Gentlemen's Arthouse

8,8 (50 reviews)

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8.8 Based on 50 reviews. 0% of the guests recommend this restaurant.
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8.3 Cuisine 7 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8

Great experience and a novel concept. Decorating was done really well. The manager made us feel special and we were welcomed with a complimentary cocktail and well looked after throughout the evening. The food was tasty but excessive. When doing a 5 course meal, the portions should be smaller or you should be allow...

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Great experience and a novel concept. Decorating was done really well. The manager made us feel special and we were welcomed with a complimentary cocktail and well looked after throughout the evening. The food was tasty but excessive. When doing a 5 course meal, the portions should be smaller or you should be allowed the option of taking a doggy bag seen as you are paying for the meal. All in all, I would recommend the place and worth the visit.

Angela vd Westhuizen at 06 November 2017

"Looks better than it is"
7.7 Cuisine 7 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8

The hype around this restaurant, and the concept behind it was more valuable to me than the experience itself. The service was good and we were relayed with good information regarding each course (that were beautifully presented) but the food itself was average at best.

First of all, the portion sizes were too b...

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The hype around this restaurant, and the concept behind it was more valuable to me than the experience itself. The service was good and we were relayed with good information regarding each course (that were beautifully presented) but the food itself was average at best.

First of all, the portion sizes were too big, there was too much truffle oil used in a number of the dishes which made everything too rich and sort of taste the same.
The snail and mushroom plate was probably my favourite because it was just the right amount of fresh and flavourful.
The vegetarian option for mains seemed like an afterthought owing to it's lack of finesse in balancing the flavours and textures, both the meat and vegetarian options were very heavy and there wasn't anything fresh and sharp on the plate to cut through the stodginess, especially after having two whole courses by this point (one of which was Bouillabaisse with very meaty sea bass instead of a more soft melty fish).
By the time dessert arrived I was quite full, but even the "dessert section" of my belly couldn't stomach this abomination of a pancake literally drenched in syrup and surrounded by nuts and chocolate. It was too heavy and too sweet, completely lacking in nuance.
The place is very well designed, it boasts great furnishings and art on the walls and would be exceptional for an extravagant and moody photoshoot.
As for entertainment there was a burlesque dancer somewhere during our meal, she seemed to be very affected by the energy of the room (Sunday night, demure crowd) and it affected her performance to the point of her commenting on it, making the vibe a little awkward for the guests who felt forced to be more lively (I don't think it was upto the audience to feel compelled to change their mood).

All round I felt the evening lacked a bit of the pizzazz that the Gentleman's Arthouse claims to have. I'm glad I went but I don't think I'll return in a hurry.

Sabeeha at 06 November 2017

"Gentrified? Much?"
4.3 Cuisine 4 | Service 3 | Atmosphere 6

It was a memorable evening, but not really for the food.
Memorable because of the trek to find it hidden in between Newtown Junction.
Memorable decor and a memorable manager, relaying stories of the past, and how they've tried to pay homage to this.
Food however, was not even 3 star quality, albeit presented inte...

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It was a memorable evening, but not really for the food.
Memorable because of the trek to find it hidden in between Newtown Junction.
Memorable decor and a memorable manager, relaying stories of the past, and how they've tried to pay homage to this.
Food however, was not even 3 star quality, albeit presented interestingly.
The surprise show was entertaining, but by no means special.

It was a pleasant evening; but nothing to write home about

Gemma at 05 November 2017

"Interesting experience, but please slow down and cut the portion sizes"
8.0 Cuisine 6 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 10

Firstly the concept is very cool. Transforming the old mens toilet of the joburg station into a restaurant is such a crazy cool idea. The old urinals are used as rows of seats (not super practical since you have to lean forward to have a conversation) and the place has been done up in a very creative way. The owner ...

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Firstly the concept is very cool. Transforming the old mens toilet of the joburg station into a restaurant is such a crazy cool idea. The old urinals are used as rows of seats (not super practical since you have to lean forward to have a conversation) and the place has been done up in a very creative way. The owner was on hand and very kind and enthusiastic. The fire-eating show was also quite entertaining. My partner enjoyed the food more than me. I felt it was a bit stodgy and too rich and possibly with more focus on the presentation and concept than the actual taste. Maybe I just enjoy lighter fresher food. The amuse-bouche of a weird candy orb full of crushed nuts, some olives and a bucket of popcorn was a low point. The starter of snails and mushrooms was the best of the meals. The bouillabaisse didn't have a lot of flavour and was too large a portion for a second starter. The mains - a take on a victorian fest - was tasty but very very rich and by then we were very full. My wife did say that she loved the pork wing. The crepe suzette desert was too sweet and & would have loved something a little lighter and fresher by then. The biggest issue was the speed at which the courses were presented and without really checking if diners were ready for the next course. Apparently everyone had to eat at the same time - so we had a 45 minute wait before the starters arrived (fine after the large amuse bouche) but then the courses just kept coming. The promised break between mains and desert to watch the show didn't happen and we had hardly finished the massive mains when the equally large and sweet desert arrived. By 21h45 it was all over. I think portion size, pacing and getting really striking flavours on the plate are what's needed for a multi course fine dining experience and this place struggles on those fronts. It seems to be more of a function venue so I guess its set up for that, but i felt quite uncomfortable
by the end of the evening and needed a long walk to settle down.

James van der Westhuizen at 04 November 2017

"Gentlemen's Arthouse"
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Amazing culinary experience

Jacqui Brydges at 04 November 2017

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About Gentlemen's Arthouse

Gentlemen's Arthouse


The Gentlemen's Arthouse is a boutique boite, a delicious restored heritage gem and now a Stellar Venue for private events and signature experiences, accommodating 50 guests in the inimate interior or up to 150 guests in the exterior courtyard, depending on the type of occasion required. 


The restored Edwardian Gentlemen's Washrooms, dating back to 1911, play host to decadent events and eccentric experiences from customised events, proprietary cocktails and tailor house menus inspired by authentic Victoriana with a modern twist. 

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