Local And Lekker Winter Menus

Spicing up winter specials might have been a novel idea 100 years ago, in order to attract customers in spite of the chill. Nowadays, it’s positively standard fare that restaurants entice diners with yummy winter offerings that go hand in glove with, well, gloves and a scarf.

Pretoria catering outlets are no slackers in the game, and some really alluring meals are to be had on a cold winter’s night around the city.

If a crackling fireplace is a must for you when dining out in winter, check out the last few entries in the list below.

LeSi Restaurant

An entertaining marriage of great cuisine and theatre, LeSi Restaurant in Lynnwood Manor has built a solid following. The current (winter) special offer on dinner lands at only R345 per person, and includes a six-course meal with typically great entertainment while dining. This special offer will last until 31 July 2019.

De Kloof

This Waterkloof mainstay is offering patrons a five-course meal with wine for R345 a head. A true winter-warmer tasting menu, smart diners will avail themselves of this establishment’s offer in spite of the weather. Available seven days a week, the De Kloof menu includes dishes like baked butter fish accompanied by basil gnocchi, chicken roulade, beef dishes and soups, with touches of butternut and warming sauces all round. For a genuine winter feast by the fire, De Kloof is ready for you.

Fleisherei Bistro

You have to admire this Centurion eatery, as they might well have hit the nail on the head with their winter special. Fleisherei is offering a Braised Pork Belly alongside butternut purée, apple, spring onion, pakchoi, pearl barley braise, and teriyaki sauce at R135 per person. They call themselves a meat lover’s paradise, and there’s not a whole lot left to add to that statement. It’s entirely acceptable to be a glutton here, and the winter special will run until spring shows its face again.

Prosopa Restaurant

This Greek restaurant located in Waterkloof Heights talks about “fine Greek dining,” and they’re not mucking about. The food is sumptuous and always diverse, but for everyone who wants a grand open fireplace warming their limbs while they nibble, you simply have to visit here this winter. Full of geseligheid and some really addictive tastes, Prosopa exudes a warm glow all winter long.

La Madeleine (Lynnwood)

A real fusion food eatery, the marriage of styles here takes the form of hale, traditional French and other cosmopolitan dishes, often tweaked with a modern touch. La Madeleine has a big, crackling fireplace in the main dining area, so although not trumpeting any particular winter specials, this is a great place to sit and feed your tummy and trembling frame! If venison is your thing, try the springbok in red wine sauce, and the setup is perfect for pigging out on their enticing dessert menu too.

Mosaic at The Orient

The Mosaic in Elandsfontein is well known by fans of eating out, and if you’ve never been there, this winter is a great time to visit. Fireplaces are dotted throughout the eatery – the one in the main dining room really puts out cozy heat – and even the champagne bar has its own little hearth. This is also the haunt of one of South Africa’s great culinary talents, chef Chantel Dartnall. Here, especially seated at “the chef’s table,” seasons don’t really define “specials” as everything is special! A world-class eating experience, it’s a perfect marriage of fine dining, relaxed innovation, and those many crackling fireplaces.

Photographer Marsel Roothman for Wine Spectator Magazine