The Blue Crane (Pretoria)

The Blue Crane (Pretoria)
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R150 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Special occasions, Views
African, Bistro fare, Light meals, Modern, Steak
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
R65 for white, red, champagne and sparkling wine; R130 Magnums

Critic's review

Isiguzoro Onyeoziri

Start off with snails in a demi-glaze sauce, served with puff pastry and a tomato and onion salsa. The salsa makes for better appreciation of the texture and taste of the snails. There is an interesting selection of traditional dishes on the menu, including slow cooked oxtail in a red wine sauce, Cape Malay lamb curry served with basmati rice, and pap and wors served with a tomato and onion relish (what is South Africa without pap after all!). Lamb, pork, poultry, seafood, and venison are all available options on the menu. The deep-fried hake is of a sizeable portion, and is served with steamed green vegetables, tartare sauce and rice, chips or baby potatoes. The hake is deep fried to perfection, with a firm texture that deliciously falls apart in the mouth. Drizzle some juice from the fresh lemon slice that accompanies it on the hake, generously lather with the tartare sauce, and you get a wonderful, zesty tingling of your taste buds. The baby potatoes make for a worthy accompaniment to the hake. Its firm texture complements the texture of the fish, and allows you to chow down firmly, releasing more flavor and juices from the food. There are no desserts listed on the menu here. However, there is a selection of dessert and fortified wines to choose from, including the Bon Courage Late Harvest Weisser Reisling and the De Krans Pink NV.

There is the expected selection of coffees, teas, iced teas, milkshakes and fruit juices on offer. There limited options of craft beers, gins, and spirits. However, the wine list is impressively very extensive, featuring several grape varieties. Champagne (from Champagne, France no less), and aged whiskies are also available options.
The staff are friendly and welcoming from the moment you step through the arched doorway, and companionably show you to a table of your choosing. The food presentation needs to be immediately improved upon. An African proverb says that “the eyes eat first”, and this is should guide food presentation, as it would heighten expectation, and result in a better satisfied patron.

This is one of those few places where the ambience can be whatever you want to make it. It has different sitting areas, and so you can flit between spaces and different crowds.

Best for...
Relaxing over good food next to nature.



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  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Smoking
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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