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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, Views
Food
Modern
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R95 for 750ml (one bottle per four guests)

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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  • 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.

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

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • 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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  • 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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Specials

Warm up with this two-course (R170 per person) or three-course (R195 per person) winter lunch special. This offer is available for lunch, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm.

 

Facilities

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

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