The third and last restaurant for my Restaurant Week was the oneNINEone restaurant, located on the ground level of the Hyatt Regency Hotel Johannesburg in Rosebank. The restaurant had a great vibe to it. It was relaxed and had hints of purple everywhere. Not to mention the various photos of Jacaranda trees in their full purple bloom. A friendly waiter showed us to the table and the along the short walk from the entrance to the table, we were greeted by every waiter and chef we passed. After my lunch experience, I was thrilled to be in a relaxing environment and surrounded by friendly staff.
As soon as we were seated the food menu, cocktail menu and wine list was provided. After the wine at lunch and wine/caipirinhas during the Rugby World Cup Final, Lee and I decided to take it easy. We started off with 2 glasses of L’Ormarins Brut Classique NV, which I reviewed (see here). With the meal we had juices (tropical and pineapple juice), which was fresh. Clearly, we’re getting old haha 😛 .
Our waiter was on the ball and never let us wait too long between ordering the drinks and the food, even though the restaurant had a number of other patrons. We quickly ordered our dishes. For starters I had the Chorizo and Aubergine Salad. I thought it was an interesting combination and was excited to try it. I was not disappointed. The chorizo was salty but disappointingly not spicy. I think I’m spoiled in Cape Town with the amazing quality of food as the chorizo as the Atrium Restaurant was also bland. The aubergine was tender and melted as your mouth. The black lentils provided an eartiness, the tomatoes sweetness and the sweet potato crispiness. The elements paired well together to great a delicious dish. The only reason I didn’t finish it was because the portion was too big.
Lee had the citrus smoked springbok. The springbok carpaccio was fresh and tasty. The various vegetables (celery, carrot and cucumber) provided more freshness to the dish, while the orange compote added a citrus element. Similar to my starter, the elements paired well together. Lee gobbled up the carpaccio but left the veggies simply because they’re meant for rabbits 😛 .
As soon as we were done, the plates were cleared and the main course was brought about 10 minutes later. The service was very quick! For the main we had the slow roast pork belly. Lee and I have different opinions of the pork belly. My pork belly was tender while his was a bit tough. The veggies – potatoes and cardamon carrots – were cooked well and were tender. The whiskey plums and puree were an interesting addition to the dish. It provided some an earthy and sweet element to the pork belly. All the elements worked paired well. It was an enjoyable dish.
For dessert, I ordered the Taste of Strawberries, which had a strawberry pannacotta, strawberry meringue and strawberry sorbet. It’s a good thing I’m a strawberry fan. It was a strawberry overload 😀 .The pannacotta was firm and the strawberry flavour evident. The meringue was also strawberry infused and delicious. But my favourite was the sorbet – it was divine and provided freshness to the dessert. The dessert was delectable.
Lee ordered the coconut cake with mango soup, which literally had a mango soup. The coconut ice cream was yummy and had a strong coconut flavour. The lime jelly was more subtle and the mango soup added further flavour to the dessert. Overall, the elements tasted amazing together with the coconut ice cream taking center stage. However, this dessert wasn’t as amazing as the Taste of Strawberries.
To top off the evening, we were seated close to Hugh Masekela. I won’t lie, I fan-girled ! So a great evening at oneNINEone. It’s a great restaurant with fantastic service and amazing food. And maybe you’ll be lucky to be seated next to a local celeb 😉 . Seeing that I’m moving to Joburg next year, I’d definitely be back. Plus the restaurant is purple, my favourite colour.
I give oneNINEone restaurant 3 cupcakes.