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Momo Baohaus

Bao… You know that soft steamed Chinese bun filled with delicious ingredients. The bun is light and airy and oh so delicious. Yeah that good stuff. I’ve been having difficulty finding good bao in Pretoria so when Momo Baohaus caught my eye as I was passing Greenside in Joburg I knew that’s where I was having lunch.

Momo Baohaus serves Asian dishes and specialises in bao, bowls (rice, noodles, and wokked greens), and sushi. And every dish on the menu looks tasty.

Some treats before ordering

From the street the restaurant looked empty but as soon as we were standing outside my friends and I were shocked by how full the restaurant was. We got the last table! And we still had to turn it into a table for 3.

As soon as we were seated menus appeared and a couple minutes later (yes, two minutes) a waiter was ready to take our drinks order. A friend and I decided to be adventurous and tried the Turkish delight lemonade and the lemongrass yuzu ginger beer. Surprisingly, the lemonade wasn’t too sweet. And it was tasty. The ginger beer was also tasty and had a bit of a tart taste and a bit acidic. But both drinks were delicious and refreshing.

Lemongrass yuzu ginger beer and Turkish delight lemonande

For food we wanted to order everything or at least I wanted to order everything. We started off with tapas: Korean fried chicken wings (spicy, crispy and dripping with sauce. So yummy); stir fried greens spring rolls (bland but the sweet chili sauce made it enjoyable); and the szechuan prawn wontons (the best of the 3: spicy, tender, and mouth-watering). The wontons are a must.

After that tasty treat we ordered bowls and bao. The Kung Pow bao definitely has a kick, thanks to the  gochujang (a red chili paste that is sweet, savoury, and spicy). The beef was crunchy and the bao was tender and sweet. It was perfect.

For the bowls we ordered the szechuan (chicken with noodles); Bangkok (beef with jasmine rice); and Seoul (beef with noodles). The szechuan bowl was the best of out all 3. The chicken was tender and spicy and the sauce was delicious. Definitely a dish to try. The Bangkok was also delicious but it could’ve had just a bit of sauce. Nonetheless the beef was delicious. The Seoul dish was also tasty. Although I having more than one shiitake mushroom would’ve been great and the beef was a bit too crunchy for me. Still, all the bowls were cooked well and were unique and tasty.

The food at Momo Baohaus is delicious and flavourful. Many of the dishes leave you craving for more. And the dishes are huge so you have enough for later in the day or for the next morning (when the flavours will be even stronger).

The service is also great! There was almost no wait between the dishes, which created only one problem: we ran out of space on the table.

I give Momo Baohaus 3.5 cupcakes (and order the wontons):

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No rating (read: why have you even bothered to open)

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Poor (read: shit)

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Average (read: meh)

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Good (read: above mediocrity)

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Very Good (read: fling your money at them. It’s worth it)

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Extraordinary (read: if you have to make a sacrifice to be here, do it)

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Vegan Hippie Connection Market

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my first vegan post. Now I’m not vegan but I do respect the lifestyle choice. And I have been trying to be more healthy and eat less processed food. I also realise there isn’t much awareness about vegan restaurants or markets in Gauteng, although the lifestyle is growing. So I’m going to try to shed some light on the many markets or restaurants. Bear with me but you’ll start seeing more diversity.

To kick off this new mandate, I stopped by the Vegan Hippie Connection Market held at the Pirates Sports Club in Parkhurst, Joburg and on the last Sunday of every month. It’s not a stone’s throw away from my home but it is quite central if you’re in Joburg. And it’s close to all those trendy restaurants in Parkhurst (cc Craft, etc).

The Vegan Hippie Connection Market started almost a year ago and has since had 10 markets. The market boosts 60-62 vendors. So you’re spoilt for choice, with food, clothing, and other lifestyle goodies.

