At the beginning of February, I got treated to a lunch at Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient in Harties. Knowing how much I love food, and how much I would enjoy a fine dining experience, this was my farewell lunch from my previous job.
Holy crap it was awesome. Please go and feast on the most amazing food I’ve had in a long time.
The more detailed version?
Here you go:
Everything just speaks opulence. From our arrival at the hotel to the windy road leading to the restaurant. If you’re not on the list, you’re not getting in… easy as that. You have an allocated parking garage for your car. You get walked up to the entrance… it’s very posh.
Walking into the hotel blows your breath away. You’re greeted by die Sommelier and offered a drink before moving on to your table. We enjoyed a delicious glass of bubbly next to the pool before moving in and starting our dining experience.
The scenery is mind-blowing… and you wouldn’t believe it’s just outside of Joburg / Pretoria. It’s gorgeous.
Once you’re seated at your table, you have little nibbles on your table and you can choose which menu you’d like to eat from – 5-course or 8-course (the chef comes and talks you through the options), with or without wine pairing. Yoh… we opted for the 8-course degustation menu, sans wine pairing – we chose our wine from the leather-bound wine bible they have… (I have officially dubbed it the wine bible – it’s this leather-bound tome full of wine options…)
(On second thought, we should have done the wine pairing, the Sommelier is a delight!).
Every single dish was a masterpiece. From presentation to the taste combinations, everything was perfect. Balanced. Beautiful. Every ingredient was picked with great care and consideration.
My favourite? The millionaire’s nest egg. Little poached quail’s eggs, with exotic mushrooms and a truffle cream. I may or may not have licked the plate.
Second favourite? The foie gras (we were assured it came from happy ducks!) with the muscat jelly and grapes. (mostly because I have never had foie gras before, and I now know what the rage is about.)
There’s also the bread trolley and flavoured butter selection (the caper butter is a win!), and the cheese trolley. Look, I’d have loved to just accompany the trolley back to the kitchen and spend some quality time with it. But every cheese was fabulous. Tasty. Gooey. Ripe.
If I could describe the food in one word? Heaven. Okay, two. Culinary Heaven.
I would love to go back and experience this all over again (the menu changes every season I think?), this time with the wine pairing… and maybe a stay-over to enjoy ALL the wine!