Barefoot Kitchen – Muldersdrift

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The barefoot kitchen is the newest addition to Ngwenya Glass’s stable. We only found out about it after trying to book for the ever popular Gilroy’s brewery on fathers day. They were fully booked but suggested we try their next door neighbour. With no Zomato reviews to go on I was dubious about whether or not it would be any good but we decided to try it anyway. And I was far from disappointed. The seating area is directly adjacent to Gilroy’s which allows you to enjoy their music without being overpowered by it. It also serves Gilroy’s beer which is a plus.

Service was really great. Our waiter David was witty and entertaining and although rather busy our food came out fast and hot.

Seeing as we were a table of 12 I was really impressed that our meals all came out at the same time and correctly. Not one of us was unhappy with our meal. The food, although all simple and straight forward fare, was extremely tasty and well prepared.

Some of the highlights were the beer battered hake with chips and salad and the beef trinchado. Their chips are cut with the skins and are served with a delicious seasoning salt. They also have beer battered onion rings which are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The steak, eggs and chips was also really good. Both people who ordered it received their steak and eggs as requested.

If you’re a dessert lover order the hazelnut gateaux. I wasn’t very excited to learn that all the desserts were ice-cream based but this was divine. It was basically like a slice of cake masquerading as ice-cream. It kind of reminded me of those coconut ice-cream lolly’s we used to get from the corner cafe as a child!

Overall a fantastic experience and for a lovely afternoon lunch this place seriously deserves a visit!

overall rating 4/5

011 796 3012

Ngwenya Glass Village,

Shady Lane

Muldersdrift

West Rand

Glenda’s- Hyde Park

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I’ve heard a lot about this spot recently from friends. Glenda’s also took part in the autumn edition of restaurant week this year. Passing by on a Friday afternoon I felt I just had to stop in.
What struck me most was the street cafe vibe of the restaurant. The whole front of the restaurant is essentially open with tables dotted on the pavement. Sitting at a sunny cafe table on a winters day while reading a good book- my idea of heaven. The interior is quirky mix of modern metal and glass tables with quaint blue walls and floral murals. Waiters greet you in their sunny yellow aprons. It’s a warm and cosy atmosphere.

The first thing to greet you on arrival is the most decadent display of cakes, petit fours and eclairs. Everything looked amazing but I would definitely give the caramel sponge with pop corn topping a try. It’s like an enormous tower of salty, caramelly delight!

The menu is very small. A single page in fact. And mains are rather pricey with nothing under about R120. I feel this is a bit steep for a lunch meal so opted to go for one of their specials- creamy chicken soup. It came served with a toasted, crunchy spring onion muffin which was amazing. As for the soup it was creamy and loaded with pieces of chicken. I definitely didn’t leave hungry. And all for a bargain price of R65.

People who have been there frequently rave about glenda’s meringues and although I didn’t try any, they definitely looked flawless. I’ll be back for tea and cake in future!

Rating
Food 3.5/5

Service 3/5

Ambiance 4/5
Hyde Square

Cnr Jan Smuts and North Road

Hyde Park

087 550 3613

Woolworths Cafe – Eastgate 

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I’ve been to a few Woolworths cafes over the years and have never been super impressed by their menu. However last weekend we went for breakfast there and I absolutely loved it! Their menu appears to have been revamped and is now packed full of healthy yet tasty options.

Service was not great especially considering the number of staff that they have. They tend to all stand around and be looking in the wrong direction. But their food and coffee more than make up for it. I ordered the newly added hotcakes and my husband had the proper breakfast which is basically like a full English breakfast. The hotcake was amazing. 1 huge hotcake comes served with fresh berries, Marscopone cream, micro herbs and an orange and ginger glaze. The presentation alone is fantastic. Everything comes in woolies signature stoneware crockery. Every dish I saw being brought out looked appetising.

Another thing I really enjoy is their harvest table where you can serve yourself a plate and it is charged by weight.  Although this generally works out quite pricey I find I don’t mind because it’s so delicious and wholesome I feel like I’m getting value for my money. It’s truly a smorgasbord of woolies best ingredients.

