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Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient
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Cost
Grande Degustation menu R1250 (wine pairing R585) per person; Market Degustation R850 (wine pairing R460) per person
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Fine-dining food, French, Health food, Mediterranean, Modern, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
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Corkage
R85

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
Coming in at number two in this year’s Top 10, this restaurant is a special treat. The experience begins with welcoming drinks and not just one amuse bouche, but two, and a fantastic bread trolley with gluten- and lactose-free breads (careful attention is given to special dietary needs). They’re accompanied by no less than five flavoured butters, ranging from plain salted to butternut-and-calendula and honey-and-cinnamon.

Before the eating begins in earnest, expect several other mini artworks to amaze all your senses, the most invigorating of which is an arugula-and-lemonade shooter to cleanse the palate. The current menu is named Tabula Rasa, and kicks off with a snail and slightly spicy cauliflower-and-corn mousse. Next is a dish entitled Tidal Pool, which is playful and satisfying. Goose-liver spheres encased in Brussels sprout leaves are served with a velvety cauliflower purée perfumed with truffle. This dish is followed by Sea Mist, which features a fat and tender scallop and an East-Coast lobster tail enrobed in a saffron froth, which has everyone in the restaurant in delight.

The mains options vie for first place. There’s the smoked venison with madumbi mash, duck with plum and suurvygies, and a tilapia-and-halibut duo cleverly called Where the River Meets the Sea. Cheese is always a treat here and may include a 36-month-old French Comté, or a goat’s cheese from a Johannesburg artisan with a small herd of goats.

When it comes to dessert, you could opt for a sophisticated pear filled with white chocolate and a fluttering of dried pear ‘leaves’ perfumed with tonka bean, aptly named First Frost. SmartTease is a tongue-in-cheek play on everyone’s favourite candies, comprising chocolate, many colourful mini macarons and a pistachio ice-cream cone.

Drinks
Moses Magwaza and Germain Lehodey comprise the passionate team in charge of all the beverages served at Restaurant Mosaic. Moses took the Wine Service Award at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. The wine and non-alcoholic pairings are done with the same verve as everything else in this establishment. The team has decided to replace the local and international option with a sommelier’s wine-pairing option, giving guests the chance to sample a fantastic selection of local and international wines.

Service
The front-of-house team took the Eat Out Service Excellence Award in 2017 too. The team rarely changes and the result is that the overall service is faultless – efficient and most engaging. One needs only show a little interest for the entire team to share the pleasure they derive from their trade. It is a rare treat to find as much pleasure from service perfection as one does at this restaurant.

Ambience
Although the restaurant is relatively small, it can expand to various other levels of the building. At the back, past the kitchen, there’s a smaller private room with its own little lounge, as well as a larger private room off the main dining area. Banquettes and small tables line the two main rooms, which are always inviting and well-presented. Mosaic has established itself as a destination. For those who can afford to stay over, there are rooms available, which adds to the enjoyment.

And…
Chantel Dartnall is a master at cooking protein. Whether she cooks tilapia or scallops, she is bound to make it taste its very best. Even though the food displays an undeniable delicate sensibility in both preparation and presentation, no one needs to fear leaving hungry, as Chantel knows how to cook food that satisfies on all levels.

(October 2017)

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  • Alida Ryder

    Food
    From the first moment you enter The Orient hotel, you’re transported to another world – one rich with oriental antiques, lush fabrics and enticing aromas.

    Chef Chantel Dartnall’s food is so at home in this elaborate establishment it’s almost hard to imagine the one without the other, but it’s quite clear that no other food will work here. Her impeccable style of plating, executed with perfection, is only outdone by the absolute deliciousness of the food. Every bite is filled with concentrated flavour and texture, and the way she plays with temperature is simply delightful. A piping-hot courgette velouté surrounding an icy mixture of fresh-as-can-be asparagus, broad beans and fava-bean mousse is one good example. The velouté, velvety smooth in texture, is also a great contrast to the al dente vegetables. So playful and so perfect.

    Another showstopper is the Irish scallop served with a delicate yet intense maritime broth and pickled radishes. The broth is served in a siphon contraption of sorts, and is infused on the table with lemongrass and seaweed in a process that fills the room with the smell of the ocean. This broth is then poured over the perfectly seared scallop – it really is a dish to write home about.

    L’Oie Doree sees slow-roasted goose breast served with goose-liver tortellini, candied clementine peel and a rich, robust sauce that ties the whole dish together. Similarly, Autumn Leaves is a beautiful serving of 36-day matured Angus beef, perfectly cooked and served with crispy sweetbreads, mushrooms, deep-fried celeriac leaves and cognac cream, all complemented by a full-flavoured, glossy sauce.

    To end your meal, the enchanting Recipe for Romance sounds simple on paper, but is so much more. Chantel explains that for her, the perfect romantic evening is accompanied by your loved one cooking with you. This is translated to a DIY cake, which is brought to the table looking like a simple bowl filled with flour, cubes of butter and sugar, a chocolate bar and a raw egg yolk. In fact, what you are looking at is a slice of almond cake, ground almonds, coconut marshmallow, passion-fruit parfait, mango purée and 55% Valrhona chocolate, all accented by the Love Potion of a sweet, rose syrup which adds a touch of whimsy to the dish.

    The meal is finally finished with a wonderful selection of petit fours consisting of the teeniest macarons, perfect Turkish delight, and dense, chocolatey brownies.

    Drinks
    It’s not a mere list of wines; it’s an entire enormous book, filled with every name you can imagine, all carefully selected by sommelier Germain Lehodey. But let that not overwhelm you; Monsieur Lehodey is always at hand to make expert recommendations. Allow him to take you through a journey of excellently paired wines; alternatively, enjoy your meal paired with creative non-alcoholic options like home-made nasturtium lemonade and Gyokuro shaded green tea from Japan.

    Service
    Every element is excellent, from the greeting at the front gate to the service during the meal. Staff are all incredibly well trained, friendly and professional. It is a delight to be taken through the menu by chef Chantel, and the sommeliers and serving staff complement her in their charming, informative way. The exquisite food is made more enticing by a team of staff who are clearly incredibly passionate about their work.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is set in the lush Orient Hotel in Elandsfontein. With its rich tapestries and gorgeous oriental antiques, you would be forgiven for thinking you have been whisked away on a magic carpet. The restaurant itself is decorated in a grandiose manner and has an air of luxurious old-world charm.

    And...
    Prepare to be dazzled by every element of your experience at this incredible establishment. To top things off, book a night in one of the opulent rooms of The Orient.

    (September 2016)

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  • Hennie Fisher

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    Restaurant Mosaic offers three menus of varying complexity, categorised as Petite, Discovery and Grande. The menu changes to reflect the different seasons, but also to allow the kitchen to invent new ideas and perfect their execution in the intervals.

    To make you feel welcome, an amuse-bouche upon arrival might be the tiniest choux puff filled with truffle cream, or a Lilliputian rice roll. Once the meal starts, expect to be blown away by the tastes, textures and sheer drama of the meal, with many dishes served or finished tableside, and in custom-designed and -manufactured crockery.

    The salmon ceviche topped with caviar and gold leaf features lemon oil and buttermilk poured around it at the table. A handmade purple glass plate resembling a shell holds a lusciously plump oyster on a bed of seaweed, covered in Champagne foam, caviar, a hand-crafted ‘pearl’ and a tiny bit of crisp seaweed, and underneath the oyster, a sweet little jelly.

    The aptly named Millionaire’s Nest Egg epitomises what this restaurant is about: perched on the most amazing glass bowl are three quail eggs, filled with black-truffle paste and topped with truffle espuma and some more fresh truffle shaved over the top.

    The menu offers many other superb delights, such as The Alchemist’s Infusion (another theatrical device containing a number of aromatics infused in a clear broth right at the table). Dessert brings a lemon verbena plate with a delightful little opera cake or a decadent chocolate cherry dessert.

    Because they understand that guests might not be able to really eat another thing after such an Olympian repast, the petits fours are packed up in little boxes to take home.

    Drinks
    Sommelier Germain Lehodey and commis sommelier Moses Magwaza run their cellar like the captains of a large ship – no detail is overlooked. Guests can choose various options: a Connoisseur wine pairing featuring predominantly local wines, or an Enthusiast wine pairing featuring mostly international wines. They also offer a non-alcoholic drinks pairing, where you can expect such delights as a rose-and-pomegranate cooler, a pear toddy and a cherry tonka shooter. The wine list comprises two massive tomes that might flummox all but the most knowledgeable of wine lovers, but the sommeliers are always on hand to ease the process.

    Service
    A few staff members have been around for years, and some new faces offer a breath of fresh air. Everyone at Mosaic is generally extraordinarily friendly and accommodating. They have dedicated people managing the bread and cheese trolleys, relaying the various options – like rosemary-and-vanilla butter, saffron-and-calendula butter, along with green olive rye, caramelised onion and thyme loaf, or cranberry pear cheese bread – with enthusiasm and a sense of fun.

    Ambience
    Intimate and welcoming. Apart from the main dining room, there are a few smaller private dining rooms, all sumptuously decorated. Don’t be surprised if you should encounter a Pierneef or some other notable South African artwork dotted throughout. The restaurant and impressive wine cellar (more than 4000 labels; over 55 000 bottles) are on different levels, and lunching at Restaurant Mosaic on a Sunday must be one of Gauteng’s biggest treats, with beautiful views over the conservancy. They are also famous for their movie nights, when long-forgotten art movies are screened in a private movie theatre along with a gourmet meal. This is not just a restaurant, it’s a dream setting meant to whisk you away from the humdrum of every day to better places and times.

    And…
    Their frequent wine tasting evenings often combine a package deal comprising accommodation and dinner at very competitive rates. What can be better than not having to worry about driving home after a night of the best food and wine in sumptuous surroundings?

    (September 2015)

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    Food
    Chantel Dartnall, our 2014 San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, reigns supreme at this flamboyant restaurant. Inspired by her travels and showcasing a strong botanical theme, the menu reads like a playful, floral ode to the senses. The first course, ‘sunflower spring’, resembles a Van Gogh painting and the humble carrot is elevated to new heights in four forms – raw, cooked, purée and jellied – with fragrant orange-blossom cream. ‘Funghi on the forest floor’ charms with a tableau of wild mushrooms, Iberico ham and a snail, still in its shell. Crayfish with citrus beurre blanc and morel mushrooms is an absolute sensation, and ‘birds of a feather’, an ingenious dish of quail and guinea fowl, is cooked to perfection and served with a pheasant tortellini. ‘Driftwood on Brook’s Bank’ is so expertly plated it looks as if it had grown that way – a toffee-covered hazelnut sprouting from a scoop of chocolate, with a twig made of pear skin branching out of crème anglaise. Superb in every way.

