An Exciting New Culinary Adventure Awaits at Hōseki


Prepare for a culinary journey like no other, as HŌSEKI, the extraordinary new Japanese restaurant, unveils its doors on Monday, October 16, 2023, at the prestigious Delaire Graff Estate. The name “HŌSEKI” carries profound significance, translating from Japanese to “jewel,” paying homage to Laurence Graff OBE, the Owner and renowned diamantaire of Delaire Graff Estate.

The menu promises a symphony of contemporary cuisine, infused with the creative brilliance and exuberance that defines Head Chef, Virgil Kahn. Each dish is a masterpiece crafted to be savoured and shared, elevating the spirit of Japanese culture and traditions.

Signature dishes will include octopus, togarashi, robata eggplant and fermented chilli soy; soft shell crab and doubanjiang aioli; and the exquisite ostrich tartare and tamago, while for dessert, sweetie pie, raspberry sorbet and confit blood orange will provide a memorable conclusion to the experience. A separate tasting menu in the style of omakase, which translates to “I leave it up to you,” transporting you to the rich cultural heritage of Japan.

A beautiful new addition to the restaurant, the sushi counter, is a work of art in itself where diners can watch as HŌSEKI’s chefs create incredible, fresh sushi, such as nigiri, sashimi, maki, hand roll and tiraditon.

The menu evolves with the seasons, featuring herbs and vegetables sourced directly from the Estate’s greenhouse and vegetable garden, delivering an authentic farm-to-table Japanese dining experience in the heart of the Cape Winelands. Lavish ingredients such as Cape Wagyu, soft-shell crab and black cod will be meticulously selected from suppliers who share the Estate’s dedication to responsible sourcing and sustainability.

Head Chef Virgil Kahn spent many years living and working across Asia, including time spent in Japan – learning, observing and immersing himself in the intricacies of Japanese cuisine and culture. In 2009 he returned home to South Africa, where he worked as part of the brigade at Nobu before joining Delaire Graff Estate and laterally establishing Indochine Restaurant in 2012.

Kahn commented: “Japan holds a special place in my heart and always will. The style of cooking is a perfectly balanced juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity, combined with incredible ingredients and aromatic spices. This is an inspiring moment for me, and for my team, as we re-focus creatively and present an authentic Japanese restaurant amongst South Africa’s glittering culinary landscape – we very much look forward to welcoming guests to HŌSEKI in October.”

HŌSEKI’s menu will be perfectly complemented by an extensive drinks list featuring local and international sake, cocktails and beer, served alongside wines from Delaire Graff Estate.

The blue and copper-toned interior of Indochine Restaurant remains; however, the iconic Swallows in Flight art installation created by André Stead, working in collaboration with Lionel Smit, now brings an even greater meaning to the new space. In Japanese culture, birds have adorned prints, ceramics, cloisonné and ancient temples for centuries – with the swallow representing good luck.

From the moment you step through the doors, you’ll be immersed in an atmosphere of incomparable luxury and warm hospitality. You can expect the service to be a harmonious blend of attentiveness and expertise, an experience expertly curated by Nick Cloete, the dedicated Manager and trusted right hand to Chef Kahn. Nick’s watchful eye will ensure that every aspect of your dining journey is flawless.

From Monday 16 October 2023, HŌSEKI will be open daily for lunch seating from 12:00 and last seating at 14:00 and for dinner seating from 18:00 and last seating at 20:00.To make a reservation for HŌSEKI, email or call +27 21 885 8160.