The menu is simply enormous, with a page each for cold and hot starters, and sections dedicated to salads, from the land, from our waters, from the grill, poultry – and that’s not even touching on the reams of sushi options. Luckily the knowledgeable waiter is forthcoming with numerous specials, which helps us to gain some kind of direction and understand where the chef likes to play.
A choice of fresh bread with a quartet of butters – plain, sundried tomato, garlic-and-herb, and biltong (we are in Pretoria after all) – starts things off on a tasty note. The deep-fried calamari special is perfectly cooked, with a well-seasoned batter and drizzles of delectable masala-spiced sauce, but is served somewhat incongruously with fresh mozzarella, breaking the Italian rule never to pair cheese with seafood. The beef carpaccio, one of four on the menu, is superb, with crispy capers, generous slivers of beef and parmesan, lemon juice, spring onion and rocket leaves.
After our first course, a shot glass of sweet raspberry sorbet is a nice touch and quite delicious, but perhaps better suited to dessert than a palate cleanser. (Indeed, the same hot-pink scoop arrives alongside one of the puds later on.)
For mains, duck medallions are crispy but still tender-pink inside, served with baby carrots and silky butternut purée, fun little fritters and a nest of crunchy slivers of the squash. Another main of oxtail is rich and gorgeously tender, served with a fragrant wild-mushroom samp redolent with truffle, and a few plain florets of broccoli. Other tempting options include the likes of steak with your choice of myriad sauces; Durban lamb curry; smoked pork belly with apple-sage mash and Calvados mustard; and fish of the day (silvers) with a pair of prawns.
For dessert, the crème brûlée is exemplary: dotted with vanilla, custardy without being eggy, and with the dark sugar crust offering a pleasingly bitter counterpoint. The almond-and-pear tart is strewn with sesame halva and accompanied by a scoop of delicious vanilla ice cream. You could also opt for blondies and brownies, chocolate gateaux, or a concoction of crushed candy canes, rainbow cheesecake, bubblegum ice cream and candyfloss – alarming or irresistible, you decide.
Paging through Kream’s drinks menu is a treat, with over 20 pages of enticing options, whether you’re after cognacs, armagnacs, cocktails or an excellent collection of fine wines and champagnes. (The entrance to the restaurant is through the chilly wine cellar, lined with high-end bubblies, so you can look around for later.) Teetotalers are looked after with virgin cocktails, like the pomegranate bellini.
Things are off to a very attentive start, with numerous, smartly dressed members of staff greeting us at every turn and meeting all our needs. As the lunch service winds down, their presence does get a little thin, however, with empty plates and glasses left uncleared a little too long. No matter, it’s easy to let it go, feeling relaxed and satisfied.
This is one of Pretoria’s smart, special-occasion restaurants, with white table linen, very comfortable chairs that invite sinking into by its well-heeled patrons, and prices to match. A glistening water-feature wall and light streaming into the double-volume space through a gauzy curtain makes the experience feel intimate and special, even in the daytime. There are numerous sections to suit any mood, whether you choose to dine near the bar, more privately upstairs, in a cozy nook, or at a congenial round table on a slightly raised diaz.
The Kream brand has extended to a new restaurant at Mall of Africa.
When you think about a steakhouse, you might come up with images of old-fashioned finishes and fittings, classic good service and food. At Kream in Pretoria you receive that classic good service but they’ve taken the decor, ambience and food up a notch.
It may be a little worrying when a restaurant offers steak, sushi, curry and confit duck – because something’s gotta give and surely one kitchen can’t produce a menu that varied and vast... But that’s where Kream delivers. They have noticed that Pretorians love variety. They want to eat steak and chips while their dining partner wants sushi. They have managed it quite well. Steaks can be ordered with a variety of sauces and toppings, from biltong and blue cheese to roasted bone marrow and Bordelaise sauce. If you’re after something heartier, the oxtail – perfectly unctuous and falling off the bone – is served on a bed of perfectly creamy mushroom and broccoli risotto.
They often have venison on the menu as well as numerous lamb, pork, chicken and fish options. The seared salmon on pea risotto with beetroot and Pernod reduction is a favourite. To finish your meal, they offer classics like crème brûlée, Crêpe Suzette and a chocolate and hazelnut gateaux.
You would be hard-pressed to find a wine and beverage list like the one at Kream. It is lengthy and reads like a novel. They have at least one option for almost any wine varietal you can think of, with estates like Anthonij Rupert, Allesverloren, Holden Manz and La Vierge amongst many others being represented. They have a varied and good selection of wines available by the glass and have an impressive list of spirits and hard liquor available.
