R.I.P BRIAN SHALKOFF
My thoughts and prayers are with the family, Eduan and the staff
This is one of Johannesburg's iconic restaurants.
Situated next to the Market Theatre, it has played "mine host"
to a variety of celebrities(real ones, not TV soapie actors), heads of state and royalty.
This display at the entrance to the restaurant has probably been the since in opened,
more than 40 years ago!
Gramadoelas is a mixture of décor styles...
Although is might look "cluttered" it all works well together.
The main cuisine is Cape Malay...one of my favourites.
The buffet was groaning under the weight of a variety of dishes,
sweet and savory, meat and fish.
Subtle lighting, but more than enough to read a menu by
and being able to see your dining partner without having to squint.
My wife trying one of the African dishes...
She must have enjoyed them as she went back for seconds!
About seconds/thirds and even fourths...
The food is replenished at the buffet, but my advice is get there early
and you can enjoy a leisurely dinner
A-la-carte is an option, but the buffet is more than sufficient to fill the hungriest of tummies.
Seriously Brian, this dish should come with a health warning!
Sugar rush on a plate!
As they say in Afrikaans:
" Dit was blerry lekker"...
To find out more about the venue, visit their website:
Walking back to our car, the way was illuminated by the lights on this crane.
There is plenty of construction going on in the area and hopefully
like a Phoenix rising from the ashes,
this area will return to its former glory.
Forever ready to play...
Kippie Moeketsi sits ready to perform.
IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THIS RESTAURANT
WILL BE CLOSING AT THE END OF JULY 2013,
ONCE THEIR LEASE EXPIRES.
Sadly, as a result, another iconic Johannesburg landmark will be lost.
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