The Pool Room Oak Valley Estates

5 Reviews
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, French
Phone Number 0218594111 Opening Hours Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Breakfast: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 11am

Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12pm to 3pm

Dinner: Friday 6pm to 9pm


Menu - The Pool Room - Menu - Updated April 2018 The Pool Room - Picnic Menu - Updated April 2018 The Pool Room - Discovery Menu - updated in August 2017 The Pool Room - Drinks Menu - updated in August


R180 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Fine-dining food, French
R180 avg main meal
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Alfresco, Breakfast, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Owner's description

The Pool Room is headed up by Chef Patron Gordon Manual who’s menu is shaped by the abundance of exceptional produce on their doorstep in the Overberg region. It all begins here on Oak Valley with their own free range pork and beef. The farm has invested in livestock that is of the finest breed and rears them in an ethical pasture environment. Chef Gordon and his team share in this devotion to the quality and integrity of ingredients by sourcing through local producers of vegetables, honey, cheese, olive oil, herbs and many others who are driving sustainable hydroponic and organic methods. Whilst enjoying your meal Diners are seated alongside a turquoise pool in a lush open garden with views through the oaks onto the Groenlandberg Mountain.

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    What a beautiful location, sitting around the pool in the gorgeous gardens! The service is personal and attentive and the food is delicious, this is a gem of a restaurant! Do go and enjoy!
    We took the day off to go to The Pool Room, which we got to know under a different name and management and was sorely disappointed by their food. My friend got a piece of fish with a smattering of mash underneath and had to fill up on bread and some of my chips. I had a hamburger, also very disappointing in taste. We left and at Kleinmond we both had to run to the loo with upset stomachs. We had only had food at the Pool Room that day. When I complained to the owner the following day she had more to say than I did and I could barely get a word in edgeways. She also demanded a doctor's certificate from us. I was disgusted with her lack of tact and suggested that she needs to learn how to handle clients, also that her food was inferior and made us sick. The food is also totally overpriced and not in a five star category at all!! After that unpleasant experience I shall never go there again and wont recommend it to my friends either. Her restaurant spoils the lovely setting there. Some of the reviews were written concerning the previous restaurant which was super. This owner has only recently taken over and has to brush up her cooking skills because service is not the only thing which counts, especially at the exorbitant prices which she charges - R185 for a piece of fish! What a pity. Ursula Light CT
    Our family usually picks a spot in Elgin/Grabouw where we can meet up as it's a way to spend time together for us who live so far apart. We picked the Pool Room for this reason, but our reason for wanting to return is certainly not the same. The setting sets the tone from the start. Beautiful tables arranged around a sparkling blue pool, with ample umbrellas to see to the shading. We tried to coordinate ordering a variety of dishes amongst ourselves so that we could have a maximum experience of the menu, and in each instance that was no loser around the table. Each dish delivered in terms of presentation and flavour, from the acorn fed pork & pistachio terrine starter to the delicious Wagyu Beef steak. I should add, the Cape Malay curry cream served with the Kabeljou went sooo well with the hand cut chips! The dark chocolate and coffee dessert was a great match for the Oak Valley Pinot Noir. I can't wait to make up another excuse the head over the mountain and visit them again.
    Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience, Charcuterie platter for the table with "to die for" ciabatta, carpaccio stunning, gnocci with wild mushrooms, Steaks for mains - delicious, oven roasted beetroot with sour cream & chives, the best handcut chips ever, literally had to make space for dessert. 8 of us gave it 10/10

    The expectations are high because of the setting, the friendly service and the owner always being in attendance.
    The food was disappointing. Sorry, no fillet, no fish and the calamari comes pan fried. Well, I wish. As a non meat eater, and not keen on a starch only pasta option, it was salad or calamari. It was slimey, barely cooked, pale tubes in cream. The other guests settled for steaks that were mediocre and the side salad (only option) unless you order expensive sides, consisted of greens a few tomatoes and sprouts. Sad, as this is a beautiful place.

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