Forti Grill & Bar

6 Reviews
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Italian, Steak
Phone Number 0120036180 Opening Hours

Sunday to Thursday 12am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday 12am to 11pm

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Menu - Forti_Grill & Bar_ Menu- Updated in April 2019


R200 avg main meal
Italian, Steak
R200 avg main meal
Business meetings, Groups, Special occasions
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Hotel, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Location and contact

Time Square Sun International Casino, Corner Aramist and Corobay Street, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Hennie Fisher

The menu starts with a page of specials of the day, which may include an aged grass-fed sirloin (cross cut with fat on) in either 200g or 300g options.

Starters include fresh oysters, tuna carpaccio, Sicilian orange and fennel salad with radishes, olives and mint. It’s utterly delicious. A vegan section follows, then a pasta section with great frutti di mare made from hand-made egg-based pasta.

Various lovely sides accompany the main items, such as creamy mash, potato chips in duck fat, an Italian side salad or fried polenta. Sauces are served separately and can be ordered with any of the mains or even the filet Ritrovo for two.

The dessert section includes delicious profiteroles with watermelon sorbet, a lovely warm rooibos rice pudding, Italian nougat, and a delicious orange bavarois tart.

The wine list is a very luxurious A3 leather folder (food menus to follow the same size), offering wonderful examples of South African and international wines. One can of course also dip into a great selection of wines by the carafe or half bottle. The wine list runs over numerous pages, is beautifully laid out and ends with some apéritifs, liqueurs and digestifs. They serve an Aperol as a complimentary welcome drink.

Forti Mazzone brought his team of well-trained and extremely professional waiting staff from Ritrovo, and they appear to enjoy their new environment as much as he does, looking light and young as they ‘dance’ between the tables. Two barmen behind their wide and inviting bar counter as well as a permanent receptionist welcome one at the door on arrival, and Forti may also be amenable to giving a guided tour.

Out on the patio there are three modern gazebos with funky lighting at night. This is an exceptionally beautiful space with views all over Pretoria East. The restaurant is probably as big outside as inside. The inside is an eclectic mix of art, functionality and business. Adjacent to the entrance is a small glass-enclosed butcher shop where they process whole carcasses, dry-age whole rib-eye on the bone and pre-pack meat to customers’ requests. There is a fantastic walk-in humidor for cigar aficionados, housing around R500 000 worth of exceptional cigars. The large open kitchen is separated from the restaurant by massive glass panels, allowing one to see steam rise from the built-in pasta boiler. Beautiful handcraft luminaires by Stephen Pikus and many other bespoke art, furniture, crockery and tableware create the right ambience. Two private rooms, one of which doubles as the cellar, may also be booked for private functions.

As part of the newly opened Times Square Casino, it is lovely to know that one can pop into Forti Grill and Bar every day of the week – they are always open for lunch and dinner. Sandwiched between other restaurants and a club, the entire strip creates a great atmosphere for dining and enjoyment.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Great food. Excellent service and everyone is super friendly from the waitrons to the head chef. Very impressed by the homely yet classy feel. Forti brulee is a must try. It is absolutely exquisite. Will be back to try more dishes.
    An Exclusive Restaurant with a breathtaking view. Heavenly tasting cuisine with well trained friendly staff. The owner/host - Forti - is pleasant and takes pride in his restaurant by introducing himself and ensuring that you have the time of your life. His personalised wine : Nick and Forti's Inspirational Shiraz 2013 - is extraordinary for the tastebuds. A real treat and worth every cent!
    Best restaurant to hit the food scene in Pretoria. Beautiful interior, exceptional art and bespoke furniture. Superior quality food and styling complemented by excellent service and ambience, creating the feeling of a really hip New York restaurant. Pasta freshly made to order resulting in the best tasting dishes. Superior quality meat prepared to perfection with sides to die for. Lovely vegan and seafood options also available. The open kitchen is similar to a reality show, and the extensive Le Creuset selection rounds everything off perfectly. The owner is a well-known chef with many years of experience and an extremely long list of well deserved awards. Overall a wonderful gastronomic experience!
    A fantastic restaurant with really great food, fantastic wine selection and impeccable service. Fantastic views and well trained staff. Forti is as always very attentive to anyone that dine here and it is all in all one of th too 10 restaurants in Pretoria in my view.

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