Where to start. I’m not sure if this is a culture with all South Africans? We book a table at a restaurant, get dressed for the occasion, drive all the way to that “special” place, spend triple the money on an average bottle of wine, and eat food you can make at home, all of this for money you have to work a whole month for!
Again I was so disappointed in a restaurant. The reception at the door leads you into a false sense of a seriously good experience to come. The ambiance is so inviting, gas heaters all over to make it warm and cozy – there is even a fire place in the main seating area to add to that feeling of being in a very special place. Well, the fantasy stops there. I had to keep my cool and smile at the waiter to give him our wine order – a bottle of red I know costs triple the money of what it will cost in any supermarket. My wife decided to order the fish soup, and I went for the same. I must admit the complimentary bread on the table was spectacular!
The soup was ok, but again something I can whip up in my own kitchen within 10 minutes. Then the mains arrived. Oh, boy! My wife had ordered a chicken dish that had polenta as one of the main ingredients. This, the chef forgot to put on the plate, and after complaining, was brought on a side plate as an afterthought. The rest of the dish could have come from a fast food joint around the corner from our place. I had ordered the slow roasted pork with crackling. After having to scoop away about 2 cups of some sort of gravy, and forcing down some seriously over cooked vegetables, I finally got to see the “slow roasted” pork. At the first taste, I realized why they had added al the gravy! To hide the dry meat that was definitely not slow roasted!
The dessert was a crème Brule – or in this case a butterscotch Brule with too much corn starch or flower added to prevent it from splitting. Not good!
For half the money, and situating in a shopping centre, perhaps just because we are not in the mood for cooking: maybe. But for a special restaurant like this? Definitely not recommended at all!
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