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Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini

Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini
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Cost
R450 per person (six-course dinner menu), R595 (with wine); R295 (four-course lunch menu); R175 (five-course breakfast menu)
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Food
Modern, Vegan food
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
Wine R100, sparkling R150

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

Food
Forum Homini has delightful architectural and design pleasures, and now that the natural grasses and vegetation surrounding the dam have matured, it feels as if the space has truly settled into the Cradle of Humankind.
The courses have lovely names related to the location of humankind’s beginning. Prologue to celebrate the seed, Overture to celebrate roots and so on. Seared salmon with a sesame crust, charred cucumber, cucumber gel, apple sponge and gin compressed cucumber may kick off the six-course menu, followed by sweetbreads served with turnip, Parma ham and sage velouté and corn dust. Then kingklip with lemon espuma, braised fennel, herb ash, followed by a duo of lamb and a final dish of bush peach panna cotta. Cheese is served in the non-Continental manner after the dessert, with pear and red wine jam, spiced apricot preserves and home-made bread sticks.

Drinks
The drinks list offers a comprehensive selection of French and SA bubblies. Also interesting divisions within the wine list like South African Bordeaux blends such as Warwick Trilogy and South African Rhône blends such as Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky 2012, and some good international wines including the SA/Chile collaboration between Julio Bouchon and David Nieuwoudt, Longavi Sauvignon Blanc. The list also boasts a section called ‘Weird and Wonderful’ with Savage White Blend and Craven Pinot Noir.

Service
Friendly and attentive but could be smoother.

Ambience
The space is superbly designed with high-end wooden finishes but is in need of a refresh. Massive slabs of glass allow beautiful views over the small dam.

Finally
This hotel and restaurant is still hugely popular for weekend breaks and is filled with romantic couples. The restaurant is still geared for events and food-and-wine pairing dinners.

(2018) 

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User reviews

  • I have been to Roots several times, mainly for special occasions and have such great memories of wonderful food, great service and relaxing ambience. However, my most recent visit to Roots, for my birthday was one of the most disappointing experiences I've ever had at any Restaurant. From the time we arrived, we encountered a rather disorganised staff complement and then the appetiser which was basically a boiled egg, was just terrible, in concept and taste. We were eventually seated about 15 min after our booking time. Our table was a 4 four seater with three chairs in a rather strange position in the restaurant, making us really uncomfortable. We immediately asked for a purse stool for our bags and despite there being several lying around outside and us asking about 3 times for a stool, it was never brought to us. There was no music in the restaurant and when we asked, some very odd music was played - not in keeping with ambience at all. On the food, despite requesting the menu in advance to check for any food preferences for my dad, the menu was not emailed and when we got there and indicated preferences, it seemed that this was an annoyance. The first course was without any flavour, followed by a number of unappetizing courses which took an extremely long time to arrive making the whole experience unpleasant and frankly, completely terrible. Despite raising concerns about the main, in particular and even sending it back (which we have not done before), very little was done to prepare the food better. And despite our many complaints, the chef did not once come to our table to check on what was going on. The dessert was completely uninspiring and just below the standards we expected. I am truly disappointed and quite sad to be writing this review as I never expected such bad quality of food and ambience at this restaurant. The waiter tried his best but there was no saving a badly planned and executed service. Moreover, the experience ruined my birthday completely.
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  • I booked into Roots for my father's 60th birthday. My family is vegetarian and Roots was 100% happy to do up a menu for the 6 of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal in the peaceful surroundings. The food was great and the service was superb. Our waiter was friendly and chatty. The highlight (apart from the delicious food) was the management's flexibility in creating a vegetarian menu for just 6 people. Thank you for making my father's 60th memorable!
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  • After much consideration, we decided to go to Roots for our anniversary. It was the best decision we could've possibly made. It was a truly magnificent experience that I cannot wait to repeat again. The food was beautifully presented and taste was amazing. Service was immaculate without being intrusive and the wine pairing was on point!
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  • We visited Roots on 09 August 2018. A really exquisite setting, excellent food and service. 5 Stars.
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  • tayed overnight at the hotel. Superb experience! Service was friendly, efficient and not over bearing. The wine pairing added a balanced dimension to each meal. As with every degustation menu, courses are hit or miss, but always curious and interesting.
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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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