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Winehouse at Ten Bompas

  • Phone Number 011 325 2442
  • Location 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg
  • Location cashew.radio.uptown
  • email reservations@mix.co.za
  • Website URL www.tenbompas.com
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 6.30am - 11am (last reservation 10am; last order 10.30am)

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon - 3pm (last reservation 2pm; last order 2.30pm)

    Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm - 10pm (last reservation 8pm; last order 8.30pm)

Cost
Lunch: Starters R115 Mains R210 Dessert R95. Dinner: 4course R480pp (R680 with wine pairing) 9course Degustation R750pp (R1100 with wine pairing)
Ambience
Coffee, Comfy & casual, Contemporary cool, Family friendly, Groups, Hip & happening, Special occasions
Food
French, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
The current menu at this hotel restaurant offers five starter options which include a delicious five spiced duck with red onion marmalade, pak choi and maitake mushroom. Sauces are rich, decadent and beautifully reduced. The braised beef tongue came with a little winter bean salad (including some chickpeas), marrow vinaigrette and tomato confit – which was delicious with the remainder of the bread. For main course there are six options including pork fillet, Joostenburg duck, lamb loin, a vegetarian main option of Ratatouille, roasted fresh hake or beef fillet. As uninspiring as hake might often sound, it was simply delicious – the portion size was perfect and it was finished off with mushrooms, nasturtiums, pine nuts and a perfect little risotto. All mains have a serving of veg on the side, such as potato cubes in a gremolata dressing, and a rocket, red grapefruit and currant salad. Desserts include a perfectly made sweet potato beignet with chocolate and brown butter ice cream; an apple, caramel and walnut dessert; blue cheese with celery, fig, port and grape and lastly a mango, coconut and passion fruit pudding.

Drinks
The wine list, although not overly large or cumbersome, shows care and expertise. The smart selection includes some CWG Auction wines and a small selection of wines by the glass. The dessert menu cleverly lists the dessert wines and digestifs available, including some interesting dessert wines, liqueurs, grappas, cognacs, brandies and items such as Die Krans 1997 Cape Ruby port.

Service
The waiters, looking super smart in their full blue-green full aprons, are all on their toes. Although every table was occupied, the pace of service was excellent, and waiters were able to competently answer questions about the food, make food and wine pairing suggestions and even provide information about the hotel. Another welcoming touch was the home-made health bread and ciabatta offered shortly after our arrival, accompanied with an enthusiastic description of the smoked butter, olives, aioli and home-made hummus presented alongside.

Ambience
One enters into a foyer where the reception desk does double duty as a bar, which gives access onto the main dining area that opens through floor-to-ceiling glass doors onto an outside area with additional tables. The dining room is intimate, reminiscent of smaller, fashionable London restaurants. The interior is painted in shades of light blue and grey; banquettes are upholstered in sea-green and the dining chairs in smart charcoal leather with cream piping. To complete the interior decoration, there are some elegant mirrors, vintage-style milk glass light fittings, black and white artworks displayed on narrow shelves, and the tables are set with functional but high-end tableware and good linen. The mood is elegant and smart.

And…
The fantastic part of having good food in a hotel restaurant is that one can book a room and turn dinner into a stay over. Chef Johannes de Bruijn and his team are doing an excellent job of running a winning restaurant in the protective milieu of a small hotel.

(August 2015)

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  • Rupesh Kassen

    Now under the helm of head chef Johannes de Bruijn, Winehouse restaurant at Ten Bompas Hotel is the perfect place for a romantic evening or a lazy alfresco lunch on the terrace. The restaurant boasts its own organically grown garden that provides produce for the restaurant’s delicately prepared, French-inspired menu.

    Food
    The menu is divided into set prices to allow a choice between a two or three-course meal. While it might seem limited, the menu caters to various tastes, from the adventurous to the vegetarian and the traditionalist. The starter of braised beef tongue, creamy winter beans and bone marrow vinaigrette with tomato confit will certainly please the more seasoned palate. The lamb loin with smoked eggplant, lemon confit and Moroccan-spiced jus is a masterful dish, subtly transporting you to another land. Don’t let the simplicity of the roasted fresh hake fool you: the crispy-skinned fish nestles on a creamy mushroom risotto, perfectly al-dente, with a fresh and crunchy contrast of nasturtium and pine nuts ¬– a true stand-out dish. The ratatouille main was a complete surprise: the dish of roasted vegetables on a rich tomato sauce, covered in a cloud of thyme foam and dotted with parmesan crisps, has the potential to convert a carnivore. The crowning glory of this meal, however, was the feather-light sweet potato beignet with chocolate tart, caramel sauce and brown-butter ice cream. My only complaint with this dish was the portion – way too small for its deliciousness! (The portions are designed for you to comfortably enjoy a three-course meal, so don’t be surprised by their relatively small size.)