The service is incredibly professional but friendly. It’s clear the staff want you to have the best possible time in their establishment. The managers are also fantastic and are eager to recommend dishes, should you have trouble deciding.
The owners of Kream have taken time to select beautiful art pieces and fittings which make for a very sophisticated dining experience.
For something out of the ordinary for dessert, try their Candy Crush – a delightful, playful dessert of rainbow cheesecake, crushed candy cane and bubblegum gelato is finished with popcorn and candy floss. Over the top, yes, but it works.
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What makes this establishment such a hit is that they’ve taken the food that Pretorians love and elevated it. It is a known fact that those residing in Blue Bull-country enjoy a good steak and classics like carpaccio, crème brûlée and sole meunière. They’ve also brought new ideas and techniques to the plate in a very accessible way. Where some fine-dining restaurants might scare off a more conservative diner, Kream has the balance just right. If steak is your thing, you really can’t go wrong here. You can order a simple steak with a classic sauce but it is recommended that you try one of their specialties instead. The fillet with bone marrow is simply stunning; the unctuous bone marrow beautifully complements the lean quality of the fillet. Another house favourite is the rump with béarnaise sauce. Chargrilled rump is topped with a perfectly buttery béarnaise sauce, roasted onions and field mushrooms, and is finished with a poached egg. They also offer fantastic lamb cutlets, a fragrant chicken curry and a solid selection of seafood and fish dishes. For dessert, the “Coconut Air” is a refreshing addition to a very classic menu. The “air” is a mixture of a mousse and foam. Light as air, it is served with honeycomb, vodka and vanilla spheres, dried mint leaves and a zesty grapefruit sorbet. It’s the perfect end to a modern-classic meal.
The wine list is extensive and includes a vast selection of varietals, along with a premium selection of cognac, whiskey and other liquor.
Beautiful interiors with a fantastic selection of art pieces make Kream a sophisticated, elegant restaurant.
Service is professional, attentive and straightforward. The manager himself takes your order and informs you of the chef’s recommendations of the day.
They have a vast selection of Champagnes and MCC’s on offer, a fine introduction to a lovely meal.
Kream offers an interesting combination of South African favourites and contemporary fusion food. Wonderfully developed, layered flavours and creative plating make this an inspired dining destination in Pretoria.
The menu includes a wide variety of matured steak: choose from fillet, rump or sirloin, served simply grilled or in options like the fillet with grilled bone marrow and truffled bordelaise sauce, and the cognac-flambéed steak with garlic and herb butter.
Standout dishes include roasted quail with bourbon-poached pear, the rack of lamb with slow-roasted garlic and basil jus, and the salmon with shimeji-mushroom risotto, buttered asparagus and hollandaise.
The dessert selection includes some intriguing options like popcorn crème brûlée, chocolate curry panna cotta with coconut ice cream, and goat’s cheese and blueberry cheesecake, as well as some standards like brownies and crêpes Suzette.
An extensive and well-curated wine list offers a wide variety of outstanding options by the bottle or glass. You are really spoilt for choice here at almost any price point, ranging from R100 to R800 per bottle. Also have a look at their great list of Champagnes, MCCs and single-malt whiskies.
Service is attentive and professional, from a dedicated front-of-house team that manage to seamlessly take care of your every whim.
Sophisticated, slick and sexy. This thoughtfully decorated space exudes confident style without being stuffy and formal. It’s the perfect place for an upscale dinner, business lunch or birthday celebration.
Pop in for a glass of bubbly and try the sushi if you not in the mood for a three-course experience.
We recently visited Kream in Brooklyn Pretoria and my husband ordered their special of lamb ribs. When it came to the table it was, in our opinion, very over done. You know when meat is so cooked that it becomes almost biltongy? Anyway, as a rule we never ever complain about food in restaurants. It has to be really really bad. So we sent it back and the waitress came back to us and said the chef said that is how it is supposed to be served, but how would we like it done? Surely we should have been asked for that preference when the order was taken. So we politely said it would be nice if it was just tender. The next dish that came back was perfect and succulent. The previous one was so tough you couldn't even pull it off the bone.
We won’t go to Kream again. The previous time we were served a beef fillet with a marula sauce that was served in a soup dish with the steak swimming in the middle. The sauce overpowered the steak completely. On a better note, the wine list is the best wine list I have ever seen in a restaurant. I will probably go there in the future just to sample the wine list...
