The 23 on Hazelwood establishment is situated in a big, old house with a spacious, cement-floor stoep. There are many seating sections, so you can choose the ambience you’d like depending on that specific day. Sit outside on the stoep for a farm-style feel, inside at the private bar section for a quiet and intimate vibe, or inside next to the open-plan kitchen for a vibey buzz.
Venue and Decor
The venue offers a creative mix of old-school farmhouse and retro-cum hipster – the colourful red and yellow chairs and the classy wooden tables are a perfect example. Interesting pieces of furniture hanging and lying around – such as buck heads, old chandeliers, and the white and black tiles – add to the retro and playful feel of the place.
It wasn’t only the decor that impressed me, but also the tender chicken breast topped with basil pesto and artistically arranged avo on top to round it off perfectly with a creamy texture.
The meal was served with a fresh rocket and baby leaf spinach salad, a wonderfully sweet balsamic extract, sunflower seeds, tomato, feta and cucumber. This is how a healthy meal should taste, all the flavours were there: creamy avo, tender chicken, the spiciness of the pesto, the crisp texture of the seeds, the sweetness of the balsamic reduction and the freshness of the salad’s ingredients, all rounding off one perfect meal.
Other interesting items on the breakfast menu include the Frenchie, (French toast filled with Nutella and banana, topped with seasonal berries and drizzled with honey), and the eggs Benedict (a lightly toasted English muffin topped with fresh rocket, creamy spinach, ham, two perfectly poached eggs and finished off with amazing Hollandaise sauce). Try the salted caramel and lemon meringue milkshake or the latest craft bar addition right next door, The Crafty Fox.
23 on Hazelwood
012 346 3249
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Words: Zena Le Roux | Images: Zena Le Roux & Supplied