This is a popular spot in Jozi, where you can find an abundance of bubbly options at the Champagne bar, and unwind in the midst of a busy city life. The food boasts the creations of different chefs who are mentioned on the menu, so the guests know exactly who’s behind the different glorious work of art.
Begin with your choice of several starters, such as peri-peri prawns served with cucumber, avocado purée and radish, and butternut soup with tahini cracker, feta and hummus gnocchi. The latter is plated beautifully in a large serving bowl, with the warm, light and creamy butternut soup poured at the table to create a theatrical element. It’s finished with coriander for a touch of freshness.
For mains, options might include sustainable fish such as sea bass with coconut and cauliflower, green beans, curry and carrot salad, or the beef fillet with smoked brisket, monkeygland sauce, alliums and turnips, created by Andrew Mamogopodi. The brisket is juicy and tender with a lightly smoked flavour, and the alliums are served in different ways – lightly battered, pickled and fried – to lend layers of different textures.
The dessert menu is concise, yet full of inspired dishes that include a rich molten cake to share, which is made with 70%-cocoa chocolate and served with rocky road and milk sorbet – a true treat for the chocaholics. For those looking for something different, try Phillile Msibi’s creation: beautifully plated lemon brûlée, served with a refreshing Inverroche gin-and-tonic ice sorbet with a slightly bitter note, fynbos gin jellies and honeycomb.
A vast list of drinks includes red and white wine and Champagnes. Craft beers are available too. Some of the wines are on display inside.
The service is professional, formal and warm. Waiters constantly check on guests, yet give enough private space.
The restaurant is formal, elegant and comfortable. The inside is dressed in black, with tables draped in white linen. Some paintings on the wall and a fireplace warmth on a winter’s night.
Indulge in a good cappuccino and complimentary chocolate truffles at the end of the meal.
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