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.
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.
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.
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.
They have a live jazz band on Sunday, ideal for lazy lunches or chilling with a drink.
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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.
They have an excellent wine list, an extensive cocktail menu and a full bar.
The staff are always very helpful and bubbly. The service is unexpectedly quick for an establishment that is always quite busy.
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.
Kloof Street House also has a lunch menu of lighter and more affordably priced meals.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Save space for the salted caramel cheesecake with popcorn sorbet for dessert. It’s to die for, doll.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Must book, place to check when in CT. Lovely food...I'm going back for the cheesecake. It's perfect.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Food was great, good service , nice wine selection. Decor adds a great touch to the experience. Highly recommended!
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.
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.
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