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Grei at The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Reservations Collection Delivery
Contemporary Fine Dining
RRR+

Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

An elegant evening tasting the delectable dishes prepared by our team of Chefs and paired with tea, South African or International wines. Choose between a delcious five course collaboration menu or an eight course tasting menu. Join us for a memorable fine dining experience that will make you long to return.

Gourmet Guide Description

'a modern, herbaceous journey like no other' The Saxon Hotel is an urban sanctuary that draws discerning guests and diners seeking luxury in the heart of the city. It’s a sophisticated setting, the villas, suites and spa offering understated African elegance. Upstairs at Grei guests settle into the intimate environment to savour a sensory, herbaceous journey. Simplicity and sophistication meet as equal partners, and attention to detail is paramount in every aspect of the experience. From white-gloved, informative and charming service to a local and international wine list that has been curated to keep the most exacting connoisseur impressed. Having spent 14 years working here under legendary chefs, when the opportunity to make it her own, chef Candice Philip grabbed it with enthusiasm. "I always wanted my own space – when the opportunity arose, I already knew the name. Grei means ‘tribe’ or ‘clan’ in Portuguese," she says. The monotone décor in shades of grey forms an uncompetitive backdrop for her superlative, eye-catching cuisine. It’s special-occasion dining, inspired by her love of herbs, grown on site in the rooftop garden. The menu – based on the seasons and labelled by the scientific names of equinox, hibernal, vernal and solstice – changes on the cusp but evolves constantly. Candice creates a combination of three flavour profiles and then her team of four with one trainee have input, creating unforgettable dishes. It’s a tight team that is an unparalled joy to witness as they quietly create perfection on a plate. There are three menus: A main, vegetarian and pescatarian. Her cordials form the base of some interesting, non-alcoholic pairings with homegrown produce. Expect surprises and a touch of uncontrived, discreet ‘theatre’, subtle nuances that may go undetected if you do not involve yourself totally in the experience. Dishes like the springbok with caviar and buck leaf sorrel and the sweetbreads with scallop and wild garlic, will be remembered indefinitely. Simple yet creative plating impresses with each course stimulating worthy. If Candice loves a dish, you know that the odds are that you will too. "Just enjoying this moment in time for what it is." Chef Candice Philip

Reviews (94)

4.7 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.2
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.8
  • Nelson S. Dined: 6 months ago
    3.5
    Food 3.0
    Value 3.0
    Service 3.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Hennie P. Dined: 6 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Roberto T. Dined: 6 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 08 Mar 20
    Thank you for a wonderful experience.

  • Lisa B. Dined: 6 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • KREESEN N. Dined: 7 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 04 Mar 20
    Extraordinary Experience. Quite expensive but well worth it for the experience. Never had this experience before.

  • Andy B. Dined: 7 months ago
    4.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Zandile B. Dined: 7 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Tebello M. Dined: 7 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 23 Feb 20
    My husband and I LOVE Grei! Excellence!

  • Paula W. Dined: 7 months ago
    2.8
    Food 3.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 23 Feb 20
    The food was disappointing to be honest. 2 of the 6 courses were so salty, neither my husband nor I really wanted to finish them and given they are only a mouthful or two each, thats saying something. The exact dishes were the Lamb which was beautifully cooked on its own but with the sauce it was dreadful. The other dish that was too salty was the cheesy icecream which was both over salty and disappointing. The first amuse bouche course was also so-so. For the cost, I was disappointed. There are much better places to eat for far less expense. The property however is breathtaking and it never fails to delight.

  • Verushka R. Dined: 7 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 23 Feb 20
    The best meal from Grei thus far. Every visit keeps getting better and better. I absolutely adore the use of fresh herbs and spices, together with the perfectly paired non-alcoholic infusions. I will go back time and time again.

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  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 18h30 - 20h00
  • Wednesday 18h30 - 20h00
  • Thursday 18h30 - 20h00
  • Friday 18h30 - 20h00
  • Saturday 18h30 - 20h00
  • Sunday CLOSED
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