For starters and mains, you have several seasonal options, including a vegetarian dish. Ingredients are fresh and beautifully presented, but not pretentious. You could start with crispy squid in an ink sauce or a round of melted goat’s cheese on a rich tomato and olive relish, sharpened with a salad of spinach and celery.
For mains, you may be offered thick tranches of meltingly tender beef fillet with baby vegetables and a thick, dark jus. Or perhaps sea bass fillet with crisp, herb-encrusted skin.
Dessert includes an intriguing moist pineapple cake with pineapple-slice chips and puffs of white chocolate, or a cheese board sufficient to please even an aficionado.
A good selection of mostly local wines are on offer at surprisingly reasonable prices. They also serve wine by the glass.
Staff are friendly, helpful and efficient. But a glass sliding door to the kitchen area distracts and detracts from the calm atmosphere.
Meals are served in the comfortable, laid-back dining room of this Relais & Chateaux boutique hotel hidden behind high walls deep in upmarket Inanda, Sandton. The hotel’s understated décor themes of white, pale greys and bleached wood are carried through in the small restaurant area, which looks out on a lush, walled garden. It’s roomy, with generously sized tables decked with linen cloths and napkins and comfortable tub chairs.
Romantic meals, private business deals, relaxing dinners with a couple of friends. However, because it also serves as the dining room for the hotel’s guests, don’t arrive early for dinner– you may encounter families with boisterous children still finishing their meals. If so, you can always wait in the soothing bar lounge next door. The public can also book for breakfast.
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