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“Outstanding meal” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse
The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel | 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia 7800, South Africa
+27 21 794 2137
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Ranked #2 of 28 Restaurants in Constantia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $80 - $100
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Greenhouse expertly showcases the cuisine of Cape Town’s first Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, Peter Tempelhoff and his talented team. Here, the tasting menus are inspired by the bountiful local produce and diverse cultures of South Africa.The cuisine playfully combines international techniques and styles with local ingredients and flavours, resulting in dishes that surprise and leave a lasting impression. The 3 tasting menus and à la carte menu, expertly paired with superb wines from the surrounding wine region, will impress even the most seasoned of diners.Limited seating, for just 45 people, ensures that each guest experiences the most intimate dining affair. This experience, coupled with the unforgettable cuisine, where guests find themselves lingering over every bite, creates a culinary story unique to The Greenhouse.
Vienna, Virginia
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Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Outstanding meal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

We had an amazing meal with outstanding service. Each of us had one of the two tasting menus. Each course was better than the last, and the presentation was impeccable. It was a wonderful meal and evening for all. Highly recommended!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Truly Exceptional”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

The Greenhouse was voted restaurant of the year 2011 by Eat Out, is under the direction of the Peter Templehoff, a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, an accolade he shares with only one other South African and the holder of 9 Rossouw's stars, more than anyone else in the guide's history and the country: 3 each for each of the restaurants he oversees.

It truly is not possible to have a higher expectation against which to deliver.

Yet when you dine at the Greenhouse, the experience makes the lightest work of these accolades, brushing them into insignificance and exposing them as inadequate at preparing you for the gorgeous, elegant, sumptuous delicate symphony of flavour, presentation, service, surprise that the Greenhouse presents.

Often the mystery of two perfectly accomplished musicians has presented themselves, the enigma being that one is able to make the faultless display transcend the mere notes and connect with a broad base of people in a way that elicits widespread appreciation whilst the other whilst no less talented of accomplished fails to take the listener beyond the chord charts before the performer. In that same enigmatic way, Peter is able to connect beyond his plate to the intended impression the dish was created for making the dining experience at the Greenhouse the best I have experienced.

I am aware that my culinary search has only extended to destinations on 4 continents, but it will take some doing to top this experience.

I am unreserved in my recommendation of the Greenhouse and from the food to the service you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Wonderful atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The ambience in this restaurant is wonderful and overall the food is great for a sophisticated palate, but rather too rich for me. If you like a tasting menu, with a seafoody slant this the place. Service is exemplary ant the wine list is comprehensive. No outlook.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Surprise! Surprise!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The first surprise was where we would go to for my birthday dinner and the second that our friends would join us too. And WOW what a surprise. The food was and adventure both visually and gastronomically. The setting of the restaurant takes you back in time but the food is unashamedly contemporary and I think that is where the magic originates. Very comfortable homely feel with cutting edge cuisine. All and all we had an almost perfect evening as our initial server was a little inexperienced but was soon swopped without much fuss. This is one of my "have to go to" restaurants in Cape Town.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

We booked two months in advance to ensure we had a table. This is known as one of Capetowns best restaurants, and deservedly so. We were invited to go early and take a drink and walk around the garden before our booking time. We asked for different wines, and the wine waiter open a new bottle for each of us. We had a table in the Greenhouse proper (some tables are inside). The decor is delightful and attention to detail faultless. I had the tasting menu and my wife had the fish tasting menu. All the courses were wonderful, and a culinary delight. The service was impeckable and slick. The dress code is smart /casual, and I was one of only a few with a jacket on. We cant recommend this place enough and for R1900 including a nice wine for michellin star food, is great value as well.

Visited January 2013
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