Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Dinner at the Clico Boutique Hotel restaurant, Rosebank, Johannesburg

About a year ago my wife and I stayed at this "business" hotel in Rosebank.
At that time we were told that changes were coming,
and that a new restaurant was going to be added.
We recently returned to view the new addition,
and to sample the food.

Diners can enjoy their meal "al fresco" if the weather plays along.

A view of the new building from the dedicated parking lot.

Residents at the hotel can access the restaurant from the reception.
Breakfasts are served here as well

A small, but interesting, wine collection

The table settings are simple but elegant.
What more does a guest really want?

There is something special about dinner by candle light.
The general room lighting was subdued, but bright enough to read the menu.
The background music was exactly that...background.
Not intrusive or too loud to drown out conversation

The meal can be enjoyed as a wine pairing.
All the wines on the menu complement the dishes perfectly.
And you can order your wine of choice as either
 a tasting, a glass or a bottle.
There were a couple of wines from La Vierge,
an estate on the Hermanus wine route that we visited several years ago.

Our Amuse-bouche...
Fried mozzarella...delicious.
It perked up our taste buds for what lay ahead.

My wife's starter...
Spicy pan-fried Seafood on a bed of Squid Ink Linguini.
She decide to try the Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2013
that was the suggested pairing.

My starter...
Lamb liver and kidneys with a creamy mustard and red wine sauce,
served on a Brioche roll.
I would have liked more of the meat and less sauce,
but that is just a personal observation.
It was offered with
a Neethlingshof Gewurtztraminer 2012

We both ordered the same main course.
Grilled line fish(in this case Kingklip) with a caper and lemon Risotto,
Mussel Boudin Blac and a Chive Nage.
The Masterchef judges would have approved of the risotto.

My first choice.
Apple strudel, rose coconut crumble served with white chocolate shards,
chocolate cup apple puree and a caramel sauce.
I had not read past the first part of the description and never noticed the
words "chocolate".
I don't eat chocolate, but I was able to try some of the non-chocolate elements.

I did ask to try this instead...
Lemon mousse tart, lemon sugared Grenita with a berry coulis.
Tart and tasty.

And for my wife...
Chocolate layered Mille Fleure, pistachio crumble
and a Vanilla bean Parfait.

The team that produced our meal...
From L-R:
Asante Dhlamini, Maria Moepeng and Thulani Shongwe.

It would also be remiss of me not to mention our wonderful waiter,

We sat for a while, post meal, enjoying the quiet ambiance
The reflected candle light being enhanced by the garden lighting

Under the light of the full moon we made our way home.
Clico offers Johannesburg residents and visitors to our city,
the opportunity to have a fine dining experience
in the very heart of Rosebank

Mr and Mrs B pre-meal.

Images on this posting were shot on
a Canon SX60HS.

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