KCC – La Vie en Rose

KCC – La Vie en Rose
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R100 avg main meal
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Burgers, Modern, Vegetarian
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Marie-Lais Emond

Breakfasts are legendary, unusual and lavishly served. Madame Carnot has just-cooked beef meatballs served on a soft bed of both hummus and tahini, with grilled aubergines piled beside subtly spiced chickpeas. The breakfast dishes between from Mexican to English and Greek. The fine omelettes and scones bring diners back. Everything is homemade and tastes like it.

Light meals could be generous sandwiches on delicious breads or fabulously stuffed wraps. There are also salads, hot and cold, piled with delicious relevance rather than fronds. Starters for main meals can easily be had from the salads on the menu or the pastas, most of which are homemade. The Old Country Charm refers to Morocco, which is the inspiration and home of one of the owners. The menu features the Moroccan version of a Napolitana beef sauce on pappardelle with garden-fresh peas and truffle oil, but all the options are yummy. Here is the place to find two very good vegetarian burgers.

Main courses play feature steaks, chicken and duck ingredients, The accompaniments are sometimes even more delicious, though, like Lord Don: a chicken schnitzel with the most wonderfully warm, homely tangle of onions, peas and shoestring fries.

Desserts are full of such fun. There’s the Seven Sisters, a very rich choc chip sandwich enclosing nougat chop-chip cookie ice cream. The homemade ice creams are also a big feature here.

There’s something for everyone on the wine and beers list but the iced teas and cocktails take the cake, using fresh fruits, balsamic and herbs with different alcohol bases.

The service is very pleasing in a good-natured way.

It’s lovely outside among the roses or inside, viewing them from behind glass. The staff wear muted uniforms that seem to emphasise the floral prettiness of the place.

Best for…
Get-away breakfasts.

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(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • I always have a great time here! The garden aesthetic is perfect for brunch and taking in some sunshine. The food is generally reliable and service is always good. My default order is pretty much always the shakshuka but I've heard the rest of the menu is fabulous too. La Vie en Rose is the perfect family brunch spot!
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  • We love going to La Vie En Rose. The food is delicious and the ambiance and service are wonderful. It is one of the few nice restaurants in Joburg that isn't based in a shopping center or that looks onto a road or carpark. We love this about La Vie! At night the fairy-lights create a beautiful setting and in the day the grass and trees give you a small escape from the bustle of the city.
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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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