The LivingRoom

A Passion for Provenance

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A Story About Food

An award-winning dining experience

Situated within Summerhill Guest Estate in Kwa-Zulu Natal, The LivingRoom is one of the country’s top dining destinations. Chef Johannes Richter tells the story of KwaZulu Natal’s culinary diversity through his use of hyper-endemic ingredients, ancient processes, modern thinking and classic techniques. His sustainable-centered fine-dining menu is paired with premium South African wines and exceptional service.

The Food

Ingredients are carefully sourced & menu is created by Johannes Richter, Chef & Husband.

The multi-course menu – available as a five or seven-courses – is driven by a hyper-seasonal and endemic approach to cooking. All ingredients are sourced locally, with a strong focus on sustainability and ethical farming practices. As the team only work with the freshest produce, there is a conscious and deliberate effort to create their menu with as low an impact as possible. As such a range of ancient fermentation and preservation techniques are used to stretch produce and by-products across seasons – minimising wastage and adding diversity and depth of flavour across the menu.

A proud and fervent champion of KwaZulu-Natal produce, Chef Johannes combines the ingredients of the province with his French training and love for Japanese cuisine to create a unique and exceptional culinary experience. The menu is constantly in flux and undergoes complete changes every two months in line with seasonality and the produce from their own kitchen gardens and that which is carefully sourced local suppliers.

Sustainability and seasonality are at the core of all they do at The LivingRoom. This ethos extends to the team and staff, many of whom come from the local community and are given the skills and training needed to meet The LivingRoom standard.

The Wine

The extensive wine programme overseen by Johanna Richter offers a well-considered and comprehensive list of premium South African wines.

The menu is available with a pairing option, which sees a choice selection of these wines expertly paired with Chef Johannes’s dishes. Additionally, Johanna offers a well-thought-through non-alcoholic pairing containing in-house cordials, kombucha’s, juices, and tonics made in-house.

We are very spoilt to live in a city with diversity being portrayed in many different ways and expressions.
This is something The LivingRoom’s philosophy embraces and reflects in wine, food, music & art.

As our main focus lies on sustainability and local produce, we want to support like-mindedness.
A lot of love and passion flows into what we do, therefore we focus on smaller wine makers and producers, that have the same passion and share our thoughts on sustainability or the ecological footprint they leave.

Whether you are a traditional or experimental wine drinker, we are confident you will find something suitable to your liking.

 The LivingRoom Opening Times 2024

Tuesday to Saturday dinner  (18:30, last time to arrive 19:30) |   Saturday lunch 12:30

Closed: Sunday & Monday

Closed: 26 March to 9 April 2024, 24 – 28 September 2024, 24-26 December 2024

Our a la carte bistro menu will be available daily for all Summerhill Guest Estate houseguests as usual.