Klaasenbosch (as The Cellars-Hohenort was then known) had its humble start as a farm and guesthouse in the 17the century, providing room and board to sailors of the Dutch East India Company. It wasn’t until 1993 that well-known property developer, Liz McGarth, bought the estate and restored its historical beauty. The launch of the luxurious Cellars-Hohenort Hotel was shortly followed by the opening of its critically acclaimed restaurant: Greenhouse.
Reached by a long winding road against the eastern slope of Table Mountain, situated in the heart of Cellars-Hohenort’s renowned garden, its location is perfect for a glass restaurant.
As you’d expect, the restaurant is enclosed in a glass box, enhancing its bright and airy atmosphere. Glass panels overhead give you the illusion of being outside, while the exterior glass walls provide unhindered views of the pristine garden that surrounds the perched glasshouse.
Granite floors add to the alfresco narrative, as do the potted plants scattered throughout the restaurant and the framed botany against the walls. Sophisticated touches like hues of black and white, elegant bar trolleys and sleek floor lamps ooze elegance.
At the helm of one of the best restaurants in town is executive chef Peter Tempelhoff (one of two Relais & Châteaux Grand Chefs in South Africa) and head chef Ashley Moss. Peter has been at Greenhouse for more than 10 years and, along with his devoted team, are consistently elevating the benchmark of modern South African cuisine.
Peter and Ashley’s food philosophy is about the narrative; telling stories with local and historical ingredients. Each plate poses a question or idea that arrests your senses, taking you on a fairytale-like culinary journey.
If you’d like to experience these master chefs’ culinary brilliance up close and personal, sign up for the Chef for a Day Cooking Course with Peter Tempelhoff and Ashley Moss in the Greenhouse’s kitchen!
Or, simply sit back, and enjoy being taken on a culinary adventure with these unmissable lunchtime specials.
Opening times Tuesday – Saturday, 6pm – 9.30pm