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tashas le parc (Hyde Park Corner)

tashas le parc (Hyde Park Corner)
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  • Phone Number 011 325 5008
  • Location Shop U29, Hyde Park Shopping Mall, Cnr William Nicol, Jan Smuts Ave and 6th Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
  • email hydepark@tashascafe.com
  • Website URL www.tashascafe.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays 6.30am to 9pm; Tuesday to Saturday 6.30am to 10pm; Sunday 7.30am to 9pm

Cost
R170
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Bakery fare
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
Elevated bistro dining in a casual yet stylish environment, Tasha's Le Parc has somethingfor every palate. If you’re on a health streak you’re guaranteed to find something from the 'The Food for Thought and Healthy Appetite' menus, more refined French style options like the salmon tartar or the chicken vol-au-vent will ensure you can impress a guest.

Known for their generous breakfasts, this makes for an ideal place for a sumptuous brunch, enjoy a classic like the croque monsieur or the luxurious millionaires eggs - topped with salmon roe, truffle oil and parmesan shavings.

Well made staples like sandwiches, salads, pasta and burgers are on offer, however, comforting offerings like steak frites or the bouillabaisse seafood stew are exceptional. More adventurous options include the steak tartare, a whopping 250g of hand-chopped fillet served with the traditional condiments and french fries are a testament to the quality of ingredients used. A perfect spot for the 'ladies who lunch', salads like the quinoa tabouleh, deconstructed goats cheese and le parc nicoise (take on a salad nicoise) make for a light yet interesting lunch. A selection of desserts are on offer but the star of the show here is the cake and pastry table. My favourite the custard mille-feuille, a heavenly combination of custard and crispy layers of pastry flecked with vanilla bean, always puts a smile on my face.

Drinks
A selection of well known and well-priced wines grace the list, enjoy a bottle of Prosecco or splash out on a bottle of French champagne for that celebratory brunch. The granitas like the cucumber, apple and mint or lemon grass and cherry are refreshing summer options. While the dedicated coffee menu can leave a connoisseur overwhelmed with choice.

Service
Tasha Le Parc is often busy and people wait patiently for a table. Yet the staff seem to handle this with great ease and manoeuvre around the restaurant in an efficient and professional manner.

Ambience
The dining room of the restaurant is located in one of the lobbies at the Hyde park mall. Cleverly decorated in a french conservatory feel, made cosy with comfortable seating and earthy green elements.

And....
Tashas does not take reservation so get there early on weekends to avoid the queues.

(September 2016)

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  • Claire Hu

    Food
    The food here is almost always guaranteed to be fresh and tasty. Each high-quality ingredient stands out in well-conceived and executed dishes. Many dishes are inconspicuously healthy, without any compromises on flavour.

    The Food for Thought and Healthy Appetite menus are specially geared towards nutrition. So you could indulge in bacon rösti with forestière (mushroom) sauce for breakfast, or try a healthy porridge of linseeds, sunflower seeds, coconut milk, bananas and dates.

    Instead of going for one of the meaty pastas or gnocchi, there’s a delicious zucchini spaghetti with seared salmon, chilli and baby spinach. Or feel virtuous eating a whole-wheat chicken wrap crammed with sprouts, cucumber, carrot and radish – a dish bursting with texture and flavour.

    Apart from staples of sandwiches, salads, pastas and burgers, there’s an alluring offering of comfort dishes like shepherd’s pie. More adventurous options include the aubergine, beef and yoghurt crumble with tomato and pomegranate molasses and pine nuts. Ingredients such as pulled pork, quinoa, panko and tahini bring together a melting pot of international influences, while the ice creams and cakes are an artform of pâtisserie.

    Drinks
    There’s a well-chosen selection of local wines, as well as some lovely French bins and Champagnes (including Dom Pérignon if you want to splash out). Craft beers and an exotic cocktail list, as well as decadent smoothies and gorgeous granitas using ingredients like elderflower and rose syrup, complete the drinks offer.

    Service
    The service is generally smooth and slick. They are also happy to make tweaks on dishes to cater for special needs such as those with celiac disease.

    Ambience
    Hyde Park Corner mall is known as the land of the rich and famous and tashas is a great place for celeb spotting. Despite being located in the lobby of the mall, they’ve managed to create a ‘restaurant’ ambience with French cafe décor and sofas.

    And...
    The macarons are to die for.

    (July 2015)

  • Mokgadi Itsweng

    Food
    This branch of tashas, with its quirky but elegant design, provides a charming French café-inspired experience. The menu incorporates both the standard tashas fare and a signature menu that differentiates le parc from others in the franchise.

    The extensive menu caters for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For delicious breakfast options try the eggs Benedict with salmon and perfectly poached eggs. For something light for lunch, their innovative salad meals are a hit: the steak salad with rocket, feta and olives is particularly delicious and very filling. The portions are very generous and the meals well presented. There is a lot of style and flair here – gorgeous cakes on display draw the eye, and the food is served under silver domes.