    Wine
    The restaurant boasts an unparalleled wine cellar. The selection is astounding, with more than 43 000 bottles representing over 3 600 local and foreign estates. Sommelier Germain Lehodey is on hand with thoughtful wine pairing suggestions.

    Service
    Excellent service. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable. Chantel comes out to explain the dishes personally, and the waiters present courses with pride and confidence.

    Ambience
    Unashamedly over the top, the Orient Hotel blends Middle Eastern and Belle Epoque opulence. It’s art nouveau with a fun, offbeat twist. Dining here feels like playing at a real-life game of Cluedo. It was Colonel Mustard. In the dining room. With a spoon.

    Comments by the 2014 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards judges

    “Amazing attention to detail, radical technique on display, and surely some of the most beautiful plating in South Africa.” – Andy Fenner

    (August 2014)

  • Chantel Dartnall’s distinctive style is playful without being frivolous. Dishes like beetroot and basil parfait convey the essence of the forest; a sweetbread cornet with avo and wild mushroom roulade evokes the soil. Plating incorporates unusual edible flowers and petit herbs for those inimitable flourishes that distinguish the food here. Sommelier Germain Lehody is at the helm of the unparalleled wine list and cellar. All staff offer warm smiles and heartfelt hospitality. (EO mag 2014)
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    Chantel Dartnall’s food style is distinctive, managing to be playful without being frivolous. Menus are often linked to the seasons or the earth, such as a beetroot and basil parfait, to convey the essence of the forest; or a sweetbread cornet with avocado and wild mushroom roulade to evoke the soil. Mosaic's winter grand degustation menu (R795 excluding wine), entitled ‘Fire’, includes such delights as terrine of baby beetroots with horseradish sorbet, and sea scallops with hazelnut and vanilla from Madagascar. The 2013 spring menu features fresh truffles and hand-selected spices from France and Europe. Plating is individualistic with lots of unusual edible flowers and petit herbs for those inimitable little flourishes that distinguish the food at Mosaic. As at most top-end establishments, sourcing the best ingredients is as much part of the drill as preparing it, so expect to enjoy the likes of matured beef rib eye with creamed morels or Kobe beef rump.

    Wine
    Not only did Restaurant Mosaic manage the coup of employing one of SA’s best sommeliers, Germain Lehody, but the team undertook a wine sourcing expedition to Europe recently. This dedication and commitment of the team is reflected not only in the unparalleled wine list and cellar, but in the overall knowledge and service of wine.

    Service
    The importance of a friendly welcome has clearly been entrenched in all staff. Not only the restaurant staff welcome visitors with warm smiles and heartfelt hospitality, but the gate keeper, security staff and doorman will go out of their way to make your visit a really exceptional experience. Most of the service staff have been around for a while, ensuring that service is always slick and polished. Some of the custom designed utensils are so cute and dainty that they become somewhat complicated to negotiate.

    Ambience
    People either love or loathe the interior of Restaurant Mosaic, which is firmly rooted in the Belle Époque. Whatever your feelings, it is wonderful to arrive at a place with a sense of anticipation and occasion and to be enveloped in a truly caring environment where none of the finer details are overlooked. While the main restaurant does not allow a glimpse of the exceptional views, ask to be seated on the verandah and revel in the African bush, should the weather allow.

    And...
    Chantel Dartnall works hard to ensure that Restaurant Mosaic remains in the upper echelons of South Africa’s restaurants. This establishment’s dedicated kitchen team and friendly, competent staff produce and serve an unsurpassed seasonal menu that will prompt one to come back more than four times a year.(September 2013)
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    Apart from the crockery that always manages to delight, the food is innovative and fun. A smooth cauliflower purée with salmon roe and squid ink tuile grabs the palate’s attention, followed by fish and chips on coco beach (a playful yet completely yummy rendition of something less formal). Even a stalwart such as butternut soup comes to the table so elegantly smooth that you cannot but acknowledge the masterly attention to detail and skill that went into its preparation. White chocolate and pistachio cake with pistachio ice cream is a treat for the eyes, the nose and the palate.

    Wine
    Wines are specially selected to pair with each course; think Stony Brook The Lyle MCC to Lamberti pinot grigio Santepietre. The wine list is voluminous; if you get stumped, take a tour of the serious, environmentally controlled cellar to choose your own.

    Service
    Young, friendly and well-trained staff attend to all your needs. From warm scented cloths at the beginning of the meal with which to freshen up to knowledgeable info provided with each wine and food course, it’s all there.

    Ambience
    World-class opulence: everything exudes attention to detail, from the napery, glassware, crockery and cutlery, ambient conditions to, of course, the food. And… Beg a kitchen visit: it’s beautiful, well organised and filled with happy creative people who seems to be having fun – perhaps they’ll invite you to watch them from the built-in kitchen cubicle.

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    Beg a kitchen visit: it’s beautiful, well organised and filled with happy creative people who seems to be having fun – perhaps they’ll invite you to watch them from the built-in kitchen cubicle. (HF, September 2010)

