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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, Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
French, Modern
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
We experienced the autumn tasting menu, which was a small, but all-encompassing showcase of well thought out, superbly executed and beautifully plated gastronomy. With an emphasis on flavourful broths, buttery sauces and sumptuous reductions, the food is most certainly rich, but still manages to remain refined and elegant.

Choose from a selection of five starters, six mains (with optional sides) and five desserts. Starters might include a celeriac tortolloni with truffle and parmesan; pho of beef and noodles in an aromatic broth; and barramundi with squash, basil and an aubergine caviar. Each starter was intricately presented. The pho, proved to be a surprisingly subtle fusion of wafer thin strips of beef in a mouth-watering broth, while the tortolloni, a magical combination of perfectly al dente, handmade pasta parcels covered in a rich parmesan foam and finished with generous slivers of black truffle – both absolute musts.

For mains, think quail with walnut stuffing, cauliflower and sherry caramel; or sole with pommes mousseline, burnt butter sabayon and vegetable nage and the duck breast with lavender, beetroot and cassis. The duck was the only dish that fell a little short here; it was a little overdone and whilst the beetroot, rhubarb and radishes gave the dish a wonderfully earthy sweetness, the addition of fresh raspberries seemed unnecessary. The quail was deconstructed and served three ways atop a bed of cauliflower florets and purées, crumbled stuffing and an exquisite sherry-caramel sauce: autumn on a plate. The sole, delicately crumbed and fried, was paired with butter-and-cream-laden mashed potato, fresh peas, pea shoots and the most delectable sabayon. My only other qualm was the sides which I found to be redundant; the dressed roast potatoes were over-sauced, and the seasonal salad – a tasty, citrusy slaw – failed to complement the mains.

Desserts are always a triumph and include Chef de Bruijn’s inventive takes on ‘affogato’ with a synergy of coffee, cream, hazelnut and chocolate, and ‘chocolate’ an exploration of malt, mousse and cocoa nibs.

Drinks
The wine list is a carefully thought out and comprehensive exhibition of exceptional South African wines. It’s a far-reaching selection with superb options at every price bracket, though the list would benefit from a few more exciting reds by the glass. For serious oenophiles there’s a selection of specially selected CWG auction wines.

Service
The service here is exceptional. Waiters are well-trained, engaged and at your beck and call. Glasses are continually topped up, water refilled, and someone is always in clear sight should you need absolutely anything.

Ambiance
Despite being situated along a main road, the setting is completely serene. Visiting for lunch? Enjoy a first glass of wine in their beautifully manicured gardens. The best way to experience the intimacy of the dining room though is at dinner, when the lighting, mirrors and décor really come to life.

And…
They offer jazz Sundays on the first Sunday of every month.

(June 2017)

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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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Facilities

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

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