If you’re looking to pop in for coffee and cake you won’t be disappointed. For me, a person who doesn’t like my coffee too strong, woolies is probably my favourite place for a cafe latte. They have a great selection of pastries, cakes, scones and cruffins. Very yum!
Overall rating 3.5/5

Eastgate Shopping centre

43 Bradford Road

Bedford Gardens

011 479 6000

Die Ou Pastorie- Haartebeestpoort 

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If  you’re ever looking for a lovely day away from the hustle and bustle of JHB then Die Ou Pastorie in Scheerport is highly recommended.
We went on a public holiday recently. An easy hours drive from Johannesburg makes this the ideal place to go on a weekend for lunch. 

The setting is absolutely exquisite with tables locate under the trees in a lush garden.  Weekends and public holidays see Benin singer Phillipe Abalovi crooning away in French. He is truly sensational and adds to the ambience of a French cafe.

Our waiter TK was also an absolute gem. Highly attentive with a great sense of humor and excellent recommendations.

Some of the standouts, food wise, include the chicken liver pate which is served with a rooibos jelly. Who would have ever thought that a sweet jelly would go with livers, but trust me it does. The baked camembert which comes with  nuts, cranberries and a sweet jelly is also amazing. Layers of delicious oozy goodness make a stunning starter to share.

 

Beef carpaccio
Baked camembert with thyme, cranberries, nuts and jelly
Die ou pastorie chicken liver pate

My favourite mains have to be the pies especially the duck and the beef and red wine pie. The duck pie is tender and buttery and both come crowned with a golden halo of crispy pastry. No sogginess here!

Duck pie
Pork belly with crispy crackling and veggies
Oxtail stew

If you have space left for dessert, give the lemon cheese cake a try. It is cheek puckeringly tart but creamy and smooth enough to make you order a second slice. 

Lemon cheesecake
Chocolate peanut butter pie
Assiette of chocolate- white chocolate creme Brule, lindt chocolate mousse and coffee, chocolate and almond Mozart cake

With no bad meals, excellent service and a fantastic setting tthe restaurant is a stand out and will definitely see me again !
Overall rating 4/ 5
556 R560 Scheerport,Haartebeestpoort 

012 207 1027

Oakes Brew House – Modderfontein

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I love the quaint, old-world suburb of Modderfontein. Located within spitting distance of my home in Edenvale, it gives you the sense of being in a cutesy, little village. And nestled amidst the tall pine trees lies a fantastic place called Oakes Brew House. Oakes is famous for its own brand of craft beer and coffee brewed by an all female team!
You can choose to sit either inside the house, on the patio or under the towering pine trees of the garden. The peace and tranquility of the area gives you the sense of being out in the sticks.

Obviously the specialities are their  craft beer and coffee. Four varieties of beer are brewed by an all female team!I had a cafe latte which was delicious. Hot, strong and steamy like many a good thing in life. 
Their menu is not very extensive. Think typical cafe style food. tramezzinis, toasted sandwiches, pancakes, quiches and cakes. We ordered the spinach and feta quiche. Although not a quiche in the true sense of the word as there was hardly any egg in it, it was absolutely moreish. Generous amounts of spinach and feta are just held together with egg and domed in crispy, tangy cheddar cheese. The portion was a little skimpy for my taste but I guess next time I’ll just order two!

I’ve been told the carrot cake is lovely and certainly presents well, in individual portions.  I opted to try the chocolate cake which I found a bit heavy on the salt but over all not unpleasant.

I can just imagine bringing my book here and spending the afternoon under the trees relaxing and forgetting that I live in a bustling city. A definite must try!

Overall rating 3.5/5

Corner main and high street 

Modderfontein

Johannesburg

The Green Peppercorn- Morningside

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Definitely a restaurant to go for a bit of a splurge. My husband and I came here on a Saturday evening to celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Located in the Morningside Shopping Centre, this restaurant sits jowl by cheek among some great eateries including Pomodoro and Signature.

The decor is classy and understated with comfortable seating. I found , however, that the lighting was extremely poor. At one point I whipped out my phone torch to better see my food. If I’m going to eat such beautiful food, I would really like to see it first!

The menu’s are presented in the form of a tablet and allow you to see some of the dishes available. The waiters also carry around a small smart phone, which I presume is used to enter orders into. I felt though that the phone was a distraction and focused the waiters more on the devices than their patrons. I just feel it doesn’t look professional and would really prefer the good old fashioned pen and paper. That being said, he was extremely attentive and knowledgeable about the array of dishes.

