THE AFRICAN ORIENT EXPRESS:
Following the theme of Asian-Western taste fusion, our second Joburg.co.za reader event is a culinary tour through a phenomenal selection of three top-class Thai African restaurants. Beginning with tantalising starters at Orient in Melrose Arch, a coach will then transport you through to Wangthai in Sandton for a selection of sumptuous small dishes, and you will finally end the afternoon with delectable mains and decadent desserts at kong and roast in Fourways.
You will spend this magical journey sampling an assortment of divine Eastern and Western foods and fabulous wines, and there will also be goody bags and fantastic spot prizes awarded. Remember – seating is limited to 60 people so book early!
When: Sunday, 16th of December
Time: 12h00 for 12h30
Where: Orient (Melrose Arch), Wangthai (Sandton) and kong and roast (Fourways)
Cost: R275.00 (Includes all meals, a glass of wine per course, as well as the coach trip)
Welcome “O” cocktail
Spinach cream cheese Gao
BBQ chicken bun
Glass of white wine
kong and roast
Glass of red or white wine
Chicken in green curry
Duck and cherry pie
Crispy ginger fish
Email Allison on the address alongside and please include the following information:
– Name and surname
– Cell number
– Land line (day contact)
– Email address
– How many people you would like to book for
In return you will receive a confirmation of request which will include banking details – the booking is only confirmed once confirmation of direct deposit is received. You may then specify any dietary requests that you may have.
4 The High Street, Melrose Arch, Melrose
Winner of numerous interior design and architectural awards, Orient presents contemporary Asian cuisine in an exceptionally contemporary environment. The kitchen is headed by six Thai chefs and the extremely popular sushi bar boasts three very experienced and skilled chefs. Expect something a little different.
Shop 120, 1st Floor, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandown
Wangthai is the group’s flagship Thai restaurant serving Royal Thai cuisine and overlooking the fantastic Nelson Mandela Square in the heart of Sandton. Wangthai is proud of its six Thai chefs that were recruited from top hotels in Bangkok, and in addition, has introduced two sushi chefs with great success. Having opened in December 1998, the restaurant has gained much acclaim, as well as a very loyal support base, notwithstanding it success of being an extremely popular tourist destination.
kong and roast
The Buzz Shopping Centre, corner Witkoppen and Douglas Road
kong and roast offers diners two unique restaurants, each catering specifically to the sophisticated palates of both east and west.
The colour palate is dark, sensual and mysterious with rich purple coloured walls and black velvet fabrics which are off-set by shimmering, reflective bronze and copper materials used to adorn the sushi bar. Dark woods have been used and five warriors have been stationed above the main restaurant, in replication of Emperor Qin’s life-size army of 7 000 sculpted clay terracotta soldiers, chariots and horses. kong sports a menu of over 70 items, with its signature dish taking the form of seared salmon on black sticky rice served with ginger butter cream sauce.
The colour palate is light, neutral, relaxing, modern – yet strangely comforting. A voluptuous, sumptuous space with textured walls and curves is created with sculptured veneer suspended from the ceiling. This wooden art represents the sky, as well as the rich aromas wafting from comfort food dishes that are well loved by all. Boasting over 40 dishes, the roast signature dishes are pan-fried fillet in roast bordelaise sauce with nuggets of bone marrow, and sesame crusted salmon plated on pan-fried red onion and green beans and served with a creamy soy-sesame sauce.