Some of the goodies that I enjoyed were:

  • Vegan ice-cream (so yummy)
  • Dog biscuits (Goliath loves them and the vendor tested the biscuits on her dogs)
  • Getting henna done
  • The delicious Persian olives
  • The tofu and avocado spread
  • The tasty vegan energy bars
  • Waffles
  • And I wanted to get my hands on all the jewelry on offer

Taking a walk around it’s difficult not to buy everything you see. The vendors are extremely friendly and happy to chat to you about their product(s) (and to give you a sample to try 🙂 ). And you don’t feel pressured to buy the product. The vendors actually don’t mind if you have a taste, take a business card, and order from them at a later stage.

The atmosphere is also fantastic and welcoming. I know a few people who are trying to adopt the vegan lifestyle and they are faced with plenty of judgement for not going all in. In this environment there’s nothing of the sort. There’s no judgement. In fact, I was only asked once if I was vegan. I must admit I panicked and said that I was vegetarian. A vegetarian who had a sausage and bacon for breakfast. Don’t judge!  see-no-evil-monkey

Talking to the owner Benita Coetzee you get a sense of what she wanted the market to be: a community where you could find all things vegan and be in a non-judgmental environment. And she’s achieved that.

The market is also dog-friendly and dogs of all sizes are welcome. There’s also plenty of parking. And live entertainment 🙂 .

Have a look at the photo gallery below to see what the market had to offer. I came away with kombucha (a drink I’ve started enjoying this year), buddha earrings (because how could you not), and some dog biscuits.

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Marble, Johannesburg

Amazing food, great service and an amazing ambiance. Since opening in August, reviews of Marble restaurant have been pouring in and many of the reviews I’ve read have only been positive. So in late December, I got my chance to review Marble.

Marble is located in Rosebank, Johannesburg – about 5 minutes from Rosebank Mall. Parking is on the street or wherever you can find parking, which can be a bit frustrating if you’ve never been in the area before. And then finding the restaurant does require having a vague idea of knowing where you are going. Or maybe I just missed all the signs.

The pride of Marble: it’s grill

After finally finding the correct floor on the correct side of the Trumpet on Keyes building, we were welcomed by hosts to Marble. And then proceeded to our table, where the rest of our companions were.

Complimentary bread

Once the drinks were taken, we ordered our food from our friendly waiter. Starters were the Blackened Octopus and the Overnight Coal Roasted Soup.

When eating octopus it’s important to remember that it is a chewy food and needs to be well-tenderised. The octopus on my plate was beyond chewy. At one point I just gave up. My jaw was getting sore from chewing on the same piece before swallowing. On the parts I could eat, the salsa added spiciness and a bit of bitterness, while the chorizo added saltiness. I can understand what the dish was supposed to be and it would’ve been delicious if the octopus was a bit more tender.

The blackened octopus

The other starter was the Overnight Coal Roasted Soup – the soup of the day, which was a tomato soup. This was lovely and delicate but nothing amazing. It was, at the end of the day, a warm tomato soup.

Tomato Soup

On to the mains, which arrived 15 minutes after we were done with the starter. The first was the pork belly that is grilled and served with smoked peppers, Asian slaw and cherries. I love pork belly. It’s a delicious meat that is always tender. However, the pork belly from Marble was tender for the first bite and the rest was chewy. It was odd how the first part of the pork belly was fine and the rest was chewy. It was not an enjoyable experience. However, if the pork belly was tender it would’ve been delicious as the accompaniments added crunchiness and hint of sweetness from the cherries. But the pork crackling (or rind) was delicious and I did finish that first.

Pork belly

Another main was the rib-eye, which was cooked perfectly to the requested medium-rare. The chipotle sauce was spicy and the pickle added a little bitter taste and crunch. But it wasn’t anything mind-blowing. Just a normal rib-eye with some accompaniments.

Lastly, dessert was the ice cream sandwiches because how can say say “No” to ice cream sandwiches. And we were full from the last  2 courses. Out of the 3 options, the almond meringue with halva ice cream was selected. The meringue was delicious and cracked perfectly and the ice cream was sweet.

Almond meringue with halva ice cream

While it seems to be hit or miss with Marble’s dishes, the presentation of the dish was always attractive and inviting.

