I got to do my first ever restaurant review!! Too exciting!! And boy, what a restaurant! The opportunity to review VILLA BIANCA more than made up for the nightmare that was our time in the Golden City. I must confess I was most excited and a tad nervous as Bridezilla had booked it and given her disastrous behaviour till this point I was worried.
So off we went – Hubby and me. On our own! No kids! Strange town! Eeeeeek! Too much of excitement. I need not have worried. What a pleasure from the moment we arrived until we finally dragged ourselves out.
VILLA BIANCA is situated in Isando, Joburg. That’s in the east for those of you who have the same knowledge of Jozi as I do! All I can say is thank you GoogleMaps for the wonderful life saver that I discovered after getting horrendously lost numerous times in the maze that is Johannesburg. Who knew a phone could direct you anywhere you wanted to go? And talk to you? Where have you been all my life Google Maps?
Upon entering VILLA BIANCA we were escorted to our cosy table, right next to the really fabulous and well stocked wine room. As far as wine cellars go, this one was really pretty. Surprising thing to note, I know but it had wonderful displays and a sawdust floor. Well, it appealed to me……….. or it could have been the contents! Anyway, well seated -first tick (The Hubby even had the cricket to keep his eye on should the conversation waver.)
And so began our gastronomical journey…………….. First up while browsing the very extensive menu (and wine list – of course) we were presented with a Chef’s Special. Kudu sausage in a Napolitano sauce along with the complimentary mini focaccias. Well if this was the start then I was in for the long haul!! Hubby opted for a delicious bottle of Simonsig bubbly. We were well taken care of by the very experienced Head Waiter
Warren and our aptly named Quincy (from Durban, mind you). They both helped with the very difficult decisions of choosing our dinner for the evening beginning with the starters.
On the menu was Steak Tartare which is on my Food Bucket List so not a hard choice there.
My significant other went with the Salmon 3 Ways. The Steak Tartare was prepared at the table with much flair and experience by Warren, raw egg included. One difference was the addition of Cognac which would probably appeal to a spirits drinker but unfortunately not to me. A tad strong for my liking but still the Steak Tartare was all that it was meant to be – superb. All the while I was eyeing Hubby’s Salmon 3 Ways and could not resist plate swopping. He wasn’t too disappointed with that, being a Cognac drinker. The Salmon 3 Ways consisted of Norwegian Salmon Tartare, Smoked Scandinavian Salmon and finally seared Scottish Salmon. Oh So Heavenly.
To complement our starters we were given the opportunity of a wine pairing. Excellent choices recommended indeed – Raka and Miss Lucy (Robertson)
Main course and thank goodness, Warren gave us the option of a platter to share. The Seasalt Creation consisting of scallops, medium tiger prawns done in Bianca sauce (shhhhh it’s a secret but is made with white wine, origanum and citrus – too delicious) Scallops are notoriously difficult to get right and the Villa Bianca chef has it perfect. Melted like butter. What I found interesting is that you have to travel all the way up to Johannesburg to experience incredible seafood?
Of course, dessert is compulsory. Again a fabulous suggestion from Warren was the Strawberry and Nutella pancake with strawberries marinated in Pernod and flambéed at the table. Naturellement, mes petits pois. Finally, the Lindtz chilli chocolate espresso!! What can I say! A truly
orgasmic experience. It was with great difficulty that we managed to extract ourselves from our table and make our way back to reality!
Till next time, dear hearts!