had to keep my overcoat on the whole dinner. The wait staff were all very attentive and knowledgeable, and our waitress recommended an excellent bottle of wine for us which she also decanted to allow the best flavour. I'll be back for drinks in Summer on the terrace, but don't know if I'll be back for dinner as there are so many other great options in the area at lower prices.
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  • I went to Kloof Street House for my birthday. I love the setting there's always a lovely vibe at this restaurant. There were 4 of us at the table, 3 ordered the wagyu beef burger and I must say we were all really happy and loved every bite. The 4th person ordered the fillet which was also amazing. I feel that the food was good but way overpriced for what we paid, I know I can get meals just as good elsewhere at a more affordable price.
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  • Agree with other reviews I have read, atmosphere, service & bar are great but food is average & cannot compare to other restaurants at these prices.
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  • I grew up in Cape Town and from the age of 14, I was a waitress. When I studied, I was a bartender. Being in the service industry, ruined dining out for me for life because I expected the same service that I gave. I depended on tips and although I may not have always been amazing, I strived to be great. Now, I work on a cruise ship where there is no escape from the customer. When I return to Cape Town with pounds in my pocket, I really just want to enjoy everything I miss about the city I love. This was not the case on my last visit home. Coming up to my final week before returning to my cruise ship, I wanted to have a great (tried and tested) meal out with my bestie. The steak I had was amazing as always but the service…well that was something that I am not used to at a place I frequent. The waiter did not bother to replace our cutlery after our starter for when our main arrived or top up our drinks when they were running low. We ordered Prosecco and as an ex-waiter, I would’ve asked if we were celebrating anything (which we were. Tuesday is a reason to celebrate!) but not only that, when another waiter topped up our prosecco, he finished the bottle and then proceeded to leave the empty bottle in the ice bucket on our table. Our bill came to R700 and we split it and left R150 tip. Not only did he not thank us, but he was very dismissive of us completely. Thank God your food redeems you, Kloof Street House.
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  • Our dinner on Saturday evening was nothing short of a disaster Based on our experience, the hygiene standards at this establishment are appalling. Glassware was not properly washed and dirty and in a separate incident, food was found to be contaminated. The single malt whisky was served in a dirty glass that had previously been used for a cocktail as a small chunk of fruit, possibly cucumber, was found in the whisky. Later on during the meal the hamburger was found to be contaminated with plastic. A flat, melted piece of plastic, the size of a cigarette box, was found in the hamburger. This is a clear indication of bad kitchen management, poor food preparation and disgusting hygiene standards. Potential patrons should know that this busy eatery is dirty and unhygienic. P.S. No mention is made here of the raw hamburger that needed to be cooked further or the "ricoffy" style espresso that was served.read less
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  • The restaurant itself is just incredible!! The decor & vibe has a distinctly European flair, and it is perfect for a romantic dinner for two, or upmarket drinks with friends. The food was delicious, I had the Wagyu beef burger, and my partner the fillet steak (his creamed spinach was extremely salty, almost inedible) Sadly they were out of their famous thick hand cut fries, so we had thin cut crisps (similar to Lays). The wine list is completely overpriced (I'm not sure if they do corkage?) So you end up spending more than you'd like to. We will certainly be back, but will bring our own wine next time.

