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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

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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

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Diane de Beer

Food
Choose from an à la carte menu as well as two tasting menus (depending on your appetite), with the option of paired beverages. They also serve a three-course prix fixe lunch menu from Tuesday to Sunday.

The well-priced five-dish tasting (with a glass or two of wine rather than the pairing) starts with bread and vetkoek and the warm, welcoming ‘Peter pumpkin head’ (roasted pumpkin, orange and ginger soup, profiterole, roasted butternut seeds, dehydrated onion and halva crumbs), followed by ‘Tropical fish tank’ (sesame seared yellowfin tuna, a deliciously tart grapefruit beurre blanc, a monkfish finger, melon, a nori basket with tuna tartare and papaya, green beans and confit turnip).

Three meat dishes consist of ‘Mrs Piggy’ (rosewater confit pork belly, guanciale, a dark chocolate cracker, pear purée, nutmeg froth, sweet potato and sauerkraut) and a choice between outstanding ‘Kudu on my stoep’ (kudu loin, prune jus, bacon-wrapped kudu bomb and garlic custard) or ‘Hearty beef’ (seared beef picanha, oxtail jus, beef rib and Guinness pie). Both come with wood ear mushroom risotto, confit fennel and baby carrot.

Follow with coconut cheesecake, ClemenGold sorbet, and a coconut and Malibu cookie.

À la carte diners can opt for the ‘Prince of Persia’ (sundried tomato, parsley and chickpea falafel, chicken wing lollipop, chicken thigh dim sum, brinjal purée, black rice, chicken skin crumble and edamame), and for dessert, ‘Boring old Malva pudding’ (butternut fondant, nutmeg lavash, butternut sorbet and toffee purée).

Wine
The wine suggestion was a De Toren Delicate – just right for both the fish and the meat. Other wines in the pairings were Krans Ruby and Moscato, Alvi’s Drift Wooded Chardonnay, Rijk’s Chenin Blanc, Onderkloof Cabernet Franc and Ridgeback Lion Hound Cabernet.

Service
Friendly and unobtrusive with helpful explanations of the dishes and advice on wine pairings.

Ambience
Owner Charl Whitlock is hands-on and his much-adored brainchild features smart yet simple interiors, as well as views that are particularly stunning in the warmer months.

Best for…
Contemporary fine dining with uniquely styled food and wine.

(August 2019)

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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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