With a dish from most continents on their menus, these restaurants allow diners to take a trip around the world, giving them a whirlwind of tastes right in Pretoria
Luxurious city hot spot
Signature Restaurant at Brooklyn Bridge offers international cuisine in a luxurious atmosphere. The lower level of the restaurant caters for open dining, with a view of artists performing light bluesy and jazz sounds, while the intimate upper level is inviting, with a chic bar and cigar lounge. It is an ideal venue for celebrating special moments in style with family, friends or colleagues. Take your palate on a journey across continents with Signature’s Egypt handroll (a pyramid of salmon, avocado and caviar) followed by the lamb shank, a Moroccan-style braised lamb knuckle with mint-and-raisin couscous. End with the trio of crème brûlée, in vanilla, berry and Bar One flavours.
Scenic golf greens
Overlooking the golf greens of Pretoria Country Club, Blu Saffron, running for 31 years, serves the international dishes in a peaceful setting with beautiful views. The restaurant, with sections for public and private dining, has a plush interior filled with eclectic artworks, from paintings of African wildlife to photographs of dancers. The patio is perfect for savouring a drink over a relaxing meal. Taste the French duck liver pâté brûleè with fig preserve, marula jelly and toast, followed by the Scottish gravlax (cured Norwegian salmon) with onion rings and deep-fried capers. For dessert, indulge in Italian home-made sorbet in green apple, Nutella and honeycomb flavours.
Nestled among the trees at Watercrest Garden Estate, Nuvo Cuisine offers international dishes with French, Italian and Thai influences. The charm of this restaurant, which celebrated its 10 year anniversary in May, lies in its understated, homely antique style, featuring items such as a 1917 gramophone. It has three indoor sections that may be booked as private venues, and a large covered patio overlooking the pool and garden. Try the oxtail won tons (five Chinese won ton wrappers filled with lightly curried oxtail), followed by beef Wellington. For dessert, tuck into the berry pavlova, an airy cacao pavlova with sweetened berries.
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Words: Lisa Dewberry