Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient in Pretoria

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Mosaic at the Orient
The Orient Boutique Hotel, Francolin Conservation Area, Crocodile River Valley , 0001 Pretoria

Having travelled the world, filling several passports in the process, Chantel found her second home in Paris where she fell in love with the Belle Epoque Restaurants such as Le Grand Colbert, Vaganende and La Fermette Marbeuf. When asked how she wanted to decorate Restaurant Mosaic, her choice was easy – in the Art Nouveau style. Renowned South African Impressionist artists and interior decorators were commissioned to step back in time to the romantic early 1900s to create a restaurant that was both romantic and unique. It has an intimate feel with booth-type seats and two private dining rooms.

When the restaurant is open, award-winning chef Chantel Dartnall is always in attendance and always meets the diners to explain the menu and answer questions. "Over the years I have experimented with so many different taste sensations that I have discovered the universal truth. There are only a few basic fundamentals when it comes to being a chef – passion, consistency and simplicity. The one thing that will make me go back to a restaurant is knowing that you can have that same gastronomical experience again. It may not be exactly the same dish, but the quality is unchanged. Consistency is the cornerstone of Restaurant Mosaic."

"My passion for the culinary arts is to involve all the senses and to transform the act of eating into a sensual experience. I want to captivate the person eating the food I have prepared with flavour, texture, beauty and elegance. This is why I am always there and in charge when the restaurant is open."

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(9 Recensies)







"Wow....Just wow!"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
From the moment I got confirmation that we be going to Mosaic for lunch the excitement started! The spare no detail in making you feel like you are a special guest coming to visit. I would have thought that being restaurant week guests we would not have got the whole "mosaic" wrong I was! Chantel Dartnall herself came to tantilize our taste buds explaining the details of her menu. We were expecting a four course meal.....well the surprise course just kept coming... blowing our minds with flavors (rocket lemonade pallet cleanser) and stretching our adventurous sides. Melt in your mouth food with very generous portions! Not to mention the incredible artwork on the plate. Mosaic is not a place you go to have a fancy meal...... its a place you go to let your imagination mingle with your taste buds and explore places they have never been. I cant wait to go back to Mosaic to experience more of its magic! Wow!!! Just wow

"Restaurant Week - The Orient"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
This was my first visit to the Orient and the Mosaic restaurant for a tasting menu. It was a delightful experience, a beautiful place in an oasis in the middle of nowhere! The food was sublime, service superb and a definite invitation to visit again. Thank you for a lovely afternoon.

"An Oasis of Good Taste"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
Driving through bumpy roads and not really knowing what we will find at the end of it, made the experience even more stunning ! The Orient is a magic place that mixes the Oriental opulence with the South-African simplicity and elegance, blending perfectly into the natural environment where birds and tortoises and Nyalas surprise you while walking through the gardens. And then discovering Mosaic ... was the most enchanting tasting experience we've had, where each and every dish was a work of art, enchanting our palate up to a Wow effect !!! The whole ambient was elegant but relaxed and made our visit a memorable 7* experience worth repeating and recommending !

"A meal to remember"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
We were treated to excellent service and the most amazing food. You were made to feel as though you were the only guests with the personal attention received. I liked that the chef came to the table to welcome us and to tell us about the menu. The food was sublime. Each course a masterpiece . The wine list is extensive and caters to everyone's pocket. We had a De Grendal rose for R70. Unbelievable! Have paid significantly more for this wine at other restaurants. Highly, highly recommend Mosaic.

"A wonderful "girlie" lunch"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
We decided to make it a girlie lunch so four great friends got together and off we set. We could not have imagined what a wonderful time was ahead of us. Everything was just superb. Loved that the lady chef herself came and described the menu - and with such passion. Obviously enjoys creating these beautiful dishes. Every one was a masterpiece. Even the plates that were chosen for the different courses complimented the food. The tables are elegantly laid with just the right choice of flowers. Needless to say we have a heap of photos. Such a lovely setting in a nature reserve. There is also a gallery full of magnificent sculptures. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to absorb everything as we had come through from Johannesburg (which was well worth the ride). We just can't wait to return with our husbands. We will either do the Sunday lunch or a Saturday evening. Being part of the Orient Hotel means we can sleep over and not have to drive home and all can enjoy the superb wines on offer. On our way out we had to stop to let a tortoise cross the road. A perfect ending to such a lovely day

"Just wow"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 9
A wonderful experience - the only complaint I could have was that the food was so beautifully presented it broke my heart to disturb the plate and eat it!