In terms of service, I was left wanting. In many cases, our waiter had to be tracked down to order another bottle of wine, or water, or to ask for the table to be cleaned. But when the waiter was serving us, he was friendly and pleasant.

Fantastic wine selection

For a hyped-up restaurant, Marble did leave me feeling a bit cheated. Previous patrons had gushed about how amazing the food was and how great the view. While I agree that the view is fantastic, the food was average for me. And my companions agreed. I don’t think I’d come to the restaurant again, but I will go the bar area and have a few drinks. That was a fun experience and the view adds to the experience.

A cocktail from the bar: Bianco Charrata No. 1

It should also be noted that the restaurant and bar interior design was attractive. The high ceilings added space to the room. I can understand why the interior design cost a pretty penny. It added light and warmth to the area.

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Source: Marble Restaurant

To summarise, the food at Marble is quite average but the ambiance and the view definitely make it an experience. Based on the above, I’ve given Marble 2.5 cupcakes:

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Average (read: meh)

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Good (read: above mediocrity)

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Very Good (read: fling your money at them. It’s worth it)

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Pizza Luna

Pizza Luna has been at Rivonia Village for a while, but I’ve only recently started exploring Joburg, and only heard about their Banting (or low carb) pizza bases this week.

I excitedly started looking for victims to take with me, and as luck would have it, Lee (or the boyfriend) was going to be at RAGE on Friday. So I convinced him to come have lunch with me in Rivonia before heading off to the Gaming Expo.

Pizza Luna is located in a corner in Rivonia Village. But it’s the perfect place for it. Sitting under the trees makes you feel like you’re in a laid back area, making the experience even better.

As soon as Lee and I walked in, a friendly waiter asked if we’re joining them for lunch and allowed us to grab any table we wanted. A menu then followed promptly.

To drink, we ordered 2 milkshakes: bubblegum and chocolate. Very un-Banting but the milkshakes were delicious. The bubblegum was white is colour so I thought they had got my order wrong (I only order the bubblegum milkshake for the blue colour 🙈). The milkshake was definitely bubblegum and it was delicious and not too sweet. The chocolate milkshake was also yummy and rich.

To eat, we ordered the Carnivora pizza that was packed with meat: salami, ham and beef sausage. The pizza sauce was bolognaise. And we added a Banting pizza base for R24 extra.

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The pizza was delicious! The Banting pizza base was thin and the crust crunchy. It was the best Banting pizza I’ve ever eaten. The different meat complemented each other well and the sauce was delicious. We were also served fresh green chilies, which added some heat to the pizza.

We had a great time at Pizza Luna. The service was great, as our waiter checked on us often and so did the owner. I would definitely be back for the Banting pizza. It’s a good thing Pizza Luna is less than 5 minutes from work 😊.

I give Pizza Luna 3 cupcakes.

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Joziburg Lane

This past weekend had plenty of food events occurring. The Market at the Sheds in Pretoria and the Street Food Festival in Joburg in Maboneng, to name a few. But what caught my eye was the Joziburg Lane Street Food Extravangza Pop Up in One Eloff Street, Joburg. It may not be the cleanest  area in Joburg but opening up a permanent food market in the area is a fantastic initiative to revitalise Joburg CBD.

Joziburg Lane is difficult to miss as the building is bright yellow. You immediately know where to go. Parking is available in the building so don’t feel shy to drive up the ramp until you find parking on the top level. Interestingly, the food stalls are on the ground floor of a set of apartments. So once you’ve parked, take a walk down the stairs until you can’t go any further. Don’t be like me and start exploring the apartments. It’s easy to get lost.

Once we were back on the staircase, we followed the music till we reached the ground floor. A  band was playing, creating the perfect relaxed vibe. And the great part was the it wasn’t too busy.

Some entertainement 🙂

The best thing to do upon arrival is grabbing a drink and then exploring your eating choices. There’s plenty of drinks on offer: beer brewed in Soweto, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. We grabbed 2 cocktails from Cocktail Bar: the Cosmopolitan Glamour and the Downtown chill. The bartenders are friendly and willing to swap out ingredients to make your drink more palatable. My drink, the Cosmopolitan Glamour, was supposed to have chili vodka. I can’t handle that so the bartender swapped it for vanilla vodka. A welcomed change. If cocktails aren’t your thing, you can grab drinks with more variety from the bar across from the Cocktail Bar. I’d give Gogo’s Ginger Beer a go. It was delicious and had the right amount of spiciness.

