They pride themselves on serving up the kind of food hat South African palates love: hearty, rich, flavourful and often slightly sweet.
Theirs is a seriously diverse and eclectic menu: Classic French meets Italian with a dash of Asian.
To start there’s everything from duck spring rolls and stuffed calamari to carpaccio and rump and holoumi skewers. Both the spring rolls and the calamari (stuffed with prawns, spring onion and cashew nuts) are tossed in, or accompanied by, rather sweet sauces and the carpaccio is dressed in balsamic glaze – I’m more of a savoury fan so I opted for the carpaccio sans glaze and it was delicious: paper thin slices of fillet with celery, rocket and parmesan, dressed in olive oil.
For mains the oxtail pot, braised and slow-cooked in red wine and thyme and served with parmesan mash, is a delightful winter-warmer. The fillet bordelaise served in a red wine and marrowbone reduction and the pork belly with an apple and cider glaze are also great, but a little more attention could be given to plating – the impetus is on generosity rather than refinement, but this can be easily rectified.
Having said that, the pizzas are hard to beat. The dough is made using organic stone-ground flour, they make their own tomato base, are generous with both the cheese and the toppings and the pizzas are baked in a piping-hot wood-fired oven.
Good to note that they also bake all their breads as well as a selection of cakes and decadent desserts: the New York cheese cake, chocolate fondant and their take on the classic mille feuille are gloriously rich and over the top.
A seriously comprehensive and well-priced wine list. You’ll find wines for every pocket and with a mere 100% mark-up per bottle it’s a bit silly to bring your own. Lovely touches like 375ml bottles of Pierre Jourdan MCC for R125 so 3 people can each have a glass at lunch and a great selection of wines by the glass that come in both 180ml and 250ml.
Very attentive staff and lovely management - everyone cruises around with a smile on their face trying to make your day a little brighter.
It feels a bit like visiting your eccentric aunt’s house: crimson walls are busied in a jumble of chalk boards and gauche pictures and there’s an old-fashioned ice cream cart in the centre of the restaurant – it’s rather kitsch and very charming. There’s outside seating on an open deck - it does look onto the road, but there are trees and shrubs lining the fence so you don’t really notice the passing cars.
Business breakfasts, casual lunches and family dinners.
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