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March Restaurant – African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel

Cost
R250 avg main meal
Ambience
Classic elegance, Contemporary cool, Hip & happening
Food
Contemporary fare, Fine-dining food, French, International, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
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Critic's review

Food
The menu is big on elegantly presented comfort items, a clever concept which allows corporates by day and those wanting glamour at night, to enjoy a sense of chic without too much challenge. The gourmet burger is a top seller, as are most of the meaty items, but lighter dishes are also on offer: Thai style butternut soup, calamari with salsa on wilted rocket and prawn Caesar are all perfectly pitched at the style conscious crowd who frequent the place.

Wine
an adequate list of fairly pricey wines, with a focus on top champagnes and MCCs.

Service
professional and attentive, though more management presence wouldn’t go amiss.

Ambience
Glitz and glam: plush velveteen chairs, mosaic pillars and big statement lights all add to the effect. The place works best as a night-time venue.

And...
in summertime, arrive early and head for the hotel rooftop bar: once there, discard footwear and lap up cocktails while seated at a table placed in a large ankle deep pool. (AB, September 2010)

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User reviews

  • A great discovery this was! Stunning food, superb service and atmosphere.. kudos to the chef.. will definitely be back for more!
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  • Probably one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Booked for dinner on Saturday and was welcomed by the exceptionally friendly staff. I had the lamb which was absolutely superb! Beautifully presented like something out of a magazine. My partner had the kingklip which looked equally amazing even though I'm not much of a fish eater. Apparently their breakfast is also world class and is definitely on my bucket list. Will definitely return!
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  • Awesome setting, excellent service but the most aweful food. I had lamb and my partner had springbok! Definately will never have dinner here again but keen to try the breakfast! Could not even eat my meal.
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  • While I suppose I had high expectations for the night, as it was Valentine's I was sorely disappointed. First they failed to make the reservations as was requested in January. My husband had to fight tooth and nail to get a table, when on a arrival there were plenty of vacant tables and chairs. I asked the waiter what was in the asparagus salad, as I have food allergies, to which his response was "Have I read the menu?" He then suggested I choose something else, with less questions. The lamb I ordered was raw and tough. The chef himself seemed more interested with someone in a corner booth, a friend or family member I am not sure. I did notice they received bread with their meal while the rest of us plebs received nothing? Perhaps the chef should have spent more time in the kitchen or with the waiters. On departure we were promised chocolate truffles, which never came except when we were almost out the door we approached the receptionist who proceeded to bring us truffles on a spoon, "to show us". She then wrapped them in a tinfoil dodgy bag. Worst meal ever. Most redeemable thing was the company, and the wine!

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  • Having eaten out at this resataurant on numerous occasions over the past 18 months and been a little underwhelmed. I was curious to see the impact of a new chef. I was pleasantly surprised at the much improved service and excellent food. Our party of 12 all enjoyed their meal and everything arrived piping hot and efficently, only the coffee was delayed, but this was due more to a misunderstanding between waiter and guest than inefficiency on the staffs side.
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  • Having heard that Wickus ex. Green Truffle is now at March, we decided to give it a try. The decor is great and the service from one of his ex-Green Truffle staff was very good. The food was OK with some interesting combinations, but also some below average offerings. The Hotel setting unfortunately means that every overcharging trick in the book is in evidence. Only Italian water at R55 for 750ml. (Imagine the carbon footprint of drinking San Pellegrino in Joburg!!!) The wines are not in the usual 100% mark-up range, but closer to 300% - 400%. A bottle of average white is about R300. So in th end you pay close to R 500 per person for a slightly below par meal. Maybe the flashy decor impresses the expense account crowd, but its not a fine dining experience.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Accommodation
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Functions
  • Hotel
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair
  • WiFi

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