The award-winning team of The Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort use the bountiful produce of the Constantia Valley to tell the story of the region. The culture, flavours and terroir of the surrounding area are whimsically fused within the dishes of The Greenhouse, creating a multi-sensory, modernist dining experience.
Coupled with views of the Steenberg Mountains, The Greenhouse’s Victorian glass structure frames the gardens of The Cellars-Hohenort in such a way that they become an integral component of this dining experience.
Seasonal menus make the most of produce available throughout the Fairest Cape, bringing to the fore distinctly South African flavours.
An exquisitely decorated, intimate dining room sets the stage that plays host to the creations of Peter Tempelhoff and his accomplished team of chefs. Recognised as a Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef, Tempelhoff strives to push the boundaries of South African cuisine, bringing it to the attention of the international culinary community.
Warm pools of light are purposefully scattered throughout the restaurant’s space, linking the different spaces of The Greenhouse together. Simplistically graphic, the walls are swathed in traditional Sanderson Fern print wallpaper, while blocks of taupe and black wallpaper are interspersed to bring in a contemporary feel.
Luscious orchids line the dining room, standing to attention amongst the stone urns and artifacts.
The conceptual nature of Tempelhoff’s dishes will not only delight guests, but keep them guessing until the dish arrives at the table. The personable waiters of The Greenhouse put guests at ease, often relating out stories of the dishes and accompanying wines, enhancing their dining experience.
The Greenhouse is open in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday. Bookings are essential.
“There’s a rumour that gets traded behind passes, in back-alleys of restaurants, and at early morning fish-markets that Chef Peter Tempelhoff emerged into this world with his tiny fingers gripping a wooden spoon. He was, it seems, born to cook.”