In Crocodile River Valley, in the Francolin Conservancy, Pretoria is the Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient. The hotel mirrors the Moorish culture with its oriental and Middle Eastern style set amongst beautiful lush gardens.
Restaurant Mosaic serves seasonal tasting menus and is placed in the top ten eating establishments in South Africa. It also boasts one of the best wine cellars in the country. The outstanding chef Chantel Dartnell, was awarded chef of the year for 2017 for Africa and the Middle East.
Dining at the Mosaic was truly a dining experience to remember. It all started with a warm and friendly welcome and a little explanation of the hotel.
We were ushered to one of the dining rooms which I thought could have been French inspired. The waitress came with a selection of differently flavoured bread rolls which included lavender, roasted pumpkin and honey, sour dough seed loaf and cranberry and pear cheese. There were also many different flavoured kinds of butter. Honey and cinnamon, unsalted vanilla seaweed, saffron and calendula and Moonriver salted farm butter.
Chef Chantel Dartnell came to our table and enthusiastically explained each dish from the Grande Dégustation Menu as if she was reciting some kind of poetry. When the food arrived, I understood her passion. I think we had eight courses. Song of the sea, Sea Mist, From the ashes, Some birds don’t fly, Cöte D’ Azur and a few more. Each dish was paired with wine or a non-alcoholic drink by the Sommelier, Moses Magwaza from KwaZulu Natal. I absolutely loved the Sea Mist which was scallop, langoustine and saffron froth, although each dish was just as delicious.
Unfortunately, I didn’t stay at the hotel but I was fortune to have a driver. I recommend an overnight stay to have a full and enjoyable experience at Mosaic at The Orient.
Sommelier, Moses Magwaza