Kream is definitely the cream of all the Pretoria restaurants. Had the very best service, food and loved every bit of the experience we've had.
First time visitor, got seated on the patio, overlooking construction and parking. Plastic chairs really uncomfortable. Got a pillow to sit on when commenting about the chair. My partner eventually organised a table inside the restaurant. Got seated where every waiter and customer walking past bumped my chair. Would recommend not placing tables and not having enough space for people to pass by. Food was average. Drinks as well. Not a good first experience, I was very disappointed and let down. I probably won't return.
Impressive service. All waiters know what they are serving you. One of the cleanest restaurants I've ever dined at. Lovely, up market restaurant with an unusual menu.
We were there for a birthday celebration. It is our first time at Kream and as avid foodies were looking forward to this highly acclaimed restaurant. What a disappointment!
Firstly your service is appalling, have had better at the Spur. Tanielle please needs to be retrained in etiquette, to speak to clients, listening skills and attentiveness. Just knowing the menu would be a start!
Secondly, your menu looks impressive and your very pretentious service ambassador creates expectations. Big let down! Scallop starter was not bad though - very oily. Caramelized fillet was easily the worst piece of meat ever. Quality of meat was poor. Medium came out as a well done and caramalised onions is just a few slightly wilted red onions. The mash was hard and tasteless and veg inedible due to the excessive crunch factor. My husband 's deboned chicken was none the better. Bone dry!
As we were there for somebody else 's celebration we did not want to make a fuss, but this was really unacceptable .
Food at best mediocre and service non existing. My recommendation, stay away; prestigious empty shell!
Been to Kream last night for our wedding anniversary. Was served by Izan and we enjoyed it to the max. Always enjoy going there for the superb meals and wine they serve!
I had the most wonderful time and delicious food. A great evening celebrating with friends. I will surely be back for more.
Every time I visit this restaurant I walk out with a memory. Swift and friendly staff and fantastic food that never disappoints! Try the foie gras starter and salmon main - just delicious!
Service is great, decor is interesting and atmosphere is inviting. Kream is a real treat! From the service to the food, everything is great every time! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Great food that is constantly evolving to higher standards and a culture for outstanding customer service. Highly recommended!
I have eaten in the finest restaurants from San Fransisco to Tokyo and I have found very few to compare to Kream. We love the ambience, the food is superb and the service is outstanding. They are in a class of their own.
The best fillet I have ever had - unbelievable decor, wow!
Best restaurant with incredible food and service!
Excellent service as well as exquisite food!
Kream is simply one of the best restaurants in this country, and anyone who has not had the pleasure of going there, is missing out on a very large scale. There food is excellent, service impecable and the owners have managed to create a personal touch second to none. It feels like you are part of a family from the moment you walk in to the moment you leave.
Exceptional food, exceptional service - the place to go and dine in Pretoria.
I've had the most wonderful dining moments at Kream. Be they intimate dinner dates with family, colleagues and friends, birthday celebrations, etc. Kream always lives up to our expectations and more. The staff are always friendly and professional. The bathrooms always clean. The menu and wine lists are diverse and appealing. This is without a doubt thee place in Pretoria for fine dining and for people that value class and style! I'll go back there anytime, any day!
Modern sophisticated restuarant that delivers consistently exceptional food. A seven star dining experience.
My wife and I have been to Kream twice together. Both were special to us because of the quality of food and service. We always taste a bit of what the other is having, and the foie gras and the quail as starter are worth a mention. The biltong rump main I enjoyed (on both occasions) is simply one of the best steaks I have ever had.
Undeniably the best food, service and atmosphere in town. Every meal on the menu is a masterpiece.
Wonderful and special place.
Out of this world experience. Friendly and excellent atmosphere. Truely special and stylish.
Our company has had 2 of their year end functions at Kream and both times we were super impressed with the menu offered, the service and the wine knowledge. We will definitely go back again and again!
The best restaurant I've been to in the whole Gauteng. Food is great, atmosphere superb, staff very professional. They make you feel more than at home.
Visited Kream last Friday night, and it was absolutely wonderful! The food was amazing, the service was friendly and efficient and the whole ambience was perfect. A special thanks to our waiter, Sarah with her bubbly personality and quirky comments and suggestions, my quests absolutely adored you! (P.S Kream take good care of her!) You'll definitily see me soon Kream! Thanks!
Absolutely worth a visit. I have been a few times as this restaurant now ranks on my list of favourites and remains there!