We popped in at La Boqueria Restaurant for a Thursday evening dinner, because they are not open for breakfast. They open 11am – 11pm and so we thought let’s give them a try on a quiet midweek night. As we pulled into 3rd Avenue in Parktown North, the road was full of cars from the top right down the road for about 500m and all the side roads were full too.
On finding parking and taking the long walk up the road to the restaurant, on arrival we were informed the restaurant was fully booked for the evening, but also fully booked for the next 2 weeks. We asked if we could sit at the bar and wait for a table, the hostess kindly agreed but warned us it could be a long wait.
The bar was full and we found a seat on a couch, settled in with a drink and just soaked in the atmosphere and pure vibe inside the restaurant. We soon became aware that this was clearly a hot spot and droves of people flocked here for a social night out of good food and friendship.
2 hours later we were shown to our table and settled in for some steak and queen prawns. The food did not take long to be prepared and the waiter was extremely aware of our every need. He observed that we began to share our food and immediately returned to the table with another steak knife for my wife. Small details not often observed in other restaurants, most waiters you need to ask for this and that and then wait to get it.
Service was outstanding. The food was chef quality. The atmosphere created inside the restaurant was homely and welcoming. No wonder they are fully booked every night of the week, for the next 2 weeks.
Try something new, get out of your comfort zone and frequenting the same places. We are creatures of habit and go to the same malls, the same shops, the same restaurants and follow the same route to work each day. I say, get out and explore, you never know the new amazing adventures that await you.
We popped in at Moyo at Zoo Lake this morning for breakfast. We were pleasantly surprised by the mere size of the restaurant and realized they are also a function venue for staff parties, weddings, and birthday parties etc. They have a few function halls and different sized rooms to cater for various sized groups. They also have a large marquee tent outside which also seats various sized groups.
Breakfast was great with a breakfast buffet this morning at R119 per person eat as much as you like, is well worth it. They also offer a full al a carte menu.
After breakfast we took a walk around the lake and many groups were already arriving to set up picnic and braai spots on the grass. This looks like a great place to just chill for a Saturday afternoon braai or picnic.
Restaurant in Clarens
We took a ride through Vanderbijlpark, Sasolburg, Heilbron, Reitz and Bethlehem to Clarens for a weekend away. We rode through quite a big storm at Heilbron, but the bike with its Road and Rain setting handled well. When we pulled off to put on our rain gear the storm moved over and we just hit heavy rain and wind.
We heard about Clementines from a few friends as the place to eat at when in Clarens. So although we were staying at the Golden Gate Hotel some 15 kms out of town, we took the ride through to go check it out.
On arrival, a sign met us at the front door. Fully booked, seat only available after 19:45
Which was a good sign, informing us that the food was great, the people love the place and this was the place to be. So we sat at the bar and waited half an hour for a table to open up.
We were shown to our seat and were surprised by the noise in the restaurant. Everyone talking, laughing and enjoying a good family meal, I don’t think we saw anyone sitting on their cellphones last night. This is a family restaurant with great hearty food that just encourages talk, laughter and enjoying the company of those you having dinner with.
We both ordered the oxtail, slow cooked for 3 hours and the meat just fell off the bone. This was a delicious meal that I would recommend to all who venture out to Clarens and dine at Clementines. After dinner the chef came out of the kitchen to speak to patrons, what a nice touch, and a great way to end the evening.
It was then time to get back on the bike and head back to our hotel.
Type: Restaurant, Deli and shop
“Where we believe in starting each meal from scratch.” This unique restaurant situated at the Lanseria Centre on Pelindaba Rd, grows all their own fresh produce on the grounds, this gives this restaurant its unique edge. We took a 30 minute ride out The Culinary Table this morning and was shocked to find this beautiful gem right on our doorstep. The outside building is very deceiving but the ambience inside is homely, friendly and inviting.
The breakfast was fresh, looked great and tasted even better. The menu offers some unique options and is well priced for the quality of food. The waiters were all extremely friendly and eager to serve and the restaurant was quite busy. Although it was our first visit to The Culinary Table it was obviously a very popular destination.
We took a walk through the garden to see the fresh produce being grown, and then checked out their deli and kitchen shop before heading out for a trip through Muldersdrift back home.
This was a great experience and one we would definitely tell our friends about and do again in the near future.
Type: Hotel and Restaurant
We took a chilled 20 minute ride from Honeydew to 10 Bompas in Dunkeld West this morning. When we arrived here we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the staff and the grounds are beautifully laid out.
We decided to sit outside next to the pool, and you become aware of the peace and serenity of the place, just the sound of birds singing and the running water of the pool fountains.
Breakfast was served in true chef quality, with attention to detail presentation and quality of food. We thoroughly enjoyed being spoilt this morning and have been made to feel like honored guests.
The venue also has function rooms for parties, conferencing and team building events. The Winehouse also gives this venue a unique feature and the grounds transform into a magical place at night.
We visited al Fiume Riverside Restaurant on Sunday afternoon for buffet lunch. The restaurant has a live band playing during the afternoon, which creates a great vibe at the venue. The restaurant is set alongside the beautiful Hennops River a mere 20 minutes from Fourways.
The restaurant has a normal full functional restaurant, private seating along the river bank or a large outdoor seated area. Food is exquisite and 5 Star chef quality, prepared and presented to seduce the 5 senses. Attention to detail, elegance and style come to mind when thinking about the overall experience.
Bookings are essential.
Quaint South African home styled cooking in Dainfern, Fourways
Type: Continental Restaurant
We found this quaint little restaurant by chance as we were actually looking for a different place. But we were pleasantly surprised. This little restaurant offers hospitality, a homely and truly South African vibe. The setting is casual and lends itself to conversation, with some single chairs around a large table and some smaller 4 seater and 2 seater tables.
The food and the service was exceptional and what makes Melissa’s great is everything is freshly made from scratch just like you would do at home.
There are also a number of cakes, breads and biscuits available for sale… gifting is also on sale from the shelves around the shop. This is a unique concept and franchise opportunities are available.
This beautiful restaurant is hidden away off Main Road in Fourways with no signage to show directions but well worth the trip. We enjoyed the 30min ride out to this venue, the service was great and the food was fresh and tasty.
Great indoor and outdoor seating under covered canvass tops or just under the trees. There is a small kiddies play area and the venue has a number of iron works artwork on sale.
We popped into this great little restaurant in Hartebeespoort Dam today. Breakfast was fresh, tasty and service was fast and friendly. The setting is quaint and unique with a number of art paintings for sale on the walls.
The weather was cool and slightly overcast making the ride out to Harties today pleasant. It is always good to be out on the bike and in nature, rather than being in the city.
We visited Humble Harry’s restaurant at Leaping Frog centre in Fourways today. The restaurant has a pleasant atmosphere and the staff are extremely friend, and the food is tasty and fresh.
We took my dad out for breakfast this morning, so it was great to spend some family time with him today.
The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating. A great venue to just relax and enjoy a great meal.