User reviews

  • I read about this restaurant in the Gourmet Guide, and followed instruction of staying at the Hotel for a night. I booked for my hubby's birthday in April 2017. I What an experience! From the moment we arrived, I felt that no pictures could give this place enough justice. It felt as though I was in a different country without taking an overnight flight. Loved everything about it. The hotel was full of fascinating antiques, the room was probably the best room (suite) that we have every stayed at, and we are well-travelled. (We stayed at the Marakesh suite). I chose the market degustation with wine-pairing, will rather choose the one without pairing next time, just too much wine for one meal...for me anyway. The only little problem was that when we checked out, we had been overcharged for the glass of wine and the tea that we had the afternoon before, while relaxing in the lobby area. This was corrected, but check your bill carefully for errors when you leave. It was an honest mistake, but a little careless. This is a place that is created out of love and passion, and it shows. Even though the dinner seems pricey - it is worth it, as there is very little else to compare. I almost forget the breakfast included in the overnight stay. Totally awesome and nothing you will have had elsewhere. The only other chef in my experience with similar creativity to meals, is Foliage. Will be back for another awesome weekend when I can afford the spoil.
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  • The best dining experience. I have been waiting for a special occasion to visit The Mosaic and I was certainly not disappointed. The attention to detail in every aspect of dining was well taken care of. We were seated in a grand room, filled with exquisite furniture. Everyone I was with knew we were in for something really special. The explanations were fantastic, to know what inspired a dish really makes the experience that much more enjoyable. Every spoonful I put into my mouth was delicious. I could tell you an entire story about each meal, but who has that much time to read a review ;) The Mosaic is an experience I will never forget and I will talk about to anyone who will listen. If you are able to spoil yourself, do it. And share it with people you love, you won't regret it.
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  • I swear the best tabooleh best batata hara best sheesh tawouk best garlic paste very nice staff and the owner of the restaurant is very professianal she accually helped in cooking our food!! 100 out of 100
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  • Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient Hotel, located near Pretoria in South Africa, is anything but ordinary. From the moment you arrive on their premises, you are transported to a place where it feels like, fairy tales come alive. In the architecture of the hotel, there is a clear combination of Oriental, Middle Eastern and Art Nouveau influences visible throughout the design. We were greeted by the restaurant’s sommelier that took us through their welcome drinks list and escorted us to the champagne lounge where we enjoyed a beautiful “Chateau Brown Blanc”. The ambience of the room was very oriental with its Persian carpets, Middle Eastern-inspired art and detailed wood panelling. It created the perfect setting of what was going to be a wonderful evening. While enjoying our wine, one of the waiters brought our first amuse bouche a rice paper Chinese roll with different vegetables, nuts and a truffle mousse. These little rolls were just mouth-watering, with just the right amount of truffle combined with the texture from the nuts to balance the dish and tie it all together. After the first taste of what was yet to come, we were escorted to our table, which turned out to be their “Salon Delacroix” room. The room was set out perfectly, with every single detail well thought out, to take you on a journey back to the 19th century. The ambiance of the room was majestic, with French music playing in the background, mesmerizing while looking at the artwork from the famous French artist, Eugene Delacroix. This made me think that I was in a châteaux somewhere in France and that Napoleon wearing his bicorn would walk in at any moment. We were served a second amuse bouche, an avocado and cheese mousse. This was just delicious with the silky smoothness of the mousse and perfect balance of the dish. The sommelier brought us the wine list. However, this was not your average wine list. As my husband opened the book, it completely looked like he was going to read us a fairy tale. As the wine list was not so much a list but rather a 100-page wine book. This was really impressive and to think this was only their South African wine list, they still had an international wine list as well. Guess having more than 75,000 bottles of wine from 5780 different labels in their cellar makes for one interesting list. The sommelier, really knew his wines and recommended a beautiful Pinot Noir from Botanica. It was our first time to try wine from this specific vineyard, but I have to say, it will surely not be the last time. The freshly baked bread selection was wheeled into the room. The selection of bread included: Aggie’s seed loaf, green olive rye, basil pesto and sun-dried tomato rolls, crusty polenta and calendula rolls as well as a cranberry and pear cheese bread. It was definitely not an easy task to select one, as they all looked delicious and smelled even better, baked fresh daily off course. After the bread was selected there was an entire range of butters to try. The selection included: Mooirivier salted farm butter, honey and cinnamon, anchovy and caper or lavender and lemongrass. My favourite was the honey and cinnamon, it was smooth and sweet, and I could have easily eaten the entire bowl by myself. Our waiter brought our third amuse bouche, titled “Frogs on the pond” The tempura frog legs were really soft and melted in your mouth along with the wild mushroom and nettle jelly. The presentation of the dish, with the glass bowl added that extra touch of “ je nes e qua” that gave the illusion of the water in the pond. Our menus arrived, along with Chef Chantel Dartnall (South Africa’s top rated female chef), who explained each dish in detail. We as a group selected the Market Dégustation Celebration menu, that consisted of a five-course meal, with a choice of a main and a dessert from the menu. Just listening to Chef Chantel explaining every dish with such passion and pride celebration menu we were about to explore. After we selected our mains and desserts the food started to arrive, we were in for a treat. Amuse Bouche – Small Prelude to our menu. The plate had a variety of different items ranging from macarons, madeleines, to cheese. It was somewhat of a teaser of what was waiting for us further down the menu. The plating was done beautifully with each element placed with precision. If I have a choice, I prefer dessert before the mains as, for me, this is usually the best part of the meal. Also by the time you get to dessert you are typically full and can’t enjoy the dessert to its fullest. Kudos to Chef Chantel for having some dessert before the main, the macarons were to die for. First Course – “Celebration of Spring” This dish is Chantel’s ode to the French Chef, Michel Bras, where she captures the reflection of spring on a plate. The plate with its floral pattern complements the dish with its elements that added fragrance, flavour and vibrant colour to the dish. The smoky carrot mousse ball was my favourite element on the dish. It was complex and well assembled and this perfect sphere was jam packed with flavour. The crunchiness of the asparagus and sweet peas added to the freshness of the dish, to create something that replicates the perfect spring. The dish felt like it should be found on the menu of a Michelin Star restaurant. The second course – “Genesis” Chef Chantel received her inspiration for this dish from the origin of life, from “Genesis”. The dish was a sphere of rainbow trout, surrounded by a burst of pomelo with a lemongrass Japanese miso. The lemongrass flavour was very subtle with sudden citrusy bitterness as you bite through the pomelo pieces. An element of surprise that ties the dish together nicely. The colours of the trout, pomelo and edible flowers stood out beautifully in contrast with the black plate. The Third Course – Mouse de Mer Chef Chantel found her inspiration for this dish during a walk on the beach while watching the foam of the ocean waves as it rolls in leaving behind small shells, seaweed and bits of bark on the sand. The dish was exquisitely plated an almost perfect representation of the beach. Tomato powder represented the sand with smaller elements representing the items left behind with the foam. Hidden under the langoustine and foam was a rooibos infused risotto that added to the complexity of this dish. While at first struggling to eat this beautiful dish, I soon found it was hard to stop, as each element was pure perfection. Remise en Bouch – The Garden Pea This sweet pea and lime sorbet were the perfect pallet cleanser. The flavour combinations were refreshing. The perfect sphere sorbet looked like a giant pea on the plate. That, with the combination of the fresh pea’s, pod and the leaves made for one refreshing summer taste and a true celebration of garden peas. It was time for the main courses. There were three different options on the menu to select from: “Bouillabaisse” (Seasonal vegetables saffron, cod ), “Prints in the Paddock” (36 days matured Angus beef, sumac, red ivory fruit preserve) or “Queen Quail” (Acacia honey, lavender, spinach veloute). On our table, we ordered the “Prints in the Paddock” and “Queen Quail”. The fourth course – Main Course – “Prints in the Paddock” he dish was inspired by chef Chantel’s South African roots and the use of some rather unusual ingredients like red ivory fruit preserve and sumac. The sumac powder was used to represent the shape of the paddocks where the cattle graze. This tangy lemon flavoured spice balanced the dish, not overpowering at all. The beef was cooked to a perfect medium-rare (Chef’s Choice) and rested well to allow for great presentation. The elements placed around the beef added crunch as well as colour. The forth course – Main Course -“Queen Quail” (Chef’s personal favourite on this menu, as the dish, is really fresh and colourful) This dish was inspired by the fragrant Lavender field of Provence, in South East France. The quail legs were confited and lightly brushed with lavender balsamic. The remaining pieces of the quail were deboned and filled with wild mushroom and lightly brushed with akasia honey and lavender flowers. The balsamic created a beautiful balance between the sweetness and the acidity of the dish. The quail was served with an extremely light and smooth spinach velouté that complements the dish well. It was time for the final course. There were two different options on the menu to select from: “Cheese Selection” (Old Amsterdam, Belnori Kilimanjaro and many more kinds of cheese) or “Stardust” (White Peach, Passion Fruit, Vanilla Meringue ) The fifth course – Final Flavours – “Cheese Selection.” The cheeses were brought in on a cheese trolley filled with a gorgeous block of cheeses that include the “Epoisses de Bourgogne,” (Napoleon’s favourite cheese, very suited for our room), “Belnori Phantom Forest” and “Dolcelatte Gorgonzola”. The “Belnori Phantom“ was my favourite, this three-week aged goat's milk cheese from Benoni just melts in your mouth. Along with the cheese, they served either a cherry and walnut or cranberry and pear roll; both complemented the cheeses very well. The fifth course – Final Flavours – “Starburst” The inspiration for this dish comes from the Milky Way and the space between the galaxies. Chef Chantel wanted to create a dish that dissolves in your mouth, the moment you taste it. The passion fruit ice cream was to die for, the amount of flavour in that one scoop was just mind blowing. The vanilla meringue added that extra crunch that just pops in your mouth. Once you start digging into the meringue, you discover the jasmine mousse with poached white peaches. The plate is finished off with colourful sugar dust that adds to the inspiration. Every element on this dish brought a surprise to the plate. Some are just so unique, and the methods of taking the ingredients to that next level make this dish shoot for the stars. “Coffee and Petit Fours” When the Petit fours arrived, I felt like a child again. The presentation was beautiful, and there were flower shaped lolly pops that looked like they were in a vase. On a mini washing line hung nougat, Turkish delight and fudge that melts away in your mouth. The dessert plate had macarons, Valhrona dark chocolate and lemon curd bonbons with dried forget-me-not rose petals as well as cherry and rose Turkish delight. We were already so full but decided to stretch our foodie experience just a little bit more. Our waiter brought a small box for the remaining petit fours. What an amazing finale to this culinary experience. Throughout every single dish, it was clear that Chef Chantel spent hours dreaming up these dishes, every single dish had its own story to tell. She takes so much care with the plating that every dish leaving her kitchen looks like a work of art. It is no wonder that this award winning restaurant is among South Africa’s top 5, this along with Chef Chantel being voted as South Africa’s chef of the year (2014). I would highly recommend the restaurant to anyone any day. Chef Chantel, you get the DBM splash of approval, no doubt about it.
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  • Mosaic restaurant at the Orient what an decadent indulgence. The whole experience was awesome. The food is sublime. Everything on the plate is edible even the flowers which add to the taste of the dish. Service and atmosphere excellent. Beautiful areas, small personal touches making up breathtaking scenes. Mari is warm, friendly and very welcoming as are all the staff. The chef, Chantel Dartnall's love and passion for her work is tangible. She is enthusiastic and literally glows when she describes her creations. She comes to each table personally to welcome you and to describe her dishes. The dishes and plates are in themselves works of art. Presentation absolutely beautiful. The Food is fresh, seasonal and light. Lots of tastes, textures and smells. A feast for your senses. Yes, the portions are more than enough to fill up the blokes. I personally loved each moment. There is a wine pairing of course but I was delighted to see a non alcoholic pairing as well. There is a vegetarian, pescatarian and omnivore menu available. We stayed over and the suites are truly sumptuous, decor is extremely well thought out and luxurious. The hotel transports you to another world and you want to soak in the culture, they display for you. They have a private cinema and a bronze museum, bronzes created by Tienie Pritchard. The bronzes are breathtakingly beautiful, detailed works of art. Walking trails are also marked out on the property. They even added special touches for us as well,a glass of champagne at dinner, as it was our 23rd wedding anniversary. A loaf of bread presented uncut so that hubby and I could break bread together. A Russ Puddin Teddy Bear to take home was placed on our bed with the turndown service. Also a book of Arabic poetry was placed on the bed to read and share while there. Since we stayed over at The Orient boutique hotel. I thought I would also share our morning. Breakfast was served on our balcony. Bowls with Fruit salad, oats, caper berry & salmon and panacotta. Fruit smoothie, pain au chocolat, croissant, jams,bread. The best eggs benedict ever.... layers of toast,ham and a perfectly poached egg and all baked in a "pan-like" ramekin. Savoury french toast with mozzarella basil & tomato pesto. Flavour explosion. A tasty Cappuccino and a huge pot of Earl Grey tea. Service and food exceptional. Go on spoil yourself.
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  • On Thursday afternoon, 08 December 2016, we enjoyed the delectable Decade of Decadence Grande Dégustation Menu at Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient. We were welcomed at the door of The Orient Boutique Hotel by Sommelier Germain Lehodey, who introduced us to a fine selection of welcoming drinks accompanied by refreshing canapes. Sommelier Germain detailed us in an informative manner on the wine selection to ensure that we could make an informed decision on which wine we would love to enjoy as welcoming drink. Thank you, Germain! At the tastefully set dining table, Germain left us in the capable hands of Moses, assistant to Germain, who detailed us on every wine, which was skilfully paired with the specific dish. Thank you, Moses! All the staff who served us, were jovial. They explained every dish as they served it in a graceful manner. They also made sure that the table was kept spotlessly clean at all times. Thank you, to all of you! Maître d'hôtel Mari kept a watchful eye on our table, and made sure that every dish was served on time, and that the selected wines were served with the specific dish. We noted the handcrafted tableware, and Mari informed us about the South African artists who were commissioned by Chef Chantel Dartnall to create tableware, which should go together with the specific dishes. We were once again impressed with Mari’s knowledge about the specially selected cheeses. The “de Pekelaar Boerenkaas” produced on the farm, Langbaken in Williston, Karoo was one of our favourite cheeses. Thank you Mari! The award-winning Chef Chantel Dartnall – voted twice the S.Pellegrino South Africa’s Chef of the Year – took us on a memorable culinary art journey, inspired by her unsurpassed expertise in uniting the freshness of organic nature and refined culinary art. Chef Chantel created a fantasy world for us, by her meticulous approach of combining the finest organic and free-range foodstuffs, prepared in perfect equilibrium with her kindling spirit, fuelled by her passion for sophisticated culinary art that is obviously the work of a chef par excellence. Any “foodie”, who enjoyed an artful fine dining experienced - in the presence of Chef Chantel - would agree that it is unfair to “rate” Chef Chantel by means of a meek mathematics “point scale system”; however, the purest way of implementing an award-system, is to reach for the cosmos and select the liveliest star, to honour Chef Chantel with such a deep-rooted star. Chef Chantel, we thank you for an unforgettable botanical cuisine experience that took us on a trip down memory lane!
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  • Restaurant Mosaic is not for the faint-hearted. Not only is it an experience that you will need to carefully budget and save up for (that bill is frightening!), but Chantal Dartnall's creations definitely colour outside of the lines. If you like fancy food with a difference, then you really should make a booking. One of the most charming things about Restaurant Mosaic is the chef herself. Dartnall makes a point to visit each table and describe her menu to the patrons. I think this is a nice touch - after all, they are her creations so she's bound to sell it better than anyone else can. The surroundings are also magical. We have visited once before for dinner, and once for lunch. I recommend going for lunch, as then you are able to see the beautiful reserve where The Orient is situated. The service is impeccable: from the hostess to the sommelier to the waitrons, every one goes out of their way to make it an unforgettable experience.
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  • Dear Chantel, Mari, Germain, Moses and team, It is always a pleasure to visit Restaurant Mosaic - from the friendly greeting, the conscientious service and knowledgeable staff, it is a relaxing and tranquil experience. I have to commend you on the service during dinner, it is on point, starting with a delectable welcome drink and the famous bread trolley and flavored butters, that I have developed a craving for. Chef Chantel greets every guest in person with an energetic and passionate explanation of her menu for the evening. So refreshing to have these little personal touches when visiting an establishment of this caliber. Each dish is artistry on a plate and skillfully paired with a carefully chosen wine - I have been to a few of these tasting sessions and can appreciate the time and effort made by the chef and sommelier to ensure that each dish is superbly complemented by the perfect wine. The very suave sommelier, Germain and his protege, Moses is on hand to pour each glass with an informative (and sometimes very entertaining) description of each specific wine. The ambiance created by the soft lighting, soothing music and opulent decor sets the tone for a relaxed evening of gastronomic pleasure. As always the evening ends with a small, but delicious treat from the kitchen to take home and a freshly brewed cup of cappuccino. I am already looking forward to my next visit! Annerie
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  • It is not everyday that a city girl gets the chance to celebrate her 40th birthday at the little piece of heaven called Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient. Even from the planning stages it was a pleasure to interact with them. Thank you Mari for all the extra’s you added, nothing was too much of an effort for you. Your patience with me was appreciated! There is so much attention to detail – from the friendly professional staff at the gate and the bright smile of the Valet, to the welcome drink presented to us in the Hotel’s foyer. Beautiful pieces of art and antique furniture from all over the world decorate the Hotel and Restaurant, it was enchanting to take in everything as we made our way towards the Restaurant on the first floor. Sommelier Germain with his diverse knowledge of wine and quirky antics had everyone laughing before long. The bread trolley with home made bread and butters made us lick our fingers with delight! Before dinner began Chef Chantel made a personal appearance and explained the entire Grande Degustation menu to us – with words like “Millionaire’s Nest Egg” and “Mousse de Mer” I could not wait to begin my gastronomical experience. We were not disappointed! Each plate was presented like a work of art and with every mouthful the evening got better. Chantel, for me you define the word gastronomy – your passion for food can be seen in every dish you create. The friendly and professional staff, the perfect wine pairings…every single thing about Mosaic made this one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. I will most definitely be back in the very near future.
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  • It is pretty sad when an establishment becomes so arrogant to the point where someone like myself who rarely writes bad reviews feels the need to get this out there. I am not able to comment on the food etc. as I have not visited yet. I am also not planning on ever visiting this establishment. I phoned 3 times over the last few months to book at the restaurant. All 3 times I spoke to a Mariette (reservationist) who was so arrogant, pompous and even sarcastic on the phone that I put the phone down all 3 times. It’s really great when a restaurant is so busy that you need to book months in advance but people are fickle :) Especially when they are badly treated by the restaurant or its employees. Let’s take Portofino in Cape Town as an example. The chef was so rude to a customer that it created a social media frenzy. That restaurant closed down a months later. To top it off, I decided to provide the restaurant with feedback on their website. This was deleted, probably by the same individual, that same day. So they ask you for feedback; as long as its dripping with sugar! I really hope that this individual does not continue to damage this restaurants reputation. This amid lover of good restaurants will most certainly not be supporting this establishment.
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  • I recently booked lunch at Mosaic to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of my partner's parents. We thought the venue and cuisine would be befitting a Ruby Anniversary. We werent disappointed. We were given a private dining room, which also had a great view over the Francolin Conservancy, in the Crocodile River Valley. The restaurant is filled with beautiful works of art, furnishing and other decor elements. I opted for the Discovery Degustation menu with the wine pairing and every course was almost more delicious than the next! The yellow fin tuna, with beetroot, oriental vinaigrette and wasabi was light and perfect. I was reluctant about the next dish, the Millionaire's Nest Egg, as I don't eat under done eggs and I am not keen on quail! The dish is stunningly presented, on top the nest are quail eggs, blacktruffle paste and courgettes. I relished every mouthful! Yes, I eat not one but three quails eggs, none of which were well done. My boyfriend was abit aghast that I finished the dish. But when the combination of egg, truffle and courgette hits your taste buds, you can't do more than forget your boundaries and surrender to the taste. My other favourite was the Mousse de Mer with rooiboos, langoustines and risotto. Apart from the presentation being a work of art, the flavour combination was out of his world. Mosaic's Chantel Dartnall is phenomenal! She deserves her Chef of the Year title. Chantel has an amazing way of linking food and art, realistically I don't know whether to call her chef or artist. I just know that this is a whole new take on fine dining. The restaurant's sommelier Germain Lehodey is one of the best we have met, he is knowledgeable and professional without being patronising or annoying! Service across the board at Mosaic is excellent. The location, decor, service and cuisine makes Mosaic South Africa's perfect gourmet destination! I am beyond keen on my next visit
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  • Dear Chef Chantel Dartnall, Mari, Sommelier Germain, Moses and all the staff, we thank you very much for adding so much excitement to my birthday party on Sunday, 22 March 2015. As always, we have enjoyed the gastronomic journey, which was so expertly planned, with so much love, authenticity and passion. The delicate flavours of every meticulously prepared and artistically plated dish, took us on an unforgettable gastronomic journey across the globe. The friendly and efficient service, by Mari and staff, was executed with elegance, and we enjoyed the detailed explanation they provided with every dish; it was informative and sincere. Germain’s knowledge about the wines is unbeatable and informative, and he gives so much credit to the wine makers, the soil in which it grows, and the characteristics of every cultivar. We savoured every moment! Once again – well done! We do look forward to our next visit. Fond regards, Koot and Ben XXX
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  • Amazing. Excellent. The food looked like artworks and tasted marvelous. It was extremely well presented. Each bite was perfect. The ambience was out of this world. It was calm and enhanced the experience. The service was superb. Everyone there was extremely friendly and professional. We felt very welcome We can recommend this restaurant without any doubt. We have been to a few of the EatOut top 10 restaurants over the past 5 years. This was definitely the best experience so far. It was worth every cent. Restaurant Mosaic surpassed all our expectations.
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  • Had lunch here last friday 28/11/2014 with a group of business associates for a year end function. Beautiful venue. Absolutely outstanding food presented so well and accompanied by very attentive waiters and a top class sommelier. The personal presentation and after meal contribution by Chantel was a highlight too.
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  • One Word: Amazing!!! From the food to the service!!!
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  • On 13 September 2014, my boyfriend surprised me with a night out. I had no idea where we were going, but when we arrived, I couldn't believe it - I had been swooning over Mosaic's menus (available online) since we moved to Pretoria two years ago. And here we were, I was so excited. Dining out as vegetarians in South Africa is often difficult, especially at fine restaurants. I've been to many an esteemed establishment only to be gravely disappointed by yet another 'vegetable platter' or 'vegetable lasagne'. While lasagne can be delicious, I had been yearning to try something more experimental. Mosaic exceeded even my wildest expectations. The restaurant itself is gorgeous, and the staff and chef Chantel very informative and friendly. We enjoyed a beautiful and overwhelmingly delicious seven-course vegetarian meal - no platters in sight! And to top it off, the night ended with a surprise engagement, something my boyfriend had arranged with the staff, who cheered us with a lovely champagne and warm smiles. All in all, a night to remember. Thanks again to Mosaic for making our engagement so special, and for the absolutely wonderful food.
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  • I visited Mosaic on numerous occasions over the past years, our last visit having been this past Friday. As had been the case in the past without exception, the dining experience was overwhelmingly wonderful! Chantel is an exceptionally gifted chef and she has never fails to amaze me! As I said in the past, I find it inconceivable how this restaurant is not acknowledged on this top 10 list....
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  • Restaurant Mosaic is situated on the premises of the Orient Hotel, a truly luxurious Middle Eastern gem situated in the bushveld at the base of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Just entering the grounds of the hotel was an experience all of its own which heightened our excitement for the meal to follow.

