As much as I loved the more formal section of The Grazing Room, DW11-13, I was slightly disappointed with The Grazing Room. The ambience is great, with the tables laid out in long-form to create that casual cafeteria feel; there’s a water fountain in the corner which softly gives off that tinkling, calming water sound effect; the service was impeccable; the hostess absolutely charming but it was just not as I thought it would be.
Their menu is not extensive, which can be a good thing because the kitchen gets to focus on the speciality dishes. As carefully prepared as their mini-meals were, they were no as great as their food next door. Although the ambience was good and all that, the entire place felt just a tad too formal for what is meant to be the more relaxed, laid-back side of the fine-dining restaurant next door. We still had a great time though. The one positive is that the restaurant is quite happy to charge corkage which is not the same price as the wine – as is often the case.
Loved the smoked gnocchi with gruyère cream, cauliflower, charred broccoli, sultanas, pine nuts and truffle oil. So many ingredients which came together so very well. We ordered that one twice. Also had their crispy-fried squid with lemon squid-ink mayo which was perfectly crispy and really tasty. Their Chinese-inspired hammed duck steam bun was also delightful, certainly to be repeated again. The smoke wagyu beef was rather tough but to their credit the waiter relayed the message, and we actually had the hostess come to our table to apologise. Now that’s service. I think I went with extremely high expectations, following my experience next door, so this should not detract from my experience at The Grazing Room, which overall was still very good.
The Grazing Room Dunkeld Shopping Centre, Corner Jan Smuts & Bompas, Dunkled West. +27 11 325 2843