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Bolton Road Collection

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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Hip & happening
Food
Bakery fare, Fine-dining food
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Thando Ndabezitha

Food
Following the trend of serving small or large plates, rather than a formal order of courses, the menu at Bolton Road Collection has an interesting selection of dishes that encourage sharing. Mouthwatering platters can be enjoyed by individuals, too, but not before taking a snap to share on social media first. It’s understandable: the presentation is stellar.

Start with the highly recommended slow-roasted beef short rib; the flavour of the crumbed tender shredded beef with radish, watercress emulsion and pickled egg yolk is explosive. This small plate, along with the already popular grilled sea bass (as a big plate), are part of the reason for the great reputation of chef Andrew Green and his team.

Being a patisserie, Bolton Road Collective offers great desserts in the form of freshly baked tantalising cakes on display. It would be hard to resist the tonka-bean panna cotta on the menu, though: not only is the presentation beautiful, but the addition of honeycomb to the dish takes it to a whole new exciting level.

Drinks
Speciality Origin coffees (cappuccinos, macchiatos, lattes, etc) are welcome wake-up drinks, especially if you’re here for a morning meeting and quick brekkie or are planning to have a late night. The drinks menu is fairly comprehensive, with a focus on quality rather than quantity, from cocktails and whiskeys to craft beers on tap and by the bottle. There’s a fair number of wines available by the glass and even more to order by the bottle or to pop open for a celebration.

Service
Staff are professional and helpful. It’s advisable to call for a reservation in advance.

Ambience
It’s easy to see why this is fast becoming one of the most popular Joburg hipster hangouts. Located along the city’s art strip on Jan Smuts, where a fast-growing hub of great coffee places is also exploding, Bolton Road Collective is making its own unique imprint. The industrial-chic look of the restaurant is consistent with its location and, although tending toward a modern, minimalistic look, there’s a lot of attention to detail, from the low lighting to pops of green in pot plants and vases around the restaurant. Ultimately, it’s the type of place that promises good food and vibes, and invites you to chill until the wee hours of the morning without even noticing the passage of time.

And…
They use a smart and efficient SMS system to confirm your reservation and follow up on the day. Millenials (if not everyone) should love this.

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User reviews

  • This place is incredible! From the decor, design and lighting to the impeccable service. Not to mention the food - absolutely fantastic! Perfectly sized portions, very good wine selection, delicious deserts. You guys will most definitely see us again.
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  • After hearing some really great things about BRC and passing by it literally everyday on my way home, I made the decision that this was where I would hold my celebratory birthday dinner this year. And so after booking for a party of 10 over the phone and receiving highly convenient confirmations by text (SMS) thereafter, my friends and I rocked up here on the Saturday ready to have a good time. A space that one can only define as "industrial-chic", the interior is decorated wonderfully, however, considering the vastness of the space, results in it not being as cosy as I would have liked. Instead, it comes off as quite minimalist and hence somewhat lacking due to the empty expanses found throughout. From start to finish, our waiter was helpful and on hand throughout our evening to ensure that glasses remained topped up and that the dinner experience was enjoyable. One thing I absolutely loved was the extensive drinks menu that really offers an incredible variety of not just craft beer but also very innovative cocktails to tickle the tastebuds. And being a Gin girl myself, BRC's "Gin Locker" section of the drinks menu that allows you to put together your own gin concoctions was truly the highlight of my night! Food-wise, we opted to start with the red pepper and oregano marinated chicken salad and this was a good start to the meal. I can only truly speak to my own experience and assessment of my own main which was the Roasted Chicken Supreme with a Carrot Rissotto and Sweet Corn Air. The chicken was prepared wonderfully, being both tender and flavourful. However, my key disappointment was with the risotto that was not really cooked through and as a result tasted much crunchier than it should have. The flavour was there with the inclusion of the smoked ricotta however the texture truly let the dish down. I consequently failed to finish and was unfortunately not interested in taking it away with me either. Despite bringing our own birthday cake in the end, I was surprised when I had called in ahead to the restaurant to enquire about the availability of sparklers or candles only to be told that there was a "cake-age" fee for bringing in your own cake rather than ordering it from the restaurant. This was the first time I had ever heard of anything like this and so to be honest I did find it slightly bizzare. I do understand that the restaurant has a bakery section however, we did plan to spend a decent amount of money on our meal and drinks regardless so I did not understand why we had to be penalized in this manner. So just a note for those planning Birthday soirees here as I was only informed about this literally at the last minute. Overall, for me, the experience at BRC was alright enough although based on what I had heard about it and reviews I had read prior, I was slightly disappointed with the food and did not feel that it lived up to the hype. Perhaps it requires another shot with less people and during the day in order to confidently make a recommendation? Watch this space for an update.
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  • Popped in for brunch, our waitron Madonna was warm, welcoming and attentive. The food is incredibly fresh, I had the smoked chicken open sandwich on rye (definitely recommend this one). The decor is cosy and which allows for excellent ambience
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  • Some call it a sandwich, I call it a delicious creation. To make it even better the service is great - thanks Madonna for being so friendly.
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  • Great dinner with very nice service by Esther Mpofu. The rump steak as well as the salmon starter were delightful. Will be happy to return soon to explore more of the special menu
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  • Thank you very much for the great food, excellent ambience and perfect service dear Esther! We will definitely come back!
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  • I had dinner on the 13th July at Collection and it was excellent. Great vibe, interior, food and the service was excellent. If you manage to get Bongani as a waiter you are in for a treat he is absolutely fantastic.
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  • Great cozy but spacious atmosphere, considered menu and excellent service. Good vegetarian options, including the artisanal mozzarella sandwich, which I had. Look out for a waiter named Vusi, who'll take extra special care of you!
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  • Food: Outstanding! Great flavours and cooked to perfection. All 5 of us enjoyed our meals. Service: George and Brighton were our two brilliant waiters. The manager came around to check and overall the service was first class. Overall: Will definitely be back and will recommend this restaurant to everyone. We celebrated a birthday and it couldn't have been better!
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  • Average mains (mussels and burgers), watery cocktail (old fashioned) but the dessert was very revealing. Panna cotta was super gelatinous and had none of the creaminess one would expect. Pairings were really odd and disjointed: a mousse that literally tasted of nothing, a strawberry sauce that tasted like the tin can strawberry jam and an unidentifiable chocolate something that also tasted as if it was made of the cheapest cooking chocolate. Manager basically told us that the dish was exactly as the chef intended. I really don't see what the point of asking customers for their feedback is if you then deflect it with "the chef knows best". Waitress was great and ambience was good but since it's mostly about food, we won't return. Unnecessarily fussy food that lacks integrity would sum up our experience.
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  • Excellent food and service coupled with out of the world whisky list. No wonder it's hard to get a table after only 3 weeks in business but then, I've been there 3 time in 2 weeks...
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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