We found Sandton’s hidden foodie treasure chest at AtholPlace Restaurant during Restaurant Week SA 2017. AtholPlace Restaurant won “Best Restaurant of Johannesburg” during Restaurant Week in 2015 and we couldn’t wait to try it.
To start the evening, we were escorted to the bar area for some pre-drinks, Champers!
After our drinks, we moved over to the main area to open up the treasure chest. The excitement was just bubbling over.
The first gem was the Greens and Garlic Soup with Kimchi. The Executive Chef, Willie Malherbe really knows how to execute exciting and unusual dishes with Asian inspiration.
After the delicious soup came the Smoked Springbok Lion with Radish and Crisp Goats Cheese, the crisp goats cheese is an absolute foodie revolution. The goats cheese had a crispy layer, almost deep-fried texture on the outside and oh sooo soft cheesiness on the inside.
We had a choice of beef or fish for the mains so we obviously chose both.
The beef dish was a Beef Fillet with Roasted Vegetables, which sounds like your average Sunday afternoon meal prepared by grandma, but oh we can assure you it wasn’t! There ain’t no grandma that can cook like this, but if there is please do point us in her direction. The dish was accompanied by Pumpkin Puree blobs that raised the dish to a whole new level. Also, the Red Wine Jus was paired perfectly with the wise Warwick’s The First Lady Cabernet Sauvignon.
Kingklip! If we had to choose to eat only one dish forever, this would be it! Come breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch, tea time, you name it, this dish will go with it. Coconut, Lemongrass and Lime Roasted Kingklip with Pakchoi served with Rice Noodles and Chili Caramel. This blasted our mind and palette away to a whole new foodie world. The problem with this dish is that it ruins your taste buds for everyday food, because now the world seems bland compared to this perfect dish.
This was an interesting combination of Dark Chocolate and Cherry Tartlet, Pistachio, and Sour Cherry Sorbet. We have a new found love for cherries this season, as we haven’t had a bad cherry yet and this dessert just added to that experience. Big and bold flavours that complimented each other so well. Having a cappuccino after this dessert sure sealed in an amazing foodie evening.
AtholPlace really feels like home but with royalty treatment that we can surely get accustomed to. We loved the décor, especially when we saw we can dine next to some of Lionel Smit’s art pieces, as he is one of our favourite South African artists. Just made the evening more perfect.
The price is definitely a fine-dining-price but we paid it with a smile, because with food as good as this, to transport you to a whole new world, professional staff having a collective goal in mind to ensure everyone has an unforgettable experience. Tick! Goal achieved! And an atmosphere of awe and wonder it was definitely worth every pretty penny.
Their menu changes regularly, so we will definitely be back for more exploring!
AtholPlace Restaurant gets the ‘Ultimate Stamp’ from Two Tasty Tummies