"The Experience of a Lifetime! "

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
Honestly, I don't have the words to fully transcribe this experience. It was honestly out of this world. If you even had a Bucket List Restaurant, this will have to be it! Thank you for being part of Restaurant Week!! I was super excited when I got the advanced notice that bookings were opened up - I didn't even look at the other restaurants on offer. My mission - to get a booking at Restuarant Mosiac at The Orient! And due to the exclusivity of the booking date and seating space, I was thrilled that we could secure a spot. And it was SO worth it! (I hope that the number of reviews isn't the only criteria - because this was really an exclusive opportunity). From the moment we arrived at this gorgeous venue, everything was just so magical. We arrived quite early and were greeting warmly be the charming and very knowledgeble sommelier, Germain Lehodey. We were offered some interesting and delish wine and snacks, but that was just the beginning. Being greeted at the table by Chantel Dartnall (Chef of the Year x 2) herself, hearing her passion for what she does in her description of the dishes and the taste adventure that awaited us was riveting! Yes, I am obviously a huge fan, could kick myself for not taking a selfie with her. LOL! Although the booking was for 3 courses, we got so much! We were served a series of amuse bouches (is there a word like that) and decided to go with the carefull prepared wine pairing as well. The food was absolutely astounding (see I'm starting to write a novel now) - everything was absolutely perfect - taste, texture, presentation - the best day ever. We left on such a high, feeling truely spoiled and treated like royalty. And extremely privileged that we had this fabulous opportunity to have experienced the best of the best.

"Absolute Perfection from beginning to end"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 10
Absolute Perfection from beginning to end. I honestly don't believe there is a solitary thing that Mosiac could improve on, from the welcome drink and canapes, to Chantelle personally coming and introducing herself, to the sommelier, the exceptional attention to detail and of course the padkos was just the cherry on the top.

"Delightful sensory explosion"

