Nestled in a quiet area of Johannesburg, lays a beautiful 5 star boutique hotel. I was quite excited to be here as I had been looking at reviews and pictures of the meals made here for quite some time prior to going. A few of my favourite girls surprised me with a fine dining dinner for my birthday this year. I was positively thrilled and 100% surprised (and heaven knows I love surprises).
As it was a girls evening, it was pretty great to begin with. The process of applying make-up and donning heels set these scene for the glamour and high society evening we were about to embark, prior to us arriving at the boutique hotel even. When we drove in, it was a quiet, decently lit driveway, where we were met by the maître d’hôtel who led us into the hotel, through a green garden via a little brown bridge, then up the stairs and onto the porch. We were given an option to dine indoors or out, to which we chose the outdoor porch area.
We were brought hot towels to freshen up, as well an assortment of bread with butter, including sweet bread. We placed our orders and waited until our meals were served.
We ordered an assortment of starters, such as a Cajun chicken salad, a caprese salad with fresh tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil and balsamic reduction, a grilled prawn skewer with Asian slaw, wasabi mayonnaise and avocado, as well as peri peri chicken livers, salad with care melodies onion and toasted bread. Once we had eaten our starters, we strolled around the hotel which was immaculate and very warm.
A while later, our main meals were brought and we began to experience the taste and service of true fine dining. We ordered a roasted lamb rack with minted pea and sweet potato mash, glazed carrots and jus, as well as char grilled lemon and herb chicken with haloumi and rising pasta salad and herb crème fraiche, eye fillet steak with fondant potato, seasonable vegetables and and a green peppercorn sauce, and lastly kingklip with spicy Basmati rice and sautéed vegetables.
By then we were very cold as it was a chilly evening, and we opted to be served our desserts indoors. We ordered layered puff pastry and custard with seasonal berries and berry coulis, sticky date pudding accompanied with whipped cream and butterscotch sauce and a Lindt chocolate fondant served with coffee ice-cream and chocolate shards. All the deserts were utterly delicious!
Needless to say, I had a lovely birthday with the most lovely ladies whom I am ever so grateful to have in my life!