Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient, along with Chef Chantel Dartnall and her team, has triumphed at this year’s 2018 Eat Out Awards which were announced in Cape Town yesterday.
Sommelier Moses Magwaza received the coveted Eat Out Wine Service Award for the second consecutive year. The award-winning Gauteng based restaurant has been celebrated internationally for its cellar which boasts more than 75 000 bottles and nearly 6 000 different labels.
Mosaic – which has enhanced South Africa’s international status as a gourmet destination thanks to Dartnall’s meticulous approach to modern fine dining and her signature Botanical Cuisine – took No 7 spot in list of the country’s Top 10 Restaurants and was the only restaurant in Gauteng in The Top 10.
Dartnall – who has twice been named South African Chef of the Year and who was named Best Female Chef in the World at The Best Chef Awards in Poland last year – was delighted with the recognition from the Eat Out judges: “Those who have followed Mosaic since we opened 12 years ago know that we have never stood still when it comes to creating dishes. We have the benchmark where we are now and we always push ourselves to be better and to produce a menu that will please both the eye and the palate.”
Dartnall’s menus are celebrated for her innovative use of herbs and flowers in her tell-tale symphony of minute feminine detail.
Dartnall and her team have picked up numerous other awards this year. Restaurant Mosaic received an impressive five World’s Best Wine List Awards in the UK for its world class wine list and service, including the Best Wine list for Hotels in the World. In what was a first for a restaurant from South Africa and the African continent, it earned a 2018 Grand Award from the highly-acclaimed US publication Wine Spectator for its incomparable wine list and cellar with Dartnall featuring on the cover.
Natura Naturans  The Earth Laughs in Flowers is the name of Chantel Dartnall’s current spring/summer menu and again features her signature botanical cuisine style, using only the best seasonal produce and taking a cue from nature. Dishes include Under the Veil – a composition of langoustine, white peach and hibiscus; From the Frozen Ocean which has Arctic salmon “cooked” in front of the guests in a magic piece of culinary theatre while Cherry Blossom, comprises duck wings and lightly smoked duck breast with luscious cherry flavours.
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Award-winning chef, Chantel Dartnall, has enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map, thanks to her meticulous approach to modern fine dining at the celebrated Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient. In 2017 she was named the world’s Best Female Chef at The Best Chef Awards in Warsaw, Poland. Dartnall has twice been named South African Chef of the Year at the annual Eat Out Restaurant Awards, first in 2009, and then again in 2014, while Restaurant Mosaic has continuously been placed in the top 10 eating establishments in the country. Dartnall combines her classical French training with her love of nature and is well known for creating the art of nature on her plates with delightful botanical dishes. Inspired by her travels abroad and by the setting of Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient in the Francolin Conservancy, she is passionate about using organic and seasonal produce with her innovative approach to food preparation and presentation.
Dartnall has always embraced her femininity and feels that it is important for chefs to reveal their true personalities in the way their dishes are creatively plated and presented to their guests.  After graduating from the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy, acclaimed UK chef Nico Ladenis offered Dartnall a position in the kitchen of his three-star Michelin restaurant, Chez Nico at 90 Park Lane, in London – a huge break for the young chef. Dartnall has also worked with Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park in Devon, a two Michelin star establishment, while chefs such as Ladenis, Pascal Barbot and Michel Bras set the standards by which she measured herself on her return to South Africa. She has also gained a huge wealth of knowledge from her extensive annual travels to some of the world’s finest restaurants in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Spain and France.

Renowned South African Impressionist artists and interior decorators were commissioned to step back in time to the romantic early 1900s to create a restaurant that was both romantic and unique and which paid homage to acclaimed chef, Chantel Dartnall’s love of Parisian Belle Époque restaurants.  Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, which opened in 2006, has an intimate feel with booth-type seats and two private dining rooms. Unlike many other establishments, Dartnall is always in charge of the kitchen and in attendance to meet guests when the restaurant is open. The restaurant is known for its impressive degustation menus. Restaurant Mosaic is located in The Orient Private Hotel in the Francolin Conservancy Area, Elandsfontein, Crocodile River Valley, Gauteng. It is a place as unexpected as it is spectacular; an exotic Moorish-inspired palace that transports guests to another time with nothing to distract from the beauty that nature has to offer.
Restaurant Mosaic has one of the most comprehensive wine cellars in South Africa, comprising more than 75 000 bottles of wine under 6 000 different local and international labels. The selection of brandies, including an extensive range of Armagnac and Calvados, are unmatched anywhere else in South Africa. In what is a first for a restaurant from South Africa and the African continent, Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient earned a 2018 Grand Award from the highly-acclaimed US publication Wine Spectatorfor its incomparable wine list and cellar. It also received an impressive five World’s Best Wine List Awards in the UK this year for its world class wine list and service.
Sommeliers include Moses Magwaza who was the recipient of the coveted Wine Service Award at the 2017 and 2018 Eat Out Awards. Magwaza has passed several courses and is currently completing his Level 3 at the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), a British organisation which is regarded as one of the world’s leading providers of wine education.
Also, in the Mosaic wine team is one of the country’s most exciting female sommeliers, 28-year-old Taryn Nortje, who is busy with her WSET Level 4 Diploma and is preparing to join the exclusive small group of female Cape Wine Masters, as well as Eric Welile Botha, who has worked at top establishments around the country.
Restaurant Mosaic is located in The Orient Private Boutique Hotel in the Francolin Conservancy, Elandsfontein, Pretoria. GPS Location: 25 ° 45 ‘ 40.0 ” S (-25.761114), 27 ° 59 ‘ 56.6 ” E (27.999083)
Phone: +27(0)12 371 2902/3/4/5
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