Restaurant Week is an event held in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pretoria and The Winelands. It is a great opportunity to discover and try out South Africa’s finest restaurant at a fraction of the price you’d normally pay. The event was introduced to me by a friend last year and we’ve made it a ritual to attend since. This year we decided to try two restaurants on the final weekend.
Our weekend of indulgence started Friday at Central One located at the Radisson Blu Gautrain. I had heard great things about this restaurant. As you walk in you notice it’s beautiful set up with breath taking views overlooking Johannesburg. Their menu consisted of 3 options for a starter, main and desert. This is what I tried out;
Karan fillet served with a potato croquet and truffle aioli. The perfectly sliced fillet melted in your mouth.The potato croquet served as nothing more than a center piece on the plate. It was tasteless and under seasoned.
Pan fried Dullstroom Trout served on a bed quinoa with a broccoli puree, cucumber mint gel and Crème Fraiche. The trout was perfectly cooked but even the smallest pinch of salt would have gone a long way. The quinoa followed the same trend and I actually could have done without it.
Crème Brulee served with homemade strawberry ice cream, burnt Italian meringue and vanilla short bread. Whilst the mains lacked even the smallest amount of seasoning I found everything on the desert plate too sweet with nothing acidic to balance it out.
In summary, I felt each dish on the entire menu lacked something. Nothing blew me away but I would definitely go back to Central One to give it another chance. The service was great, it is a reasonably priced restaurant and has a beautiful ambiance. Maybe the chef just had a bad day, it happens 🙂