Reservations for Restaurant Week South Africa are now open until Sunday, 5 May!

Basalt

Vegetarian, Contemporary
9,5 (74 reviews)
98% recommended

6-course tasting menu by Chef James Diack R975

Basalt

Vegetarian, Contemporary
9,5 (74 reviews)
98% recommended

6-course tasting menu by Chef James Diack R975

Restaurant Week
6-course tasting menu by Chef James Diack
R975

Would you like to enjoy a culinary and affordable dinner during the Restaurant Week?

Basalt serves a 6-course tasting menu by Chef James Diack during Restaurant Week.

Don't miss this chance to discover Basalt and try their delicious tasting menu for only R975.

Please note: Seats are limited. Only online bookings will be accepted.

Are there any dietary requirements? Please mention this on the reservation form so the restaurant can take this into account.
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Restaurant Week Menu

With enthusiasm and natural flair, Chef James's new menu features flavour-led ingredients that are naturally raised and seasonally harvested at his family farm 'Brightside' in the Magaliesburg.
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JAPANESE AUTUMN
BY CHEF JAMES DIACK
6-Course Tasting Menu - R975 pp
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TASTING MENU
Please note: Pescatarian & Vegetarian menus upon request
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BREAD (V)
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JAPANESE MILK BREAD
with white miso & sesame emulsion
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AMUSE BOUCHE (P)
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DEEP FRIED OYSTER
enoki mushroom, crab cake, zucchini yakatori
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FIRST COURSE
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DASHI BROTH (P)
Tuna sashimi rolled in coconut ash, dashi broth, mustard shoots & edible flowers
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SECOND COURSE
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BAMBOO LEAF SMOKED DUCK BREAST
sake infused carrot, sesame & edamame Cremieux, duck bone demiglace
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THIRD COURSE
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PORK KATSU SANDWICH
charcoal brioche, panko crumb, shredded iceberg, Japanese mayo
*Optional substitute CHICKEN or SEA BASS (P)
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FOURTH COURSE
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BLACKENED HIBACHI MACKERAL (P)
aromatic herb drizzle, crunchy seed topping

OR

KING OYSTER MUSHROOM (V)
black radish crisps, mizuna emulsion, coconut crème, kimchi jiaozi
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FIFTH COURSE
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KAHUNI STYLE PORK BELLY or BEEF
poached duck egg yolk, seaweed & black bean purée, crispy scallions & bean sprouts
OR
SUSTAINABLE SAKE POACHED LINE FISH (P)
ginger, lemongrass & coconut emulsion, silken potato, renkon crisps
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SIXTH COURSE
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TEXTURES OF GREEN TEA & MATCHA
Matcha cheese cake, green tea infused white choc mousse, jasmine ice cream, matcha praline, kiwi & wasabi gel
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6-Course Tasting Menu by Chef James Diack - R975 pp
P = Pescatarian / V = Vegetarian / V* = Vegan
NB: Booking conditions: Diners will be requested to advise their menu preference (standard, pescatarian or vegetarian) in advance, and a R500pp deposit will be required to secure reservations.

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What 74 people say about Basalt

9.5 Based on 74 reviews. 98% of the guests recommend this restaurant.
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"My 34th Birthday Dinner"
9.7 Cuisine 10 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 10

Great food by Chef James Diack with amazing flavours.

Diane Lecluse at Yesterday
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"Great night but overpriced "
9.0 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9

Everything was amazing from the service to the food and overall feel of the restaurant. A night to remember honestly. The pricing however, surprised me considering that its restaurant week

Moloko Manthata at 12 April 2024
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"Cute and cozy"
10.0 Cuisine 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10

Stunning ambience, cozy restaurant and the service was out of this world! The food, delectable!!

Keitumetse Seripe at 11 November 2023
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"Date for my Ballito Girlfriend"
8.3 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 7

Food was very tasty and good portion size. Seating a little congested. Overall a very good night out and a great experience.

Daniel de Jager at 04 November 2023
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"Lovely experience "
8.7 Cuisine 8 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8

Basalt was a lovely experience, the service was immaculate and everyone was super friendly including the chef. The food was largely great and I managed to taste everything as i was sharing with my husband. Some dishes I loved and him not and vice versa but overall, worth the experience.

What stood out was the cold Cucumber soup, the pork main and definitely the dessert.

Dirane Mashele at 03 November 2023
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About Basalt

Cuisine: Vegetarian, Contemporary

BASALT
RESIDENT HEAD CHEF JAMES DIACK

An intimate and contemporary dining space situated at The Peech Hotel in Melrose, Johannesburg. For SA Restaurant Week April 2023 our new resident Head Chef James Diack has created a menu inspired by his passion and commitment towards sustainable dining and provenance.

CHEF JAMES DIACK
Introducing Head Chef James Diack, a culinary mastermind with a passion for farm-to-table cuisine. With over a decade of experience in the industry, Chef James has made a name for himself by creating unique and innovative dishes that showcase the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients.

What sets Chef James apart is his commitment to sustainability and his deep connection to the land. He sources the majority of his produce – including wild boar, chickens, mielies, pumpkins, cucumbers, string beans, and edible flowers – from his family farm, Brightside, nestled in the picturesque Magaliesberg mountains.

With a focus on using only the finest, seasonal ingredients, Chef James creates menus that are not only delicious but also environmentally conscious. His passion for food and dedication to quality is evident in every dish he creates, from the simplest of salads to the most complex of entrees.

As the new Head Chef of Basalt, Chef James brings his culinary expertise and his farm-to-table philosophy to our kitchen. We are thrilled to have him on board and can't wait for our guests to experience the incredible flavors and textures of his cuisine. Get ready to be wowed by Chef James Diack's inspired dishes, made with the freshest ingredients straight from the farm.

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Frequently asked questions

At most restaurants, you can make reservations for free and cancel them without any charge. You'll settle the bill when you dine at the restaurant. However, some restaurants may request a small deposit, and they will send a prepayment request via Dineplan to confirm your reservation.

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Yes, restaurants always take dietary preferences into consideration.

You can specify your dietary requirements in the comments section of the reservation form.

In most deals, drinks are not included.

However, some restaurants may offer a welcome drink or provide a wine-pairing option, and this will be clearly indicated in the restaurant's menu.

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If you've created an account with us, you can log in to your account and easily change your reservation.

Don't have an account? Click on the link in the confirmation email of your reservation.

You can cancel your reservation from the confirmation email: Click on 'Manage Reservation' in the email and then click on the 'Cancel Reservation' button. If you have created an account, you can also do this easily by going to 'My Reservations.' You can also contact us via email at [email protected].

Yes, you can always cancel for free.

If you have made a prepayment via Dineplan, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your reservation. The amount you paid in advance will be automatically refunded to your account. Refunds through Dineplan should be resolved in communication with the restaurant, and we are not directly involved in this process.

You can cancel your reservation online up to 8 hours in advance, or by phone up to 1 hour before your reservation time. However, we kindly request that you cancel as soon as you know you won't be able to make your reservation.

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