food: 10 service: 10 ambience: 6
Restaurant Mosaic is situated on the premises of the Orient Hotel, a truly luxurious Middle Eastern gem situated in the bushveld at the base of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Just entering the grounds of the hotel was an experience all of its own which heightened our excitement for the meal to follow. We were greeted by our wait staff and shown straight to our table, a delightful little booth in an interestingly eclectic intimate restaurant, and offered some water. Award winning chef, Chantel Dartnall, came to our table and ran through the menu with us, explaining each course. Her enthusiasm for seasonal ingredients and her passion for food were tangible. A bread cart was brought to the tableside and we could select of the variety of fresh baked breads on offer. We tried some sourdough bread, basil bun and fruit loaf. All of which were delicious but the fruit loaf was phenomenal and we could happily have snacked on that for the afternoon. The meal that followed was an unbelievable, once in a lifetime experience. I unfortunately am not sure that my food expertise did the dishes justice; my enjoyment of them however could not have been any greater. We decided on the wine pairing option and elected to try local wines rather than international, we are proudly South African, after all. The Sommelier, Germain Lehodey, served us a delicious sparkling wine to enhance the flavours of our bread. We started with a tiny slice of Brioche served with Rosemary and Lavender Butter. The brioche was silky soft with a crunchy little crust and the herbed butter complemented the sweetness perfectly. Amuse Bouche 1: Radish ribbon with salmon roe and grape pearls, and goat’s cheese ball rolled in dill. The tart crispiness of the radish contrasted deliciously with saltiness of the salmon roe as they burst in my mouth and the goat’s cheese brought a wonderful creamy texture to balance the dish. Amuse Bouche 2: Avocado roulade filled with cream cheese and shitake mushroom. There was a delicious balance of creaminess from the avocado and cream cheese which was tempered with the dried shitake mushroom. Amuse Bouche 3: Beetroot terrine, gel, jelly and pannacotta with horseradish sorbet and cream. This was a little bit of heaven on a plate for me. I adore beetroot and was thrilled to experience all the different textures of this vegetable. The horseradish perfectly accompanied the earthiness of the beetroot. The interesting serving plate could even be utilized as a Zen garden, as the glass plate lifted off the sand filled wooden base. Needing to take a little break from all the deliciousness we took a breather out in the plant filled courtyard where the fishpond provided soothing burbling water in the background creating a wonderfully tranquil setting. Amuse Bouche 4: Snail Trail - ‘L’Escargot Bourgogne, filled with Mushroom Duxelles and Cauliflower Cappuccino. (Snails in butter, filled with Shitake mushrooms; Shimashi mushroom, radish, fresh asparagus, dried asparagus, fresh cauliflower, dried cauliflower). Not being a snail eater, I tasted this dish with trepidation. Wow, the snails were delicious and just melted in my mouth, while the mushrooms added just the right amount of flavour without overwhelming them. The cauliflower cappuccino was creamy, flavourful and a divine little mouthful. Hors-d’oeuvre: Frog in a pond - Tempura of frogs legs with a fragrant Morel Mushroom Jelly and Consommé. A first for me, never having had frog’s legs before, I was curious about this course. They were wonderful! The mushroom jelly and consommé however did not appeal to me and I did not enjoy the taste or texture of this accompanying dish. Le Entrée: Land and Sea - Pan Seared Scallop and Baby Langoustine Tail with Garden Pea Ragout. What a tasty combination this dish was. The scallop was seared to perfection and the langoustine was pure magic. The pairing of the seafood with peas was genius. We were served a palate cleanser of Lemon & Bergamot Sorbet. Unfortunately we did not enjoy the flavour of this at all, thinking it tasted like a hand sanitizer. Luckily we were served our main course and needless to say with our palates cleansed we were able to taste each component perfectly. Les Plats Principaux: Prints in the Paddock - Veal, sweet meats, beef cheeks in gravy and seasonal vegetables. The playfulness the plating added to the charm of this dish. The veal was tender and the beef cheeks a taste to remember, truly divine. Les Plats Principaux: Pebbles on the Beach - Kabeljou with a Clam Velouté. The kabeljou was firm and moist but the clam velouté was insipid and did not add anything to the dish. The accompanying vegetables were bland. The kabeljou was definitely the star of this course. Le Fromage – The Cheese Platter. As with every course, the waiter explained everything on the plate, however, by this time I was in sensory overload and was so totally overwhelmed by all the new tastes that I did not record what each cheese we were served was. Even so I was able to enjoy every bite, with each component adding to the next. I do remember that there was fruit bread, walnut, sunflower seeds, quince jelly, apple sauce and apple slices served with the variety of cheeses. The Fruit Platter which followed comprised of apricot, strawberry, grape, blue berries and a cream cheese mousse; once again pure perfection in every bite. Desserts were served: Pollination - Homemade Honeycomb Ice Cream and Orange Blossom scented Sponge Cake with fresh Bee Pollen. This was as decadent as it sounds. The sponge was moist, the ice cream creamy and the orange blossom sweet and tangy. A Walk Through our Sweet Garden - Textures and tastes of Violets and Spice. This little dessert of chocolate tart, violet ice cream, chocolate twirl, mascarpone pannacotta and crumble was a taste sensation. I relished every little bite. A Scent of Jasmine was served in a little shot glass and then our meal was rounded off with Coffee and Petit Fours, which turned out to be banana suckers, truffles, pear & green tea jelly and milk tartlets. The plating throughout was spectacular and added to the enjoyment of the meal. It was like receiving a beautiful painting to feast the eyes before feeding the mouth. The serving staff was beyond attentive without being intrusive making us feel special and well taken care off. The cost of this expedition will undoubtedly place it well out of the average diner’s budget, however, if you enjoy food and want to have a once in a life time experience, Restaurant Mosaic is the place to go. The entire meal was a genuinely delightful sensory explosion and one which I will always remember.
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