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Salsify @ the Roundhouse

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  • Romantic
  • Great Views
  • Sunsets
  • Fireplace
  • Gourmet Guide Plated

Chef Ryan Cole and his team build on their background of modern, classical cooking in this Refined dining houses in a national monument Expect the unexpected.
Within the walls of The Roundhouse, a heritage building that has assumed many faces over its storied past, guests pass through the central chamber that hosts the muse 1.3m Lady Salsify statue into a luxurious lounge and absorb the contemporary, historically-inspired artworks that fill the interior.

The first dining room, aptly named the “Leather Lounge, exudes a feeling of comfort and opulence, with floor to ceiling leather-clad panels and an inviting fireplace.

The second dining room, the ‘Sea Room, boasts spectacular vistas and is where the distinguished legacy of the space is complemented with touches of modern furnishings and crisp white napery that blends seamlessly to evoke a feeling of old world charm.

An opulent culinary journey accented by daring decor and whispers of history- a journey with Salsify is unlike any other.

Gourmet Guide Description

'secondary ingredients make the hero sing'

Chef Ryan Cole, after four years of flexing his culinary muscles with prowess at The Test Kitchen, made the move with Luke Dale Roberts as his partner, to Salsify The Roundhouse. Décor combines now and then, and the views are supreme.

Here he is even more fulfilled, "I am cooking for my own customers. This is very much me, there is still pressure, but it is different. I want to do different, so I look around me. I learnt foraging from Chris Erasmus, and nature here is all around," claims Ryan humbly. Here he has the mountain backdrop and the sea, so expect elements of both to feature. Limpets taken from the rocks nearby then poached in dashi could form part of his delicate yet tasty amuse bouche. Expect the unexpected...and not only in the superlative cuisine. Wine pairings are thought-provoking but when explained and experienced, make perfect sense.

Provenance is of paramount importance, and true understanding of an ingredient works both ways. "We bring farmers here for a meal, sit them at the table and let them see what we do with their ingredients. Supplier relationships take a long time," he says.

Watch out for dishes like the sweetbread wrapped in pancetta with cauliflower and Stanford cheese, or the tender miso-grilled octopus with fennel and white grape, cured tofu, jellied aubergine and salsify chips. Ryan has re-established this previously ignored vegetable as a star.

His childhood love of fishing is seen in the expertly grilled langoustine with a subtle shellfish cappuccino resting gently on a bed of crunchy black rice. The scallop with curry, pomegranate and fried onion heralds Cape flavours and showcases this chef's ability to unite secondary ingredients to support the hero.

Robust meat dishes like the sticky-tomato lamb rib with toasted-garlic dauphinoise, burnt and braised leek and the slow-cooked pork belly with stewed quince, hazelnut dumpling and celeriac essence demonstrate carnivore expertise. Desserts, like the Salsify chocolate bar with peanut, salt caramel, malt and orange, reference a chef's delicate hand. The rollercoaster ride of the seven-course tasting menu will tempt you to book for a return visit even before you depart.

"My food is understated, don't tell guests what they need to look for. It's the study of the secondary ingredient, there is mystery in every dish." Chef Ryan Cole

Reviews (200)

4.6 out of 5.0
Food 4.8
Value 4.5
Service 4.8
Ambience 4.6
  • Paula S. Dined: 1 week ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 25 Sep 22
    Amazing food and espace. Everything was perfect

  • Joseph B. Dined: 4 days ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 22 Sep 22
    Outstanding food with outstanding service

  • Heinrich G. Dined: 1 week ago
    4.8
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Thu 15 Sep 22
    Every dish we had was exceptional, really remarkable consistency at this level of excellence.

  • Giovanni S. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 05 Sep 22
    This is an astonishing Michelin star level restaurant with incredible food creations and impeccable professional service. Good job guys ! And the setting and views are unique !

  • Michael S. Dined: 3 weeks ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Sun 04 Sep 22
    One of the best dining experiences in the world great food, service and atmosphere worth every cent

  • Jeffrey O. Dined: 1 month ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 4.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Mon 22 Aug 22
    My second visit. Remarkably good food and very good prices for the quality. We were let down by the boutique wine pairing, however. At 500 pp, the wine selection varied but was ok. Unfortunately, our sommelier - Victor - poured portions that would be stingy for a tasting, let alone a pairing. When the meal began, I thought he was pouring for us to swirl, smell and test the wine - and it turned out that each course’s extremely small pour was the entire serving!

  • ANTONIO G. Dined: 1 month ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0
  • Joanne S. Dined: 1 month ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 03 Aug 22
    Incredible all-round experience - from the setting to the food, decor, wine and service.

  • Roel V. Dined: 2 months ago
    5
    Food 5.0
    Value 5.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 5.0

    Reviewed on: Wed 06 Jul 22
    Pure perfection! One of the best restaurants in the world

  • Greg S. Dined: 3 months ago
    4.5
    Food 5.0
    Value 4.0
    Service 5.0
    Ambience 4.0

    Reviewed on: Fri 17 Jun 22
    Excellent meal and service. Ambient lighting little bright. Loved the theatre of the meal

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Opening Hours

  • Monday CLOSED
  • Tuesday 12h30 - 21h00
  • Wednesday 12h30 - 21h00
  • Thursday 12h30 - 21h00
  • Friday 12h30 - 21h00
  • Saturday 12h30 - 21h00
  • Sunday 12h30 - 02h00
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Spring Special Menu at Salsify

Our multi-course menu, driven by the seasons and grounded in technique, pushes boundaries in terms of delicate yet intense flavors, interesting textures, and an unrelenting pursuit of excellence. R495 per person. Boutique Wine Pairing – R500 per person. Gem Series Wine Pairing – R800 per person. Lunch & Dinner.

  • 12 Sep - 30 Nov
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  • Last confirmed: 19 Sep 2022