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Restaurant Mosaic

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Fine Dining
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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

The magic of Mosaic is a holistic dining experienced through all the senses - taste, smell, texture, touch, mouth-feel and satiation – leaving you inspired and revitalized. The ancients were eternally searching for the elixir of life, consuming foods supposedly containing the energy of love, protection, sensuality, strength, fertility and prosperity. Chantel taps into these ancient mystic beliefs by making use of fragile herbs and flowers that are more than just garnish. They become the essential ingredients that allow you to emerge yourself in the sustenance of Gaia herself. The essence of each ingredient is captured in her delicate dishes, poems of nature that fills your soul, releasing neuro-chemicals that calm and soothe, creating feelings of joy and contentment and assisting in the nourishment of your body on levels far beyond just mere satisfaction.Inspired by the French masters like Michel Bras, Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Passard and Guy Savoy, Chantel creates dishes according to inspiration she draws from her environments natural, emotional and subliminal influences. Central to her philosophy is to show the inherent value of the freshness and seasonality of the ingredients, either from the earth or from the sea. She believes that we should seek out to enhance our food, our health, and our lives. Each composition on her menu is intended to allow for mood enhancement, grounding and stress relief - guests are carried through shifts in emotions and energies without relying on alcohol or caffeine. Layers of harmonious rhythms and melodies manifest in Chantels botanical creations as she strives to enable nature to speak through her. It is more than foraging, it is about being in tune with the essence of each ingredient as she utilizes herbs and flowers not only to nourish, but also to invigorate and enthrall her diners. The preparation, cooking and eating of food becomes a sanctified act and she makes use of her kitchen to deliberately hone her craft and weave her spells...

Gourmet Guide Description

'where sublime botanical cuisine, wine and art unite' Driving through the imposing gateway of the Orient Hotel into the tranquil Francolin Conservatory is the start of your unforgettable epicurean adventure. Award-winning, highly respected and talented chef Chantel Dartnall creates four menus that are launched with each equinox. As an eloquent and talented scribe, she pens her inspiration for guests to savour between courses, in beautiful printed menus. “The spring menu is like a teenage girl dancing through a field of flowers, or little lamb, light on its feet. The autumn menu is earthy, I see the colour brown, it’s the soil menu, establishing my roots. Summer is more sophisticated, confident and elegant, like Scarlet O’Hara,” explains Chantel. In winter it’s robust in flavour, yet elevated with plating precision and her delicate, feminine touch. After pre-dinner drinks and canapés you’ll be led into the Belle-Epoque-style dining room for the start of a spectacular experimental journey. A cascade of flavours and textures will follow, and with each, your heart is likely to skip a beat. Dishes are inspired by nature and Chantel’s travels. Her pigeon dish was conjured up during a trip to Italy when she was watching the pigeons on the piazza. The colours of orange and green captured her imagination, and to express the moment, she transferred the image into a dish in which the pigeon is married with root vegetables. In the ‘Elements of Nature’ autumn menu there are creations like ‘Mont Blanc’, an artful yet earthy dish of ethical, responsibly sourced and crafted local foie gras, with compressed leek and citrus confit. ‘By the Great Oak’ is a hearty dish for Chantel, known for her delicate plating. The ‘Cynara’ is a glorious combination of quail with artichoke and lavender. Each dish is perfectly wedded with a wine that does it justice, chosen with care and consideration from a private cellar overflowing with the best of local and international wines. There is a sommelier’s pairing, a connoisseur’s, an enthusiast’s plus a non-alcoholic pairing. Start or finish with a walk either in the gardens or in the art and sculpture galleries. Linger, make every moment count at the perfect example of destination dining, well worthy of a flight – from anywhere in the world. "I became a chef because I love feeding people and nourishing them. I care about who and what I serve." Chef Chantel Dartnall

Reviews (202)

4.9 out of 5.0
Food 5.0
Value 4.8
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.9
  • Cecile S. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 23 Mar 20
    Ravishing experience once again! Thank you!

  • Ryan H. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 20 Mar 20
    What an experience!!! From the minute you arrive you feel like a super star because you get treated like one. The service is exceptional and the food is literally so good it brings tears of joy to your eyes. We highly recommend Restaurant Mosaic to experience true class.

  • Michael B. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 19 Mar 20
    Maybe be careful on some dishes they are extremely sharp edges on the plates, these need to be looked at.

  • Naas & Lindy J. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 19 Mar 20
    Magical!!

  • Eddie & Elise F. Dined: 4 months ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 17 Mar 20
    excellent sophisticated dining experience in a most wonderful setting

  • Marty H. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Tue 17 Mar 20
    having lunch at Restaurant Mosaic was an amazing experience. Upon arrival at The Orient Hotel I was greeted with a glass of South African sparkling wine and proceeded to tour the museum of bronzes collected by the late owner and then onto the paintings gallery. The food, service, and atmosphere are sublime. I cannot sing the praises of The Mosaic adequately.

  • Lani R. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Mar 20
    Amazing! Amazing! Amazing! Thank you for making our wedding anniversary so memorable!

  • James M. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Mar 20
    Always amazing to come and dine with Chantal & the team! What an incredible evening it was filled with so much fun, laughter and out of this world food!

  • Jeanine P. Dined: 4 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 16 Mar 20
    You will not find a better culinary experience in SA!

  • Helene J. Dined: 4 months ago
    3.3
    Food 4.0
    Value 1.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 3.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 15 Mar 20
    Could not understand the Sommelier’s English. Wine was very disappointing. Would have preferred lunch in your beautiful gardens instead of being inside in an uncomfortable cubicle.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 07h00 - 20h30
  • Thursday 12h30 - 14h00
  • Friday 12h30 - 14h00, 19h00 - 20h30
  • Saturday 12h30 - 14h00, 19h00 - 20h30
  • Sunday 12h30 - 14h00
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