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The Restaurant @ The Nek

The Restaurant @ The Nek
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Cost
R820 per person and R1150 with pairing
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Lynda Ingham-Brown

Food

The eight-course tasting menu does take a little time, so book an early table. The evening kicks off with a savoury vetkoek dusted in dried vinegar – a sophisticated take on salt-and-vinegar flavours – served with snoek and mackerel pâté and pickled apple. The acidic components are perfectly tempered by the creamy pâté and fresh apple – I could easily have eaten more.

Next up is Mozambican langoustine with amasi, kimchi and tom yum jelly. It’s another artful pairing of flavours and textures, with the sourness of the kimchi and amasi complementing the richness of the langoustine. The third and fourth plates – raw Karan beef in rooikrans coal oil, fermented chilli, lemon and mustard; and roasted cauliflower with Hanepoot grapes, capers, mint and yeast – also deliver on flavour. The lemon and mustard act as good foils to the meat (though the chilli is perhaps a little understated), while the bright green emulsion accompanying the cauliflower brings a welcome fresh element after the preceding meaty course.

Spiced hake with chermoula, parsley, organic carrots and brown butter is a nod to Malay flavours. The hake is perfectly cooked, moistened by the brown butter. The well-cooked springbok loin with semi-dried beetroot, blueberries, kale and celeriac forms the last of the savoury courses. The blueberries add a burst of sweetness, relieving the saltiness of the meat and accompanying jus, while shards of crispy kale and crunchy beetroot add pleasing textural elements. There are two desserts, one fresh and one rich: naartjie sorbet with crème fraîche, walnut, gooseberry and basil; and Amarula and white chocolate mousse with feuilletine, green tea, coconut and litchi. The naartjie sorbet is refreshingly cool, with the crème fraîche providing a creamy element and the walnuts adding crunch. The Amarula mousse is as decadent as it sounds, with the bright flavours of coconut and litchi providing relief from the richness of the chocolate.

Drinks

The Restaurant @ The Nek has a well-built wine list with solid local representation and a few imported options, such as French champagne, plus a good by-the-glass variety available at reasonable prices. Spirits and soft drinks are also on offer.

Service

Well-intentioned but still a little bumpy.

Ambience

The 100-year-old space is dressed in natural tones of wood and stone, with a beautiful botanically themed mural on the back wall. The restaurant is light and airy, with great views of the Constantia Valley.

And…

Book an early table to make the most of the stunning views.

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User reviews

  • Being an ordinary Cape Town girl who loves eating burgers and onion rings, The Restaurant BLEW me away! We were met by sophisticated waiters at the door who took us through to our table. The décor is something you would see in a magazine. The setting compliments its surrounding and gives a contemporary fine dining experience with a South African twist. Our chairs were pulled out for us to sit on, napkins placed on our laps (like how you would see in the movies). Our waiter Andrew introduced himself and made the entire experience memorable. We were presented with the menu of a 5 course meal for R625. Wine pairing is available at an extra cost. None of the food items on the menu is anything I have ever heard of nor would I ever eat it. I was extremely closed minded when our first entrée arrived at the table. Thinly sliced lightly seared sirloin. It was, to me, raw meat, which I don’t eat at all. To my surprise, it was FANTASTIC! I have never had anything in my life that tasted that good. It arrived with homemade buns and the most beautiful butter only a 5 star chef can prepare. Every dish we ate was made to perfection and every dish we ate complemented the plating, crockery, cutlery and scenery. The food had an OUT OF THIS WORLD taste. I felt like I was visiting The Queen of England. A very huge thank you to Chef Dylan and all the staff at The Restaurant. You have made my birthday one that I will most definitely not want to forget.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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