Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Gramadoelas - eclectic and elegant























Gramadoelas was the last place we ate in South Africa and definitely the classiest! The food was awesome, the interior was breathtaking. Gramadoelas has been host to royals, as well as presidents and cultural celebrities, but in spite of this, the price for an exclusive dinner here will not break your back.


Location BBBBB

Gramadoelas is located in Newtown, on the corner of Bree street and Wolhuter street in Downtown Johannesburg. This is an area in rapid change, centred around the Museum of Africa and the Workers Library and Museum.

Atmosphere: BBBBB

Entering Gramadoelas is a breathtaking experience. The rooms are dark and mysterious, held in ochre, and dark brown, with cream coloured marble columns.

And the interior - old furniture, china, large paintings, objects in copper and silver, and hunting trophies. A wonderful, eclectic mix!!!

As I was there the tables had dark blue table clothes, white napkins, white china, and wine glasses.

Awesome!!!

Prices: BBBBB

We chose from the á la carte menu, but Gramadoelas offers a great number of different menus.

Soups, salads, and light entrees for 25-55 ZAR, main courses from 60-100 ZAR, and desserts from 15-25 ZAR.

If you would like to really have a treat, choose Prawns Mozambique 1/2 kilo (Kings) peri-peri, garlic and lemon butter. Price? ZAR 225,95 - hardly expensive for the best food on the menu.

Service: BBBBB-

Good service from a professional staff, dressed in black trousers and waistcoats, bright white shirts and a black beau tie. Very elegant.

The food was brought to the table with no unnecessary delay, and they gave good advice on what to order.

The menu, however, was as eclectic as the interior, and the meaning behind dishes as UMNQUSHO BRAISED BEEF SHIN, BEANS & MAIZE, or SNOEKPAAI (PIE) WITH CHEDDAR TOPPING was not easy to grasp.

But I did not care, as the food came to the table.

Food: BBBBB-

I ordered a CAPE ROCK LOBSTER BISQUE as a starter priced at ZAR 49,95 and as a main course CHICKEN TRID MOROCCAN STYLE CHICKEN, FLAVOURED WITH SAFFRON, PEPPERS, OLIVES AND PRESERVED LEMON BETWEEN LAYERS OF WARKA PASTRY at ZAR 59,95.

The Rock Lobster Soup had the most beautiful red colour, the creamiest consistency, and the taste......

The taste of fresh lobsters is mild and sweet, as well as the rich salty aromas of the deep sea. This soup carried the same subtle aromas fully. Thank God for the Cape Lobster!!

After the Lobster Soup my expectations to the Moroccan chicken grew. The chicken had some of the features of the traditional Moroccan cuisine. The thin pastry with icing sugar. The preserved lemon.

The chicken tasted great, but it did not fully meet my expectations. I found that the spices used was not used in quantities necessary to create the contrast between the savory and the sweet. I also found the pastry not crisp enough.

Rating the Gramadoelas experience: BBBBB (4,91 points)

An eclectic, exotic, elegant, exclusive experience in Johannesburg

Address:
Restaurant Gramadoelas
Bree Street, Newtown, Johannesburg
Phone: +27 11 838 6960
E-mail: gramrest@global.co.za
Website: http://www.gramadoelas.co.za/

PS: The Restaurant website has its own recipe collection - an ideal inspiration for international cooking.

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1 comment:

Goldstrand said...

i'm getting hungry! nice post and pic, dude.