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Review: Sandton’s botanical Truffles on the Park

If you don’t know the area, Truffles on the Park may seem like a strange name for a restaurant, but this spot is located in Mushroom Farm Park. It’s an exquisite, tree-dappled oasis set amongst the high-rise metropolis of Sandton’s CBD.

 

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Fast facts

Food type: Bistro/Botanical Bar
Cost: R180 average main meal
Parking: Private parking area available
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 4; Service: 4; Ambience: 5

Food

To start, there’s a range of finger foods – spicy hot wings, chargrilled halloumi and predominantly Asian-inspired fish dishes. Thai-spiced salmon fish cakes come with a vibrant salsa; tempura baby squid with a garlic-and-chilli sauce; and peanut-and-citrus spicy prawns with a sesame-and-lime aïoli.

 

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Signature mains include miso-glazed short rib served with crispy wontons, sesame seeds, spring onions and twice-fried truffle fries; and the braised ‘fall-apart’ lamb shoulder served with minted peas, lamb jus and vanilla fondant potato. If you’re looking for something a little more restrained, there’s a selection of salads and lighter dishes on offer. The flame-grilled Mediterranean crispy chicken thighs with tenderstem broccoli, charred Brussel sprouts, semi-dried tomatoes and garlic cream is low-carb heaven.

 

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On the more casual side of things you’ll find burgers, pregos and sandwiches, all tasty and affordable. In fact, most dishes on the menu are pretty scrumptious and well put-together, though the twice-fried truffle fries could be crispier.

For dessert, it’s a cake and torte affair: seriously rich New York-style baked cheesecake with mixed berries and a berry compote and a beautifully nutty carrot cake with ginger konfyt and ginger royal icing. Or you can keep it simple with the selection of Paul’s ice creams and sorbets.

Drinks

It’s a botanical bar, so there’s a great selection of international and local gins and cocktails. The wine list covers all the bases, but is on the pricey side.

 

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Service

Great teamwork from friendly and informed waiters. Managers are great at running a tight ship.

 

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Ambience

It’s an absolute gem of a restaurant, beautifully designed with vibrant décor and stunning views over the park. High ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass means the space is bright and inviting. Ample indoor greenery keeps the space fresh, and the large outside deck area is perfect for alfresco dining. There’s also plenty of space for kiddies to play.

 

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Best for…

Celebratory dinners, work lunches and weekend breakfasts.

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