We waited a bit for all the hype to die down before visiting this much anticipated French Patisserie.
The restaurant is much bigger than I initially thought, and although we thought it was
full when we arrived, we were taken through to the dining area in the interior of the space, which you don’t see when you’re looking in from the outside. It’s a lovely suprise! The decor is all so beautiful and tasteful and you just want to sit and take it all in – I know it’s all got that French feel to it, but to be extremely English, my reaction would be that it’s all extremely ‘genteel’! (For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, it’s a compliment, I promise!)
The menu is quite extensive, and not just limited to pastries. There really is something for every taste, including many vegetarian options, although some might find it slightly on the pricey side. I opted for the mushroom ravioli, and my partner had the lobster pot. The food presentation is perfect and for those who eat with their eyes, you won’t be disappointed.
Chef Tony visited our table to see if all was in order and suggested Nutella crepes for dessert! It was like he already knew us! He did however, recommend that one portion be shared between two of us, as the crepes are quite rich, and he was quite right. They were delicious, but half a portion was quite sufficient for one person.
We’ll definitely be back, and I can’t wait to try out the authentic French onion soup, served in a bread bowl!
A tiny little gem of a place tucked away in plain sight in the hectic main street of Grant Avenue, Norwood. Their menu is limited – they do fried chicken in a variety of ways, and boy, do they do it well! The aioli is something out of this world (yes, I asked for more) – they definitely worked some sort of magic on it!
And the chicken is of course, fresh, crunchy and just moreish. The aim here is to provide good quality, wholesome food and to focus on what they do best rather than to provide a wide variety on the menu and focus on quantity, which is when quality often suffers. It’s obvious that the two guys who started this (with food trucks at festivals and markets) realised that they’d found something they did well and decided to stick with it! Good for them!
And don’t forget to try an amazing Jam Jar – the watermelon one was absolutely delicious!
The staff are friendly and obliging and the service is efficient. You have to go and visit. It’s fun, and probably not what you usually have in mind when you think of ‘eating out’, but you definitely have to try it. And once you do, you’ll be hooked!
THE GOLIATH COMEDY EXPERIENCE 2017 GOLIATHX2017
What’s that you said … we South Africans don’t have much to laugh about? Are you kidding me?!
If you’re feeling a bit down in the mouth then we’ve got some fabulous, funny-bone news for you! South Africa’s best friends of Comedy, Goliath & Goliath, in association with Comedy Central and Savanna, are bringing you The Goliath Comedy Experience 2017.
With last year welcoming over 2000 festival-goers, adoring sold out shows and standing ovations over one weekend, this year #GoliathX2017 will be spreading the funny over a 7 day period with the biggest and newest names in comedy, from 24 to 30 April, at Africa’s premium comedy club, the Goliath Comedy Club in Melrose Arch, Joburg!
You can catch some of comedy’s greats such as Joey Rasdien, Tol A$$ Mo and John Vlismas, legends Joe Parker, Roni Modimola and Mark Banks or next generation funnies like Glen Biderman-Pam and Beach all on the Goliath Comedy Club stage.
And the biggest scoop of all: Donovan, Jason and Nicholas Goliath will be performing their first ever three-man experiential comedy show as a prelude to the launch of their national tour!
Whether you’re a new or somewhat veteran fan of comedy – with these tailor-made comedy offerings, there’s bound to be something for everyone!
Here’s the line-up for the week:
MONDAY 24 APRIL 2017 – NEXT GEN Brought to you by Savanna:
Talented open spot comedians are a dime a dozen, so 10 of the most popular up-and-comers were chosen to take to the stage, give of their best, entertain and show you where they are going. There’s no competition here, no battles, just brand new next generation funny.
TUESDAY 25 APRIL 2017 – OLDS COOL:
This proved to be one of the biggest hits of the 2016 Goliath Comedy Experience. It features some of SA’s Comedy legends who continue to keep things as funny and as relevant as ever..
WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL 2017 – 30in5 Brought to you by Savanna:
With no host, 30 comedians will all be doing 5 minutes each … anything could happen! The line-up is a mix of well-established comics and youngsters who’ve been doing this since … last week. There’s no hierarchy, each comic will draw a number out of a hat and depending on the number they choose, that’s where they’ll appear on the line-up. Expect it to be fast paced, witty and hilariously entertaining!
THURSDAY 27 APRIL 2017 – GOLIATH & GOLIATH:
Prepare for side-splitting hilarity as SA’s comic trio, Donovan, Jason and Nicholas Goliath launch their national tour with their first three-man experiential comedy show.
