I don’t know if its distance from the city is what makes it feel like a real treat each time we go. The restaurant is located at a fairly industrial-looking site on the way to Lanseria Airport, corner of the R511 and the road leading to the airport. Drive by fast enough and you may just miss it.
It is housed in the same shop that sells cooking equipment: pots, pans, cutlery, utensils, you name it. Once inside though, you are greeted by a sizeable dining room, with a deli counter on the side, and a wide selection of bread and olive oils and wines. It is an exquisite space to stock up on everything culinary. The terrace overlooks a garden, from where the garden-to-table concept emanates. The spinach, fresh herbs and whatever else may be required by your dish is picked by the staff and prepared as you wait. It is delightful.
Fresh ingredients on the uncomplicated menu make The Culinary’s breakfasts one of my family’s favourite go-to places. We have not strayed too far from their poached eggs hollandaise and french toast though. Each time I go I vow to try something else but that has yet to happen.
They cater for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike: from their homemade pastries, homemade granola, vegetable omelette to their poached egg hollandaise – which is one of the best in the city – a steak eggs and chips combo, and french toast with bacon. Their hot chocolate is more of a dessert – 70% Belgian Chocolate melted in steamed milk, their breakfast cocktails are unapologetically boozy, but they also serve up a mean pressed juice selection.
It is a fair distance getting there but it is well worth the drive.