Eating in Jo’burg is always something to look forward to. Its become a part of the city culture. We get dressed up, looking fresh to enjoy the experience of a restaurant or bar. The Bolton Road Collection allows for exactly that. An experience that one looks forward too.
Bolton Road Collection has recently opened in Parkwood, JHB (Cnr Bolton Rd and Jan Smuts). And has become our favorite restaurant in Jo’burg. The master mind behind the project is Bruce Beattie the same guy who brought us Social on Main. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s a mix between patisserie, gourmet and a bar! It’s an all in one that will knock your socks off.
The setting is urban, rustic, warm and modern, full of wood, brass, copper and leather. This urban warmth fills the space and it comes through the drinks and food. To start off it’s always a good time when Mimosas are involved, especially when the glass is covered in popping candy to tickle those taste buds!
For starters a must is the Goats Cheese Mousse, this is my best but do try the Spiced Squid served with coconut, lime and pickled apple or for a healthy option their Seared Tuna with puffed rice, apple, horseradish snow and spiced ponzu. Both are great for a little nibble.
If you are very angry, their mains are huge! In a good way. A Jo’burg favorite has been the Roasted Sea Bass. We decided to mix it up a bit and tried the Fresh West Coast Mussel Pot served with sourdough and herb aioli. The pot is huge and keeps you liking your fingers! If you aren’t into fish then do try the Slow Cooked Pork belly served with carrot, tomato apple puree, smoked potatoes fritter and barley jus. The lamb is so tender and packed with flavour.
No meal is complete without a few cocktails involved and Bolton Road Collection offers classics and a great chemistry set menu of must try new mixes. The Bolton Rd Spritz is a lovely cocktail served with caramel pop corn. If you prefer something sweeter for desert then try their Potted Plant a cocktail served in a pot and is made to look like an actual pot plant! This cocktail is a alcoholic twist on a peppermint crisp milkshake.