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Restaurant Mosaic

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Attributes

  • Romantic
  • Gourmet Guide Plated
  • Gourmet Guide Plated 2019

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 (454)

4.9 out of 5.0
Food 5.0
Value 4.8
Service 4.9
Ambience 4.9
  • Irma & Daan E. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 29 Mar 21
    The end of an era! For more than 15 years Mosaic was home to the most magnificent restaurant experiences! Literally everything is exquisite in this space - the food, the ambience, the art, the decor, the presentation, the service, the pairings, the superbly creative menus, the people, the setting, the museum, the vintage cars, the interiors, the hospitality, the attention to details, down to the finest minutiae ... and off course: the divinely gifted Chantel and Mari! Mosaic restaurant will be sorely missed, but I can't wait to see what will come next! Onwards and upwards!

  • Nick and Roslyn H. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 29 Mar 21
    What a great team , Chef Chantel , may we meet again in France ! Nick and Roslyn Holland

  • Gina & Richard J. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 29 Mar 21
    Mosaic Restaurant is unsurpassed as THE Best restaurant in South Africa... such a pity it is now closed but we will follow Chef Chantal's future endeavours very closely and hopefully be able to enjoy her culinary genius some time soon.

  • Clive K. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 29 Mar 21
    We all had a fantastic lunch sadly, for the last time, on Saturday, 27th March, 2021. Difficult to come to terms with the end of an incredible era, at Restaurant Mosaic. But happily, memories will live on, of our wonderful times at Restaurant Mosaic, hopefully, for ever! Thank you, Mari and Chantel, for all the joy you and your team have brought to us, over the many years that we have been dining at the best Restaurant, in the world, in my view! Good luck with your new lives overseas, and may our paths cross again, hopefully soon...

  • Stuart S. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 29 Mar 21
    Love you guys. Go well.

  • Deon & Gina F. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0
  • Hester S. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 29 Mar 21
    My guests are so disappointed in me for not introducing them to this gem earlier. We are thankful though for having had this final chance to experience Chantel in action and we cannot but rate 100%!. Simply the best, and wherever she goes success will follow her because of the love and passion for what she do.

  • Kevin & Storm P. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sat 27 Mar 21
    Most special dining experience anywhere in the world

  • Maggie H. Dined: 1 month ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 26 Mar 21
    Our sincere gratitude for the honour of visiting your restaurant. We loved every minute. Maggie and Bendoline Holtzhausen

  • Francois & Vonmari J. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 25 Mar 21
    Absolutely amazing food, the flavours and creativity is astounding.

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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday CLOSED
  • Wednesday 19h00 - 22h30
  • Thursday 19h00 - 22h30
  • Friday 19h00 - 22h30
  • Saturday 12h30 - 15h00, 19h00 - 22h30
  • Sunday 12h30 - 16h00
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