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The Conservatory (The Cellars-Hohenort)

6 Reviews
Fine-dining food, Modern
Phone Number 0217942137 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7am to 10.30am

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12pm to 2pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm to 9pm

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Menu

Menu - Conservatory a la carte menu - 2018 - Updated February 2018 The Conservatory Wine List - updated November 2017

Details

Cost
The full Journey is R1300 per person, with Greenhouse wine pairing at an additional R700 per person. The reduced Discovery menu is R900 per person, with wine pairing at additional R500 per person.
Food
Fine-dining food, Modern
Corkage
R80 per bottle
Cost
The full Journey is R1300 per person, with Greenhouse wine pairing at an additional R700 per person. The reduced Discovery menu is R900 per person, with wine pairing at additional R500 per person.
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Booking required, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Dress code, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Wheelchair, WiFi

Location and contact

93 Brommersvlei Road, The Cellars-Hohenort, Constantia, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Richard Holmes

Food
A generous bread selection is always a portentous start to a meal, and at The Conservatory Head Chef Paul Nash definitely sets things off on the right foot with a wooden bowl of fresh ciabatta, seed bread, bread sticks and lavash. From here things only get better, with a compact menu that manages to tick a variety of boxes. In the mood for comfort food? Opt for the free-range beef burger “with all the fixins”. Lighter bite? The classic Caesar salad is superb with showers of Parmesan, a deep-fried hen’s egg, white anchovies and cured bacon bits. Still hungry? It’s with good reason that the soufflé of ‘Aged Boland Cheese’ has become a permanent fixture on the menu.

They are all excellent starter options, but mains ramp up the kitchen creativity a few notches. The grilled rib-eye comes packed with flavour thanks to a topping of bone marrow and forest mushrooms. There’s an Asian flavour composition in the miso-glazed grilled tuna with soba noodles and bok choy, while tourists are kept happy with a modern take on classic bobotie.

There are a handful of excellent desserts, including the ‘chocolate plate’ favourite of the hotelier and late owner Liz McGrath, but the excellent cheese selection is equally tempting.

Drinks
An exceptional wine list with a wide range of Constantia valley estates alongside icons of the broader Winelands. Excellent selection by the glass, and a handful of international labels complete a superb wine offering.

Service
Formal yet friendly service, with plenty of staff on hand so you'll rarely be left waiting.

Ambience
Despite being the more casual of the hotel’s two restaurants, there’s elegance at The Conservatory in the white lilies and linen tablecloths. Choose between the garden terrace, the sun-splashed garden room or the more formal section overlooking the hotel’s historic camphor trees. It’s a relaxed space, but in the evenings you’ll want to dress up a little.

And…
The adjoining Martini Bar is a great option for a pre-dinner aperitif.

(August 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Fantastic service and even better food. We came here for a birthday celebration and had a lovely experience. The food is simply divine - I can highly recommend the duck although every dish ordered by the party was exceptional. Our waitress was very friendly, she overheard us doing a birthday toast and organised a little chocolate plate for my boyfriend. Highly recommend it especially for a special occasion. We will definitely be going back.
    We had an absolutely wonderful dinner at The Conservatory last night. The service was fantastic and staff were attentive. The food was sublime - the cheese souffle with cheesy gin sauce was out of this world! And the coconut frangipane dessert was delectable. It’s not a cheap outing but it gives exceptional value for money - your tummy and tastebuds will be more than satisfied. An extra-special touch was the plate of mini sweets (nougat and a macaron and a milk tart) given to me as a Happy Birthday. Super special experience!
    The food may be delicious, but make sure to check before booking your table that there is no wedding happening. The wedding venue is literally in the room next to the restaurant, with no real separation or sound proofing. Expect to have no dinner conversation (because you can't hear yourself think) if the disco has started. Totally not worth the money in this situation, and the manager gave us "coffees on the house as a concession, with apologies". Same old shitty Cape Town service (we can be slapgat and snooty because we have The Mountain...)
    My son was visiting from London with his partner, who made reservations at Greenhouse. When the three of us arrived, we were told that Greenhouse was closed on a Monday and that our booking was now at Conservatory. We were very disappointed at first, but enjoyed the excellent food, wonderful ambience and great service. We hope to be back and try the Greenhouse to compare. Thanks to all!

    Sunday lunch on 30 June was great. Very well appointed restaurant with attentive service. Enjoyed the Eikendal Charisma, 2011. Stunning venue.

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