Basalt Restaurant

6 Reviews
Asian, Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0115379797 Opening Hours Dinner

Dinner: Friday & Saturday 6pm-9pm


Menu - 3 course Tasting Menu R445pp


Asian, Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, Modern, South African, Vegetarian
Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Booking required, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Fireplace, Food, Hotel, Licensed, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Kate Liquorish

The menu is simple: five starters, five mains and three desserts. It’s sophisticated and clean eating, with each dish showcasing masterful preparation and perfect execution. Plating is exquisite and flavours are intricately balanced, but it should be mentioned that portions are small and the mains, whilst sublime, could do with a little upscaling on this front.

The menu is an ode to Dias’ culinary journey: a celebration of his Portuguese roots and his time in both Mexico and France. It’s eclectic but refined. There’s very little red meat on offer, the focus being on sustainable fish (caught by small-scale fishers and brought to Joburg through the Abalobi app), game, game birds and vegetarian delights. The ceviche with squid ink tiger’s milk, pickled radish, marinated cucumber and crispy quinoa is enchanting, as is the tuna tataki with habanero salsa, avocado-and-soy purée, charred corn and red onion. It’s a sultry dish with a cheeky bite.

Mains include ‘ten-a-day risotto’, peri peri mussels, pan-fried line fish, slow-roasted duck breast and Mexican-inspired pork belly, all of which are fantastic. The line fish with cauliflower, lime-and-curry-leaf butter and coriander chutney is an absolute showstopper and virtually impossible to beat.

Dessert is a choice between crema Catalana; naartjie granita and lemon-leaf snow; red-wine poached figs with a smoked chocolate mousse, date cream and almond praline; and a delectable cheese board for two.

You’ll find a lovely selection of refreshing signature cocktails to get your evening started and a well-curated wine list with different and dynamic boutique wines on offer (plus some nice pocket-friendly options).

Waiters and management are warm and engaged, going out of their way to ensure your every need is met. There’s a little way to go before the standard of the service matches up to the standard of the food, but it’s still early days. (The restaurant only opened its doors mid-September.) Note that reservations essential; no walk-ins are accepted.

Basalt Restaurant is an intimate 40-seater venue that’s situated in the hotel’s original heritage house, overlooking the main entrance. There’s a plush bar dotted with leather bar stools for drinks pre- or post-dinner. The venue is decorated in handsome tones of copper and charcoal; it’s distinguished but in no way pretentious.

Best for…
Celebrations, tourists and romantic dates.

(9 October 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Due to its intimate proportions, Basalt has become on of my favourite eating out venues during lockdown. Fantastic atmosphere and friendly serving staff, albeit a little scarce when you need them - however they instantly improved when alerted to this. The food is the main drawing card with its the simple menu comprising of well thought out dishes for every palate - it's not uncommon to be enjoying your meal while having food envy for the other dishes on the table. A very nice touch was a visit from the head chef (Feni Malebye-Lutalo), who has outdone herself since taking the helm. Basalt is on the higher end of the price scale but well worth it if you're looking for a great fine dining experience. Highly recommended.
    Awesome menu that made it very difficult to choose my three courses. The food was spectacular and I will definitely be going back for another meal. Thank you chef Feni for the great food! Service from the front of house was slightly dissapointing as we were left for extended periods of time without being checked on.
    It was truly amazing! I can not fault any course - the fish starters were amazing, the vegetarian dishes that my wife had were great...but the star for was the fillet dish! Head Chef Feni Malebye-Lutalo checked on us regular, more people need to go to Basalt!
    Truly a fabulous addition to the Johannesburg food scene

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