So, Restaurant Week has finally started today! What better way to start than by having a 2-course lunch with friends at Borage Bistro in the CBD. I had never been to Borage before, and I’m using Restaurant Week as a great opportunity to try out new venues in the city.
Borage Bistro is located at the bottom of the FNB building in the city hub, and with parking alongside and opposite the (busy) road it’s quite convenient to reach despite its central position. We all know what a mission the City Bowl can be on a weekday afternoon! The restaurant has a lovely outside terrace as well as a modern bistro interior with great high ceilings and an open kitchen. Borage looks classy and cool, and definitely suits the young professional environment it surrounds itself with.
We had a great variety of options for our special 2-course Restaurant Week lunch menu, including seared tuna, tomato and goats cheese tart, beef brisket and salmon gravlax for starters. For mains, we could choose from pork belly, mushroom risotto, kingklip and beef ragu. There were even a lot of dessert options, but we opted for a starter and a main this time. Not too shabby, right?!
I had the Salmon Gravlax to start with, accompanied by an orange reduction, cream cheese, beetroot and rocket. The dish thrived on simplicity in form and composition, and was really delicious. For the main I had the Kingklip with Caponata and fondant potato. Great quality fish and well-proportioned. I also had a chance to taste the Pork Belly which was just magnificent, and my friend had the Mushroom Risotto which was by far the most gorgeous looking dish.
Judging from the occasional silence and empty plates around us, we got exactly what we came for in our Restaurant Week expedition. Great new experiences of top quality food at a place we’d now definitely add to our list as a must-visit again. Since Borage Bistro recently opened for dinner as well (great move!), it’s certainly going to be my next plan on my (everlasting) dinner-to-do list.
4/5 on my Restaurant Week rating
Website Restaurant Week (there are still seats!)