Restaurant Mosaic (South Africa)

For 15 years, Chantel Dartnall and her Restaurant Mosaic team delighted guests from around the world at The Orient Boutique Hotel in South Africa.

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient Private Hotel was famed as South Africa’s finest destination restaurant and private hotel. Award-winning South African Chef Chantel Dartnall was known for presenting the art of nature on her plates.

The Magic of Mosaic

The magic of Mosaic is holistic dining experienced through all the senses – taste, smell, texture, touch, mouth-feel and satiation – leaving you inspired and revitalized. The ancients were eternally searching for the elixir of life, consuming foods supposedly containing the energy of love, protection, sensuality, strength, fertility and prosperity. Chantel taps into these ancient mystic beliefs by making use of fragile herbs and flowers that are more than just garnish. They become the essential ingredients that allow you to emerge yourself in the sustenance of Gaia herself.

The essence of each ingredient is captured in her delicate dishes, poems of nature that fill your soul, releasing neurochemicals that calm and soothe, creating feelings of joy and contentment and assisting in the nourishment of your body on levels far beyond just mere satisfaction. Inspired by French masters like Michel Bras, Pierre Gagnaire, Alain Passard and Guy Savoy, Chantel creates dishes according to the inspiration she draws from her environment’s natural, emotional and subliminal influences. Central to her philosophy is to show the inherent value of the freshness and seasonality of the ingredients, either from the earth or from the sea. She believes that we should seek to enhance our food, our health, and our lives.

Each composition on her menu is intended to allow for mood enhancement, grounding and stress relief – guests are carried through shifts in emotions and energies without relying on alcohol or caffeine. Layers of harmonious rhythms and melodies manifest in Chantel’s botanical creations as she strives to enable nature to speak through her. It is more than foraging, it is about being in tune with the essence of each ingredient as she utilizes herbs and flowers not only to nourish but also to invigorate and enthral her diners. The preparation, cooking and eating of food become a sanctified act and she makes use of her kitchen to deliberately hone her craft and weave her spells…

Through her botanical cuisine, she guided guests on a culinary tour of pure indulgence. At Restaurant Mosaic, Chantel enhanced South Africa’s status as a gourmet destination on the international culinary map, thanks to her meticulous approach to modern fine dining. She drew her inspiration from fresh, seasonal produce and created dishes that tasted as wonderful as they looked.

Having travelled the world, filling several passports in the process, Chantel found her second home in Paris where she fell in love with the Belle Epoque Restaurants such as Le Grand Colbert, Vaganende and La Fermette Marbeuf. When asked how she wanted to decorate Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient, her choice was easy – in the Art Nouveau style. The restaurant flourished in its Belle Epoque style and gave guests an intimate feel with booth-type seats and two private dining rooms.

After 15 years of calling the Orient Boutique Hotel its home, Restaurant Mosaic closed its South African chapter on 28 March 2021 – with her next chapter starting again at Château des Tesnières in a few years time.

Chateau des Tesnieres A New Chapter Landscape
Chateau des Tesnieres Orient Glare

Awards & Accolades

Restaurant Mosaic has been awarded a wide variety of international and local (South African) awards, including: