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Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

Cost
R160 - R200 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
African, South African
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
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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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  • Gwynne Conlyn

    Food
    The refurbishment of one of Johannesburg’s Grande Dames has seen that iconic pink colour of the exterior disappear. Nevertheless, the revitalization works, and the hotel’s dining areas have been designed to showcase the celebrated tree-filled views over the city.

    Flames is certainly worth a visit, and the menus throughout the day are well thought-out. Mornings offer a continental breakfast, or you can opt for their well-prepared eggs Benedict or Florentine. On the lunch menu, the café de Paris fillet steak is a very good choice; you should also investigate the daily specials listed on the blackboard, which the waiter will explain.

    It’s a treat to watch your order being prepared at the open braai area, whether it’s ostrich sosatie skewers, delicious garlic- and thyme-marinated Karoo lamb chops, pizzas, burgers and more. On Sundays, the lunch buffet is enormously popular.

    Drinks
    The extensive wine list will have even the most informed diner smiling. There’s also an excellent selection of craft beers from small, local breweries. Request tap water (absolutely fine in Johannesburg) if you’d prefer not to have the pricy 750 ml flask of bottled water arrive.

    Service
    This is blue-chip service: well trained and professional.

    Ambience
    Flames offers a five-star view of one of the biggest man-made forests in the world. An infinity pool adds glamour. Despite the fact that the dining areas are mostly open-plan, the tables feel cosy and private.

    And…
    Children, as well as special dietary requirements, are catered for.

    (October 2015)

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  • Gwynne Conlyn

    Food
    The refurbishment of one of Johannesburg’s Grande Dames has sadly seen that iconic pink colour of the exterior disappear. Nevertheless, the revitalization works in that the dining areas have been designed to enjoy the celebrated tree-filled views over the city. Flames is certainly worth a visit, and the menus throughout the day are well thought-out. Mornings offer a continental breakfast, or opt for their well-prepared eggs Benedict or Florentine. On the lunch menu, the Café Paris fillet steak is a very good choice, and in addition there will be daily specials listed on the blackboard, which the waiter will explain. Watch your order being prepared at the open braai area: ostrich sosatie skewers, delicious garlic and thyme-marinated Karoo lamb chops, pizzas, burgers and more. On Sundays, the lunch buffet is enormously popular.

    Drinks
    The extensive wine will have even the most informed diner smiling.
    There’s also an excellent selection of artisan beers from small, local breweries. Request tap water (absolutely fine in Johannesburg) if you’d prefer not to have the pricy 750 ml flask of bottled water arrive.

    Service
    This is blue chip service – well trained and professional.

    Ambience
    Flames offers a five star view of one of the biggest man-made forests in the world. An infinity pool adds glamour. Despite the fact that the dining areas are mostly open-plan, the tables feel cozy and private.

    And …
    Children (as well as special dietary requirements) are catered for.

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User reviews

  • 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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  • Avoid at all cost!! Despite one of the best settings in Johannesburg with stunning views, we had a horrible dining experience. The service was extremely slow and poor and the food was forgettable. My leek and chickpea soup was tasteless and my wife ordered a medium rare fillet steak that came out medium well. To the manager's credit he did offer to redo it, but with the extremely slow service, we decided against it. He then offered my wife a coffee on the house to compensate. When the bill came, they actually charged us for this coffee. By that stage we did not even want to argue about the bill and paid and left. We will definitely not be back. What a disappointment. Really left a sour taste.
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  • Flames share the great view of Joburg that The View does. We chose to dine here because the casual atmosphere was more appropriate for the kids than at The View. They even had a kids’ menu. Dinner was a feast. We had spicy Thai soup, seafood linguini, Norwegian salmon and oysters. The hot weather demanded that we have sorbet and ice cream for dessert even though there were many other delectable options. Fortunately we were staying the night so we could linger longer.
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  • Beautiful view and setting, but what a disappointing meal. Don't underestimate your guests and the local following. A five-year old could have prepared a better meal.
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  • Great restaurant! The food was good, service good and the views... amazing as always! We will definitely be back!
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  • Same fantastic view - still the best dining scenery in Joburg - such a pity that I can't say the same thing about the food!
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Facilities

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

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