tl;dr – Go to Waterkloof Restaurant for a special occasion to enjoy well crafted dishes and beautiful architecture.
The Waterkloof Restaurant opened a few years back and I’ve eaten there before. It was great to see that they’ve kept the very high standard for food, service and interior. Just the views and ambience makes Waterkloof worth a visit – if you don’t want to eat you can always come for wine tasting which is in the same building as the restaurant.
I like the easy price structure of the menu – there’s a fixed price on a 2-course and 3-course menu for which you can select between 6 starters, main courses and desserts. It doesn’t matter if you eat Salmon or a Beef fillet – it will always cost the same. You’ll get complimentary water, amuse-bouche and petit four as well as professional service from the waitresses just as expected from a fine dining restaurant.
The food itself was very solid – maybe my expectations were almost too high given the beautiful setup. I almost fell that the dishes were a little over-engineered and too much thinking went into the presentation rather than the preparation. The different sauce spots for example look great on the plate but come unfortunately without much flavour. But I’m complaining on very high niveau here – our monkfish and beef fillet were absolutely beautiful and elevate Waterkloof Restaurant to the top 5% in the country.
We ordered a bottle of Circumstance Chardonnay – which was so great that we had to order a second bottle and buy a case to take home. The bottle goes for R90.- and is in that price range my new favourite Chardonnay.
We left Waterkloof very happy only after 3.5 hours – that speaks for itself. It was a great experience indeed.
Sir Lowry’s Pass Road, Somerset West, 7129, South Africa
Date of visit
R950.- [2 course menu, 2 bottles of wine, coffee, tip]