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Pretoria’s finest food
The food offering at De Kloof is arguably some of Pretoria’s finest and most intricate, with a fun, creative and unique handle on traditional fine dining with a touch of local flair.
Out of the comfort zone
If you’re a simple eater, De Kloof might be a step out of the comfort zone, with classic dishes such as mushroom and biltong soup getting an umami packed revisit with shiitake mushrooms, a thyme jelly and textures of onion and some venison making an appearance in a rich, velvety starter called “a tasting of venison liver”, a delightful trio of blesbok liver pate, impala liver parfait and eland liver parfait, served with home pickles and butternut crisps.
The menu has one or two vegetarian options but certainly doesn’t specialize in plant based meals. If you’re meat free and perusing through the menu, give the vege-zagna a try, it’s a lot like a deconstructed vegetable lasagna w a spinach lasagne sheet, smoked tomato ketchup and some tempura tofu for a good bit of crunch. The fun really begins at the end of the menu, with some spectacular desserts to seal off the meal.
A massive crowd pleaser is certainly the ironically named “boring old Malva pudding”, a butternut Malva fondant, an out-of-this-world butternut sorbet served with a butternut toffee puree at R74. This dessert’s pairing suggestion is a glass of Hennessy. If thats not the most triumphant way to celebrate a great meal… And as with most great establishments, there is also a cheese course available! “Die maan is van kaas gemaak” is a warm baked Camambert cheese on pumpernickel bread accompanied by a mature cheddar fondue, a Grana Padano cigar, cream cheese mousse, mouth-watering fig salami and a herby Melba toast.
The wine menu at De Kloof is as extensive (read impressive) as it is dizzyingly long, so it would be advisable to follow the food and wine pairing recommendations indicated on the menu.
The wine list features a number of the country’s finest wines, such as the Arendsig Sauvignon Blanc from Robertson’s winery or the Oak Valley “Sound of Silence” pinot noir. Also expect to find your trusted local beers as well as some extra special offerings like The Trappist.
The service at De Kloof is attentive and personalized, albeit slow at times; due to the intricacy of most of the dishes, one should expect to wait a bit for dishes to arrive at their best quality. The waiters’ wine knowledge is exceptional, making ordering and pairing a fun, easy and almost educational exercise.