With all the food choices it’s tough to pick just one. So here’s a list of the stalls I ate from. The first was The Wicked Waffle, which is Brussel Waffles with various toppings. We went for the Lady in Heaven (strawberries, cream and Belgian chocolate) and the Oreo waffle (Oreo biscuits, vanilla ice-cream, and Belgian chocolate). The waffles were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. And the toppings on each waffle worked well together. I really enjoyed the waffles. They were tasty and made you feel warm inside.

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Lady in Heaven

The second stall was Joburg Deli, which has an array of sandwiches. I tried their Spinach Leave Wrap with Ostrich mince. The perfect meal for Banters, or if you’re trying to cut down on carbs. The wrap was delicious and spicy. It’s hard to believe that such a simple dish could be so yummy.

Next up was Zombie Chefs, which has a food truck and its own store (if you walk left as you exit the food stalls). I wanted to try their biltong salad but it was sold out. So Lee had their Thai Chicken Burger. The burger has the right amount of spiciness. The chicken was cooked and seasoned well and the veggies in the burger, that were marinated in soya sauce, was not overpowering. It was the perfect Asian styled burger.

Alas, I realised there was only so much food I could stuff into my stomach, so we decided to take some food back with us. From Jeff’s Eat, we picked up Mince Samoosas. These were delicious and the mince was marinated well with the perfect amount of spiciness. We also picked up Chili Biltong from Braeside Meat Market. The biltong was fresh and spicy, obviously. It was difficult not to eat all the biltong before we got home. Lastly, we managed to get a Blue Velvet cupcake from Kay’Kreations. I thought I’d have it for dessert but it’s too pretty to eat.

In addition to all the food, there’s also some lifestyle goodies on sale. There’s jewelry on sale just outside where the food is located and skincare products inside. In particular, is Yum-elicious. A temporary stall that sells a variety of hand and body scrubs. If you have a few minutes to spare, have a chat to the owner, who was a chef and has for the past 3 months been making her own body scrubs. They smell delicious and she’s more than happy to explain to you how the scrubs are made. In addition, 10% of sales go the NPO she’s working for.

I’d love to see Joziburg Lane become as big as the Neighbourhood Goods Market in Braamfontein or the Maboneng Precinct. The food stalls have delicious food made from quality ingredients and are priced fairly. I’ve been fortunate to eat at many food establishments, including Michelin star restaurants. So I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at Joziburg Lane. And the vibe transports you away. I didn’t feel like I was in the heart of Joburg. I felt safe and the market could have easily been one in a European country.  I can’t wait to see the market grow and become an attraction in the CBD.

Joziburg Lane is set to open on the 2 September 2016. Trading hours are:

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 10am to 10pm

For more queries, here are their contact details:

Pablo’s Mexican Cantina

I haven’t had much time to explore Joburg, so when the opportunity to eat at a Mexican restaurant arose, I jumped at it. I love Mexican cuisine. So much so that even my food blog is named after Tacos. I enjoy the complexity of the flavours and the pop of spiciness that always seems to surprise me.

The inside of Pablo’s Mexican Cantina.

So this past Saturday I visited Pablo’s Mexican Cantina in Benoni. A far drive from Pretoria. As we were part of a Super car run, we were offered drinks upon arrival: a Corona or a Margarita. For me it was a tough call, but I went with the Margarita. I’m glad I did. The Margarita was refreshing due to the lemon and lime. Most importantly, the drink was not overpowered with triple sec and tequila. In fact I think a bit more alcohol would’ve been great.

Margarita!

We were then served tortilla chips with salsa and guacamole. I found the guacamole a bit bland and thought a bit more salt and lime would’ve livened up the avocado. But the salsa was fantastic! It had the right amount of spiciness to make your taste buds jump, thanks to the green chilies. The ingredients were definitely fresh and allowed the combination of the tomatoes, onion, garlic, chili and coriander pop in your mouth.

