This new daytime bakery and bistro was opened by Brett Ladds, the former private chef to Nelson Mandela. Brett worked for Madiba for a decade and also cooked for celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Naomi Cambell, Quincy Jones and Queen Elizabeth. Now those in the Jacaranda city can experience his skills first hand at this Garsfontein space.
The eatery is designed to allow patrons to engage with the chef while they watch their food being prepared. The affordable menu will feature everything from early morning breakfast breads and pastries (baked on site by Brett and his team) to bistro-style dishes like Norwegian salmon, rib-eye steak and gourmet burgers with blue cheese and avo.
Amandus Van den Berg
On paper the restaurant presents well. The flow of the restaurant outdoors with the outside coffe/bar and oven gives the venue a nice feel.
The food was below average. We had the trio of lamb and burger sliders. Sauteéd vegetables looked more like frozen vegetables - old, soggy and without any taste. The potato rosti likewise lacked any taste. The lamb chops had nice flavour but was slightly overcooked. As for the burgers - the patties were very bland. The sauces were decent though.
The service was apalling. Waited 20 minutes for a cocktail and eventually had to change the order. It didn't look as though the barman actually knew how to make the cocktail. I would advise they rather not offer cocktails if they are unable to deliver. The waiter was mostly busy with other tables and seem as though they didn't have enough serving staff available. Not that the restaurant was full or particularly busy.
I think the restaurant can be so much more but it was rather a disappointing experience.