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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

CLASSIC COMBINATIONS RE-INVENTED INTO EDIBLE BOTANY This is true destination dining. Book into one of the 10 majestic suites at The Orient Hotel in the Francolin Conservatory where giraffe, zebra and other wildlife live in nature. Be sure to appreciate the attention to detail everywhere, from the gardens and museums to the art and interior of the Belle Epoque-inspired Restaurant Mosaic. Chef Chantel Dartnall, winner of the inaugural SWISS Culinary Innovation Award and the worlds Best Female Chef in 2017, is deserving of all her accolades, yet is ever-present. Service is professional, engaging and informative – with white gloves. “I have obligations to be a serious chef, to be a celebrity chef is not why I came into the industry. You as a chef have to be true to your own vision, its the only way you can get people to follow,” she says. Discerning diners come from all over the globe to experience Chantels botanical cuisine. Every nuance is creatively crafted, from the beautifully worded menus that unveil the inspiration behind each dish, changing with each equinox, to the myriad courses perfectly paired with wines from their seriously superlative cellar. Her distinctive ‘sea mist which delights from its first sight and fragrance, and her tantalising ‘soup du jour that reinvented the humble Brussel sprout may re-appear, but new dishes are wildly exciting and applauded. Noble ingredients are presented in an unexpected fashion, and the flora on the estate is evident on each exquisite, often unusual, plate. She is also rediscovering forgotten South African ingredients like sorghum. Whatever Chantel plays with, know that it will be unique as she illustrates that fine dining doesnt have to be serious – it can be fun too. “People come to celebrate special occasions, the environment and ambiance have to be special – we need to help them create magic moments.” Chef Chantel Dartnall

Reviews (49)

4.8 out of 5.0
Food 4.9
Value 4.6
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.8
  • Len E. Thu 05 Dec 19
    4.8
    Food 4.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Everything was truly an amazing experience, but on main course would prefer to still have more a South African flavour option but with all the creative options and tastes that goes with that... Just a thought

  • Ria S. Tue 03 Dec 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Ilze & Neil C. Tue 03 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Exquisite!

  • Amanda & William M. Mon 02 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    This was one great experience. The food was out of this world - an explosion of tastes as described by my husband. The service was excellent and the non- alcoholic food pairing a must to experience. Will definitely go back.

  • Nina & Fanie K. Mon 02 Dec 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    From the moment Jabulani greeted us at the gate with his delightful smile, everything was as lovely as we've come to expect. Thank you for seating us in your very special Tiffany room. It was a wonderful time catching up with friends. Very excited to hear about the outcome at the La Liste event!

  • Marlene B. Mon 02 Dec 19
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Danie & Carine S. Mon 02 Dec 19
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    An unforgettable experience. Thank you so much. Thanks, Carine

  • Zimkita M. Sun 01 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    What an amazing time I had with my 13 year old Ramo. This is a girl who counts Signature, Forum Homini etc.. as favorite restaurants. She was utterly gobsmacked with the food at Restaurant Mosaic. We loved everything and had an absolutely incredible time.

  • Danka E. Sun 01 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    We absolutely loved every moment my biggest regret is not sleeping over as the Orient itself is a beautiful venue We loved all the personal touches and attention to detail, will definitely go back one day and will recommend to anyone to try at least once in your life....total bucket list expierence Also want to highlight the amazing cheese selection, the fact that the chef comes out to speak to every table and the expectional wine pairings...

  • Magnus T. Sun 01 Dec 19
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    This is the best dining experience in South Africa and must be among the best in the world

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  • 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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