De Kloof restaurant at the Waterkloof Golf Estate in Pretoria is one of my favourite places to eat. Downstairs you can enjoy some of the best burgers in Pretoria with a craft beer while watching the sun go down over the city. Upstairs you can enjoy some of the best fine dining (think beautifully presented dishes with a gourmet play on some old favourites or innovative new creations) with your choice of South Africa’s boutique wines, with a gorgeous view of the twinkling nighttime cityscape.
De Kloof was one of the first restaurants in Pretoria to serve craft beer at their outside beer bar, and their variety is still the most impressive. The restaurant also hosts food and beer pairings at special tasting evenings, and have a Craft Beer-on-Tap makietie coming up on Saturday 17 May, boasting 10 different Craft beers. How cool is that? I’m pretty sure you’ll see me there!
On 1 April 2014, however, my dear friend Lizé (who runs the Pretoria Wine Lovers Club for those interested in a good wine time) decided to be a little foolish (see what I did there?) and start our dinner outside with a Boston Breweries Naked Mexican as the sun went down, moving in for a dinner of veggie burgers, beer-battered onion rings, and straw cut chips, washed down with a Brewers and Union All Day IPA – now my new favourite craft beer!
Then we headed upstairs for two beautiful, delicate and delicious desserts: a Play on Lemon Meringue and dark chocolate Nemesis. De Kloof prints a new menu out every day based on what is in season and the best ingredients available on any given day, so I can’t promise that you will get to try these beauties if you visit, but you really can’t go wrong with any of De Kloof’s desserts!
We rounded the evening off with Paul Cluver‘s Riesling noble late harvest. What could be more perfect than that? Answer: probably nothing, but I’m open to suggestions…