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De Kloof Restaurant

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Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Phone Number 0127718655 Opening Hours

Monday 6pm to 9pm; Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 3pm then 6pm to 9pm; Sunday 11am to 4pm

Menu

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Details

Cost
+- R170 avg min meal
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern, South African
Corkage
R95
Cost
+- R170 avg min meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Fireplace, Food, Functions, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Road, Pretoria

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Khanya Mzongwana

Food
The food offering at De Kloof is arguably some of Pretoria's finest and most intricate, with a fun, creative and unique handle on traditional fine dining with a touch of local flair. If you're a simple eater, De Kloof might be a step out of the comfort zone, with classic dishes such as mushroom and biltong soup getting an umami packed revisit with shiitake mushrooms, a thyme jelly and textures of onion (R78) and some venison making an appearance in a rich, velvety starter called "a tasting of venison liver", a delightful trio of blesbok liver pate, impala liver parfait and eland liver parfait, served with home pickles and butternut crisps (price on request). The menu has one or two vegetarian options but certainly doesn't specialize in plant based meals. If you're meat free and perusing through the menu, give the vege-zagna a try, it's a lot like a deconstructed vegetable lasagna w a spinach lasagna sheet, smoked tomato ketchup and some tempura tofu for a good bit of crunch (R139). The fun really begins at the end of the menu, with some spectacular desserts to seal off the meal. A massive crowd pleaser is certainly the ironically named "boring old Malva pudding", a butternut Malva fondant, an out-ofthis-world butternut sorbet served with a butternut toffee puree at R74. This dessert's pairing suggestion is a glass of Hennessy. If thats not the most triumphant way to celebrate a great meal... And as with most great establishments, there is also a cheese course available! "Die maan is van kaas gemaak" is a warm baked Camambert cheese on pumpernickel bread accompanied by a mature cheddar fondue, a Grana Padano cigar, cream cheese mousse, a mouthwatering fig salami and a herby Melba toast (R128).

Drinks
The wine menu at De Kloof is as extensive (read impressive) as it is dizzyingly long, so it would be advisable to follow the food and wine pairing recommendations indicated on the menu.
The wine list features a number of the country's finest wines, such as the Arendsig Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson's winery(R260) or the Oak Valley "Sound of Silence" pinot noir at R249 per bottle. Also expect to find your trusted local beers as well as some extra special offerings like The Trappist

Service
The service at De Kloof is attentive and personalized, albeit slow at times; due to the intricacy of most of the dishes, one should expect to wait a bit for dishes to arrive at their best quality. The waiters' wine knowledge is exceptional, making ordering and pairing a fun, easy and almost educational exercise.

Ambience
De Kloof is as simple as it is elegant, situated on the Waterkloof golf course, it's definitely something of an outing to come out here. The terrace offers a fantastic view of the green and is honestly as fabulous as it looks. Whether you're just here for a sundowner or to tuck into an elaborate five-course dinner, there's a clear sense of feeling very well pampered.

Best for...
An outing for getting pampered and soaking in the beautiful views.

(2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Ignored on arrival, felt unwelcome, staff continued to a prepare tables. Food presentation great but main course very salty and pie overlooked,difficult to cut and eat. Brulee also disappointing
    De Kloof was one of my two favorite restaurants in Pretoria ( the other one Mosaic) during the six years I was living in SA. Always when I return I try to squeeze in a night there. Fantastic wines, imaginative food and warm hospitality!!
    The worst restaurant in Pretoria. We arrived 13:20. We can only ask for our food at 13:45. At 14:30 they told us that our food will be ready in five minutes. 14:45 arrived the food for two of us. After the two lucky ones finished our food arrived the food for the other three people in the table. We were the only table in the restaurant. When we complained they told us to write the review in TripAdvisor. We had done it so know we are writing it also here. Unbelievable
    An awesome we had with our friendly waiter. Lots of fun. All was amazing
    Went there for Xmas Lunch. Have never been and the menu for the day looked great! Real fine dining or so I thought. The food was shocking! Smoked butter - NOT!. Smoorsnoek which is a typical SA dish - was inedible. Seared Tuna was VERY overcooked Tuna. Turkey Roulade so dry one could not eat it. Olive crumble was pieces of olives. Braised Beef cheeks was dry as bone. Trimmings were inedible. Panno cotta (pudding) was something serve in a pastry shell that resembles baby food. As for the ambiance - if there was any the kids and toddlers made sure that it disappeared very quickly. Three items were acceptable. The cauliflower panna cotta was good (nothing more). The beef fillet was not overcooked or dry. The burnt honey ice cream was very good. Such a pity as the Menu was very good and well balanced. Service slow. Wine average. The one pairing they suggested I question. Not sure if they understand how to pair. I almost got the feeling it was the blind leading the blind. From manager/owner ( who was there but never made his appearance) to Chef (?) to waiters.

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