Food discoveries that end well warm my heart. After last week’s adventure to this part of town and its burgeoning eateries, we tried Bolton Road Collection. We went without reservations and just managed to get seating at the bar tables overlooking Bolton Road, which actually ended up being the perfect place to have a late lunch and watch the world go by.
It is a very popular place, so be sure to make reservations. Families, young couples, old couples…a really laid back and casually cool restaurant this. Servers know what they are serving, are able to advise on drinks and on the food choices, and the kitchen’s turn-around time is extremely efficient. The food was seriously worth writing about. The food experience began with seared tuna with a chutney-like mélange of puffed rice, smoked daikon, apple, horseradish snow, and spiced ponzu. I had the honey smoked duck breast served up on burnt melon with a sweet and sour dressing. Both were incredibly delicious. For a place that looks like a casual-burgers-and-fries type, everything about the food surprised.
We followed this up with a short-rib burger. This is quite substantial. A juicy flavoursome patty with fontina cheese – excuse me while I go and google what kind of cheese this is – it was definitely not the usual cheddar. I had a slow cooked pork belly, with a carrot and fermented apple purée, smoked potato fritter, and beer and barley jus. The crackling was crispy, without having to worry about cracking my tooth on it – as can sometimes be the case with pork belly, and had been roasted sufficiently for me to not have to slice off pieces of fat from it.
I am very excited about Bolton Road Collection, as well as the other bars like Bar Ber Black Sheep and Proof – which serves up craft beer. Another great place to add to Joburg’s dining scene.
Bolton Road Collection, Cnr Bolton Road and Jan Smuts, Rosebank