We love a small menu because it means it is quite possible to taste everything on the menu. Made for sharing, the chef Vusi Ndlovu, who’s worked with David Higgs and Luke Dale-Roberts (when the The Pot Luck Club popped in Johannesburg up at the Marabi Club) has put together a tasting offering that takes inspiration from the illegal shebeens of the 1920s and 30s. The grilled cabbage with mussel powder, apples and miso mayo, is light and tasty, the KFQ (deep-fried quail, kimchi slaw, Japanese mayo and salsa verde or chimichurri makes you want it all for yourself and you could easily and quickly inhale the crispy, flavoursome flamiche – a country-style pizza with confit onions, pickled onions, comte cheese cream and horseradish – all by yourself. But then you wouldn’t have space for the Sunday roast, which consists of slices of beef rib eye served with bay-leaf-poached potatoes and green beans. And for dessert, the roasted peaches and yoghurt parfait with olive oil is a light and lovely ending to the meal.
Staff is attentive but could do with a little more confidence when recommending the dishes.
Housed in the basement of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye’s Hallmark House and hotel, this is the closest you’ll come to an old-skool jazz spot that harks back to the Harlem’s jazz clubs. As soon as you walk in, one of the hosts are happy to take you on a tour of the establishment, which boasts a private dining room for private functions of up to about 20 people at least R1000 per head to secure the entire space as well as a whisky and cigar room.
A resident band plays jazz every night – you’ll need to book and pay a non-refundable R50 per head to secure your seat at the table. Think of it as a tip for the band.
There’s also valet parking so no need to worry about the safety of your car.
Plus you can order pizzas if you’re there til very late.
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