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Located at the palatial Venetian-inspired Southern Sun Montecasino hotel, this is a ritzy restaurant that impresses with its lavishness and food variety.
A duck soup starter will leave your appetite piqued and your stomach lightly lined enough for you to look forward to the next dish. For mains, smoked meats from the in-house smoker oven come highly recommended. Try a scrumptious pork kassler loin and pulled pork croquette served with apple mousse, roasted garlic, mashed potato and a pork jus, or – if your taste is more for red meat – a top-quality Karan beef sirloin, grilled and served with saffron potato fondant, carrot lasagne, chestnut purée and beef reduction will do you all the good in the world. End off with apple and blueberry pie, a veritable crowd-pleaser that comes with mascarpone ice cream, crème anglaise and Almond Brittle. Just remember that you can’t order from the a la carte menu on Sundays when there’s a lunch buffet.
A wine list boasting coveted auction wines from the prestigious Nedbank Cape Winemaker’s Guild and Nederburg Auctions, means premium vinos are guaranteed. Ask for the reasonably priced yet exquisite and fruity Stellenrust Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc, of which only 84 bottles were made. If the budget allows, celebration calls for the Kanonkop Estate CWG Paul Sauer Simonsberg 2100 Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, a wine rated almost flawless by Group Sommelier Miguel Chan.
Service is professional and prompt.
This is a glamorous venue with South African prints and paintings giving the restaurant a great sense of place, and a beautiful, well-run open kitchen, reassuring patrons that their food is prepared carefully, giving it an openness that is equal parts disarming and elegant. Families and businesspeople alike can feel comfortable dining here. On appointed days, you can also look forward to a singer huskily serenading you as you gorge yourself with delicacies. Best not to make eye contact.
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