Every kind of African jazz, especially South African – and we’re not short of jazz stars in this country - from Afro-pop to trad funk, generally with some sax somewhere. Open in the evenings only. Book a table near the act. The food is not trying to be anything but delicous, as if it need be, with jazz fans flocking here anyway.
A chicken apple salad with a citrus-ginger dressing, almonds and leaves is R65 and the most expensive main is Karoo Lamb Rib, dry-cured with mustard and curry, slow roasted and grill-finished at R160. The atmosphere is surprisingly elegant but the place is full of South Africans of all ages, all shades and all creeds.
Our ladies dinner club set out to try a couple of "different" options this year as opposed to the "regular dinner at a restaurant" thing...and so The Orbit made our list of places to try - not only is it a bistro but also a Jazz club boasting live music performances in an intimate setting. Food...check! Something different...check!
Watching a live Jazz band perform while eating dinner was definitely fun and different...Ziza Muftic Quartet was performing last night and although I am not a Jazz music fundi I do appreciate good music and I thought they were great!
Be prepared however to get reprimanded for chatting during the show...as you can imagine a table of 10 ladies are perhaps not the quietest but I was still taken back when the manager approached our table a few minutes into the show to tell us to keep quiet...she then proceeded to do the same thing to the other tables around us. While I can appreciate that a noisy crowd might be distracting for the band I think this could be mitigated by perhaps an announcement at the start of the show to all patrons as opposed to each table being approached and made to feel like we were back at school again and about to get detention!
The waiters were quiet good and friendly but we did wait a little long to get all the food delivered to the table. But overall service was good.
For dinner most of us ordered the pork belly with mustard sauce. The sauce however did not arrive but after asking the waiter it was requested from the chef and he made us a batch to share among those who had ordered the pork. It was an oversight but it was rectified relatively well. The pork was just ok, and with the newly added mustard sauce it was extremely salty! We also ordered a couple of the desserts which were nice enough.
A few ladies opted to use Uber to get there and back which I can say is a great option as the parking is on the street and as a lady you might feel a little intimidated to walk to your car on your own when you leave.
To sum it up, the live performance was fun, the ambiance was good, the food was average.