Nestled in the leafy Pretoria suburb of Waterkloof, Brasserie de Paris is a French restaurant set in an Iconic Karl Jooste house. A meal here stands out as an experience worth remembering, says Eat Out critic Mokgadi Itsweng.
Cost: Average price per person R250
Food Type: French Cuisine
Best for: Refined feasts and special celebrations
Star rating: Food and drinks: 4, service 5, ambience 4
The menu highlights the best of French cuisine and service. The menu is divided into à la carte; a dégustation menu paired with wines; and set menus designed for large groups.
The pear-and-apricot mousse with honey-roasted sunflower seeds is a worthy amuse-bouche to begin the meal. The selection of starters is a very interesting and modern take on classical French dishes. Try the roasted bone marrow with celeriac purée and pickled red onion, topped with micro coriander and served with crostini. The rich marrow is well complemented by the tangy onions and creamy purée in a delightful interplay of flavours and textures.
For a special occasion, share the 440g chateaubriand for mains. This melt-in-your-mouth steak is served with green beans, pommes frites and béarnaise sauce.
A filling meat-free option is the ratatouille of smoked aubergine, courgettes, tomato purée and red-pepper foam, served with polenta crisps. This warming and delectable dish is perfect for vegetarians and meat eaters alike.
For dessert, try one of the classics like crème brûlée, the chocolate-and-coffee mille-feuille or the café gourmand, a selection of three desserts and cappuccino – a perfect ending to a delectable French feast.
A small and well-curated wine list offers international and local wines, with most available per glass. Classic spirits like gin, whisky and brandies, as well as imported and local craft beers also appear.
The service at Brasserie de Paris is impeccable, with the maître d’ and wait staff always on hand to offer service. The waiters are knowledgeable about the menu and are always there to help you make informed choices.
White tablecloths and classic silverware lend French sophistication and class to the restaurant. Beautiful jazz and French music adds to the ambience. The brasserie is perfect place for a special celebration or date night.
The restaurant hosts Bastille Day events in collaboration with Alliance Française, which have become must-attend events in Pretoria every year.
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