Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort
The flagship restaurant of The Collection by Liz McGrath for good reason, Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort should be at the top of the list for those wanting to experience something truly interactive and sophisticated.
During our meal here, it became apparent how passionate and happy the entire staffing unit are when it comes to working with the culinary team here.
This close-knit family made serving a full restaurant on a Saturday night, look like a seamless affair without a single table wanting for anything, and smiles on their faces. Knowledgeable, passionate, interesting, aware of their surroundings and working as a team throughout! It was both a pleasure to experience first-hand and to simply sit and watch.
Photography-wise, I have tried to feature a small glimpse of our exceptional culinary adventure recently guided by Chef Farrel Hirsch and hope that I have done it justice, because it truly was an interactive journey of discovery with lots of drama, beautiful plating and unusual taste combinations that did not disappoint anyone at the table.
‘a muse’ bouche
Tempura Courgettes with courgette Baba Ganoush, dehydrated courgette skin, lime and coriander shoots.
Cheese and tomato sandwich, brick pastry, huguenots cheese, cherry tomato jam and fresh chives.
Lavash flat bread with Romesco pesto, goats cheese, granola, honey and fresh herbs.
Seabass, seaweed, avocado, rice, cucumber, sesame
The presentation, interaction and plating of this dish had us all fixated on the Chef.. It can only be described as artistry in motion.
Springbok tartare, foie “rocher”, berry, Glühwein, parsley
Breast and leg, hanepoot and shiitake, pear, pistachio
Chef Farrel achieved absolute perfection with this 14 day dry-aged duck breast on the crown and confit leg.. Tender, juicy meat with crispy skin.
Aged beef, sweetbreads, carrot, onion, pap, morogo
Beetroot, hazelnut, coffee, chocolate, cherry
greenhouse petit four
The three petit fours that we finished our evening up with were mini malva pudding, peppermint crisp truffles and mango and coriander jub jub
kaas op die plaas
Assorted cheeses, ginger-apricot chutney, honeycomb, cashew
Soft, romantic lighting provided mostly by lamps and a clever use of mirrors, paint a beautiful scene for this restaurant at night.
I was impressed with Greenhouse’s use of the space and simple, stylish furnishings when it came to the table settings. This restaurant, unlike many others in this genre, manages to create ambiance effortlessly without appearing at all as if it is trying too hard.
Greenhouse at Cellars-Hohenort truly is a world class treat for the senses! I cannot recommend their ‘Experience’ tasting menu enough and fully understand why it has cemented itself time and time again as one of South Africa’s Top 10 Restaurants.