Sandton’s longest running café blends family heritage and history with contemporary design making for a cosy, artsy and hip space. Walnut Grove has been run as a family business in Sandton for over 30 years. When Yianni Drakopoulos handed the restaurant over to his son and daughter this January, they decided to refurbish the space. “We wanted to excite and entice our customers to visit the new Walnut Grove without losing site of the traditions, history and handiwork of our parents,” explains Elle Ruschioni, who runs the restaurant in partnership with brother Fotis Drakopoulos and their partners, Alessandra and Marco.“For Greeks and Italians eating is a social experience, a very special event that just happens to occur every day – three times a day!”, she adds. Meals here are about family, friends and sharing, a value carried through in several different dining areas, and in the platters designed for sharing.“Our food is rustic, simple, fresh, authentic and inspired by our travels to our villages in Greece and Italy,” says Elle. Salads and mezze platters are designed to share. Feeling virtous? Try one of the vibrant salads like the Casablanca salad – a green leaf salad with rocket, cous-cous, roast butternut, roast peppers, grilled halloumi, sunflower seeds, almonds, cherry tomatoes, carrots and cucumber ribbons in a pomegranate, extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinaigrette dressing, served with avocado fans and homemade-flatbread chips. Alternatively, succumb to the decadent display of cakes (our editor, Abigail, admits to indulging here). Muffins come baked in terracotta pots in every flavour from white chocolate and macadamia, to nougat and goji berry seeded bran. Natural wooden finishes contrast beautifully with translucent perspex Louis Ghost chairs in the main dining area, where a towering tree is hung with over 20 000 crystals, sourced from charity shops and antique dealers around the world.
I have been in this eatery twice this holiday alone, because they serve great food. With the transformation of Sandton City I came to know of this eatery. I had received a muffin they made which led me on a long search which ended so beautiful with the discovery of this eatery
The food is amazing and both times I opted for a steak with the trio sauces of cheese, mushroom and chakalaka sauces. Chips and a vege portion are more than enough. The meat is prepared according to my liking and being black I prefer mine weldone whisky do do and still leave my meat juicy.
Their chips are amazing and not to mention the cake. You cannot leave without the cake or taking home a slice. The kids love it here and with a variety on their menu, pizza us Chloe's favourite and Anthy enjoys burgers.
The service is amazing. Though you are warned about the waiting time, it is still worth it. The staff is friendly and give the most amazing services.
Though set in the busy food court and far from the Nelson Mandela, this is still the most elegant place to go. You can dress up or down for this eatery and hence I am over the moon for it.
Family and couples friendly and I just cant get enough of their amazing food.
My Review: Walnut Grove in Sandton City.
Walnut Grove is a three generation family business located in Jhb. This is the only eatery which is exclusive to Jhb.
My journey started very early on Saturday morning. I walked passed the restaurant and smelt the aroma of freshly baked rainbow cake and the Swarovski crystal display caught my attention, according to the GM, there is just over 20,000 Swarovski crystals in this masterpiece.
My waiter TK seated me in a walnut sort of seating which was comfortable.
My breath taking breakfast consisted of
Two fried eggs with bacon, pure beef farm style boerewors topped with chakalaka sauce grilled tamatoe, grilled onions, baked beans and sautéed mushrooms served with toast of choice.
There was beautiful flavors in the meal. It consisted of hot, spicy, mild and tangy. All flavors worked well.
I ordered a hot chocolate with cream which was perfection as it was presented with a mini red velvet cupcake.
I was definitely blown away with this resturant with the service, ambience and friendly staff.
😬 I got to see the making of the beautiful and stunning rainbow cake.