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roots at Forum Homini

roots at Forum Homini
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  • Location 27116687000
  • Phone Number Letamo Wildlife Estate, Kromdraai, R540 (Off N14), Mogale City, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, Gauteng
  • email reservations@forumhomini.com
  • Website URL http://www.forumhomini.com/
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Saturday 8am to 12 noon (lasting seating at 9am)

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12 noon to 3pm (last seating at 1.30pm)

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 7pm to 10pm (last seating at 7.30pm)

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Cost
R420 per person (six-course tasting menu) R135 (extra with wine)
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool
Food
African, Asian, Contemporary fare, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
500

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food
The tasting menu offers the diner an opportunity to experience chef Chris Tustian’s creativity in six small courses, with the option of a wine pairing. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly. An example of a tasting menu includes dishes such a salmon gravlax with burnt orange purée, cauliflower and spring onion purée’s, grapefruit and passion fruit jelly. You’ll find interesting seasonal soups, as well as items like roasted pork belly served with a root vegetable pave, parsnip purée and smoked beetroot gel. It may be followed by assiette of beef, which demonstrates various cooking methods, flavours and textures. A variety of desserts followed by friands and coffee.
The food has many elements of molecular gastronomy, which can get in the way of the basic components of the plate and detract from some of the key elements, but there’s no question that certain dishes do shine. The meal is also sugar heavy, which, together with sugar heavy wines, can lead to a somewhat overbearing dining experience.

Drinks
The wine offering as a whole is excellent, and the same goes for their wine dinners and functions. It must be said that although the sommelier is certainly very passionate and extremely knowledgeable, the wine pairing is overbearing. Be aware that some of the wines may be excessively sweet, which makes for a heavy, sugar-laden meal. If the wine tasting gets too much, ask for a separate glass or bottle on its own.

Service
The lovely and accommodating staff are professional and punctual. Other than a few lagging courses, service is good, and front of house is efficient and helpful.

Ambience
The restaurant boasts a truly stunning setting and gorgeous view from the deck. The noise level can get rather high but the appointment of Forum Homini and Roots is outstanding, and overall it is a delight to visit for any occasion.

And …
A lot of effort is made for dietary requirements, and the special meals are exceptional.

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  • Jodi-Ann Pearton

    Food
    The tasting menu offers the diner an opportunity to experience chef Chris Tustian’s creativity in six small courses, with the option of a wine pairing. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly. An example of a tasting menu includes dishes such a salmon gravlax with burnt orange purée, cauliflower and spring onion purée’s, grapefruit and passion fruit jelly. You’ll find interesting seasonal soups, as well as items like roasted pork belly served with a root vegetable pave, parsnip purée and smoked beetroot gel. It may be followed by assiette of beef, which demonstrates various cooking methods, flavours and textures. A variety of desserts followed by friands and coffee.
    The food has many elements of molecular gastronomy, which can get in the way of the basic components of the plate and detract from some of the key elements, but there’s no question that certain dishes do shine. The meal is also sugar heavy, which, together with sugar heavy wines, can lead to a somewhat overbearing dining experience.

    Drinks
    The wine offering as a whole is excellent, and the same goes for their wine dinners and functions. It must be said that although the sommelier is certainly very passionate and extremely knowledgeable, the wine pairing is overbearing. Be aware that some of the wines may be excessively sweet, which makes for a heavy, sugar-laden meal. If the wine tasting gets too much, ask for a separate glass or bottle on its own.

    Service
    The lovely and accommodating staff are professional and punctual. Other than a few lagging courses, service is good, and front of house is efficient and helpful.

    Ambience
    The restaurant boasts a truly stunning setting and gorgeous view from the deck. The noise level can get rather high but the appointment of Forum Homini and Roots is outstanding, and overall it is a delight to visit for any occasion.

    And …
    A lot of effort is made for dietary requirements, and the special meals are exceptional.
    October 2015

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    Food 

    Situated on a private game estate in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind, Roots at Forum Homini is a destination restaurant of note. Chef Adriaan Maree specialises in precise, artful food at reasonable prices. Gourmet dishes are served with wine ‘teasers’ to complement each dish, and every plate delivers a delicate artwork, from smooth celeriac accompanying chopped beef tartare to the delicate masala sauce that beautifully matches a serving of Red Roman with crispy skin. This is a man who knows the art of balance, playing with light and perfect flavour combinations. A dish of ‘textures of duck’ was perfectly cooked with wild rice and a touch of bitter radicchio to offset the sweetness of the duck. Dessert includes treats like a delectable smoked honey ice cream, and just when you think the performance is over, coffee arrives with a gorgeous plate of sweet goodies.

    Wine 

    A serious wine list offering a solid variety. The wines are expertly matched with the food, and at very reasonable prices, too.