FRIDAY 28 & SATURDAY 29 APRIL 2017 – HEADLINERS:
The most popular show from last year’s launch event, for obvious reasons, a heavy hitting show featuring a mix of South African comedic greats. And there’s no excuse for missing it because there are two shows this year!
Tickets for the Goliath Comedy Experience are on sale now at www.goliathcomedyclub.com
Make sure you don’t miss out! Follow all the updates on Goliath Comedy Club via social media:
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With Special Guests Joe Nina, Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse and Ladysmith Black Mambazo
HOSTED BY IKUSASA (Ikusasa Arts Development Projects)
2 shows only : Saturday 29 April at 19h00 and Sunday 30 April at 13h00 on The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre
This promises to be an unforgettable 2-hour show of pure nostalgia, with Kekana delivering all his hits from the start of his career back in 1978, to date.
Kekana lost his eye sight at the age of five, but has never let this stand in the way of fulfilling his dream. This concert aims to entertain and inspire those living with disabilities or who face challenges which may be regarded as stumbling blocks towards fulfilling their dreams. This is the reason for show’s title: Iphupho the Dream.
Kekana has over 20 albums to his credit and is one of the few artists who has managed to cross over varying genres, from Mbhaqanga, to Pop, Gospel and Soul. His decision to not confine himself to a single genre was frowned upon at the outset as it was believed that he would not be able to sustain a fan-base. But he proved his critics wrong and dispelled all myths about cross-genres, as to date he is amongst the most loved and respected local musicians of his time.
In the past, Kekana has also collaborated and featured on various songs with some of South Africa’s greatest musicians such as Joe Nina, PJ Powers, Soul Brothers, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and the late Nana Coyote. His unique and high range tone have always made him stand out from the crowd.
Born in 1958 in Zebediela, Limpopo, Kekana lost his sight at the tender age of five, and attended a school for the blind in Pietersburg. During his school years, he nurtured his love for singing, and was a member of amateur groups.
In 1979 and 1980, Kekana won what was then known as the “SABC Black Music Award” for Best Male Vocalist. Further awards followed, with the singer taking the “Top Male Vocalist” award on Radio Zulu, and being the runner-up on the Tswana and Sotho Radio Stations.
Since 2001, he frequently collaborated with fellow vocalist Nana Coyote, and his links with a younger generation were solidified through his association with singer / producer Joe Nina, who produced his most recent album “African Lady”. Kekana, Coyote and Nina regularly appeared on stage together, and recorded under the name “The Trio”.
Kekana holds a B Juris and LLB degrees, and has written on Intellectual Property from the perspective of a songwriter.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Simphiwe Majozi, an actor on the SABC 1 telenovela Uzalo, will be hosting and producing this first ever tribute concert to Steve Kekana.
Majozi, who plays the role of a ruthless criminal known to many as Sbu on Uzalo is also a director of Ikusasa Arts Development Projects (“Ikusasa”). The organisation focuses on developing and uncovering new talent, whilst celebrating artistic legends and icons in the music industry. He believes that young and old in the entertainment industry can have a mutually beneficial relationship, learning and growing from each other.
After hearing rave reviews about this place and promising ourselves we’d pay it a visit we finally got there recently. I have to say that for me, the jury’s still out on all the praise being heaped on it though!
Firstly it was a lot trendier than I was led to believe! I know, I probably shouldn’t hold that against it, but I thought it would be a lot less ‘hip’, with a lot less decor and that it would be a lot more understated. Anyway – that has no effect on the food itself!! It was busy – as we expected, but we did get a table. The acoustics are terrible and it’s very noisy inside – again, this has no effect on the food, but just another point to be aware of if you’re looking for a quiet night out.
The service was efficient, dare I say, ‘too’ efficient. Throughout our meal, numerous people kept coming up to us and asking if all was ok. I found it to be a bit much. We ordered Gyoza Pot Stickers to start, my companion ordered the Deep Sea Bao, and I asked for the Classic Bowl with egg fried rice and chicken. Almost immediately, our mains arrived, but not the pot stickers. We asked where they were and the waitress went to find out. She came back and told us that those took a while longer to make and did we mind if we had the mains first. We thought it a bit strange that she hadn’t known to tell us that in the first place. My companion loved the Deep Sea Bao. I thought my Classic Bowl was ok, although I didn’t think there was an abundance of chicken in it. It was tasty though.
The pot stickers eventually arrived. I don’t think they looked like what we expected. They were falling apart and were quite messy, but we ate them.
When it was time to pay, our waitress seemed to have trouble with the card machine. It became apparent that she might be a trainee and needed some help with this. I have no trouble being served by a trainee, but let us know. The payment process took quite some time.
I’m not sure I’d return in a hurry.