    We were greeted by our wait staff and shown straight to our table, a delightful little booth in an interestingly eclectic intimate restaurant, and offered some water. Award winning chef, Chantel Dartnall, came to our table and ran through the menu with us, explaining each course. Her enthusiasm for seasonal ingredients and her passion for food were tangible.

    A bread cart was brought to the tableside and we could select of the variety of fresh baked breads on offer. We tried some sourdough bread, basil bun and fruit loaf. All of which were delicious but the fruit loaf was phenomenal and we could happily have snacked on that for the afternoon.

    The meal that followed was an unbelievable, once in a lifetime experience. I unfortunately am not sure that my food expertise did the dishes justice; my enjoyment of them however could not have been any greater.

    We decided on the wine pairing option and elected to try local wines rather than international, we are proudly South African, after all. The Sommelier, Germain Lehodey, served us a delicious sparkling wine to enhance the flavours of our bread.

    We started with a tiny slice of Brioche served with Rosemary and Lavender Butter. The brioche was silky soft with a crunchy little crust and the herbed butter complemented the sweetness perfectly.

    Amuse Bouche 1: Radish ribbon with salmon roe and grape pearls, and goat’s cheese ball rolled in dill. The tart crispiness of the radish contrasted deliciously with saltiness of the salmon roe as they burst in my mouth and the goat’s cheese brought a wonderful creamy texture to balance the dish.

    Amuse Bouche 2: Avocado roulade filled with cream cheese and shitake mushroom. There was a delicious balance of creaminess from the avocado and cream cheese which was tempered with the dried shitake mushroom.

    Amuse Bouche 3: Beetroot terrine, gel, jelly and pannacotta with horseradish sorbet and cream. This was a little bit of heaven on a plate for me. I adore beetroot and was thrilled to experience all the different textures of this vegetable. The horseradish perfectly accompanied the earthiness of the beetroot. The interesting serving plate could even be utilized as a Zen garden, as the glass plate lifted off the sand filled wooden base.

    Needing to take a little break from all the deliciousness we took a breather out in the plant filled courtyard where the fishpond provided soothing burbling water in the background creating a wonderfully tranquil setting.

    Amuse Bouche 4: Snail Trail - ‘L’Escargot Bourgogne, filled with Mushroom Duxelles and Cauliflower Cappuccino. (Snails in butter, filled with Shitake mushrooms; Shimashi mushroom, radish, fresh asparagus, dried asparagus, fresh cauliflower, dried cauliflower). Not being a snail eater, I tasted this dish with trepidation. Wow, the snails were delicious and just melted in my mouth, while the mushrooms added just the right amount of flavour without overwhelming them. The cauliflower cappuccino was creamy, flavourful and a divine little mouthful.

