After fifteen years, Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient Hotel will close its doors early next year. The fine dining restaurant, headed up by Chef Chantel Dartnall, has received a slew of local and international awards during its time and will serve its last meal on the 26th of March 2021.
Chef Dartnall is excited to embark on a new adventure and her signature style of cuisine and pursuit of excellence having brought much acclaim to South Africa’s dining scene. “I am proud that I have been able to pioneer Botanical Cuisine locally,” Chantel affirms, “and it has been gratifying to see that a variety of chefs and restaurants have incorporated some aspects of this style into their own repertoires. My team and I have achieved all that we could have hoped for. We now leave behind a proud legacy as one of the top fine dining restaurants in South Africa, having also established a solid international presence.”
Restaurant Mosaic has helped to put South Africa on the map as a fine dining destination, and since it first opened its doors in 2006 has brought local and international diners to the picturesque Francolin Conservancy outside Pretoria. Chantel has been at the pass for every single service – breakfast, lunch and dinner – and has paid tribute to her brigade, both the visible and behind the scenes members of the team “who work so incredibly hard to position Restaurant Mosaic as one of the most awarded restaurants in South Africa, and to achieve our mutual goal of creating a truly unforgettable dining experience”.
As for her next chapter, Chantel is keeping quiet but for now will divide her time between South Africa and Paris, where she plans to study further. “This is not the end of Chantel Dartnall the chef – I will also be furthering my knowledge of European cuisine, focusing on my French language studies and enhancing my technical skills,” she says.
“During the lockdown in 2020 we have all had a chance to take stock. I have been considering this brave new adventure for a while, and this period helped to solidify my decision. We have attained all the goals we set out for ourselves and I will look back on our accomplishments with gratitude and humility, and at the same time I will embrace exciting new challenges!”
For the first three months of 2021, guests can book for the Best of Mosaic menu, which will celebrate iconic dishes from the last fifteen years.