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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
None

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
Kloof Street House is an institution on Kloof Street, with Victorian charm and a magical fairy-lit garden.

The menu will please a variety of palates with small plates, sharing platters, interesting starters and generous main courses. If you’re the sharing type, there are all sorts of meze platters for vegetarians and carnivores alike. Starters like the roasted chilli and garlic prawns or gorgonzola and wild mushroom arancini with aioli are well-executed options to start a meal.

The mains menu includes classic dishes with a twist. Enjoy the slow-roasted lamb shoulder served with flatbread, roasted aubergine, tahini and sumac; and the grilled fillet of salmon with béarnaise sauce and tender stem broccoli. The Valrhona dark chocolate fondant with black cherry ice cream and cherry meringue is a true chocolate lover’s dream.

They often have custom and set menus designed for special occasions.

Drinks
The eight-page bar menu will definitely satisfy every thirst. Choose from a good selection of wines, local and international bubbly, beer, vodka, whisky, rum, gin and tequila. Make sure you try one of the cocktails from the World Class cocktail collection.

Service
The service is professional and slick from the time you make the booking right through the meal. Waiters navigate the generally busy restaurant with ease and ensure a good experience.

Ambience
The restaurant is set in an old Victorian house, with a charming courtyard garden at the entrance. Shielded from the wind, it’s perfect for summer. Comfortable wicker chairs and Victorian detail create a romantic ambience with subtle candelabra lighting and candle-lit tables. The rooms of the house are worth exploring, with two large dining areas, a dedicated bar area and an uber sexy lounge.

And…
They have a live jazz band on Sunday, ideal for lazy lunches or chilling with a drink.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • Top 5 in Cape Town no doubt. My 2nd visit here on as many months entertaining a friend from Durban. As I thought the entrance into the "secret garden" was immediately set the scene and tone for a memorable evening. Sublime service for our early evening time slot received by Calvin. Super attentive and polite... Full marks. Great wine selection which paired beautifully with all servings. Firm favorites were the starter Arancini balls, and truffle parmesan polenta baked chips. My chalmar sirloin 300g with truffle mushrooms and chips went down like a homesick mole. Others loved the chicken livers mopped down with amazing bread. The ambience inside the rooms never ceases to amaze, but and a very avant-garde crowd are also easy on the eye! Severely underrated on this website.
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  • Loved the interior. Service was excellent!
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  • The booking service was excellent and after arriving I drank in the wonderful ambience but sadly the food and service fell short. The winelist is unimpressive with no 2018 whites available yet and portions are half of what I remember... Pasta was stuck together in thick gooey masses and really dry, my friend's Osu Buko was tough as nails and she had a hard time cutting it with a steak knife. Portion was also doubtful. Will go back for the atmosphere but not the food or service.
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  • Great food, wine recommendations and amazing service
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  • The food was average to good. However, the waiter, in front of my 3 guests, shamelessly (and loudly) asked for an additional 3% tip on a R2,000 bill, despite his slow and underwhelming service throughout the evening. I have never seen such openly tacky service from a waiter at this sort of restaurant and will never visit again. A restaurant that charges premioum prices, but hires waitstaff who cannot comprehend the basics of good service (the customer experience is everything), shouldn't deserve your patronage. The waiter in question was white, shoulder-length hair, and male. Hopefully the restaurant can address this as it seemed an otherwise good spot.
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  • I love the ambience that has been created at Kloof Street House, the old world charm, the junky chairs outside, the greenery and lushness, the warmth. It was great. However I am ambivilent about the rest of the experience. I've had worse and I have had better. My friend and I went for the winter special menu at R195 for 3 courses. I thought that was really good value. The arancini was tasty but unmemorable as was the calamari. The aioli on both was quite stiff, not beautifully creamy as I would have expected. The gnocci was tasty and nice and fluffy, it was quite a big portion which is great, but I felt like it was a big portion because potatoes are cheap. In comparison the sirloin steak was served on a gigantic slate plate which looks really impressive but then you realise that there is a steak the size of a marble on the plate. It was probably 120 grams (smaller than a regular ladies steak) and a huge pot of chips. Again potatoes are cheap so put lots of that on the plate. The ladies eating next to us had the chicken and fish and their portions were large, probably too large. I just don't understand the logic of it, portion control is all wrong. Dessert was malva pudding and creme brulee. I can make both of those dishes better at home. What started out as a well priced lunch at R195 each became a very expensive meal once drinks were added. We had a glass of Krone MCC each at R85 a glass and one of the cheaper bottles of red wine at R340 a bottle. I know that alcohol is where restaurants make their money but I just felt ripped off by the end of it.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • WiFi

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