    Hors-d’oeuvre: Frog in a pond - Tempura of frogs legs with a fragrant Morel Mushroom Jelly and Consommé. A first for me, never having had frog’s legs before, I was curious about this course. They were wonderful! The mushroom jelly and consommé however did not appeal to me and I did not enjoy the taste or texture of this accompanying dish.

    Le Entrée: Land and Sea - Pan Seared Scallop and Baby Langoustine Tail with Garden Pea Ragout. What a tasty combination this dish was. The scallop was seared to perfection and the langoustine was pure magic. The pairing of the seafood with peas was genius.

    We were served a palate cleanser of Lemon & Bergamot Sorbet. Unfortunately we did not enjoy the flavour of this at all, thinking it tasted like a hand sanitizer. Luckily we were served our main course and needless to say with our palates cleansed we were able to taste each component perfectly.

    Les Plats Principaux: Prints in the Paddock - Veal, sweet meats, beef cheeks in gravy and seasonal vegetables. The playfulness the plating added to the charm of this dish. The veal was tender and the beef cheeks a taste to remember, truly divine.

    Les Plats Principaux: Pebbles on the Beach - Kabeljou with a Clam Velouté. The kabeljou was firm and moist but the clam velouté was insipid and did not add anything to the dish. The accompanying vegetables were bland. The kabeljou was definitely the star of this course.

    Le Fromage – The Cheese Platter. As with every course, the waiter explained everything on the plate, however, by this time I was in sensory overload and was so totally overwhelmed by all the new tastes that I did not record what each cheese we were served was. Even so I was able to enjoy every bite, with each component adding to the next. I do remember that there was fruit bread, walnut, sunflower seeds, quince jelly, apple sauce and apple slices served with the variety of cheeses.

    The Fruit Platter which followed comprised of apricot, strawberry, grape, blue berries and a cream cheese mousse; once again pure perfection in every bite.

    Desserts were served: Pollination - Homemade Honeycomb Ice Cream and Orange Blossom scented Sponge Cake with fresh Bee Pollen. This was as decadent as it sounds. The sponge was moist, the ice cream creamy and the orange blossom sweet and tangy.

    A Walk Through our Sweet Garden - Textures and tastes of Violets and Spice. This little dessert of chocolate tart, violet ice cream, chocolate twirl, mascarpone pannacotta and crumble was a taste sensation. I relished every little bite.

    A Scent of Jasmine was served in a little shot glass and then our meal was rounded off with Coffee and Petit Fours, which turned out to be banana suckers, truffles, pear & green tea jelly and milk tartlets.

    The plating throughout was spectacular and added to the enjoyment of the meal. It was like receiving a beautiful painting to feast the eyes before feeding the mouth.

    The serving staff was beyond attentive without being intrusive making us feel special and well taken care off.

    The cost of this expedition will undoubtedly place it well out of the average diner’s budget, however, if you enjoy food and want to have a once in a life time experience, Restaurant Mosaic is the place to go. The entire meal was a genuinely delightful sensory explosion and one which I will always remember.
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  • Went to Mosaic with my partner on our 10 years's anniversary in August 2013. One word: AMAZING!!! We were treated so warmly and we thought each course cannot be better than the previous one we had, but it kept on delivering and blew us away each time. We were lightheaded (not from wine :-) ) but from the wonderful experience we had when we left.

    We are going back again - that is for sure!!
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  • Sunday lunch at the finest restaurant in South Africa was just the most pleasurable experience. It was my daughters 17th birthday and was she delighted and completely blown away by the sublime artistry from the kitchen. Every course was a feast for the eye, complex flavours to keep both the smell and taste senses on high alert. Needless to say this was one of those extremely long lunches with no rush just sheer bliss. On entering the premises we spotted Zebra very happy in the veld. Being a rainy day, we were assisted from the car into the "Palace" with a warm welcome. The private room was amazingly beautiful with stained glass overlooking a magnificent landscape of beautiful trees, flowers and in the distant, Giraffe. Background music was non-intrusive and complimented the entire setting. Chef Chantel was exquisite in introducing us to all of her dishes/art and making choices are so very tough. Sommelier Germain made great suggestions and I particularly enjoyed the Botanica Pinot Noir 2010, outstanding. Mari took extremely good care of us for the entire experience and you never want to leave this abode. Impeccable service and just cant wait to return and you can be assured every meal at the Mosaic, can only be a special one. Cannot forget to mention the amazing wine cellar...for me the space to be. Thanks to the entire team for making the occasion ever so special. Oh I forgot, my daughter was presented with the most beautiful cake with a candle, bow, red roses and on a little throne
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  • What a great place! Excellent food, wine, atmosphere and service! My boyfriend proposed to me here and they make you feel really special. A definite must!
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  • What a wonderful dining experience we had for our wedding anniversary lunch. Chantel, Mari and their team made our day truly memorable. I highly recommend and the service and especially the food. Thanks to the team for a great day!

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  • Being from Cape Town, we are constantly told that our restaurants are better than what can be found up North. That may be so, being blessed with a constant stream of tourists not destined for Sun City, or one of the game parks. Being in Johannesburg from time to time for professional reasons, I decided to scout around for what they consider as their best restaurants. What a pleasant surprise to find this little gem tucked away in the African bush not far from my office in Sandton. I will never boast again about the quality of our restaurants – the last time I ate so well was in Europe. Well done Mosaic – the chef surely knows what she is doing, but I must give cudos to the serving team as well, starting with Mari that received our group and the French speaking sommelier (an amazing choice of wines in their cellar!). A perfect evening at a perfect restaurant.

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  • Every so often life offers up a truly memorable and utterly delightful experience and this was one of them. This quaint establishment is hidden away in the lush countryside of Pretoria. Upon entering the hotel (Orient), you are immediately transported back to a bygone era as the buildings and design intend.

    We arrived expecting a well executed dinner as the other reviews have suggested, what we experienced was so much more. The stellar service and ambience was surpassed only by the thought provoking and rather intriguing menu. Every detail of this tiny, yet inviting space was as is if it was hand picked. The décor, the music, even the coat hangers all fitted together in a cohesive way to magnify the experience.

    Now onto the food, the reason we went - I had the petite degustation menu with the wine pairing and my wife had the same yet, she is not the carnivore as myself and refrained from any red meat courses. The sommelier was well versed and presented some well balanced wines. The best being the Chenin Blanc. The least favorite being the red which was paired with the fillet steak main ( I think a Merlot would have been a better bet, possible a Glen Carlou ).

    The amuse bouche was interesting and set the tone for the rest of the dinner. Each course built on the success of the previous, with no two courses competing for preference. My favourite was the ceviche of scallop, a truly light and well balanced dish. My wife's favourite being the line fish main, a delicate yet simple dish that let the fish shine through.

    Each course was fashioned around taste and not flamboyance. Don't get me wrong there was enough going on from home made beetroot jellies to pungent lemon puree and light dustings of spice to surprise even the most experienced of palates.

    The plating was another highlight, each course with a character and theme of its own with precise and deliberate placement of components that challenged you to create your own taste experiences.

    I have been lucky enough to eat at some of South Africa's top rated restaurants; Rust en Vrede, Ruebens, DW Eleven13, Overture, Terroir, 9th Avenue Bistro, Haute Cabriere and Harvey's - each has their own personalities and charm, yet for me there is now one true favourite that surpasses the rest Chef Chantel's Mosaic, is truly a once in a life time experience. Bravo

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  • From arriving at the restaurant to leaving, the whole evening was fabulous. This restaurant has it all. Magnificent decor, meticulous service, extraordinary food. We had lunch on a Sunday afternoon in late March. The dining room is beautiful, the service is perfect and the food is amazing! It was bliss from the moment we entered the door till the moment we left. If you can afford it, do not miss it! This is a must. If you are serious about food this place is an experience you will never forget. The food is grown up and spectacular. I have never been disappointed.

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  • Extraordinary food and just as expected. While not beyond expectation (our expectation was extraordinarily high for this place given the reputation of the chef), we absolutely enjoyed the cuisine. However, ask to see the cellar, you will not believe the selection available – the sommelier showed us around and it must be the best cellar in the country. A place for real foodies. Dined with a group on Mother’s Day.

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  • This was the best dining experience I have had in South Africa. Cobus and his family have created a wonderful dinning experience and we were treated to Hungerian wines for the evening.

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  • I have been to Mosaic last night. This is one of those places that you will never forget - the food was out of this world and Marie was the most charming person. This is a place for those special moments in life.

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  • It is impossible to find anything wrong with this restaurant! Our party of four visited paradise last night...breathtaking venue in a nature reserve, each plate of food and artwork (to compliment those on the walls around us in the Tiffany room), that tastes even better than it looks.

    We selected the petite degustation menu (as displayed on their website) with local wines paired. The whole experience swept us off our feet. Perfect portion sizes, great, friendly service. Every food lover in this country should experiences this!

    Which leaves me with one question, Why, but why is Mosaic and Chantell not on the Eat Out top 10? Surely this is a mistake!

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  • Stupendous! Wonderful experience in this classical palace, mixing tradition and modernity, in its architecture, décor and, most of all, cuisine. Go! You will not be disappointed. Chantelle and Marie are out of this world.

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  • I have been fortunate enough to have had lunch at Restaurant Mosaic this past Sunday. This was not my first visit to Mosaic, but I was again amazed by the creativity and quality of the food. What a wonderful and memorable experience! Chantal is a true artist and I have found the overall experience to have been exceptional. I am neither a professional chef nor a food critique, but I have eaten at all the restaurants on the current Top 10 list as well as several two and three Michelin Star restaurants all over the world. I therefore feel that I have some frame of reference with regard to good restaurants. I find it astonishing that this restaurant is not included in any so called Top 10 list.

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  • Simply the best. Magnificent! Classy! Outrageous! What an experience! Thank you, I am in heaven (I think).

    As a long-time resident of Johannesburg, I thought I had been to all the "great" restaurants. Then I went to Mosaic - which raised the bar to higher levels.

    I won't review each course in detail as the menus change with the season and is different for each tasting - 4, 6, or 9. Suffice it to say that while my dinner partners ranked each of our dishes in terms of "favourite," even the lowest ranking dish beat out most other places.

    This is a restaurant for people who appreciate food and realize that smells and tastes can be art just as easily as sights and sounds. While some of the presentation may seem too “arty”, it is done with purpose. There was nothing done in Chantel’s kitchen by mistake.

