Design-wise, it’s an appealing mix of sophistication and quirk, with all the carefully pulled-together elements creating an at-once homely and intriguing atmosphere – from the handmade crockery to the dining tables made from the salvaged ceiling wood.
The giant wood-fired oven – the heart of the restaurant’s “green-grilling” philosophy – is surrounded by an intimate dining area. But if, like me, you have a penchant for atrium dining, there’s a charming quasi-alfresco space at the back, with an expansive skylight, indigenous “green walls” and exposed brickwork.
The food Flame-grilled South African favourites with delicate Asian undertones is the underlying theme of this interesting menu. I had the salmon marinated in miso and fynbos honey, accompanied by gomae greens and yuzu enoki deliciously doused in a sesame-infused dressing, which was superb. The drinks menu offers a healthy selection of fresh juices, smoothies and house cordials for those who wish to abstain from a lunchtime tipple. I opted for the PBJ smoothie (peanut butter, Greek yoghurt and mixed berry chia seed jam) – a thick, creamy and delicious accompaniment to my meal.
Good to know Sensual in its simplicity, the From the Earth selection is a wonderful way to sample most of the small plates in one sitting for R105.
Inside info Upstairs, a bar and retro coffee lounge – with a vintage vinyl corner – provides a great space to enjoy a laid-back morning coffee or after-work drink.
Opened April 2017
Opening times Tuesday to Saturday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, 6.30 – 9.30pm