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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

'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 (163)

4.9 out of 5.0
Food 5.0
Value 4.8
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.9
  • Neeltjie W. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 23 Feb 20
    This was the third time and it gets better and better. The two art galleries are mind blowing.

  • Andrea & Chris A. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 23 Feb 20
    Amazing, loved every minute of it.

  • Pia M. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 23 Feb 20
    The visit exceeded our expectations in every way. From the friendly welcome at the gate, being taken through the menu by Chantel, the birthday cake and being treated like royalty by the staff made it a memorable experience.

  • Teresa & Tommy B. Dined: 1 day ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Valerii & Alla K. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Andre & Lynn-Marie G. Dined: 2 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 22 Feb 20
    No words can describe the excellence! Something to experience for yourself.

  • Matthew M. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 19 Feb 20
    The food was exceptional, though the honey and cheese course was a bit off to my palate. By the great oak was one of the most incredible courses that I've had! The Venue was amazing!

  • Cassim M. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 17 Feb 20
    The food and service was exceptional. They were extremely accommodating when some our guests were late as well as being patient when we ‘overstayed’

  • Frits G. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 17 Feb 20
    Overwhelming, truly one of a kind! There is a reason for being one of the best restaurants in the country, and world!! A must have experience. Thank you all for the best evening ever!

  • Servaas & Jacqueline K. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
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