Tortilla chips, salsa and guacamole.

Once I stuffed my mouth full of the tortilla chips, it was time to order. For appetizers we had a beef and cheese chimichanga, Deadpool would be proud, and chili poppers. The chimichanga was delicious. The beef was tender and the deep-fried flour tortilla was crunchy. Given that we ordered the chimichanga with cheese, I wished there was more of it. The chimichanga was accompanied by sour cream, salsa and guacamole that added creaminess and spiciness.

Beef and cheese chimichanga. As recommended by Deadpool.

Next were the 4 chili poppers, accompanied with a sweet chili sauce. I’m not a fan of chili poppers, as I can’t handle the spiciness. But I always order them. Pablo’s poppers were spicy jalapenos stuffed with cheese and deep fried. They were definitely spicy but the batter fell off if you cut the popper, making me chase the batter around my plate. Also, a lot of water seeped out of each popper when cut. I’m not entirely sure why. And the sweet chili sauce was neither sweet or spicy. A bit disappointing.

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Inside of the chili poppers.

Ordering with our eyes, which were bigger than our stomachs, we ordered mains: a beef taco basket; and a beef mince and cheese burrito. The beef taco basket was delicious. The dish consisted of beef mince, plenty of cheddar cheese and refried beans. The dish was served with 3 flour tortillas, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

Beef taco basket. Look at all that cheese!

The beef mince and cheese burrito was tasty but not as delicious as the beef taco basket. The refried beans added more flavour to the basket. But the mince was cooked well. Again, I wished I had more cheese.

Beef mince and cheese burrito.
More cheese was definitely needed.

For dessert I really wanted churros but my stomach was ready to explode. So we left it at that and made our long journey back home to Pretoria. Overall, I found the food to be delicious but some components of the dishes were lacking something.

Fantastic decor!

In terms of service, Lee and I had great service. We were greeted with a friendly smile, our orders were taken quickly and our food arrived promptly. However, friends did have a bit of a challenge. Some orders took long and some orders were never taken. To me, the most important service aspect that lacked was our waiter checking on us to see if we were enjoying our food or if we needed something. But we were a large group and staff was limited, so I can understand why this did not happen.

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Given that this was a Mexican restaurant, I have to mention the decor and ambiance. Pablo’s Mexican Cantina got it right. I felt transported away to Mexico. The artwork was brilliant and there was Day of the Dead skulls all over. So I was in heaven.

Based on all the above, I give Pablo’s Mexican Cantina 2 and a half cupcakes.

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Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme opened its first store in Rosebank, Joburg, a few months ago. I’ve been dying to go for a while and, finally, I made the opportunity arise.

Krispy Kreme is located in Rosebank Mall’s food court. It’s quite a popular place as we queued for about 10 minutes.

  
And then once you get to the counter, there’s an array of doughnuts waiting for you. I ordered with my stomach and decided to get a dozen doughnuts: Red Velvet Cake, Kit Kat, Peppermint Crisp, Sugar-coated, The Original Glazed, Cookies and Kreme, Powdered Strawberry Filled, Cinnamon Apple, Glazed Chocolate Cake, and Caramel Kreme Crunch. 

  
I definitely psyched myself out over the doughnuts and I was not disappointed. Some of the doughnuts were a bit rich, but others, like the Peppermint Crisp, Powdered Strawberry filled and Cinnamon Apple were delicious! 

I would definitely go back! But maybe this time I’d exercise some restraint 😂.

Atrium – Restaurant Week 2 of 3

For the next 2 restaurants in Restaurant Week I flew up to Joburg. The first restaurant was the Atrium Restaurant, located in the Intercontinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers. The restaurant has a pleasant ambiance – similar to many fine-dining restaurants in Sandton – and had a views of the street.

