A rich and immersive dining experience in lush surrounds.
Klaasenbosch (as The Cellars-Hohenort was once known) had a humble start as a farm and guesthouse in the 17th century, providing board to sailors of the Dutch East India Company. It wasn’t until 1993 that well-known property developer, Liz McGrath, bought the estate and restored its historic 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 on the eastern slopes of Table Mountains, the glass-walled restaurant is surrounded by the hotel’s renowned gardens – a fantastical setting for a memorable meal.
The restaurant is enclosed in a glass box, enhancing its bright and airy appeal. Glass panels overhead create the illusion of being outside, with see-through walls providing stupendous views of the verdant surrounds.
Potted plants, floral artworks and botanical-printed wallpaper continue the alfresco narrative, with elegant bar trolleys and sleek floor lamps creating an air of sophistication.
At the helm of the kitchen is 33-year-old chef Farrel Hirsch, who worked as the restaurant’s sous chef under Peter Tempelhoff from 2014 to 2016 (with stints at The Test Kitchen and North Island, Seychelles, before and after that).
Chef Farrel’s dishes are nuanced yet assured, paying homage to the exemplary culinary language Greenhouse has always been known for: seasonality, sustainability, diverse flavours and an immersive dining experience.
“I love finding new foreign flavours and combinations that I’d never imagined would go well together,” he says. “It’s finding the unknown that excites me, and I love sharing these discoveries with our guests.Not to taste is not to know.”
Weekend lunch at Greenhouse
From November 2020 onwards, Greenhouse is opening its doors for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. Guests will have an opportunity to embark on the four-course “Discovery” tasting menu for R550, with the option to add a wine pairing for R360. The gourmet tasting menu pays homage to unique South African flavour, incorporating influences from areas such as the Bo Kaap and False Bay, while maintaining its fine-dining edge.
The Greenhouse won the three-plate award at the Jenny Handley Gourmet Awards, held in October 2019. For those who aren’t familiar, this award is based on authenticity, excellence and consistency of the highest regard, and Greenhouse won “hands down”.
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