Located on a plot off the Boschkop Road to the east of Pretoria, Tin Roof Café is not the kind of place that you just accidentally stumble across – you kind of have to know where you’re going to get there. And that’s part of the magic. Tin Roof isn’t just an eatery, but a destination in its own right. It’s a place to shake off your worries, kick back and enjoy some exceptionally good food in a gorgeous farm-style setting. Owner Jenny Foulis’s warm and attentive welcome sets the tone for a consistently enjoyable dining experience.
Starters often lack flair and imagination, but not so at Tin Roof. The mussels en papilotte is a wondrous creation that requires the diner to unfurl the crisp, slightly browned parchment paper to reveal a pocket of shiny mussels, bathing in an exquisite sauce of coconut cream, coriander, chilli and celery. The lamb croquette is an equally attractive alternative. Served with a pea purée, sweet potato crisps and a red wine reduction, the croquettes are unexpectedly delicate and intensely flavoursome. Other options include homemade gnocchi and a Parma ham, pear and haloumi salad.
The mains offering is richly varied. Carnivores are well catered for, and particularly eye-catching options include the lamb cutlets with polenta and a pomegranate salsa, or the pork belly that comes with an eisbein spring roll, crackling, and a bacon-and-cider jus. There are also several chicken options, and a wild mushroom risotto on the vegetarian front. The specials menu changes frequently, but if it’s available, you’d do well to order the kabeljou – an exquisitely crafted portion of fish steamed with wild rice and almonds. The pizza menu is relatively short, but the options are all customisable with a wide variety of extras. They’re made in a wood-fired oven, and are served on a thin base with gloriously crisp edges.
Choosing a dessert is no easy task. Try the pavlova with Chantilly cream and mixed berries, or dial up the decadence with the velvety chocolate crémeux. It comes with nuggets of crunchy honeycomb which, after a few chews, reduce to a deliciously sticky toffee.
The wine list offers a concise but satisfying selection with some unusual options. The Springfield Miss Lucy white blend is a fine companion to a fish dish. On a warm summer afternoon or evening, the delicately fizzy Satori prosecco makes for a pleasant aperitif.
Service slows down ever-so-slightly during the busy moments, but the wait staff are consistently cheerful, efficient and attentive.
It’s all understated, country-style elegance without being uppity about it. The garden is an enchanting backdrop for al fresco night-time dining, while the fireplace is a big drawcard in the colder months.
It’s ideal for a family lunch on the weekend, with plenty of space for kids to run around.
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L’Mari Van den Berg
Brilliant food, stunning ambience, however, you always feel as if you have to be out of there by 20:30. Don’t like going to places where you feel rushed.
Great venue, excellent food with a wide variety on the menu and really tentative staff. Great afternoon and will definitely go again
Roelia (Boozy_Foodie) Schoeman
This delightful spot is in Mooiplaats, Pretoria, so it does feel like a bit of an escape from city life. Complete with a bit of dirt road to travel on. Us city dwellers need that now and again!
The warm and welcoming ambience immediately transported us back to our time spent in the Cape Winelands a week or so ago. Bliss!
We arrived just as the doors opened, and I realized soon afterwards that we were probably very lucky to get a table without a reservation, so that is something to remember next time.
The wine list is concise but really impressive and we immediately recognized some personal favourites.
You can expect country-style comfort food that is absolutely delicious and prepared and presented beautifully.
I opted for the wild mushroom risotto and believe me, it was divine! Served with asparagus and chickpea fritters, this was such a tasty and hearty dish. It was a good-sized portion (in my words = large) and I finished all of it! Every last bite.
My husband had the Italia pizza (with added anchovies) and it truly was a feast for the eyes. I didn't taste it, but he thoroughly enjoyed it. Maybe next time!
I only realized recently that the legendary Chef Pellie Grobler (previously Head Chef at Black Bamboo) is at the helm of this restaurant. The quality of the meals speak volumes! Continuing his mission to change Pretoria one meal at a time. Great job!
We will definitely be back - I saw quite a few dishes on the menu that I will be dreaming about until then! Oh yes, and that wild mushroom risotto.
We visited as a party of 6 for dinner. Great atmosphere with a nice fireplace keeping the place cosy and warm as well as good, friendly service. The food was delicious and well presented. Starters was great. Most of us had the Rump with truffle salted fries. The sauce on the meat was rich and tasty and worked perfectly with the truffle. One of us had the duck and it looked amazing. The pistachio creme brulee was the winner dessert. They had great wines to add to the meal. Pricing is above average (especially starters and dessert) but I thought is was reasonable for the quality.
We went there last night with some friends and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The food was out of this world. The service was excellent. Great place
What a dream!!!
We literally cannot find one fault with this restaurant.
From the get go the service was great. We had the best waiter that have served me in my life.
It was very difficult to choose what to eat as the restaurant offers a great variety, all of which sounds spectacular. Each dish has their own unique twist which contributes to the unique nature of the restaurant. They offer anything from gnocchi (a favourite) to pork belly, to fillet, to pizza, to the most amazing home made tin roof ice cream (no not the one from Woolworths).
The food was fantastic. The flavors burst in my mouth and I could just feel them all float together to create one impeccable taste.
The chef even personally came to check up on us.
Overall I can officially rate this restaurant as the best I've ever been.