On arrival, a friendly manager met us (Themba) and showed us to our table. A waiter appeared seconds later, ready to take our drink orders. However, we hadn’t even received the wine list! After receiving the wine list we were ready to order but the waiter couldn’t pronounce the wines and had to take the wine list with her. She arrived a few minutes later, empty handed, as she could not find the wine we requested. This was understandable as the wine list was extensive. My boyfriend (who as Janina also has a name – Lee) and I ordered 2 glasses of the Warwick First Lady unoaked Chardonnay, 2014 (it was going to be a long day so a bottle of wine would have been overambitious 😛 ). It was a lovely wine, smooth and with fruity notes. What impressed me about the wine was the wine bottle was brought to the table and poured in front of us. Not many restaurants do this when ordering wine by a glass and it’s a great service to have. For me, I’d like to be sure I’m drinking the correct wine and I’d also like to see the year.

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Wine in hand we were ready to order. Another friendly waiter arrived to take our orders but could not explain any of the dishes, as the menu was new. I don’t think that is a sufficient excuse, especially when you’re participating in Restaurant Week and the restaurant will be serving the same menu for a week. Nonetheless, after a quick explanation from the kitchen our orders were taken. For starters I ordered the Thai Pork Belly and Lee ordered the Freshly Steamed Saldanah Bay Mussells. However, 10 minutes later a staff member from the kitchen arrived to inform me that the pork belly was unavailable as it was still being prepared. I must admit I was disappointed, after reading the menu I was excited about the pork belly. With great regret I ordered the same starter as Lee – regret as I live in Cape Town so I doubt the mussels will be as fresh as Cape Town.

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The starter was alright, nothing amazing. The mussels were cooked well and the mariniere sauce was creamy and had a strong lemon taste. The pasta serviettes (large sheets of pasta) were al dente and added some meatiness to the dish.

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For the mains, I had the Almond Crusted Baramundi, which is a fish (Sea bass) dish. The Sea bass was cooked well and was very tender. The almond crusting provided no depth to the fish. Surrounding the fish was a lentil, tomato and spinach sauce which added heaviness to the dish and an earthy taste to the fish but was quite bland. However, the creamed parsnip was delicious and made the dish enjoyable. However, every bite without the parsnip had to be forced down.

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Lee had the Roast Crown of Chicken, which was a huge portion. The chicken was cooked well and was tender. The gnocchi was al dente and delicious. And then for some odd reason, chorizo was added to the dish which added saltiness to the dish. Each element on it’s own was cooked well and enjoyable, however when you combined the elements it was a complete miss. No element paired well with the other.

After the mains, and after ONLY Lee’s plate had been cleared, we waited for service and for dessert. And then we waited and waited some more. Some how all the waiters had disappeared! There was no one around – no one checking on you, no one clearing away my plate, no one bringing dessert – just an empty restaurant, which mind you had 2 other occupied tables. Never have I been to any restaurant or dive where the staff just disappeared. 20 minutes of waiting later, I went to the front desk to find out what’s happening. After a staff member went into the kitchen, dessert magically appeared after a minute, brought out by a waiter. After receiving an apology, but no explanation, we tucked into our dessert.

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I had the Apple Malva, which was delicious and the best dish I had at the Atrium. The malva was moist and lovely on it’s own. The strawberries added sweetness. It really was a well-executed dish and made me realise the potential that the Atrium had – they really could produce fine-dining dishes and not the average nonsense we ate.

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Lee ordered the Milk Tart Pannacotta, which was average. The pannacotta was firm and had a subtle taste similar to a milk tart. The Ouma Rusk biscotti added some crunch to the dish.

For a fine-dining restaurant I was very disappointed in the Atrium Restaurant. Service was terrible and left a lot to be desired. The food was also average, aside from the Apple Malva. I would definitely not go back. I wrote a short review on the Restaurant Week website for the Atrium Restaurant, detailing the above terrible experience. Themba contacted me and apologised for the service received and tried to explain that the Atrium is not run is this poor manner. While I appreciate being contacted it doesn’t change my mind about the Atrium. Restaurant Week is a great opportunity for restaurants to showcase themselves and the Atrium restaurant definitely dropped the ball.

I give the Atrium 1 cupcakes

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