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Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

6 Reviews
African, South African, Steak
Phone Number 0114816000 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Monday to Sunday 12noon to 3pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday 6pm to 10pm

Menu

Menu - Flames Restaurant - Summer Lunch and Dinner Menu - Updated in October 2018

Details

Cost
R160 - R200 avg main meal
Food
African, South African, Steak
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R160 - R200 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Beer served, Booking required, Child friendly, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Smoking, Takeaways, WiFi

Location and contact

Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

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Food
Sous chef Tyrone Mothei describes the menu as fusion with Asian, Italian and Thai influences and flavours. Start off your meal with three light salads – the shaved vegetable salad with beetroot, carrots and chia seeds comes with a perfectly poached runny egg, which has a crispy batter. There’s a Thai-inspired soup with mussels, line fish, prawns, Asian sausage and udon noodles. The Kudu carpaccio is served with grilled zucchini, artichoke and roasted hazelnuts – just the right flavours to prepare your appetite for mains. Also worth trying is the apple-and-fennel cured salmon with lime, buttermilk, rye toast and rooibos vinaigrette.

All steaks are prepared with herb butter and seasoning – patrons have a choice of various cuts of Chalmar grain-fed beef, Black Angus grass-fed beef, Wagyu and lamb. They come served with a side salad and a sauce of your choice. For an extra charge you can select two queen prawns or Angus beef boerewors as toppings for your steak. Sides also include fried black rice, basmati rice, crushed potatoes, thick-cut fries and garden vegetables, which are season-dependent.

Lovers of seafood will enjoy the dry spice-rubbed sea bass with couscous and citrus salad, and kingklip with almond, zucchini, brinjal, olive, tomato and salsa vierge. The soft shell crab with avocado, cilantro, grapefruit, sushi rice and togarashi spice is a palate-pleaser.

For what appears to be a small menu, all printed on one page, there is a fair amount of choice, including a burger and vegetarian options such as the butternut risotto and the chargrilled cauliflower with ricotta cheese, creamy polenta and roasted tomato. Particularly interesting on the burger menu is the charcoal steam bun with Asian spiced shredded pork, pak choy, miso mayonnaise and a small side salad of pickled cabbage.

And, for dessert, choose from a selection of classics such as the chocolate fondant, banoffee cheese cake, mascarpone panna cotta, sorbets, ice cream and a cheese board.

Drinks
The drinks menu is filled with page after page of wines, bubbly, champagne, spirits, cocktails and more. There’s a wide range from local to international to fit your budget.

Service
Service is a little on the slow side but the view of Johannesburg takes the sting away.

Ambience
This is a very relaxed setting where no one seems to be in a rush. You’ll find businessmen meeting over breakfast, ladies enjoying a quiet lunch, groups celebrating birthdays and couples sharing a romantic moment over dinner.

And…
Book a table for their Saturday and Sunday brunch buffets. Also ask about their beer pairing with the artisan braai menu.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    The first thing that stands out about this venue is the view. Breat taking and nothing you have seen or pictured. This restaurant allows for indoor and ourdoor dining. Great setting and comfortable. Being my birthday we received treatment like no other. From the complimentary non alcoholic champagne to the desert. Never have I been treated to that in all my life and dining. Our waiter Nathi was awesome and always available to check if we were ok. Actually the service of staff from flames is 5 star. And the food was on another level. Ordered lamb chops which were well done since I don't like rare meat and the portions was generous making it worth my penny. My husband opted for a burger. Came with chips and very tasty. Their food leaves and impression and makes you want to go back as I am planning to do. Great for families and couples it has become my best restaurant in the whole of Johannesburg. Visit to get an awesome experience.
    An absolutely stunning venue with views for days. However, the food does not live up to the ambience and especially not to the prices charged. Although this is the perfect spot for sundowners, having some drinks is unfortunately where the night ends. The food is extremely disappointing and very pricey. The food is bland and made without the care and sophistication expected. Had the vegetable curry - extremely plain, which i tried to rescue with masses of table salt. Another diner had the steak - a poor cut, very thin, with excess fat and no flavour. A very disappointing experience. But I do still visit for sundowners!
    My husband surprised me with a brunch at Flames for my birthday on Sunday. Everything was great, except that the waiter did not acknowledge that it was a birthday celebration. The table next to us, was treated like royalty by their waiter (maybe you get more attention if you have a larger table booked), and the birthday was acknowledged with a complimentary drink of her choice etc. My husband had told them it was a birthday when he booked, and I had a gift and card in clear view, so it was obvious that this was a celebration, even if the information had been missed at the time of booking. It felt as though it was just duty to serve us, instead of making it special. The buffet food was good, but the cooked plated food was average.
    Together with another mediocre dish, we had 3 different burgers, and they were all the driest we've ever had, awful, solid like bricks and just as tasteless. And the chips tasted like those frozen packet ones, unacceptable. Despite the wonderful ambience and spectacular view, we decided to go elsewhere for desserts. Really disappointing.
    Avoid at all cost!! Despite one of the best settings in Johannesburg with stunning views, we had a horrible dining experience. The service was extremely slow and poor and the food was forgettable. My leek and chickpea soup was tasteless and my wife ordered a medium rare fillet steak that came out medium well. To the manager's credit he did offer to redo it, but with the extremely slow service, we decided against it. He then offered my wife a coffee on the house to compensate. When the bill came, they actually charged us for this coffee. By that stage we did not even want to argue about the bill and paid and left. We will definitely not be back. What a disappointment. Really left a sour taste.

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