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“And the Mist Rolled In”

The Main Conservatory
Ranked #7 of 17 Restaurants in Magaliesburg
Price range: US$205 - US$405
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The Main Conservatory at De Hoek Country Hotel offers peace and tranquility in a lovely setting, so any pastime is quiet and slow. Luncheon on a Sunday in the magnificent gardens has fast become a very popular arrangement and bookings are essential. Wonderful packages are available to stimulate a group of guests or company whilst here. Archery, croquet and walks are available on the property. A helipad provides for the countless fly in arrival and departure by guests, whether it is for business or pleasure. Any type of activity can be arranged for team building and motivation. Wine and whiskey tastings and food pairings are very popular, with Winemakers of fabulous wine estates visiting personally to promote and sell their latest offerings to interested guests on special occasions. This is the ideal venue for birthdays, functions, exclusive weddings, conferences and retirement parties.
Reviewed 24 July 2014

We stumbled upon De Hoek on a going nowhere slowly drive on a Sunday afternoon when our teenage children respectfully but firmly declined our offer of a Sunday afternoon family drive. I got to drive ( its a lot easier because you don't have to figure our the route) and my husband declared the direction.
We ended up on the T1 route in the Magaliesburg. Our first stop was an eclectic little restaurant come antique shop that sold everything from a Drag from a hooka pipe to vintage clothes, antique furniture, paintings and even old books. En route we came across a billboard at a high school in town with a De Hoek Advert on it. I had remembered listening to a radio show and in particular the programme was very flattering of the chef at De Hoek and the restaurant.
So we made our way to De Hoek. We were pleasantly surprised by this old manor house reminiscent of a scene from the English countryside in the middle of the Magaliesburg. It is decorated in a mixture of dark wood, well worn leather, highly polished wooden floors and roaring fires that warm the old building and the soul and beckons you to stay the night. We stayed for a while, watched the mist roll in, had a drink and promised to come back. And we did, this time to celebrate my birthday in their celebrated restaurant.
We had the pleasure of their 6 course meal. unfortunately no corkage to be found at this fine establishment but a fine array of wines are available nonetheless.
The 6 course meal was excellent. Portion sizes are excellent so that you did not feel heavy and leaden by the end of the meal - instead every course was thoroughly enjoyed. My favourites, the carrot soup starter, seared salmon with seasonal vegetables and of course the home made truffles served with coffee.
De Hoek is an institution and its guests obviously return frequently - when the serving staff address you on a first name basis, clearly you are a regular. An interesting wine experience - our waiter Nikolai informed us that drinking our wine from differently shaped glasses would enhance different aspects of the wine, thus giving you different tastes from the same bottle of wine... Lo and Behold, he was right.. the same wine tasted completely different in the two glasses we experimented with!! In each glass different aspects of the wine was experienced more prominently. I eventually opted for the glass that gave me a more rounded and smoother taste.
Service was good but for the calibre of restaurant I did expect the service to be up a notch.. for example my waiter should know what I ordered for dessert rather than offer me the adjoining tables dessert.
I do commend De Hoek for their commitment to hiring from the local community so its possible that our waiter was in training. The service should match if not exceed the level at which the establishment pitches itself.
Our next visit will definitely include a stay - I believe it is something to be experience. Watch this space for my next De Hoek experience.

3  Thank Smoodley
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

The most fabulous delicious food and service in a beautifully tranquil setting, well worth a visit, the waiters are well trained and the chef is excellent.

2  Thank Sandy W
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We had Sunday lunch at De Hoek and what a treat it was. The setting and the gardens are lovely. The mussels and ostrich salad starters were exquisite. My friends had the lamb and the pastry wrapped fillet, which they loved. I had a simple salmon and green bean dish which was light and perfectly cooked. The service was friendly and very professional and the staff know their menu well. A perfect spot for an indulgent Sunday lunch.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had lunch at De Hoek while staying in the area one weekend, and what a fantastic lunch. Something seemed to have gone wrong with our original booking but the host quickly sorted it out and we got a lovely table outside in the courtyard. The food was fantastic - we both loved the trio of deserts the most. It is not cheap, but for a special occasion lunch it is definitely recommended.

Thank FreqL
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

I have already favorably referred to this establishment in my review of FlyJozi, but De Hoek deserves special mention in a separate review. We landed by helicopter on the beautiful estate and had a reservation for breakfast. We were warmly welcomed and taken to the cozy restaurant. There is also seating available outside under the trees, weather permitting. The food was excellent and the service even better. There was always at least one or more of the staff available to see to our needs, without being overbearing. It was soon clear why this establishment have received so many awards in the past. I found the price for the breakfast more than reasonable and we were even served with a surprise birthday cake on the house. After breakfast we were taken on a short tour of the establishment and shown some of the beautiful rooms before we flew back to Grand Central. Definitely a place where one can spend a few nights to completely unwind.

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3  Thank Henk007777
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