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  • At the time of our superb visit to Four Seasons The Westcliff, Johannesburg, only one out of five restaurants was opened – Flames. With its earthy, natural palette of colours and textures, it was all about the easiness and fun of informal dining. The crowd-pleasing menu is influenced by the enviable outdoor lifestyle and local barbecue (or braai), a cross-cultural culinary tradition that is inherently South African. As the hotel’s only all-day dining destination it is centrally situated and leads outdoors onto a wide terrace for al fresco dining with a decorative small infinity pool, sun-lounger terrace and a breathtaking panoramic view of Johannesburg.

    Interactive and engaging from the get-go, the design concept highlights rather than conceals the dominant cooking process with a large, open grill. Here, fire is presented as theatre, providing not only a stage for the best quality local produce but guest interaction opportunities with the chefs.

    For a less pleasurable weather, Flames restaurant offers in-door sitting as well with white and cream interior, complemented by simple design of wood and glass. It also offers a private dining room in the back with a view back to what seemed a cheese and wine cellar.

    We enjoyed beautifully presented food, served by most smiley and chatty staff I have ever had a pleasure to deal with.

    Starters:
    Surf and turf ceasar salad with braaied chicken and Mozambique prawns
    Lemongrass crab cakes with citrus salad and coriander pesto

    Mains:
    Grilled fillet of sea bass with braised fennel, lime sauce and curry basmati rice.
    Ostrich tournedos “Rossini style” with sautéed broccoli and toasted almonds.

    Dessert:
    Stawberry cheesecake
    Pistachio crème brulee

    Accompanied by Negroni – one part gin, one part rosso (red, semi-sweet), and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel.

    Future restaurants:

    View – urban chic design and indoor/outdoor atmosphere offering delectable contemporary fare and show kitchen. A platform for avant-garde cuisine, this most romantic Johannesburg restaurant will resemble a gallery for culinary art. The dramatic interior extends to an elegant sunset terrace. Seafood and meats will be the focus, along with locally sourced produce and premium South African wines.

    Cellar Door – Celebrating the marriage of food and wine, this intimate dining venue will spotlight South Africa’s best regional wines, enhanced by shared plates of local cheeses, grilled meats and seafood. Ideal in the late afternoon or evening, this hidden habitat can also serve as a private dining room for up to 20 guests.

    Westcliff Deli – an easy drop-in spot for local residents and hotel guests, this streetside venue features a few indoor and outdoor seats. It’s a great place to pick up morning coffee and treats, as well as gourmet sandwiches and salads. There are also takeaway foods to enjoy on Johannesburg day trips.

    Apres-Spa – An outdoor Johannesburg bar and lounge, this casual garden setting will serve wines, juices and light cuisine: ideal before and after spa treatments. Read and relax, or chat with friends on comfortable sofas and daybeds, enjoying the lazy pace of a Johannesburg spa day.

    Read the review my stay at Four Seasons The Westcliff.

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    The Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, Johannesburg

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