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Brasserie de Paris

Brasserie de Paris
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Cost
R180 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Special occasions
Food
French
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R85 (wine); R120 (sparkling)

Critic's review

Hennie Fisher

A meal at the Brasserie always leaves one feeling like you have had dinner at a ‘grown-up’ restaurant. Everything is done in a very simplistic but understatedly elegant way. From white linen and napery to the perfect venue, dining here is a real treat.

Food
Under the guidance of the petite Ané Wait, the menu is forever changing without veering away from their roots as a brasserie. An apple and mint blini is refreshing as an Amuse Bouche. Cauliflower and goat’s cheese soup, as well as a goat’s cheese panna cotta with pickled radish jelly and beetroot purée, or moules vin blanc with pommes frites and steak tartare are some of the starters one can enjoy. Duck salad with berries and currant dressing is substantial but refreshing and light at the same time. A wonderful duo of beef with wild mushroom consommé, foie gras ravioli and fillet en croute, as well as gnocchi ratatouille for vegetarian diners, or their legendary 440g chateaubriand to share, are main course options. Ile Flottante, French apple tart and a cheese plate are some of the dessert options. For those who cannot decide, they also offer smaller portions of three of the desserts on one plate.

Drinks
The menus and wine lists are printed on thick cream paper with the Brasserie’s embossed emblem at the top. The cellar selection includes Spioenkop Riesling, Ondine Semillon, Dorrance Chardonnay ‘Cuvee Anais’ Magnum and many more. The by-the-glass section is a full A4 page long, indicating that they understand what their customers want.

Service
Under the expert guidance of Sinisa Nikolic, the service at Brasserie is attentive and professional, without being cold and mechanical – everyone is comfortable in their service styles and it makes for an enjoyable experience.

Ambience
This iconic house by Karl Jooste transformed into a restaurant is always simple, yet stylish and elegant, and it is interesting to see how they add to and play with small interior changes.  It is one of the best venues in Pretoria to have a party – there is a glorious roof setting overlooking Waterkloof for private dining, but also a subterranean wine cellar opening onto a beautiful patio for outdoor gatherings.

Best for...
Modern dining in a Mid-Century architect-designed space

(2018)

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  • Food
  • Hennie Fisher

    Food
    Under the guidance of the petite Ané Wait, the menu is forever changing without veering away from their roots as a brasserie. An apple and mint blini is refreshing as an Amuse Bouche. Cauliflower and goat’s cheese soup, as well as a goat’s cheese panna cotta with pickled radish jelly and beetroot purée, or moules vin blanc with pommes frites and steak tartare are some of the starters one can enjoy. Duck salad with berries and currant dressing is substantial but refreshing and light at the same time.

    A wonderful duo of beef with wild mushroom consommé, foie gras ravioli and fillet en croute, as well as gnocchi ratatouille for vegetarian diners, or their legendary 440g chateaubriand to share, are main course options. Ile Flottante, French apple tart and a cheese plate are some of the dessert options. For those who cannot decide, they also offer smaller portions of three of the desserts on one plate.

    Drinks
    The menus and wine lists are printed on thick cream paper with the Brasserie’s embossed emblem at the top. The cellar selection includes Spioenkop Riesling, Ondine Semillon, Dorrance Chardonnay ‘Cuvee Anais’ Magnum and many more. The by-the-glass section is a full A4 page long, indicating that they understand what their customers want.

    Service
    Under the expert guidance of Sinisa Nikolic, the service at Brasserie is attentive and professional, without being cold and mechanical – everyone is comfortable in their service styles and it makes for an enjoyable experience.

    Ambience
    This iconic house by Karl Jooste transformed into a restaurant is always simple, yet stylish and elegant, and it is interesting to see how they add to and play with small interior changes. It is one of the best venues in Pretoria to have a party – there is a glorious roof setting overlooking Waterkloof for private dining, but also a subterranean wine cellar opening onto a beautiful patio for outdoor gatherings.

    Best for...
    Modern dining in a Mid-Century architect-designed space.

    (2018)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food
  • Mokgadi Itsweng

    Food
    Nestled in the leafy Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof, Brassiere de Paris is a French restaurant set in an Iconic Karl Jooste house. A meal here stands out as an experience worth remembering.

    The menu highlights the best of French cuisine and service. The menu is divided into à la carte; a dégustation menu paired with wines; and set menus designed for large groups.

    The pear-and-apricot mousse with honey-roasted sunflower seeds is a worthy amuse-bouche to begin the meal. The selection of starters is a very interesting and modern take on classical French dishes. Try the roasted bone marrow with celeriac purée and pickled red onion, topped with micro coriander and served with crostini. The rich marrow is well complemented by the tangy onions and creamy purée in a delightful interplay of flavours and textures.

    For a special occasion, share the 440g chateaubriand for mains. This melt-in-your-mouth steak is served with green beans, pommes frites and béarnaise sauce.

    A filling meat-free option is the ratatouille of smoked aubergine, courgettes, tomato purée and red-pepper foam, served with polenta crisps. This warming and delectable dish is perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.

    For dessert, try one of the classics like crème brûlée, the chocolate-and-coffee mille-feuille or the café gourmand, a selection of three desserts and cappuccino – a perfect ending to a delectable French feast.

    Drinks
    A small and well-curated wine list offers international and local wines, with most available per glass. Classic spirits like gin, whisky and brandies, as well as imported and local craft beers also appear.

    Service
    The service at Brasserie de Paris is impeccable, with the maître d’ and wait staff always on hand to offer service. The waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and are always there to help you make informed choices.

    Ambience
    White tablecloths and classic silverware lend French sophistication and class to the restaurant. Beautiful jazz and French music adds to the ambience. The brasserie is perfect place for a special celebration or date night.

    And…
    The restaurant hosts Bastille Day events in collaboration with Alliance Française, which have become must-attend events in Pretoria every year.

    (July 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
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  • Licensed
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