    The servers were prompt, friendly, and fun. No one took himself too seriously, and we never had to ask for anything. Junel’s wine pairing was tailored to each diner's taste - we had the opportunity to explore "new" flavours after she tactfully gathered information about our wine knowledge.

    Our meal lasted 5 hours and we never once wondered how long we'd been there.

    Mosaic has jumped to the top of my "list." It is easily on par with the best in South Africa. Mosaic is not a good place for a quick bite, nor is it for someone who is reluctant to try either new foods or a new presentation of a classic.

    I cannot wait for my next visit.

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  • As per the reviews below - what an experience! Well done Chef Chantal on an imaginative gastronomic experience! Each dish is a conversation (crockery included) piece, and then the taste experience - memorable. The wine pairings were superb. At last, a Gauteng establishment that gives the Cape a run for their money!

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  • Our first dinner at Mosaic a few years back left us with great memories. The service was personal, friendly, relaxed and professional. My husband and I have dined at Michelin restaurants throughout the world and this one is probably on par with most.
    My husband had the full tasting menu and I had the lunchtime tasting menu (5 courses). Both were exceptional and worth every penny. As you would expect - any wine is in addition to this. True 'foodies' will love this restaurant. I am not going to go in to great depth about the food other than some of it is fairly experimental (but exceptional) and if you are at all 'faddy' and are not prepared to trust the chef then this may not be for you...
    A stunning restaurant that well deserves its reputation.

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  • This was a memorable dining experience with incredible attention to fine detail with both food and wine.
    Atmosphere excellent with staff that could not be faulted in any way and performed their tasks to perfection.
    We chose the degustation menu to savour a wide range of Chantel's delicacies and were not disappointed. Great flavours - everything was just incredibly delicious and luxurious. The setting is Paris chic from a previous era. Truly one of the best dining experiences I had while staying in Johannesburg. Yes, they pushed the multi course tasting menu, the champagne service, you will spend more than at the average restaurant but you will enjoy yourself immensely. The restaurant is beautiful and the food delicious. All in all a fantastic dining experience.

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  • My husband and I recently lingered over lunch at this delightful restaurant for 3+ hours. From the moment we arrived, we were impressed by the impeccable, professional service. I think that a restaurant like this runs the risk of having overly formal i.e. sterile-service, but in this case the service was attentive, but still warm and friendly.

    While everything on the menu looked incredible, we opted to splurge on the tasting menu. In my opinion this is usually the way to sample the best of what a restaurant has to offer. The menu did not disappoint. When we walked in we were given the best cauliflower soup that I have ever tasted. Seemingly countless courses followed, each one better than the last. The great thing about trying a tasting menu is that you get the opportunity to try things that you would not normally choose to order. In my case this included a rich, perfectly cooked honey glazed wood pigeon, simply amazing. We asked Moses, the wine steward, to suggest wines to pair with our meal, and his recommendations were all very good, complementing the courses perfectly. Again, this gave us the opportunity to try wines we would not normally have chosen to order, including a Riesling from Alsace.

    At the end of the meal, with our coffee came a selection of decadent chocolates, a perfect way to end what was in all respects a perfect meal. Come here if you are prepared to splurge - you will likely not regret it.

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  • The experience at Mosaic is one of a kind, and so is the food and the service. I went a few weeks ago with my fiance and his mother, and we had such a fun time! While it is more expensive than a normal family restaurant, you do get what you pay for... and let me promise you, you will not leave there hungry! Every dish we had on the table was wonderful - down to every last detail. The menu came with wine pairing too. Compared to the usual a la carte menu, this is extreme value for money. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I would love to go back some day! I highly recommend it to both visitors and locals in Pretoria. You must not miss it!

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  • After 5 years in Pretoria we finally made it here for a special meal. We went for dinner and took the Grand Degustation Menu. I didn't think I would ever say this about a R 750 meal, but it was a bargain. Eight or nine courses, each of them a surprise and delightfully executed. Chef Chantal creates flavours you've never tasted before. Chantal stopped by all the tables and was friendly and approachable - she was sitting next to us having something to drink with friends who had dropped by. A true artist. Everything was perfect - can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Well it never happened... We booked. long ago, came from Stellenbosch, so excited about it. Our GPS would not find the 'address' so we eventually wrote Elandsfontein thinking that once we got there we could find our way, unbeknown to us that there are 11 Elandsfonteins in Gauteng we ended up 2 hours away from the restaurant. When we called to say we would not make it in time the reception we had was very unfriendly telling us we would be charged cancellation fees.
    So not only are we disappointed not to have gotten there we are now angry and will not try to go back.

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  • Thank you very much for the wonderful afternoon at your restaurant. And thank you for the extra courses that you spoiled us with! Everyone enjoyed it tremendously. The entire place is beautiful as always and the food – extraordinary.

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  • I'd like to commend Chantel and her team on an exceptional meal. My friend
    and I left the restaurant very inspired. The beautifully served delicacies
    were really of a good standard, the pricing extremely reasonable, and we've
    both eaten at very good restaurants in many cities around the world.
    The ambience created by The Orient gave the experience an oasis like
    quality, a hidden treasure after a drive into the unknown.
    I can't wait to come back to share this newfound secret with others.

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  • What a wonderfully joyous experience all round, the food was superlative,
    the staff were fantastic, and the setting was conducive to allowing us the
    opportunity to have an incredible celebration of a special person. As a team
    they create a thing of great beauty and joy that reflect the foundations of
    "passion, consistency and simplicity" as Chantel describes in her commitment to
    patrons.

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  • We really enjoyed dinner at Mosaic on Saturday evening. It was truly world-class. Chantel's passion and creativity really shone through! The presentation of the food (artwork in itself), the quality, the different taste sensations, the great ambience - all made it the perfect evening. Thank's to Chantel for going out of her way to prepare the special vegan menu for us. It was an extraordinary gastronomic experience for us. Hmnnnn those caramelized veg kebabs and the aubergine cornet were so good and that red pepper sauce with the roasted veggies was devine! And of cause the mouthwatering risotto, yummy. And to top it all, the heavenly chocolate tower surprise! She far outdid herself and lived up to her title of chef extraordinaire!

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  • I would like to commend Chantel and her staff at Restaurant Mosaic on outstanding service and a seasonal menu that can only be described as fit for the gods. Every single dish was exquisitely presented and the wine pairing could not have been any better. I could easily give Chantel’s cuisine a ten star rating. The staff and wine master was well informed and Chantel’s visit to the table together with the service excellence made our visit there one to be smiled upon for years to come.

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  • We recently returned from several years abroad and were invited to an anniversary celebration at Mosaic. What a pleasant surprise to find a restaurant equivalent to Continental standards on our doorstep. Chef Chantel’s innovation and flair compares favouribly with the best and made us proud to be back. A worthy destination - she will see us again and again.

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  • We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary here and had an outstanding and memorable lunch. The food was innovatibe exciting and delicious, the service attentive and even the coffee and mini macaroons etc. excellent. Ambience very restful and cultured. loved every minute of our 4 hour lunch!

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  • We had a fabulous dinner and stay last night. I have lived in this country for 25 years and can honestly say that I have never experienced better service. The attention to detail is in a different league.
    The meal and wine we had last night were exquisite.

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  • How this restaurant is not rated amongst the top 10 in the country is beyond comprehension and misleading. Chantel is a brilliant and gifted chef and it is a pity that she and her restaurant have not received well deserved recognition.

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  • We had a beautiful and romantic evening at Restaurant Mosaic on Saturday evening. From the moment we arrived, the service was outstanding. Everyone was extremely kind and went out of their ways to make the evening special. The nature of the detail and personal care added a real oomph and I would definitely recommend Mosaic to anyone seeking a perfect night out.
    The museum of Tienie Pritchard was so inspiring and the venue is extraordinary. The food was astonishing and the dessert was beyond belief - we enjoyed every second!
    The memory of The Orient is definitely here to stay and I can’t wait to visit again. Thank you to the Mosaic team for a remarkable evening, it was perfection in every way thinkable.

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  • Chantel, we'd like to thank you very very much for looking after Natalie (given her food allergies) at yesterday's function.
    The venue and food especially were excellent and Natalie and I enjoyed the cuisine very much.

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  • From the moment we arrived at Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, the atmosphere was filled with excitement and mystery with the most magnificent views over the valley, as you are truly captivated by this magical place. Chantel’s menu, carefully and creatively planned, with her personally announcing the dishes with a friendly smile was a real treat. Her cuisine, simultaneously contemporary and exotic was perfect for the evening. There is only one word to describe it - fantastic!
    These people know how to make an evening unforgettably special!

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  • I would like to think that my wife and I have a good knowledge of food and eating out since we have dined at most of South Africa’s Top Ten restaurants, but Saturday night was new, fresh, innovating and just plain amazing. We were blown away by the fine flavour combinations. It is proof of extraordinary food knowledge and a very special talent. The wine pairing was excellent and both of us really enjoyed the Paul Cluver wine.
    The only pity is that by the time the main course arrived, we could not enjoy the full splendour of the dishes, not due to any fault on the part of the Restaurant, but because we had over-indulged on the previous exquisite dishes.
    This is a truly a place that stands out and I am sure can be compared to any of the best restaurants in the world. We both felt nuances from elBulli in Spain…we haven’t eaten there yet, but we have read so much about this restaurant’s unique dishes that we almost feel as we have been there..
    Please keep on doing what you are doing!

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  • Our lunch on Saturday was a wonderfully enriching experience. Thank you to everyone who played a part in making it special!

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  • Good afternoon,

    I would just like to thank everyone and especially Chef Chantel for the unbelievable experience that we had on Wednesday. It was, for all the first time guests, an experience out of this world and for the rest of us that have been there before a superb experience.
    I will definitely say that this season’s menu was the best menu we ever had at the Mosaic.

