Date nights are just the very best thing to break the routine of the week, so there was much excitement surrounding the final choice for a dinner venue on Tuesday..
Nicely located on 4th Avenue this place has always oozed ‘cute and cosy’ to me. We were seated inside to get away from the winter chill and settled on a bottle of Warwick First Lady red wine (R180). We quickly placed our order for starters, Moules Frites (Mussels – R85) and Phyllo-wrapped Brie (R65), and then settled in for the evening.
The atmosphere is lovely and definitely more appropriate for couples or for a small group of friends. The music takes you back in time (ie Lighthouse Family) and was played at a good volume that didn’t drown out the conversation.
The starter portions were generous and the Mussels were accompanied by a bowl of fries and home-made mayonnaise which was a welcome surprise. The brie was delicious and the small slices of orange and celery on the plate really balanced out the sweetness of the dish. I enjoyed the Mussels but there was a strong flavour of wine in the sauce which was on the verge of overpowering. Perhaps a heavy-handed chef or maybe it just needed a few extra minutes on the boil to reduce the alcohol in the sauce.
For mains I had my eye on the pork belly but from the busy description on the menu, I actually had no idea what the dish actually entailed. The description was long-winded without actually explaining what the dish was: Pork belly, chorizo, squid and calamari with baby tomatoes and lemon. When I hear pork belly I picture a chunk of meat with crispy fat etc.. What arrived was a stew of sorts in a very sweet, rich sauce (not lemony as I expected) with a small piece of white bread. I had the starter portion (R95) which was substantial in size and I did not manage to finish it.
My husband had the Salmon (R205) with a curried yoghurt accompanied by a side salad. He enjoyed the dish a lot, despite my lack of enthusiasm for the curried yoghurt on the plate.
The array of desserts is interesting (Lemongrass pannacotta, Orange and Amarula Creme Brule, poached pear etc) but we decided to share the special of the day – warm chocolate brownie with Toblerone sauce and a scoop of ice-cream (R70). There were loads of nuts in the brownie but overall a tasty, moist brownie.
Our waiter was pleasant and attentive and the manager did check up to see if we were enjoying our evening.
When trying to sum up the evening on the way home I decided the word ‘nice’ would best suit it. The food did not jump out at me despite there being nothing really to fault. We had a good evening out and everything was enjoyable.
- Food 3.5/5
- Value 3.5/5
- Service 4/5
- Atmosphere 4/5
- Overall Rating = 3.5/5
Contact: 011 327 4558