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The Greenhouse (The Cellars-Hohenort)
Physical address: The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town
Cuisine: Contemporary, International, African
Ambience: Classic Elegance, Contemporary Cool
19:00 - 21:30,
Tuesday - Saturday
Chef Peter Tempelhoff stays on the cutting-edge of South African cuisine with ever-changing seasonal menus, which showcase modern cooking techniques and culinary styles. Inspired by the natural tastes and textures of artisan ingredients – and organic greens and heritage vegetable varieties from his kitchen garden – his creations offer sublime flavour combinations. The fare is exquisitely plated but never fussy or overwrought. Unusual pairings of say, sous vide abalone and pork belly, or baby chicken and langoustine, make for innovative fare. Indeed, innovation is the key, enhancing the main ingredient with imaginative sauces, spheres, gels and emulsions, from crayfish custard and celeriac espuma to coconut and cinnamon jelly, ponzu snow and ginger aoli. Chef puts the fun back into fine dining with crudités in terracotta flower pots with edible soil, macaroon lollipops and inverted brûlée in an upside down glass.Wine:
Allow the sommelier to recommend off the extensive wine-list, or go for the wine pairings by the glass for each dish on all four tasting menus.Service:
World-class with warm Cape hospitality and an excellent sommelier.Ambience:
Imagine dining in a Victorian glass greenhouse with fern print wallpaper and plants opening up into magical views of the property’s famous gardens. A relaxed, contemporary space for intimate, sophisticated dining.And...:
Indulge in one of four menus: the à la carte seasonal menu, chef’s set tasting menu, set fish tasting menu and set vegetarian menu. (GH, October 2012)
Ate there with my daughter for a special treat for her. The food was out of this world - elegant, sophisticated, innovative, exquisite tastes. World class - service was outstanding. The restaurant was empty - what a pity.
Hendré van Zyl
My wife and I started our culinary weekend in Cape Town at this exquisite restaurant. And what a start...perfect setting and ambience, extremely creative food (chef's brilliant tasting menu) and very interesting wine pairing! Difficult to single out a dish, but the tomato and the and duck dishes were both particularly memorable. The personal and friendly, though professional service from Elton Damon took top honours!
An amazing experience! Consistently (I've been 3 times) great service, superb food and wine!
This is comparable to any Michelin restaurant we have had dinner at in Europe. Food is superb, well thought out and excellently plated.
What an amazing experience. From Natasha taking our booking to the culinary experience - it was utterly professional and exciting. Service is fantastic, venue is very very special and compliments to the chef/s for a wonderful journey. Thanks for a special anniversary memory.
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