Among the starters are options of soup, duck biltong salad, calamari with sweet corn, mielie pap and chakalaka, and heirloom beetroot with almond milk espuma and smoked grapes. Unfortunately the almond espuma dominates the plate and your palate, masking the other flavours of the dish. The trendy jaffle has an entire section devoted to it. These crowd-pleasers are each served with tomato smoor and sambal. There’s one filled with Cape Malay braised brisket and peach chutney, which makes for the perfect gourmet toasted sandwich of tender savoury meat complemented by sweet chutney. Other fillings include spinach, butternut and feta, and there’s also a jaffle version of a croque monsieur. (Word to the wise: the jaffles are mysteriously only available on the menu during the week.)
The bobotie, made with succulent slow-cooked lamb shoulder, doesn’t disappoint. Served alongside is the fluffiest coconut-scented rice, as well as a deliciously sweet and sour homemade chutney. Comfortingly familiar yet excitingly different, it’s up there as one of the most delicious bobotie dishes I have had. The corn risotto, on the other hand, falls a little short and doesn’t quite deliver on sweetcorn flavour. Side dishes include fire-roasted sweet potatoes with feta and spring onions. The charred edges of the sweet potatoes add a wonderfully smoky element to the sweet flesh and creamy feta cheese. The triple-cooked potato chips seasoned with braai salt have a lovely crisp texture but can do with a lot more seasoning.
Desserts include banana bread paired with granadilla glass and banana ice cream, a chocolate lamington with smoked chocolate ice cream, and a lightly brûléed lemon tart served with Cremora tart sorbet and raspberries. The balance of tartness and sweetness in the lemon tart makes for the perfect ending to a filling meal.
Along with the bill comes a complimentary selection of friandise: a frozen milk tart, a homemade bounty bar, a beetroot macaron and an After Eight truffle. Each one of the confections was not only beautiful, but also tasted even better than it looked. I really take my hat off to the pastry chef who created those sweets; they were perfection!
The menu has a selection of red and white wines available, as well as bubbly. The signature house wines are blended and bottled especially for the restaurant. Ask the waiter for a sample taste of the house wines before you choose and they will happily oblige. They also offer a selection of classic cocktails as well as hot teas and coffees.
On arrival you’re welcomed by a very bubbly hostess, who sets the tone for the wonderful service. The staff is attentive and very knowledgeable about the gallery and artists featured in the gallery. My waiter struggled to tell me anything about the chef, but had good knowledge of the menu and components of each dish.
As you enter the space, the first thing you notice is the hand-woven light fixture and the beautiful green upholstered chairs. The space is bright and open, with all the glass walls giving you a full view of the lush green surrounds as well as the outdoor art sculptures. Be prepared: the glass walls are great for the view, but can be very blinding when the sun is out. All in all, the restaurant space is an extension of the gallery and is certainly beautiful.
Skotnes currently has a winter special running. Pay R185 for two courses or R215 for three courses. If you join as a member of the Norval Foundation, you receive 10% off all dishes on the menu.
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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!!
Wow, what an experience to dine at the Skotnes! The food is delicious and the presentation marvellous - an art in itself! The venue overlooking the magnificent tranquil sculpture garden is one of a kind in South Africa and to complete the experience the staff is warm and friendly. A must visit in Cape Town.
The Skotnes is definitely one of my favourite restaurants for all occasions. I have had brunch, lunch and dinner here and can definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a unique eating experience.
The beautiful scenery and sculpture park allows for a relaxing atmosphere and makes it a family friendly destination. All staff members very are friendly and often remember previous preferences with returning customers.
The scones are definitely worth a try and there are several light options for lunch - including incredible jaffles. My favourite dinner options include the risotto and the fillet with a delicious braaibroodjie.
The Skotnes is a must for all who appreciate the arts. Majestic food and aromas, a art by itself. Not just your ordanary dishes. The atmosphere is welcoming and service was great. The restaurant was fully booked, food came out on time, a well oiled machine. The gin trolly gave a feeling of the old world but within a modern setting. We had a variety of dishes and it was as delisious as it looked!
The deserts was also artful and delisious. A strole throug the museum and gardens was a great end to a festive occasion. Can’t wait to come back and experience more of Chef Phil’s and his teams dishes.
The food was amazing, had friendly people and the place has an amazing view of the mountain at sunset time. Been there three times and would go back again.
The Skotnes provides the perfect setting for a day out. Great food and ambiance and finish off your visit with a stroll through the Norval Foundation garden. The peri-peri Taco's is a must try item.
Without a doubt the food is amazing. We were looked after by a team of people in so many ways and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. It is a big restaurant and I am sure in summer this place will be packed. We are spoiled for choices in this area.
A vibrant restaurant surrounded by majestic views all-round. Hugged by mountains on one side, not to mention an art filled vista on the other, the Skotnes Restaurant boasts enticing aromas, flavours and feasts for the eyes.
Located at Norval Foundation, a new centre for art, the restaurant compliments the sophisticated art exhibitions and sculpture garden with a sophisticated palette of its own.
Creative interpretations of South African favourites make for an interesting menu - alive with flavour, but serious in its aims of offering diners a satisfying experience in terms of the visual and the flavourful. Whether coming for brunch, lunch or dinner (with the family in tow or not), the Skotnes Restaurant is without a doubt well worth a visit. I personally recommend making a day of it and paying the art galleries, museum shop and sculpture garden a visit.
If you are looking for amazing food, brilliant service and an unforgettable experience, The Skotnes Restaurant is the place to be! This newly opened restaurant should definitely be on everybody's summer bucket list! And do not forget to end your South African inspired feast at the beautiful Skotnes Bar upstairs, perfect for a drink after a long day at work!
The Skotnes Restaurant is exceptional. I love the closeness and respect to nature, culture and produce. Carrying the name of one of Africa’s greatest artists and teachers already gives it an incredible presence. There is consideration and thought on every level from ambience to the way food is presented and quality of the dishes. We don’t get gifts on this level often in South Africa.
My mom and I had the most amazing meal at Skotnes. Firstly the breadsticks with homemade hummus and butter was delcious, we then shared the duck liver parfait- out of this world, for mains we both had the rib eye. It was grilled to perfection and was super tender and tasty. For dessert we shared the banana bread, once again outstanding! The service was also impeccable and our waitress was very attentive and helpful in the decision making process. Cant fault anything with this amazing restaurant!
Skotnes restaurant gets full marks for achieving its aim of showcasing South African food and flavours. The menu is varied and refreshingly different, and thankfully doesn't follow the trend of merely listing ingredients, so that options can be weighed up without the need for detailed explanations from the staff. Deciding what to order can be difficult, but our waitress Nana was knowledgeable and helpful. Three of us chose completely different dishes, and everything was superb – presentation, flavours and quality of ingredients were all faultless, and portion sizes ample. Don't be disappointed if the soup of the day is pumpkin and butternut: it is worth going back for! The winter special menu was limited and one can't mix-and-match with the standard menu: items were only available as part of the 2- or 3-course special. However it is excellent value if you are hungry enough for more than one course, and accompanying my chicken curry from the special menu was the best roti I've ever eaten.
The restaurant area is attractive and spacious with lovely views through the tall glass doors (we were there for lunch). Be aware that there is a fee for parking.