Bolton Road Collection starts serving brunch at 11am. For starters, the seared tuna with spicy ponzu, sesame, horseradish snow, pickled apple and a rice wafer is deliciously moist and supple, with the citrusy flavours combining with the fish to make for a delightful salty, bitter and sweet taste. Also on offer is prawn tempura with Vietnamese dressing and, for vegans, honey-backed beetroot with tahini yoghurt, feta and almonds.
The Moroccan lamb burger – with buffalo milk yogurt cucumber, feta, hummus, red onion and tomato – can only be described as sensational, but it is far from the best Bolton has to offer. Go ahead and try the slow-cooked pork belly with fermented apple purée, smoked bacon bon bon and beer jus, served with carrots. While the presentation is nothing short of incredible, the roasted butternut gnocchi with porcini mushrooms, toasted walnut and runny egg yolk is a bit underwhelming. The flavours don’t blend quite as well as presumably intended.
After dinner, indulge in the sensational French lemon tart with chocolate sorbet, a chocolate almond macaron and raspberries, or dig into their chocolate cotton cake with a dark chocolate wafer, milk sorbet, and passion fruit jelly.
Bolton offers a wide range of popular craft beer brands on tap, including Darling and Striped Horse. The bottled variety is also available, as are Everson and Kopperberg ciders, and “all the usual suspects” as the menu reads. Their extensive wine collection has a lot to offer, with bottles from vineyards like the Vergelen Estate in Stellenbosch, to Ataraxia in the Hemel-and-Aarde Valley of Hermanus, among many others. For the bubbly enthusiast, Pongracz, Graham Beck, Steenberg, Moet, Veuve and even Billecart-Salmon are all on offer, but don’t overlook the wide range of cocktails and whiskeys served at the bar.
Prominently located on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Bolton Road in Rosebank, Bolton Road Collection is a popular and rather hip establishment, often packed with young professionals in the afternoons gathering for after-work drinks. By night, Bolton is an ideal spot for intimate dinners or long boozy chats in the saloon, which is separate from the dining area. Often dimly lit, it beautifully complements the minimalist, modern, industrial interior.
Friendly staff make sure your wine glass is never empty, making for a pleasurable dining experience. While they are very attentive, it never feels intrusive.
Street parking is very limited. While you can find parking around the corner on the adjacent streets, it’s advisable to Uber.
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