    Regards,
    George du Toit

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  • A visit to Mosaic is at once a surreal glimpse of culinary heaven and the knowledge that you have experienced absolute hospitality. I have been fortunate enough to dine in the splendidly appointed dining rooms, draped in fine artwork and warm from the glow of richly polished antiques on three occasions.
    Good food is to be found in many establishments in South Africa. It is less common to find good food, great service and sincere hosting, and altogether rare to experience exceptional cuisine, sumptuous surroundings and hospitality that makes you feel like a returning guest even though it’s your first visit. Restaurant Mosaic is one of those rarities.
    Two paragraphs in and still nothing about the food. Suffice to say that last year a European business associate rated his meal as his best ever, globally. He returned this year to invite the super talented chef to prepare a banquet for a private group in Bordeaux – the brief, to showcase the exceptional talents of South African chefs. I could not think of a better ambassador for the cutting edge of the South African culinary scene than Chantel Dartnall.
    The food at Restaurant Mosaic is complex and arresting in its presentation. Expect bespoke crockery, artisanal eating implements and an array of textures and structures that tantalise your mind even before the heady aromas grab your attention. I am not a fan of foams and gels and the likes but here at Mosaic they are used as accents to layer complexity throughout the entire dish. Here they work. The sauces are deeply flavoured, the meat perfectly prepared (from delicate oysters poached in their own liquor to aromatic belly of pork presented in a heady broth) and every carefully chosen ingredient has a place and considered contribution. My last meal there was a multiple course affair with each dish having sufficient personality to stand its ground but also subtly integrate into the flow of the themed journey.
    A visit to Topsi Venter some 20 years ago left me amazed at how she could build so much complexity into her relishes and jams. A visit to Mosaic and the enjoyment of a meal there leaves me with much the same question – the balance and complexity of the dishes is so perfect, so harmonious, that at times you will forgo the wine and ask for water so as not to spoil the simplicity of enjoyment.

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  • I had agreat cullinary experience at Mosaic on Wednesday. Chantell is without doubt one of the best chefs in South Africa at the moment.

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  • To Everyone at The Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient,

    Thank you very much for making the evening so very special for Maritza and myself. Your effort with all the planning and executing of it is greatly appreciated. Words cannot describe how I feel.

    Thank you to everyone!

    Stefan and Maritza

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  • And probably the the most curious of all in the current debate, is Eat Out not including Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient in its current Top 10?

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  • We had a most enjoyable function on Friday night at your lovely restaurant and hotel. Our guests were so impressed with the venue and presentation of the food.
    Sybase South Africa

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  • After a recent visit to the Orient, I went to write a review and was taken aback to see that one diner had had such a negative time. It made me take a step back and rethink my review. How can 2 people experience the same venue so differently. Whilst I applaud anyone for finding their voice and using it constructively, how can Ms Wilson's experience have been so negative whilst mine can only be described as perfect. From the last bend on the driveway where this Moroccan oasis emerges out of the dusty veld, the ever changing and fascinating artworks, the Tiennie Prichard sculpture gallery, to the food itself which can only be described as sublime, it was a treat for all the senses.
    This got me thinking about the responsibility of the diner, the paying public. Perhaps the demise of so many fine dining restaurants has left us unused to the level of attention that such an establishment gives - maybe.
    But I believe that in order to give any restaurant a fair revue we, the public, have a responsibility to do our homework too. In this electronic age, this is quite easy. I love the diversity that is found in South Africa, and that this extends so much to our food and tastes. Having some idea of what one can expect from any restaurant can only benefit ones dining experience. If it is a large, robust meal you like then Restaurant Mosaic is not for you. My brother-in-law is happiest with a 600g steak cooked to perfection smothered in a creamy garlic sauce. For me this is my red meat quota for at least 2 months. He would be left wanting at Mosaic, wanting a different dining experience, just as he is when finely crafted morsels of sushi are suggested. Is he wrong, or right? Neither, just honest as he knows what his likes and dislikes. We just have different tastes and different expectations.
    For me Mosaic is an occasion restaurant, even if it is just a celebration of life itself. And the food is always the ultimate highlight - it has never yet failed to inspire and amaze me on every level, ever! The service staff have grown in proficiency and confidence over time, and the attention to detail makes the higher price, for me, well worth it - even if we can only do this once in a special occasion.
    But this is not only about amazing food served in a pretty place. What excites me most is that in South Africa we have a few restaurants who are starting to give an 'el Buli' type experience where complex dishes go through months of research and development. And once perfected the perfect plate is sourced to serve it on. My oyster course was served in an oval shaped glass bowl where the front lip is lower than the back allowing the food to be 'presented' to the diner. The dark stained base left me wondering whether this was part of the food or the bowl - I needed to taste it to find out. (My bowl was slightly more rustic having been blown by the chef herself - this level of passion completely works for me.) I was at the perfect restaurant for my tastes and as a result can review it with confidence. It is only fair on any establishment to judge them fairly without prejudice just because they don't offer your kind of food. For my hard earned money, research is the key, and then it is up to the restaurant to do their part - and Chantel and her team at Restaurant Mosaic played their part beautifully. Thank you for a memorable evening, complete with a full moon!

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  • This is one restaurant which never stops to amaze. Everything is done with the best taste possible, and different styles of interior just seem to flow endlessly into one another. The food is pure indulgence and Chef Chantel, it seems, is to South Africa, what Ferran Adria is to Spain. Will definitely be returning to experience the new Spring Menu in September.

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  • Overpriced, over decorated food in a snobbish atmosphere. I will never go back.

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  • We went to Restaurant Mosaic on Sunday, 31 July 2011 and must thank everyone for making our lunch such a special one. The food and service was magnificent – a special thanks for putting us in a private dining area – it was a very special experience for all of us.

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  • I have been fortunate enough to dine at Mosaic on two occasions in the past few months and I have been left speechless on both occasions! I feel very strongly that Chantel is the most creative and brilliant chef in the country. It is inconceivable how this restaurant have not been rated amongst the top 10 in South Africa in the past year. I have enjoyed wonderful meals prepared by all of the chefs from the current top 10 list, but nobody compares with what I have experienced at Mosaic. Chantel is an absolute jewel!

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  • I went to Mosaic Restaurant for lunch today. It's a bit of a drive from Johannesburg, but once you are in The Orient facility, you are amazed by the artwork and decor. Although we thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere and food, I thought that the wine pairing was very poor (only enjoyed 1 of the 5 wine/food combination), the staff was not knowledgeable about the food/wine (except the Chef and wine lady) and overall I think it was a bit overpriced compared to other exclusive gourmet restaurants in Gauteng or the Western Cape.

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  • I treated my husband to a much anticipated dinner at Mosaic recently. Besides being a little star-struck when Chantel herself came to our table to tell us about her menu, we were utterly blown away by the detail and fine touches to everything. The duck terrine with ginger bread was heavenly and one of the best things we have ever tasted! Truly a memorable experience. Unsurpassed excellence.

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  • Mosaic was the scene for my birthday treat recently. The staff were utterly professional and charming, and the wine steward was extremely knowledgeable and passionate, which was a delight. The winter menu from Chef Chantel was truly surprising and sumptuous, from the rich venison, to the gorgeous pudding in a pot - arguably the most wonderful dessert platter I've had in a year. - we were blown away. (However I must add that the Forest Fantasy left me cold; a bit too avant garde for my taste) The finishing touch of a beautifully packaged little birthday cake was so sweet as well. Bravo team Mosaic!

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  • Not that any facilitating review for Mosaic is an opinion but rather a fact, one can't emphasise enough what an extraordinary job Chantel and her team continue doing in the Orient's kitchen. The menu is ever-chaniging and never disappointing. One of the few restaurants in the country you can go to, select a wine from the celler, sit back and let the Dartnall-team take you away on a seven course journey of the senses. The interesting cauliflower panna cotta and the tender freshwater fish fillet from Malawi is a must. The cheese platter is also quite a culinary experience.

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  • Wow! Looking for a place to drive away the cold weekend, we jumped at an invitation to re-visit Mosaic. Freshly back from the kitchens of Paul Bocuse, Chantel’s star is shining as brightly as ever. A lot has been written about the poor state of Gauteng’s restaurant scene, but they are clearly overlooking this little gem that will fit snugly into the Michelin mould. Her creativity astounds (cameras did not stop flashing when her new Fantasy Forest was served), but it is her subtle blending of tastes and aromas that linger longest on the palate and in my memory – every dish a true taste sensation. Good, honest food presented beautifully, Mosaic remains one of our favorite destinations on the culinary map.

