AtholPlace
AtholPlace

AtholPlace Restaurant

  • Location 0117833410
  • Phone Number 90 Pretoria Avenue, Sandton, Johannesburg
  • email eat@atholplace.com
  • Website URL http://www.morukuru.com/
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Monday to Sunday 7am to 10.30am

    Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12.30pm to 2.30pm

    Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6.30pm to 9.30pm

Cost
R490 per person for 4 course dinner menu; lunch R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, International, Light meals
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

Food
AtholPlace is a five star, boutique hotel in the heart of Athol; a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle of Sandton. It’s a little oasis that boasts manicured gardens, exquisite décor, gorgeous art and incredible food and a perfect spot for a meal even if you're not a hotel guest.

Breakfast has a host of options on offer including a refined, continental buffet with a selection of pastries, breads, cheeses and cured meats, preserves, glorious homemade granola, yoghurts and fruit platters. The hot breakfasts take it to the next level with highlights that include truffle-infused, soft-scrambled eggs atop gorgeous smoked salmon, rocket and toasted rye bread or a seriously over the top, French toast stack sandwiching crispy bacon, melted brie and mushrooms, drizzled in a herb pesto and finished with honey roasted nuts.

Lunches are affordable and casual, but the setting and the service add an air of sophistication and elegance, making it the ideal venue for business lunches during the week as well as relaxed extravagance over the weekend. The menu is small and bistro in nature with burgers, pan-fried line-fish, vibrant tagliatelle pastas and wraps or sandwiches. It’s simple, but very good.

Dinner is the main event; the menu changes seasonally and is dependent on what’s fresh and available. It all starts with a warm welcome and a selection of amuse bouche that you can enjoy either at the bar or in the garden to take advantage of the sunset amidst the stunning surrounds.

You’ll then be shown to your table and taken through the set menu choices for the evening. With newly appointed Executive Chef Willie Malherbe at the helm, there’s a definite Asian overtone to the concise and delectable menu. To start you’ll discover sensations like miso broth with seared salmon, crisp tofu, grapefruit and onion shoots and a five spice pork belly with grilled prawns, carrot puree, radish slaw and kale. For mains you’re offered the choice of a fish, chicken, red meat or vegetarian dish, each superb in their own right, and all wonderfully distinctive. The spiced seabass baked in coconut, lemongrass and lime leaf with sautéed pak choi, rice noodles and coriander is a standout dish; delicately seasoned and cooked to perfection, it’s a celebration of good ingredients and clean flavours.

Desserts are always magnificent here and give you the chance to really satiate your sweet tooth. The triple chocolate mousse with pistachio brittle, fig, pomegranate syrup and honey comb ice cream is richer than Rockefeller, but not overly sweet. The combination of smooth, dark chocolate, crunchy pistachios, subtly-sweet fruit and luscious ice cream is just marvellous.

And, to finish, you’ll be served a selection of exquisite petit fours that are just enchanting. They pair beautifully with a little further indulgence at the bar, so be warned, and make sure to get a taxi.

Drinks
They offer a great spectrum: from affordable, quality wines like Mulderbosch Chenin Blanc and Vrede En Lust Rose to the big players, namely Luddite and Hamilton Russel. The only criticism is that they don’t have any interesting options by the glass; only a few of their entry-level wines, which leaves little space for spoiling in small quantities. I think they would also gain from offering wine suggestions and pairings for each course on the dinner menu, as it would elevate the experience, and take it from memorable to exceptional.

Ambience 
The interior design and décor beautifully combine comfort and style. Thought has been given to the most finite of details and every corner of the restaurant, bar and veranda are decorated with beautiful artefacts and art, and every chair, sofa and bar stool are both chic and cosy. Special attention has been paid to the acoustics in the restaurant, so intimate conversations remain that way. It’s personal and romantic at night and bright and charming throughout the day.

Service
It’s service with a smile. Being part of a five star, boutique hotel, the meticulous hotel service you would come to expect carries through to the restaurant. If it’s a special occasion make sure to tell them as they’re always willing to go the extra mile.

And…
They’ve introduced food and beverage pairing evenings, the first of which is ‘Curry and Craft Beer Fridays’. The tasting forms part of an after-work, before-dinner experience and includes 4 tapas-style curried dishes and 4 selected craft beers that change weekly.

(September 2016)

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User reviews

  • I called the restaurant to make a booking and I was trying to get directions but the lady was so rude and impatient that I would never go to that place!
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  • Great place, great service, great food. We took our father there, who lives in France, first thing he asked for when he comes back, is to go to AtholPlace. They even let us tan by their pool after our lunch and not many places do that. So yes 10/10!
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  • Such a beautiful place, excellent food and service. Overall a superb fine-dining experience.
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Specials

Father’s Day Special
Spoil dad with an incredible Father’s Day experience at The AtholPlace Restaurant on the 18th of June 2017. The restaurant, in partnership with The Red Rock Brewing Company, will be hosting the ultimate “dad lunch” - Father’s Day Fire and Potjiekos - whereby the whole family can look forward to traditional South African family feast-style potjiekos which includes oxtail, lamb, chicken and vegetarian potjies, as well as a complimentary premium beer on arrival, paired perfectly with the menu designed specifically for the special occasion.

The restaurant - situated at AtholPlace Hotel & Villa - will be buzzing with activity and warmth, with fires dotted across the courtyard. Traditional braai snacks, made on the open fire, will be available to guests on arrival. It will most certainly be a fantastic way to treat dad to something special this Father’s Day.

Cost: R350 per person
To book, kindly contact the AtholPlace Restaurant on 0117837553 or email eat@atholplace.com

Valid from - 2017-05-18 - 2017-06-18

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • WiFi

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