A tribute to legendary South African artist Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant’s focus is on creating contemporary local cuisine to match the state-of-the-art architectural showpiece.
The menu is inspired by Cape flavours, with modern interpretations of lamb bobotie with pumpkin fritters, sweetcorn mieliepap, Cape Malay pickled fish, uitpakslaai, mieliebrood, and braaibroodjie with amabutho cheese. An innovative vegetarian and vegan menu comes up trumps with superfood Buddha bowls (quinoa, kale and bean sprouts), korma lentil and chickpea curry, wholesome plant-based soups, burgers, tacos and jaffles.
A spice thread runs through an original menu of South African classics, from prawns with atchar and pork croquettes with soet mostert to line fish with smoked snoek and leek tart. Good, fresh ingredients are prepared simply and artily presented, enhanced by tasty chutneys, mustards, pickles and preserves.
Skotnes is also a popular local breakfast spot, from the pampoenkoekies to chakalaka shakshuka. The menu has something for every pocket, from filling savoury jaffles to free-range beef burgers.
Don’t overlook the stunning Cape desserts – Malay pineapple with cardamom samp pudding or sweet-potato kataifi cigar and rooibos ice-cream.
Great selection of top Cape cellars, plus a designer cocktail, spirit and sparkling wine list from a showpiece bar.
Sleek, attentive – with excellent wine-by-the-glass recommendations listed for every dish.
Chic and stylish interior with stunning terrace views of the sculpture garden and wetlands.
Meeting friends over a leisurely breakfast or lunch.
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On the 27 April 2019 I had done my first halaal outsource catering function at the Noval Foundation: Skotnes Restaurant and was delighted to be part of a dynamic team that treated me as one of there own.I was nervous at first cause they had the world class fine dinning experience and I'm just starting out with these type of request.With all my skills and abilities I had shown that the halaal outsource sector has much more to offer and also give the guest the same fine dinning experience. I would like to say thank you to the noval team for making my stay during the function amazing and also Talitha for guiding me through the function and keeping me sane . I am happy that I have given the exact same service as the restaurant
Our family decided to act as tourists in our backyard, that is Cape Town now. What better place to go to than the Norval Foundation/Skotnes Restaurant. Nestled in the Steenberg area, our expectations were high. Also studying the menu prior, we were very excited to try their South African dishes such as the Jaffles.
The ambiance is amazing with stunning, environment appropriate decor. Amazing green juices and delicious complimentary bread. Main courses: mixed reviews. Two of our family members opted for European dishes, Risotto and Line Fish which was exquisite. I opted for a Chicken Curry Jaffle and it was absolutely appalling. The chicken stuffing was so dense without any relieve. And curry, maybe they forgot it?
Service was prompt, but upon our bill arriving they asked us if they can add our parking fee to our bill as well (????).
Will I go again - maybe, only to take tourists.
After having explored plenty of Gauteng's eateries over the past two years with my now wife, it was a great treat to go to the Skotnes for my wife's birthday dinner. The design and clever use of glass to highlight the beauty of the mountain, as well as the incredibly well selected furniture all creates an awesome first impression as you walk in.
The food was perfectly paired to the beautiful setting, our starters of Heirloom Beets and the soup of the day had us both speechless and very excited for the mains to arrive. Erin's pork belly, paired with fennel and apple was incredible, beautifully plated and absolutely melt in mouth.
Upon leaving, my wife even received a beautifully decorated birthday cake to take home.
The prices and the quality of the food surprised as both, fine dining at bistro type pricing will definitely see us returning many more times.
I can definitely recommend Skotnes for a special evening to celebrate, enjoy a glass of wine and appreciate the beauty of the surrounds.
Chapeau to the team!
We went for lunch on the weekend and were bitterly disappointed in the service and untrained waitress. She could not pronounce the special and despite me asking her not to remove my plate until my partner had finished she tried to do this 3 times and the manager once! The bill took 10 mins to arrive we only had a main and 2 drinks - so no reason for complications there. I had the chicken tacos which was not good , the chicken was full of gristle and had an oversmoked taste, my partner had the bunless burger and they removed her plate while she was eating her chips (presented in a bucket along side the burger)
For such a beautiful venue I think the staff needs some proper training as on the spot has clearly been ineffective.
Love the gin trolley and the waitron operating this was charming.
An exquisite experience for all the senses, from the presentation (which is in itself a work of art) right through to the last cup of coffee after your sensational meal. The Head Chef has an exceptional taste for food and has managed to find various other chefs to help him deliver his vision and passion. Flawless service is guaranteed and your glass will always be full.
Picture yourself sitting in a high ceiling room with large glass windows (or out on the deck) looking out to the garden inspired by the local botanicals with a breathtaking view of a mountain in the background, sipping a glass of Chardonnay, your waitron fills your glass right before you taste buds enter a new experience. 'BraaiBroodjies' like you have never had before, the BEST pork belly you could ever ask for finished off with exceptional desserts!
WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR!!