Lowveld fine dining
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South Africa is the third largest macadamia nut producer in the world, with plantations from Hazyview to Barberton in Mpumalanga.
Your introduction to Lowveld fine dining starts at Zest restaurant in I’langa Mall, where chef-patron GT Lundie serves classic French dishes with a contemporary twist. Featuring an elegant cigar and cognac lounge, and an award-winning international wine list, book ahead if you want to savour GT’s orange-glazed, de-boned duck served with Armagnac sauce, or his legendary homemade peanut butter ice cream with caramelised bananas.
In White River, Magnolia Restaurant and Café in the Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre is the new contender for the fine dining in the Lowveld crown. Chef Jamie Watt is fanatical about local, seasonal produce, and prepares everything from scratch. Follow cocktails and tapas on the deck at sunset, with chilli soft shell crab tempura, or slow-braised lamb shank wrapped in pork belly. The wine list is predominantly local, and well priced, so there’s no excuse for passing on the rose scented crème brûlée with candied pistachio nut brittle.
Across the road, in the Baghdad Centre, Salt restaurant is a White River institution. Owner Wendy Rheeder’s menu is something of a wild card, so if you’re feeling adventurous, try the butterfish with a Salticrax crust, otherwise stick with their signature slow-roasted duck glazed with apricot preserve. Wine recommendations per dish are a nice touch, and can be ordered by the glass.
En route to Hazyview, Lowveld gourmet restaurant Oliver’s never disappoints. Chef Oliver Ruf is a saucier of note, and whether you choose the rack of lamb, venison, or the generous seafood platter, you’ll wish it was polite to lick your plate in public. In addition to an excellent wine list, oenophiles will relish the private wine selection.
End your sojourn at Summerfield’s Kitchen at the Summerfield’s River Lodge and Rose Spa. Seasonally inspired chef Charles Meyer, dishes up country comfort food with a fusion twist, and isn’t afraid to go very local with a crocodile and prawn curry, oxtail and samp, or eland fillet with beetroot and a green fig risotto.
If you’re all fine dined out, order Summerfield’s gourmet picnic, and enjoy home baked bread, local smoked trout, macadamia nut pesto, and fresh fruit in season beside the Sabie River. Now that’s fine Lowveld dining.
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Who to contact
Oliver's Restaurant and Lodge
Tel: + 27 (0)13 750 0479
Tel: + 27 (0)13 742 2217
Magnolia Restaurant and Café
Tel: + 27 (0)13 751 1947
and River Café
Tel: +27 13 737 6500
Tel: +27 (0)13 751 1555