    Service 

    Attentive and elegant.

    Ambience 

    The hotel – and restaurant – is an architectural masterpiece, set in a poetic landscape and boasting sweeping views. Eating here is an experience.

    And…

    Take note of their monthly wine tasting evenings, when wines of a specific producer are showcased and dishes created to match.

    (August 2014)

  • Gastronomic delights by chef Adriaan Maree with gorgeous views. Plating is beautiful with many dishes featuring three different sauces composed with other items on the plate. A food and wine pairing is the best way to experience it, especially on a Friday evening. Expect foams, jellies and surprises like savoury marshmallows and meringues. The menu changes monthly, but you may order the likes of crab, oyster and peach tea broth; olive-oil-poached tuna and crayfish tortellini; pickled mushroom soup with miso honey; venison with polenta, ravishing red cabbage purée and a touch of coffee. Dessert may include nectarine espuma with salted caramel sorbet or deconstructed lemon meringue with cream cheese ice cream. (EO mag 2014)
  • Food
    New executive chef Adriaan Maree is upholding this establishment’s reputation for preparing gastronomic delights to savour. Breakfast and lunch are a languid four courses, and there are six for dinners and the popular Sunday lunch. Expect dishes such as bouillabaisse of root vegetables; duck from head to toe (breast, confit leg tortellini and foie gras foam); springbok served with a cocoa bean ragout; and chocolate torte with ginger soil and roast fennel ice cream.

    Wine
    A fabulous wine list with optional course-matched wines at a cost of R95. It’s highly recommended to complement each dish.

    Service
    Five-star all the way.

    Ambience
    Minimalist African with clever references to its setting at the Cradle of Humankind.

    And...
    Go on a beautiful day for alfresco dining on the deck. (JW, October 2012)

User reviews

  • Roots is one of the best fine dining restaurants in Johannesburg. As far as value for money goes it is unsurpassed (this is obviously compared to the other fine dining restaurants). It's a little way out so coupling your meal with a nights stay is a good idea (especially if you're going for a special occasion and you and your partner want to try the wine pairing).
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  • Roots is a special restaurant - its situated in a game reserve and is part of the Forum Homini Hotel. While you're driving to the restaurant, you cannot believe that you're in Johannesburg ... its just pure country. At R210 per person for a 5 course Saturday brunch, this is not your every day restaurant ... but it is quite worth it! As you walk towards the restaurant, keep your eyes peeled on the ground ... my hubby missed stepping on a snake by a few centimeters! There are interesting sculptures in the grass, a stunning lounge area with very interesting wall tiles and gorgeous scatter cushions! The waiters are friendly and efficient and I like the quirky decor of the chairs. The food ... wow! We started off with a Yoghurt Panacotta with a chocolate cup, chocolate shavings, fresh kiwi, peach, melon and elderflowers. It was amazing!!!!! So light, refreshing with that indulgence of chocolate. Next up was scrambled eggs, served with Salmon, Peas, truffle oil and Melba Toast. It was yummy. For me the portion could have been smaller. Our next course was Pork and butter bean ragout on toast - the flavours were just out of this world!!!!! Really tasty. We then moved on to dessert - Baklava with spiced ice cream. Scrumptious!!!!!!! By now, I have already shared some of my courses with my hubby .... although I had most of his Baklava. Dessert cannot be missed. Our final course ... what a let down!!! As you can see, every single course has been presented elegantly, creatively and looked amazing. But then you end with ... mini croissants, muffins, scones???? Really???? I've just finished 4 courses of sublime food and now you end me off with a stodgy, unappetizing-looking, every day platter???? I absolutely loved the jam though .. can't remember what it was. I would have switched the 1st course (the yoghurt panacotta) and the last course (croissants/muffins) - OR I would have really loved the last course to be a selection of cheeses with preserved fruit. This is really an experience not to be missed ... the countryside, coupled with a few bucks along the road, the peaceful setting, the divine food, the exquisite decor inside and outside ... and you can even book a chalet for the night.
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  • We have had some very good meals at Roots in the past, but unfortunately last Sunday, 15 of us trekked out to Roots and had the most disappointing meal and wine pairing. The service was mediocre and the food not up to standard. 15 people who won't be returning.

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  • Overall I had a pleasant dining experience here, just thought it was strange that they market their food philosophy as being dedicated to seasonal produce, however I got served asparagus and strawberries in mid-winter! Doesn't seem very seasonal to me.

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  • Their 6 course set menu is very good and reasonably priced. Loved the bread basket, some of the courses weren't completely to my taste, but the duck cannelloni was divine, as was the fillet with aubergine ash. Dessert was fun and the gluhwein ice cream was perfection.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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