    Drinks
    The predominantly South African wine list is extensive, with some special gems and vintages for the connoisseur. Ask to be taken on a walk through their spectacular cellar to choose the wines for your meal. Due to the variety available, you’re not allowed to bring your own.

    Service
    The staff are friendly and keen, but could do with a bit of polishing.

    Ambience
    The restaurant takes its inspiration (and name) from a painting of the late singer Amy Winehouse, which enjoys centre stage over the fireplace. The space is cosy and contemporary, with large glass windows overlooking the terrace and garden. They have a private dining room that seats 20 people – ideal for a business lunch or function.

    And…
    Look out for their jazz lunches on the first Sunday of the month, and their special food and wine pairing dinners.

    (May 2015)

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User reviews

  • We had a wedding wonderful time at the picnic in the park. Lovely atmosphere it was like being on holiday
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  • Phenomenal food, I have been here on a date night with hubby as well as a wine tasting evening and both nights were amazing. Delicious food almost too beautiful to eat and great service. I have often recommended this establishment to friends and family.
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  • What an amazing experience. My husband and I had our anniversary diner there on the 10th of Dec. It was one of the best culinary experiences I've ever had. The service was top notch - professional and friendly. The food, wow! The 9 course tasting menu was stunning, beautiful and delicious! Beautifully presented meals full of flavour, the chef really did an amazing job at putting together the 9 course meal. You will definitely see us again!!!
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  • What an absolute amazing experience we had tonight for our 7th year anniversary. I spent some time looking for a place to take my beautiful wife and well I came upon The winehouse and decided “stuff it” and booked it. Upon arriving we were greeted and treated like celebrities, we opted for the 9 course experience and boy was that a great choice - each meal elegantly presented followed by a detail description from both the waiters and the wonderful manager Charli, We were absolutely dumbfounded how such a small fish could be so full of flavor and it landed up being the perfect size. Saviour presented the different varieties of wine, his passion and knowledge of the various wines was mind blowing. Chef Johannes and his team really treated us like kings, it was absolutely worth every cent and would recommend it to everyone. keep yo the great work - WE WILL BE BACK
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  • My husband surprised me with an anniversary dinner at The Winehouse and I must say, what an experience! We chose the 9 course meal option with the pairing of wine with each course. We generally refer to ourselves as simple people that like a 3 course meal at most with simple tastes but this has completely altered the way that we look at food. The chef made some delicious choices for our menu from cucumber salads to tomatoe sabayon risotttos and let’s not forget the lamb aubergine, pork belly as well as the Brie and mango,lime and cheesecake to complete the menu as we name a few. The food was fantastic and complimented the wine. We were treated to a beautiful message from the chef himself on our last dessert course saying “happy anniversary” as well as an introduction to him too. Thank you Chef Johannes De Bruin for the outstanding food,Saviour for his amazing knowledge on all the wine across the world, the amazing waiters and management too. The service was spectacular and we will highly recommend you to everyone we know! This was an amazing experience and worth every cent! We will definitely be back !
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  • Absolutely AMAZING!! From the moment we walked in we received friendly greetings from the hostess and waiters . We enjoyed some drinks in the lounge before going through to our table. The ambiance of the restaurant was cosy, with a fire place burning. We received attentive service throughout the evening. Now onto the Food! - we opted for the nine course tasting and were exceptionally happy and impressed with every meal we received. The food was presented beautifully and every dish had so many enjoyable flavours. Fantastic evening out. I would definitely recommend dining here. You will not be disappointed.
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  • As a treat for my birthday my wife decided to treat me to a night out at a fine dining restaurant. Initially I was reluctant to go as I am so used to reading reviews of the overpriced menu’s and extremely tiny portions. However, she insisted and so we went! Upon arrival at the restaurant the waiter gave us a warm greeting and offered to take my wife's coat. A young man asked if we would like to sit in the lounge area while we read through the wine list, and since it was “my” day she insisted that I choose. I was quite impressed with the wide selection of wines that they had on offer. To my surprise, the waiter asked me to kindly follow him and choose a table that would make me the most comfortable. Since it was a little chilly I selected to sit in a cozy corner by the fire which was already lit. Several of the staff members knew that it was my birthday somehow and all wished me discreetly. The waiter escorted us to our table and presented us with our menus and informed us that he would give us a few minutes to run through the menu and assist us by answering any questions about the menu as well as a detailed description of the courses should we want it. My wife and I decided that we would both choose different courses in order to taste as much as possible without ordering the entire menu(its that tempting!). For the first course, I chose the Carpaccio with the beef tendon and broth (Pho) and my wife chose the braised duck risotto. My first spoonful of my aromatic broth was an explosion of flavour! The contrast of texture between the Carpaccio and