It feels like just yesterday that maverick chef Arno Janse van Rensburg left The Kitchen at Maison (a 2016 Eat Out Top 10 restaurant) to bring his boundary-pushing cooking closer to food-loving city-dwellers. Shy of two years since its opening, Janse & Co is now a bona fide heavyweight restaurant in the highly competitive upmarket restaurant scene.
No dish, no matter how few ingredients or how simple it sounds, is ever quite simple when it comes to Arno and his team. The prix fixe menu comes in options of three to seven courses.
The wisest thing is to opt for the seven-course option and alternate options with your dining partner – that way you leave having sampled 14 of the sumptuous dishes. Chef Janse van Rensburg is no stranger to progressive food development, having always built his menu around seasonality and an unconventional exploration of rare ingredients, which earned him his maverick status. Dishes such as the trout, plum, grape and verjuice; the raw beef, onion and black garlic; and the leek, beurre noisette, smoked almond and crème fraîche are exemplary plates of what masterful modern cooking ought to be – uncomplicated but not boring; intelligent but not showy or unnecessary.
Another standout is the raw venison with sriracha aïoli, pangrattato and tatsoi. You’ll notice that their raw meats are stellar, and the restaurant also dries and cures its own charcuterie cuts. The renosterbos goat’s cheese with pumpkin and sesame may be an odd flavour profile to end on for dessert – and there are also more traditional sweet options – but the culinary curious should definitely try this dessert.
A sharply edited wine list of high-end to small scale producers, plus plenty of locally made spirits. But it’s the in-house made cocktails, kombuchas and kvass that will kick off your dining experience.
Waiters are utterly professional, thoroughly well-versed and evidently proud of the cuisine they are serving.
Upon entering Janse & Co, one is struck by the bright floral mural behind a giant coronation dining table – the loudest detail of the décor. Besides the orange cushions in the outside patio, the rest of the space is bold and as minimalist as the chef's style of plating. From the walls to the tables and chairs – all are matte black in the most minimally sumptuous way possible.
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This is kinda of a hidden gem, u might walk pass it...
Amazing dishes especially that Lamb, tomato & Basil and that Karoo Blue
I loved this place. I have seen some negative reviews and cannot believe those peeps visited the same place. We had a super enjoyable evening (23 August 2018) and the restaurant was quite busy for a normal Thursday evening. Loved the flexibility of the menu (compared to the other tasting menu options I have enjoyed at other fine dining restaurants). All the dishes were delicious, some more delicious than others! Great flavour and texture combinations. The wine is a bit pricey and one waiter frowned when we took pics of our food, but all in all a lovely experience. We will definitely go back there. Absolutely loved it!
Cecilia du Plessis
My husband and I enjoyed such a lovely meal here last Saturday. The food was fantastic with lots of subtle flavor combinations and surprises. We each ordered 4 courses which was the perfect amount for us. The service was smooth, efficient and friendly, and sitting by the kitchen provided a great experience and atmosphere. We’ll be back!!
I only put one star by the food because you have to rate it something. The food was such a disappointment. I wish we had booked a reliable option, Cape Town has so many to choose from, like Chef's Warehouse, La Colombe or La Mouette. The list of other options is endless.
The balance on dishes was so bad, either too salty or too acidic. Our waiter failed to notice how badly the dishes were received which was a real shame. You cannot charge prices like this for food that has not even got basic seasoning right. We were all so disappointed.
The only thing that kept us happy was that the wine was lovely and the decor. I understand now why it was so empty though.
Unfortunately not living up to its expectation and certainly not worth the cheque at the end!
After trying quite long to get a booking at Janse & Co, it was surprising to see the restaurant empty on a Saturday night. Not thinking much of this, we were anticipating a unique but also pleasant experience.
The evening started well, however after a while, we were made to feel as if we were doing the restaurant a favour by being patrons. The 8 courses we ordered were below standard for a restaurant of its "reputation".
When trying the recommended dishes, we found that the lamb was tough, the line fish was overcooked and the calamari very chewy. Apart from the food, we had to beg the waiter to fill up our wine and water glasses (both bottles were stored far away from our table).
We really did not want to complain, however when we did mention our disappointment to the manager and waiter, we were told that the food on the menu was not the usual dishes and that the Chef was experimenting. We were also told that the dishes were meant to be served cold, which I highly doubt for both the cooked line fish and lamb.
An overall 4/10 experience and a lot of excuses (without apology) from the team.
Walked in to this new spot and felt very excited to try it out. The decor is beautiful and the outside terrace is lovely on a summer’s evening. Service was excellent. Everyone very knowledgeable and helpful. Interestingly on their website the reservations were fully booked but practically the entire inside was empty so definitely call to make a booking. Small but well curated wine list. The big disappointment was the food. We shared all our courses so tried a number of dishes. Some dishes were very tasty, the carrots winning the evening, but the sizes are minuscule for what you pay. We ended up around R750 a head for 3 small plates and wine. And we left hungry.
NOTE: The average main meal price here is wrong. Well sort of. You can only order minimum 3 courses. Cost: R385 for three courses, R485 for four, R585 for five, R685 for six, R785 for seven
AMBIENCE AND SERVICE: decor and interior is lovely. The staff are very informative and were able to give very good suggestions. 5 stars for both.
FOOD: Each course was very true to the main ingredient. Each dish was lovingly prepared and the flavors were lovely. And for the first time ever at a fine dining restaurant that I have been to, the veg options were better than the meat. The winner of the evening by far was the carrot (with hollandaise sauce and lemon zest). Runner up was the chocolate dessert (brownie with ice cream, homemade aero chocolate and a lemon cream-sauce-thing). We also enjoyed the potato, charcuterie board, leek and pecan dessert. The chicken was slightly disappointing, as was the Kohlrabi.
Only reason I am not giving the food 5 stars is that the portions are VERY small. You kind of need to order the 4 course option if you want to leave satisfied. Not sure if it's entirely worth the money - but it was certainly was very tasty, and I am still day dreaming of those carrots. Mmmm hollandaise sauce.