Sunday, April 28, 2013

Gramadoelas Restaurant at the Market Theatre. The end of an icon


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! 

I am certain that these spices have long since lost their flavour...
but I might be wrong. 

I have no comment about THIS. 

The guest book...
and a photograph of a local girl who has made it as a real star. 

Our table for the evening. 

Gramadoelas is a mixture of  d√©cor 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. 

The recent additions to the menu are African and Ethiopian. 

Pickled fish is VERY Malay. 

I did not dare try this... 

Subtle lighting, but more than enough to read a menu by
and being able to see your dining partner without having to squint. 

If you want to know who these people are,
 there is a poster on sale which will tell you.

The outside seating area... 

Looking in... 

My wife trying one of the African dishes...
Mopani Worms.
She must have enjoyed them as she went back for seconds!
About seconds/thirds and even fourths...
PACE YOURSELF!
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.

Old-school lighting!
None of the new-fangled low voltage spots to spoil the ambiance. 

Seriously Brian, this dish should come with a health warning!
Sugar rush on a plate!
BUT...
As they say in Afrikaans:
" Dit was blerry lekker"...
To find out more about the venue, visit their website:
www.gramadoelas.co.za

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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