the tendon was superb. It was so good that my wife drank the remainder of my broth straight out of the jug. The waiter promptly cleared away our plates and refreshed the table unobtrusively. For my second course I chose the Roasted pork belly with chipotle mayonnaise, apple and fennel. My wife had the lamb with lemon and almond. The pork just fell apart, it was perfectly cooked. The slight “kick”” from the chipotle was sublime. The attention to detail on this dish is incredible, down to tiny balls of apple that were clearly carved using a miniature melon baller! I exchanged plates with my wife, the lamb was soft and flavourful, while the tart flavours of the lemon paired beautifully with the roasted broccoli. The burst of flavours on both dishes expressed the effort and love poured into the food. The “pre-dessert “or palate cleanser was a delicate pot of strawberry jelly with a creamy foam and mousse; made from Tonka beans, all served with a crisp sponge finger. For dessert, I chose the chocolate fondant with malted ice cream. The fondant had a firm crust with an oozing melted centre. The ice cream balanced the richness of the fondant, while the gorgeous dehydrated chocolate mousse added loads of texture to the dish. My wife had the affogato; she loved the espresso foam over her vanilla bean ice cream, and even saved the coffee profiterole for last to savour it! If that wasn’t enough, after dessert the Executive chef came out with a board of hand crafted "sweets" with a birthday message from the kitchen! He enquired about the menu and the overall experience at his restaurant, which is such a rarity in this industry! Overall I had a fantastic birthday. I will definitely be returning! #MindBlown.
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  • Finally managed to visit the Winehouse @Ten Bompass. What a marvellous experience!!! Service was amazing and they were so accommodating to my cocoa allergy. The chef came out to chat to me personally to explain that although they would be happy to accommodate me, the experience would not be the same. I think it was amazing. 10 out of 10. They change their menu every 3 months. We'll be back in January.
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  • I went to The Winehouse a couple of Sundays back. My starter, a cucumber salad was quite disappointing as it has no taste, my main was delicious (hake and risotto). Presentation for all meals was very nice, and our waitress was lovely. I will definitely go back because I know their menu changes...
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  • When the family are in town I struggle to find a restaurant that will satisfy for a family dinner night. A friend of mine had mentioned they had attended jazz Sundays at Winehouse and highly recommended going. When they arrived I decided the foodies in us owed it to ourselves to make the booking that was last Saturday night. The welcome at the door set the tone for one of our very best family dinners. After reading the menu and not being able to choose just one dish, we decided to each take a different starter, main and dessert so we could try as much as we could. We chose … Starters: Duck, Seabass and the Tongue… Main: Lamb, Beef and the Duck… Desserts: Mango, Sweet potato and the Cheese’s. The food was a treat to the eyes and nose as much as it was to the palette. The evening ended on an even higher high when the Executive Chef himself came out to the table, we got to ask about our dishes and the magic behind his amazing menu creations – he then told us the menu changes every three months! I would highly recommended Winehouse to anyone who loves food and it will most certainly be our regular dinner spot.
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  • I can't count the number of times I have driven past Ten Bompas Hotel and been tempted to drive in and discover what lies beyond the contemporary walls.....Finally I succumbed and was enchanted to find an intimate restaurant, with a fireplace, to warm up my chilly day yesterday. A friendly greeting set the tone as I was shown to a corner table near the fireplace. Wine list presented and a hard choice to make ensued...a great selection of South African wines (and a few French ones too) and I settled on the Warwick First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon, this to accompany the lamb loin main course. A board of homemade breads, burnt butter (absolutely sublime), hummus and a bowl of olives staved off my midday hunger until my meal arrived and when it did, oh my goodness! What a feast of flavours! The cumin-infused yoghurt, smoked brinjal, lemon confit and Moroccan spiced jus were perfect accompaniments to the lamb...quite simply: mouth-wateringly delicious! I opted for the 2 course meal, at a very affordable R220, and so followed my main course with an apple, caramel, walnut and salted caramel ice-cream dessert - red and green apple poached in caramel and cider and served with a ground walnut ball and a creamy salted caramel ice-cream...again an interesting combo of sweet and salty and texture. My waiter told me the menu changes seasonally so I will definitely be back to try out the Winter menu. What a comfortable, classy, relaxed place I was fortunate to have found myself in! So glad I finally drove through the gate!
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  • Outstanding food , service and attention to detail.
    Johannesburg's best kept secret.
    Very fine dining indeed .
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  • An absolutely spectacular evening! Superb host (Joy), and delicious food! Will recommend to everyone, and will definitely be back.
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  • Beautiful restaurant. One out of the four dishes we had was disappointing. The menu is limited, but well put together. The service was excellent.

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  • Went here on a Friday evening. Besides us there were 2 other guests. The food was disappointing. The meat was tough and the vegetables too salty. Had expected a better quality for that price.

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • WiFi

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