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Winter menu starters include wild mushroom soup served with basil curd, mushroom chips and pickled shimeji, and quail with butternut, couscous and rooibos.
For mains, the golden-brown pork belly square, served with bacon jam, pumpkin and jus, strikes a good balance between sweet and savoury. The tender, succulent meat falls off what little bone there is, while the other components on the plate are worthy supporting acts – you might want to come back just for this dish.
The beef fillet option, with oxtail pudding, confit onions and yam purée, will leave you tempted to lick your plate. Served with smoked marrow, fennel and mushrooms, the crusted line fish is perfect for a typical chilly Johannesburg winter’s day. You may get a variation on the accompanying ingredients as Clico uses seasonal and locally sourced produce.
The citrus dessert, featuring lavender, rhubarb and blood orange ice cream, is a burst of colour on the plate, and just the right amount of sweet. Other tempting desserts include a chocolate torte, ‘fallen apple’, and a cheese board.
The menu offers a great degree of flexibility, and the restaurant will accommodate special dietary requirements.
You’ll find a mix of local and international red and white wines, as well as spirits. The menu includes a by-the-glass drink recommendation for each item on the menu, including dessert.
The staff are professional and welcoming, from the security at the gate to reception and the waiting personnel, who’ll guide you through the menu and make recommendations.
The décor reflects the fact that Clico is part of a boutique hotel, with a beautiful manicured garden and chic interior. When making a booking at this neighbourhood gem, you get to choose where you want to dine – outside, seated at the garden, or indoors.
A surprise dinner with your significant other, a first date, business lunch or an intimate breakfast with friends.
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