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  • I've been coming to Kloof Street House regularly since it opened, mostly for the lovely ambiance in their pretty courtyard area, great for summer Sundays and jazz. But now the novelty of the place has worn off due to lax service, the same old menu (with uninspired snacks) and nothing left to justify the price of their meals (R140 for a small burger and chips, salads are small for R85 and their flatbreads are much smaller than they originally were!) On my last visit, they were sold out of 3 items on the menu, the fish of the day arrived cold and the waitress looked dis-interested and forgot to bring our wine. It's a pity that I will no longer be drawn to frequent this place.
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  • Four of us ( three adults and our three year old daughter) went there on Sunday 14 September 2014.
    From the moment we walked in to the time we left we felt very relaxed and enjoyed sitting outside in the garden for over two hours while enjoying fine wine our starters, mains and desert. The food is fantastic and you get exactly what you pay for. Our waiter Andrew had his first day and he was superb. The starter chicken liver on a bruschetta was divine as well as my perfectly cooked Ostrich steak.
    Even my daughters meal of just Mash and spinach was well presented. I can definitely recommend this superb venue and their superb combination of various flavours as everyone was happy.!!! YUM!!!!
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  • Nice venue. Terrible service. Horrible food. Avoid this place - it is a rip off and the food is over-rated. I had a fillet steak (which was very dry) and my pepper sauce was as runny as water and equally as tasteless. I saw someone's started (a platter), which contained uncooked chicken wings (very pink inside with signs of chicken blood). I will not be returning to this place. It was a terrible experience and equally as uncomfortable sitting on hard wooden benches. Crap restaurant. You're better off going to HQ or Spur for a fillet.
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  • where do i start !!! THE FOOD was a joke they expect people to pay for stuff like a piece of fillet and rocket and 4 chips cant believe it waiters where all over but no service me and my wife will defently not be going back !!!!!!
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  • 1 November 2013 - Food was absolutely divine, thanks to the chef Jacques and thanks to Amanda our waitress that made the evening so perfect. Will definitely be going back.

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  • Went there on the 18th Sep and the service was outstanding! Just go there for the starters - the camembert is to die for and the roasted tomato soup is devine! Mains we had a burger (it was ok), salmon (fantastic), fish (good) and the short rib which was very yummy. Overall fantastic place! One too many hostesses, managers and whoever else to check up if everything was ok - but at least you are looked after.

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  • Must book, place to check when in CT. Lovely food...I'm going back for the cheesecake. It's perfect.

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  • Was recommended to us and it was a fabulous vibe and good service and top class food. Medium rare however was more rare so beware.

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  • Great service, lovely ambience, good food, excellent desserts. And all let down by the quantity of wine when ordering by the glass. Three sips is all you get. When I questioned this, I was told the new policy is to get more glasses out of a bottle. Stingy or what. A real shame.

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  • My best friend and I went to Kloof Street House last Friday.. We wanted to see what all of the fuss is about! I had the blade of beef and she decided to go for the starters option, tempura asparagus and shepherd's pie beignets.
    The food was absolutely amazing - my blade of beef was soft and tender - the wine selection is also a perfect combination to the food menu! The service was lovely and the decor is so intruiging! I'll definitely be back!

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  • Decided we would try out this restaurant with a group of friends on Valentines Day - big mistake! Firstly it took more than an hour for our meals to arrive, and absurdly enough, 3 of the meals then arrived cold?! A fourth fillet arrived still positively breathing... After sending the 4 meals back, they came back, still cold and still breathing? So very disappointed - especially after such attentive service from our waitress. We were not charged for the 4 meals, but the whole experience has left such a bitter taste in my mouth.

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  • The food was cold and very average. We sent it back and the second time it was still cold and underdone.
    The waitress was lovely but the food was average to say the least.
    The salmon is the safer bet. Don't think we will be back. The patatas bravas was also good. To be fair, they did remove the 4 cold meals from the bill.

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  • Food was great, good service , nice wine selection. Decor adds a great touch to the experience. Highly recommended!

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  • Great ambience, beautiful setting and superb service. Unfortunately the food was a bit of a let-down, I feel that if you are going to have a small menu then ensure what you offer is top class and full of flavour.
    Would I go back? Yes I would, probably just for a few drinks and some of the tasting plates.

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  • Have known what is now Kloof Street House, from its days as an interior design studio to various other uses. One is reminded of the useful parking off Kloof Street, behind the venue, also the fact that the front garden courtyard now has a mature hedge around it, so one is shielded from the buzz of this busy area. Appealing outdoor and indoor areas for drinks or dining. The owners run a very successful business up the street, and this has an appealing menu, particular the starters, most of which were good, others to be perfected. We had good service and will be back, and hope it succeeds.

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  • I went there for my birthday last night and I must just say that it was truly amazing! We sat in the garden with beautifully lit trees, it felt like I wasn't actually in Town anymore. Our waitress was lovely and gave us good service. I had the best kingklip I have ever tasted and the others at the table were equally happy with their meals. There's a great cocktail selection (we ended up having quite a few, Cascade is a must!) The fondant was also to die for! Thanks for making my evening so fantastic! I will definitely be coming back. Lynsay

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
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  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking
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