There is no wine list per se, but the menu does state that a collection of exclusive wines sourced from South African wineries is available. I ordered a glass of white wine and was pleasantly surprised by the price (R30) considering the type of restaurant I was in.

My husband and I decided we would order the tasting plates. Basically if you order the starter and main tasting plates, a dessert tasting plate is given complimentary. This seemed like a fantastic opportunity to get a good feel for all the restaurant had to offer. Although I love eating, I feel we would have been better served sharing one starter, main and dessert plate with my husband ordering an extra full sized main. The quantity of food was astonishing and I left feeling slightly ill. Something to consider if you don’t have a massive appetite.

Below is a breakdown of what was on each tasting plate and the various opinions I hold on each. Note that should you prefer not to do a tasting, all the below come in full sized portions too!

Starter tasting plate

  • Mushroom spring rolls with brinjal chutney- crunchy spring rolls made from phyllo pastry accentuated by the sweet and sour tanginess of the brinjal chutney. A lovely and complex dish
  • Duck lasagne- this dish consisted of flash fried duck between layers of phyllo with asian plum sauce. The flavours were honestly outstanding however the dish was let down by the duck basically being tiny, dry little shreds of meat. It gave the impression of eating flavoured saw dust and I felt it was a waste considering the beauty of the natural ingredient.
  • Crispy fried chilli squid with cardamon mayo and tomato atchar- I have never tasted a dish that has so much of a cardamon flavour  and it was truly delicious. Although not really crispy the squid was tender and flavoursome.
  • Lamb samoosa with mint mayo- the lamb was cooked to perfecting, soft and pink. I would have liked a bit more mayo to cut the dryness of the meat and pastry.

    Main tasting plate

    • Sea bass with a pepper essence foam and a dill potato cake- one of the blandest dishes of the night. The fish was not very well seasoned and the pepper essence foam was non-existent. Not an interesting dish at all.
    • Pork belly with sweet potato puree and mango mojo- I dont know what mango mojo is but boy did I enjoy it! This element lifted the dish to a whole new level. The sweet potato puree was silky smooth and sweet. The pork crackling was a huge let down as it had no flavour at all. All it needed was a bit of salt to brink out the natural flavours and this dish would be spectacular
    • Chicken fig gorgonzola- a stuffed chicken breast cover in blue cheese, a fig foam and candied nuts. The sharp blue cheese with the candied nuts worked perfectly together to give me a dish I kept wanting more of. If there’s one main I would order again this would be it!
    • Fillet bernaise- this dish is the only one not currently on the mains menu in a full sized portion. I found the meat to be overcooked as I prefer it medium rare and I now know I’m not a fan of bernaise sauce as it’s too eggy and rich for me. The potato rosti was a delight. Soft inside and crunchy on the outside. very yum!


      dessert tasting plate 

      • Choc-chip bread and butter pudding- let me just start by saying this is the last dessert I would ever pick when confronted with the amazing sounding offerings on the menu. But do yourself a favour… ORDER IT! And don’t share! The pudding itself was soft and moist without being over-poweringly sweet. It came served with a banana ice-cream which tasted just like eating the real thing! Crunchy caramelised sugar work not only made it look beautiful but added a great textural element to a fabulous dessert. By far the best thing I ate all night!
      • Pina-colada cheese cake- I found this to be less of a cheese cake and more of a panna cotta in terms of consistency. Also I didn’t find it to have any massively enticing flavours.
      • lindt bon bons- essentially a lindt ball wrapped in phyllo and deep fried. Very little inventiveness needed here. The menu doesn’t give a description only stating its a must order and honestly if I had wasted my dessert order on this I  would be a very unhappy customer. Lindt is naturally a chocolate with a high fat content so I find that fried it was all a bit too oily for me.
      • Pineapple crumble- not for me at all. The crumble was not crumbly at all but rather big chunks of hard dough atop overly sweet pineapple.

        Overall this was an enjoyable evening. Some of our dishes were a bit hit and miss but there’s definitely enough here to make me want to come back for another meal, if only to have the bread and butter pudding again!

        The whole evening set us back a hefty R920.00 which is no small amount by anyone’s standards, however for what we got and the lovely evening we had, I found it very worthwhile!

        overall rating 4/5

        010 500 3778

        Morningside Shopping Centre

        Rivonia road

        Morningside