Roots Restaurant at Forum Homini

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Modern, Vegan food
Phone Number 0116687000 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 8.30am to 11am

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 4pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday 7pm to 11pm

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R450 per person (six-course dinner menu), R595 (with wine); R295 (four-course lunch menu); R175 (five-course breakfast menu)
Modern, Vegan food
Wine R100, sparkling R150
R450 per person (six-course dinner menu), R595 (with wine); R295 (four-course lunch menu); R175 (five-course breakfast menu)
Groups, Special occasions, Views
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Booking required, Breakfast, Cocktails, Dinner, Dress code, Fireplace, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Hennie Fisher

Forum Homini has delightful architectural and design pleasures, and now that the natural grasses and vegetation surrounding the dam have matured, it feels as if the space has truly settled into the Cradle of Humankind.
The courses have lovely names related to the location of humankind’s beginning. Prologue to celebrate the seed, Overture to celebrate roots and so on. Seared salmon with a sesame crust, charred cucumber, cucumber gel, apple sponge and gin compressed cucumber may kick off the six-course menu, followed by sweetbreads served with turnip, Parma ham and sage velouté and corn dust. Then kingklip with lemon espuma, braised fennel, herb ash, followed by a duo of lamb and a final dish of bush peach panna cotta. Cheese is served in the non-Continental manner after the dessert, with pear and red wine jam, spiced apricot preserves and home-made bread sticks.

The drinks list offers a comprehensive selection of French and SA bubblies. Also interesting divisions within the wine list like South African Bordeaux blends such as Warwick Trilogy and South African Rhône blends such as Fable Mountain Vineyards Night Sky 2012, and some good international wines including the SA/Chile collaboration between Julio Bouchon and David Nieuwoudt, Longavi Sauvignon Blanc. The list also boasts a section called ‘Weird and Wonderful’ with Savage White Blend and Craven Pinot Noir.

Friendly and attentive but could be smoother.

The space is superbly designed with high-end wooden finishes but is in need of a refresh. Massive slabs of glass allow beautiful views over the small dam.

This hotel and restaurant is still hugely popular for weekend breaks and is filled with romantic couples. The restaurant is still geared for events and food-and-wine pairing dinners.


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User reviews

6 Reviews
    I booked into Roots for my father's 60th birthday. My family is vegetarian and Roots was 100% happy to do up a menu for the 6 of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal in the peaceful surroundings. The food was great and the service was superb. Our waiter was friendly and chatty. The highlight (apart from the delicious food) was the management's flexibility in creating a vegetarian menu for just 6 people. Thank you for making my father's 60th memorable!
    After much consideration, we decided to go to Roots for our anniversary. It was the best decision we could've possibly made. It was a truly magnificent experience that I cannot wait to repeat again. The food was beautifully presented and taste was amazing. Service was immaculate without being intrusive and the wine pairing was on point!
    We visited Roots on 09 August 2018. A really exquisite setting, excellent food and service. 5 Stars.
    tayed overnight at the hotel. Superb experience! Service was friendly, efficient and not over bearing. The wine pairing added a balanced dimension to each meal. As with every degustation menu, courses are hit or miss, but always curious and interesting.
    We were staying in the Cradle of humankind for my birthday weekend and Roots came recommended. A delicious six course meal paired well with 6 local wines. What an amazing way to end my birthday.

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