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Solo Restaurant: A Celebration Of African Cuisine

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Solo Restaurant in Sandton is about celebrating all things South African, but always with an intriguing twist added, just for good measure. The idea to blatantly mix African tastes with European influences and plating is one that pays off in every dish.

What do you get when two friends, Tumelo Maepa and Hlompho Chauke, start a restaurant in Sandton? A contemporary dining space that doubles up as a culinary experience.

The upmarket establishment is all about celebrating all things South African, but always with an intriguing twist added, just for good measure. This ranges from décor details that include aged brass wares, vintage mirrors, dried botanicals and timber wall cladding that reminds you that you are in Africa’s richest square mile.

The twist comes in the form of unexpected and elegant graffiti – a touch that you would not ordinarily associate with such a swanky restaurant and bar. The look is perfectly rounded off with art pieces by local artist African Ginger.

Seating

The dining area is made up of three distinct sections: a formal sit-down area, a trendy sushi bar and the Nest Lounge – a dimly lit nook where you can get up to mischief, like impressing a date with your knowledge of Cuban cigars.

Resident chef Ashley Murison-Johnson took the kitchen reins almost three months ago, and his straightforward but yet playful personality comes through in the recently revamped menu.

 

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Distilled Flavours

The idea to blatantly mix African tastes with European influences and plating is one that pays off in every dish. This is most evident in the Fish of the Day (R265) which happened to be a buttery and meaty Australian Barramundi, balanced with a broth, Bok choy and peas. Believe it or not, the best
part of this dish are the pickled edamame mushrooms.

This is the definition of distilled flavours. As part of the Spain-inspired tapas offering, the Prawn Kataifi (R140) topping is one that mixes
Europe and Africa more seamlessly than terminal A, at OR Tambo. The Bunny Chow tapa (R115) is constructed using slow-roasted lamb neck curry, mango atchaar, mojito yoghurt and dombolo, (better known as dumpling) is one you have to try.

 

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Specialty

Solo’s speciality dishes include a Pork Belly (R260) that is multi-dimensional: it is silky smooth, while the pork crackling is perfectly crispy, complemented by bright orange butternut bits, acidic apple slices, a sweet celery chutney jus, all topped with crunchy walnuts. It is like biting into the very best of every sensation there is.

For something to tingle your tastebuds, the Salmon and Tiger Prawns offering (R360), complete with morogo (wild spinach), raw garlic dressing and a lemon and mustard remoulade is for you. This is the type of soul-stirring cuisine that will make you wish you can have a bigger stomach, just so you can consume more.

 

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The deets

Solo Restaurant is located on the corner of Gwen Lane and Fredman Drive, Sandton.

Log on to solosandton.co.za for more information, or send an e-mail to [email protected]

Written by Sbu Mkwanazi

 

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