Classic flavours and high-quality ingredients in an old-world setting have been a long-running standard at the grand pink lady. Chef Rudi Liebenberg has curated a safe menu at the Planet Restaurant, considering every palate with a classic approach. Surprisingly South African flavours have been sparsely incorporated into the menu with a few dishes like braised springbok shank and the addition of spekboom in a salad.
Mediterranean flavours dominate the menu and a starter of roasted chicken tortellini with mushrooms and celeriac puree garnished with crispy chicken skin show respect with perfectly al dente ravioli. For those who really want to impress, the caviar with potato blinis, sour cream and toast might be a lavish option with a rather eye-watering price. Beef Wellington for two is the real showstopper here – often this a difficult balance of a crispy exterior and perfectly pink beef interior, but here it is executed with perfection. The beef is expertly carved at the table and served with accompaniments of roast potatoes, salad, beef jus and béarnaise sauce. Generous, hearty and executed with flair, this dish is reminiscent of an opulent Sunday lunch.
For dessert, the chocolate fondue for two will make you feel like a kid again, a bubbling pot of chocolate with bits of brownie coconut ice, fruit and of course marshmallow to dunk. This is a serious restaurant that knows how to have a little fun.
Expect a superb wine list arranged by cultivar, priced to match the setting. They have a plethora of options, which is a delight for a connoisseur, but a bit daunting for the average Joe. Organic and vegan-friendly wines are also available, and their by-the-glass offering is impressive.
A seamless experience with professional hands attending to your every need. Friendly yet formal service that makes you feel like royalty.
Vaulted ceilings, white pillars and a playful space themed carpet transport you to an elegant futurist dining room dotted with twinkling star light chandeliers. A pianist brings an air of warmth to the vast space, but has a tendency to echo through the restaurant. Expect a newly designed space in the near future as they with be undergoing renovations.
Book at the Chef’s Table in the heart of the kitchen, and indulge in a degustation menu with the options of a wine pairing. Winter special menus also offer excellent value with a slightly pared down menu.
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