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  • What an absolutely fabulous stay. The food, the rooms and the friendly service were all wonderful. They did not even charge us for the one room that we had to cancel. We really appreciate it. They have created such a special romantic place with so many unique touches that we will be back again soon.
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  • Restaurants it seems, as with many fads and fashions, seem to wax and wane in popularity, especially in the fickle eye of the public. However, having revisited Mosaic at the Orient, I am once again filled with awe and delight with the vast repertoire of tastes that chef Chantel Dartnall come up with. We were four friends who celebrated a birthday and decided on a movie evening in their in-house theatre, followed by the full ten course Autumn Grande Dégustation menu. To say that we were delighted would border on an understatement. The menu is themed around the integral role that salt in all its various forms play in cooking. From the hazelnut soup served with choux pastries and hazelnut puree, to the sublime pan-seared skates wings and the autumn quail tempura with tamarind syrup, one can but marvel at the gastronomic surprises that await you. And of course if you enjoy dessert, this is the place for you! Iced nougat parfait and Amaretto ice cream fills up even the last open space you might have. I have sampled dégustation menus from most of the Eat Out Top 10 eateries, and Mosaic is still set apart by the creative flair with textures and flavours that is simply unique. It is also a restaurant that features consistence, which is something difficult to come by these days. If what you are looking for is something extraordinaire, and truly set apart from the rest, I urge you to visit Mosaic and be dazzled by attentive service and exquisite cuisine
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  • What an experience! Leading young Chef Chantal Dartnall delights with works of art disguised as food. Service, impeccable. Ambience, unassuming opulence. Ten minutes from Pretoria, this is a destination of gastronomic delight. Surrounded by a dazzling array of South African art and sculpture, all of the senses are beguiled by the impossibly delectable degustation menu. The courses are as beautifully presented as they are to savour. The exhaustively extensive wine-list is any oenophiles bliss. Attention to detail and personalized expedient service makes this an extraordinary experience close to perfection.
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  • After our first weekend stay two months ago it was time to go back to the Orient. This time we would have friends join us from the Saturday afternoon. We decided to spoil ourselves even more stayed from the Friday afternoon. All I can say is that we had the most remarkable weekend. Once again the staff were superb and as for the food, well what can one say, our taste buds were tantalized once again with the wonderful menu that Chantal prepared for us. The variety over the 6 meals that we had over the weekend was amazing, one of classic elegance yet contemporary. We must thank everyone that made our weekend so special and for making our guests feel so at home. They could not believe to what extend everyone could accommodate everything that we wanted.
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  • These days, I find the most difficult part of organizing a dinner party, the synchronization around a specific date, to suit each of my jet-setter friends.Fortunately, choosing the dining destination is simple, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient. Such a night of passion and perfection, has recently passed and now justice must be done. Chantel Dartnall, utilizing all of her exceptional culinary talents, presented her new Autumn Menu, (featuring ‘salt’) during a leisurely and satisfying, 4 hour banquet in the intimate, private dining room, ‘Delacroix’.There were many gasps and sighs (all the result of sheer visual and sensual delight) as each new dish was elegantly presented. We indulged ourselves in the aromas, tastes and flavors as well as the opulence, style, luxury and attention to detail. La Dolce Vita in the purest sense! You may be surprised by the sheer dizzying heights that human effort and excellence can aspire to. The team at Mosaic deserve applause, BRAVO!
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  • We can only express our sincerest gratitude for the most wonderful weekend and Mari and Chantel’s generous hospitality. This was certainly a birthday to remember and we appreciate the efforts they took to make it so special. Each time we visit Mosaic, we leave with fond and new memories.
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  • I must thank the staff at the Orient for the wonderful weekend my husband and I had. When we got back home on Sunday afternoon, it really felt like we had been away for an entire week and not just two days. The Francolin Conservancy that the hotel is situated in is a beautiful area and so peaceful – just what one needs to escape the hustle and bustle of Jo’burg. As for the food – wow. There are no words to describe the wonderful taste sensations that we had at our meals. Chantel even accommodated our dietary requirements on short notice. They will definitely see us again soon.
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  • The ambience of the Orient and Mosaic is out of this world. Every one of the staff was friendly and made us feel at home, from the moment we arrived, until we left the next morning. Thank you to Chantel and Mari for an unforgettable dinner and the most beautiful room when we requested to stay over.
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  • We stayed at The Orient the past weekend and it has exceeded our wildest expectations, filled with fond memories from previous travels to exotic destinations around the world. However, this all was eclipsed by Chantel’s brilliant food – we were in awe. We know that she will attain international recognition, but (selfishly) hope that she remains a secret for us to enjoy again and again.
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  • The dinner was fantastic and we enjoyed the ambience and delectable food tremendously. This is a restaurant that I can recommend without any doubt in my mind. Compliments to Chantel.
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  • Thank you to Mari, Chantel and their team for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality when we visited The Orient and Mosaic yesterday. It was a highlight of our stay in Pretoria. The environment is so beautiful and peaceful. The hotel, with its unique design and oriental furnishings, is so fascinating - the food is out of this world. It was an experience we will never forget.
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  • Wow, what an experience. My fiancé and I won a night out through Eat Out and the prize was a night at The Orient, with a five course dinner at the Mosaic restaurant. What a prize indeed. The Orient is magical. You arrive at the main gate, where the guard already seems to know who you are. You then drive lazily through the property past buck and zebra to arrive at the castle on the hill. Once you drive through these enormous wooden gates, there is a porter waiting to show you in and take your luggage. On arrival, Lisa, our wonderful hostess, greeted us and showed us to our stunning room. After a walk in the tranquil gardens and an introduction to the artwork of Tienie Pritchard in the museum, we watched our chosen movie, District 9, in their spacious 20 seater theatre. Following our thrilling movie, we had a shower and got ready for dinner. In the beautiful Mosaic restaurant, one after another, the tantalising dishes arrived. The colours, the textures, the flavours... they were memorising. I wish I had taken a photo of each dish. Then, a glorious, restful sleep in the gigantic bed in our historical room, before waking to the calm drops of rain in the Koi ponds below and the birds singing. After coffee in bed, we were taken on another amazing culinary journey, with a five course continental breakfast. Yummy! Everything was made with such pristine creativity. Then, before heading home, we enjoyed another relaxing walk through the gardens with a second visit to the Tienie Pritchard museum. The artist really touched us and it was great to be introduced to his work. Our whole experience at The Orient and The Mosaic was amazing. We felt like absolute royalty.
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  • This is now the second occasion on which I have had the privilege of visiting The Orient and Restaurant Mosaic and, if it is at all possible, it improves on each occasion.

    Chantal Dartnall is the consummate professional and ensures that the dining experience is one that will be relived with each telling. She undoubtedly deserves the accolades that are continuously bestowed upon her and upon their establishment.

    Through no fault of them we encountered a logistical difficulty when the bus we had ordered was replaced with a vehicle which was far too large. Unfortunately, when the driver attempted to negotiate his exit from their property, he succeeded in wedging the bus in the entrance/exit portal. That having been said, both Mari and Chantal were completely unfazed and in the midst of serving twenty people a magnificent dinner carried stepladders and made calls to a helpful neighbor who kindly assisted in removing rearview mirrors and miraculously enabling the bus to become dislodged (I realise that this makes it sound as if it were an animate as opposed to inanimate object).

    All of this occurred whilst we enjoyed a ten course gastronomic experience unparalleled and unavailable anywhere else in South Africa. The conclusion of the meal was timed to perfection and coincided with the bus being extricated.

    Thanks to Mari and her team who turned, what could have been a nightmare, into a fantastic evening.
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  • What an amazing food experience, from service, presentation of each course, presentation of food and the most delicious and well presented meal that we have ever experienced. The friendliness of the owners and staff is unique and they make you feel so welcome so at home. Thank you Chantell and Staff for an awesome experience
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  • Went there today for lunch with very fussy guests. It was awesome. Food up to expectations, service fantastic. Great time.
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  • Thank you to Chantel and Restaurant Mosaic for a wonderful evening on Saturday. The food, wine, venue and service were all exquisite and our guests were completely blown away.
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  • A truly special place , beautiful decor ,well trained staff who didnt intrude on the intimate dining experience.Food was beautifully prepared and presented ,well worth it .Would like to visit there during the day time to enjoy the scenery.
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  • Dear Elizabeth

    I am sorry that it was not possible for me to visit your table during your recent lunch. Although you perceived the restaurant as not very busy, we also had a big group in one of our private function rooms and were in fact booked to 124% of our normal capacity. It was also for this same reason that we had to ask one of our trainees, from our community upliftment project, to assist us in serving your table. Not being fully trained yet, a few mistakes did slip past his normal efficiency in the hustle and bustle of the day. You are such regular guests that I will make sure that during your next visit I find the time to visit your table again personally. Looking forward to seeing you soon, Chantel Dartnall.
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  • It was my third time at Mosaic and on Sunday and we didn’t receive the same quality of service that we’re used to. The wheels definitely started coming off towards the end. They forgot to serve us our pre-dessert course and when we informed them that we still had a course to go, they told us that we can have it after dessert. This doesn’t really make any sense because the pre-dessert course is specifically there to cleanse the palate after the cheese course. So with the flavours of strong cheese still fresh on our palates we had to tuck into dessert. Also they forgot to bring our host his dessert and after waiting for a very long time I had to get up and ask one of the servers to bring him his dessert. When coffee came we also had to get up and ask for sugar as they obviously had forgotten that as well. As for the food, I’m not going to go too much into it but I’ve had better at Mosaic. The wine pairings and sommelier were also not up to their usual standards and for the first time Chantel didn’t come out to greet us. Overall it felt as if they were a little bit flustered even though the restaurant wasn’t full. For the price you pay, I would only expect the best.
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  • I love great dining experiences. Mosaic has exceeded all my expectations. Very few restaurants in the world can compete with the dining package that they provide. Keep up the amazing work and passion !
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  • We held our awards evening at Restaurant Mosaic, starting off with a wine tasting after which our guests sat down to an exquisite dinner. The service, food and wine were off exceptional quality. I have visited several restaurants rated best in its class, but Mosaic, without a doubt exceeds all expectations. Chantel, the chef, was hands on with everything, from preparing the most delicious food to meeting all the guests. I have received numerous calls and e-mails from all my guests, and the feedback from all was amazing. For a restaurant who truly understands food, with great ambiance, art and style, Restaurant Mosaic is the place to be for a ‘once in a life time experience’

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  • Just wanted to thank the Mosaic team for a superb meal on Saturday night. The entire experience was fantastic but the meal was extraordinary!
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  • We had such a lovely time at Restaurant Mosaic and The Orient this weekend. The hospitality and food was great and the setting more than exquisite. But best of all was the attention to detail. We felt completely welcome and comfortable at all times and we would like to thank Mari, Chantel, Jackson and the rest of the team for a very memorable stay.
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  • I had dinner at the Mosaic Restaurant on Saturday, 14 August 2010. What a glorious experience. Moses, the wine waiter chose all my wines for me, and the service was very professional. The way the wine complemented the superb food was an experience. Chef Chantel made sure that I never want to see a steakhouse in my life again. The way she worked in the fresh flowers with every plate bowled me over. Congratulations.I was there on my own, and would actually recommend it. . . . you do not want to waste time with talking . . . just to enjoy every second. If you have to take someone, make sure their cellphones are left in the car, they are comfortable with long silent moments (to enjoy the smells, the presentation and flavours), not in a hurry and a person that will appreciate this experience to the fullest.Thanks to Chantel and all the staff.Amanda de Waal
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  • We must thank Mari and her team for their excellent hospitality last weekend. They took such good care of us. As with our first visit to the Orient, our expectations were again exceeded by far. The teddy bear in my bed when we returned from dinner was such a special surprise.Thanks also to Chantel and the waitrons of Mosaic for the delicious food, and especially Moses for his seemingly effortless service. The Orient and Mosaic to us remains an impeccable haven of tranquility. We will recommend it without hesitation.
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  • Recently (a few weeks back), my friend Catherine Langsford, brought me to Mosaic as a birthday gift. I have not stopped raving about Mosaic and the phenomenal food that was served to us that Sunday. The meal was, without a doubt, the best meal I have ever had. The food was sublime in every single aspect and the tastes and flavours were a sheer delight. From the second we arrived, the hospitality and expertise of the entire staff was exemplary. I must commend them all on being so warm, friendly and welcoming. I have never, and probably will never, encounter such amazing people as I did that day at Mosaic. The decor was enigmatic, the atmosphere was inviting and never pretentious - it was charming, engaging and unique. And then the meal. The food. I do not think I can find words to describe the meal that I had. From the ridiculously delicious cauliflower crème, to the fish and chips on coco beach (slyly named but a revelation in taste and texture); to the superb sea bass with Madagascan foam (heavens, I hope Im correct with that one) to the insanely brilliant dessert - poached peaches with gardenia and (forgive me for I have forgotten exactly what it was called) a smooth and heavenly composition as accompaniment - the meal was phenomenal. I left feeling utterly content and, admittedly, slightly worried for I never wanted to eat anything other than what is offered at Mosaic. An afternoon that will definitely be repeated, an experience that I will happily recommend to anyone and everyone I know and meet and a chef whose praises I will gladly sing because such talent deserves to be praised and appreciated. And, in closing, I would like to leave you with a quote I feel to be most appropriate at expressing my experience, If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony Ferdinand Point.
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