    Drinks 
    The restaurant serves both South African and French wines, but it’s their cocktail selection – made from freshly squeezed juices and fresh fruit – that keeps guests coming back for more. Try the Turkish delight version, a fragrant mix of rose cordial, vodka and cranberry juice. Some local artisanal beers and ales also find a place on the menu.

    Service 
    While staff are friendly, knowledgeable and happy to guide you through the menu and daily specials, service can get slow now and then. The elegant uniforms of the service staff here add a touch of French class.

    Ambience 
    The atmosphere is elegant and relaxed, with the feel of a Parisian sidewalk café. The crowd is made up of a lot of older Hyde Park folk and plenty of people meeting for business lunches.

    And... 
    Do try their milkshakes – they’re the most interesting and fabulous shakes in town. The cherry and marshmallow combination is quite something, while the Oreo cookie shake is right up any chocoholic’s alley.

    (August 2014)

  • Patrons will queue for an hour outside while restaurants nearby stand empty. You can’t fault the fresh, French-style food or the service. Favourites include the deconstructed goat’s cheese salad; creamy chicken vol-au-vent; steak tartare with a cognac shot; seafood pasta; salmon tartare; edamame and beetroot carpaccio; and French onion soup.
  • Food
    Although the tashas le parc branch has retained some of the original tashas menu, about 70% is new, featuring dishes like oeuf et champignons or café et baguette. But not everything on the menu is à la Française; try the edamame and beetroot carpaccio served with fennel and microgreens for something different. For heartier appetites, consider the chicken vol au vent, salmon tartare, chicken Milanese or the le parc salad with radish, avo and boiled egg.

    Wine
    As befits a shop clearly inspired by all things French, the wine list boasts Champagnes such as Pommery, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon, Krug and a few more. However, the SA wines include great bubblies such as Morgenhof Brut, Pierre Jourdan Belle Rosé, and wines by the glass have been thoughtfully chosen, e.g. Cloverfield and Jean Daneel.

    Service
    A bevy of managers is on hand to attend to every whim of their elite clientele, and they appear to be quite good at it too: explaining the new concept, selling the dream and convincing consumers of the shop’s uniqueness.

    Ambience
    Like many other restaurants in the Hyde Park centre, tashas le parc is situated between the shops, which contributes to the buzz. The patisserie counter offers lovely cakes, pastries, and desserts of French provenance, and a selection of ice creams in homemade cones.

    And...
    Evidently the jewel in the crown of the tashas brand, this is certainly a store worth checking out. Managing to be both smart and fun, it is jam-packed most of the time, but waiting for a table is worthwhile once you rest your weary feet after a tiring shopping spree. (HF, October 2012)

User reviews

  • For guaranteed good food, I come here. Service can be lacking sometimes, however I know whatever dish I order will be good.
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  • 1 August 2014
    My wife and I had dinner at Tasha's Hyde Park. I had a fillet steak, mid to well done and blackened with paper and chips. Initially I ordered with mix veggies which came over cooked and burnt, had to returned them, disappointed, needless to say with my frozen chips that also came slightly burnt...but eatable. The steak...done perfectly the black paper add a nice "bit" to it, it was nice and tender, made it up for the over cooked veggies.
    My wife had MILLIONAIRE PASTE, Avos where fresh, salmon tasty and the creamy source.. WoW! My wife loved the ambience. We waited for couple of minuets for our table off which we did not mind and the service was up to stand. Will I return? yes my wife wants us too... But I would also like to try out the one in Rosebank, Bedfordview and see what's the reave about the one in Melrose Arch.
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  • What a disappointing experience. Went for coffee and a slice of mille feuille with a friend that is up from Cape Town. Cappuccino was weak and luke warm and as for the mille feuille, it was stale and stodgy. I didn't want to complain as I had recommended the place to my friend. Sorry to say the standards have dropped. Have been a regular since they opened. Service is excellent but the quality has deteriorated.

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  • Good ambience, service average. French onion soup way too salty. We ordered the Sole, which was disappointing, but the chicken crumbed in parmesan and couscous was delicious.

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  • The absence of an email address on their website, resulted in the use of this platform to express my disappointment with this potentially good restaurant. A few weeks ago, my son and I visited Hyde Park for lunch and a movie. With no visible (from Exclusive Books' side anyway) front of house, and three emply tables, we took a seat at one of them, only to be told in a rather less-than-friendly manner, that "there is a queue on the other side!" Well, this attitude has costed them a potential customer "for Life", and we had a wonderful meal one level down! Unfortunately I also cannot recommend this restaurant to anybody, and the ratings should all be zero. Pity...

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  • My husband and I had lunch at Tasha's Hyde Park Le Parc on Sunday.

    First of all the food and service were great - no problems there!

    However, I was very dismayed to see a table a few tables away from us with a small dog sitting on a chair at the table. I am a huge dog lover and have two myself, but I do have a problem with a dog sitting it's bottom on a chair at a table in a restaurant! I do not bring my dogs to lunch and do not expect to see one in a restaurant in a mall!

    I do have to question the hygiene of the restaurant if dogs are allowed to sit at tables in chairs!

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