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The Conservatory (The Cellars-Hohenort)

The Conservatory (The Cellars-Hohenort)
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Cost
R145 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R80 per bottle

Critic's review

Richard Holmes

Food
A generous bread selection is always a portentous start to a meal, and at The Conservatory Head Chef Paul Nash definitely sets things off on the right foot with a wooden bowl of fresh ciabatta, seed bread, bread sticks and lavash. From here things only get better, with a compact menu that manages to tick a variety of boxes. In the mood for comfort food? Opt for the free-range beef burger “with all the fixins”. Lighter bite? The classic Caesar salad is superb with showers of Parmesan, a deep-fried hen’s egg, white anchovies and cured bacon bits. Still hungry? It’s with good reason that the soufflé of ‘Aged Boland Cheese’ has become a permanent fixture on the menu.

They are all excellent starter options, but mains ramp up the kitchen creativity a few notches. The grilled rib-eye comes packed with flavour thanks to a topping of bone marrow and forest mushrooms. There’s an Asian flavour composition in the miso-glazed grilled tuna with soba noodles and bok choy, while tourists are kept happy with a modern take on classic bobotie.

There are a handful of excellent desserts, including the ‘chocolate plate’ favourite of the hotelier and late owner Liz McGrath, but the excellent cheese selection is equally tempting.

Drinks
An exceptional wine list with a wide range of Constantia valley estates alongside icons of the broader Winelands. Excellent selection by the glass, and a handful of international labels complete a superb wine offering.

Service
Formal yet friendly service, with plenty of staff on hand so you'll rarely be left waiting.

Ambience
Despite being the more casual of the hotel’s two restaurants, there’s elegance at The Conservatory in the white lilies and linen tablecloths. Choose between the garden terrace, the sun-splashed garden room or the more formal section overlooking the hotel’s historic camphor trees. It’s a relaxed space, but in the evenings you’ll want to dress up a little.

And…
The adjoining Martini Bar is a great option for a pre-dinner aperitif.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at The Conservatory last night. The service was fantastic and staff were attentive. The food was sublime - the cheese souffle with cheesy gin sauce was out of this world! And the coconut frangipane dessert was delectable. It’s not a cheap outing but it gives exceptional value for money - your tummy and tastebuds will be more than satisfied. An extra-special touch was the plate of mini sweets (nougat and a macaron and a milk tart) given to me as a Happy Birthday. Super special experience!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Dress code
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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