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Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel
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Cost
R160 - R200 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Food
African, South African, Steak
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

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Food
Sous chef Tyrone Mothei describes the menu as fusion with Asian, Italian and Thai influences and flavours. Start off your meal with three light salads – the shaved vegetable salad with beetroot, carrots and chia seeds comes with a perfectly poached runny egg, which has a crispy batter. There’s a Thai-inspired soup with mussels, line fish, prawns, Asian sausage and udon noodles. The Kudu carpaccio is served with grilled zucchini, artichoke and roasted hazelnuts – just the right flavours to prepare your appetite for mains. Also worth trying is the apple-and-fennel cured salmon with lime, buttermilk, rye toast and rooibos vinaigrette.

All steaks are prepared with herb butter and seasoning – patrons have a choice of various cuts of Chalmar grain-fed beef, Black Angus grass-fed beef, Wagyu and lamb. They come served with a side salad and a sauce of your choice. For an extra charge you can select two queen prawns or Angus beef boerewors as toppings for your steak. Sides also include fried black rice, basmati rice, crushed potatoes, thick-cut fries and garden vegetables, which are season-dependent.

Lovers of seafood will enjoy the dry spice-rubbed sea bass with couscous and citrus salad, and kingklip with almond, zucchini, brinjal, olive, tomato and salsa vierge. The soft shell crab with avocado, cilantro, grapefruit, sushi rice and togarashi spice is a palate-pleaser.

For what appears to be a small menu, all printed on one page, there is a fair amount of choice, including a burger and vegetarian options such as the butternut risotto and the chargrilled cauliflower with ricotta cheese, creamy polenta and roasted tomato. Particularly interesting on the burger menu is the charcoal steam bun with Asian spiced shredded pork, pak choy, miso mayonnaise and a small side salad of pickled cabbage.

And, for dessert, choose from a selection of classics such as the chocolate fondant, banoffee cheese cake, mascarpone panna cotta, sorbets, ice cream and a cheese board.

Drinks
The drinks menu is filled with page after page of wines, bubbly, champagne, spirits, cocktails and more. There’s a wide range from local to international to fit your budget.

Service
Service is a little on the slow side but the view of Johannesburg takes the sting away.

Ambience
This is a very relaxed setting where no one seems to be in a rush. You’ll find businessmen meeting over breakfast, ladies enjoying a quiet lunch, groups celebrating birthdays and couples sharing a romantic moment over dinner.

And…
Book a table for their Saturday and Sunday brunch buffets. Also ask about their beer pairing with the artisan braai menu.

(October 2017)

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    Food
    The Flames restaurant at the Four Seasons at the Westcliff is not only about the food; this is a full-package experience. Upon arrival your car gets chauffeured away and you get warmly transported up to the restaurant, with an incredible view overlooking the beautiful city of Johannesburg.

    The seasonal menu is very concise, but has just enough options to make you wonder for a little while. If you have to choose only one item, the Korean pork belly is it! The pork is cooked to perfection and the flavours are perfectly balanced. It cannot be faulted. The Karoo lamb chops come highly recommended, too, although the mint jus is a little shy. If you’re a starter person then do try the springbok carpaccio. It’s mouthwatering, and everything just works: the truffle oil is the highlight, the artichokes come through ever so nicely, and the roasted walnuts add a wonderful crunch to the dish.

    But the reason to go more than one time is the double-chocolate fondant. Ladies and gentlemen, this is one of the dishes of my year. Served with roasted banana ice cream, banana marshmallow and chocolate crumble on top, it’s a perfect fondant that, with one pierce, oozes with the most delicious chocolate. Dig your spoon a little deeper and be surprised by some peanut butter. Yes.

    Drinks
    This is not a cheap night out, but it can be justified when you take in the whole experience. They have an extensive list of both local and international wines. The cheapest bottle of red wine is the DeMorgenzon, which came in at R395. If you’re looking for an experience and a spoil then you will find plenty of options.

    Service
    Service is sleek and faultless. Philani, the waiter, is filled with knowledge of the menu, and has lots to recommend. We are also greeted with a warm welcome by the manager on duty, which always enriches the experience.

    Ambience
    As far as location goes, you can’t really fault Flames. The whole ambience is out of this world and really does justify the price you may pay.

    And…
    This is a place to go spoil yourself. Enjoy the moment.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • The first thing that stands out about this venue is the view. Breat taking and nothing you have seen or pictured. This restaurant allows for indoor and ourdoor dining. Great setting and comfortable. Being my birthday we received treatment like no other. From the complimentary non alcoholic champagne to the desert. Never have I been treated to that in all my life and dining. Our waiter Nathi was awesome and always available to check if we were ok. Actually the service of staff from flames is 5 star. And the food was on another level. Ordered lamb chops which were well done since I don't like rare meat and the portions was generous making it worth my penny. My husband opted for a burger. Came with chips and very tasty. Their food leaves and impression and makes you want to go back as I am planning to do. Great for families and couples it has become my best restaurant in the whole of Johannesburg. Visit to get an awesome experience.
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  • An absolutely stunning venue with views for days. However, the food does not live up to the ambience and especially not to the prices charged. Although this is the perfect spot for sundowners, having some drinks is unfortunately where the night ends. The food is extremely disappointing and very pricey. The food is bland and made without the care and sophistication expected. Had the vegetable curry - extremely plain, which i tried to rescue with masses of table salt. Another diner had the steak - a poor cut, very thin, with excess fat and no flavour. A very disappointing experience. But I do still visit for sundowners!
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  • My husband surprised me with a brunch at Flames for my birthday on Sunday. Everything was great, except that the waiter did not acknowledge that it was a birthday celebration. The table next to us, was treated like royalty by their waiter (maybe you get more attention if you have a larger table booked), and the birthday was acknowledged with a complimentary drink of her choice etc. My husband had told them it was a birthday when he booked, and I had a gift and card in clear view, so it was obvious that this was a celebration, even if the information had been missed at the time of booking. It felt as though it was just duty to serve us, instead of making it special. The buffet food was good, but the cooked plated food was average.
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  • Together with another mediocre dish, we had 3 different burgers, and they were all the driest we've ever had, awful, solid like bricks and just as tasteless. And the chips tasted like those frozen packet ones, unacceptable. Despite the wonderful ambience and spectacular view, we decided to go elsewhere for desserts. Really disappointing.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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