POP Champagne (as they say) is a mix of everything. Having been there, I completely agree. That’s why Thuli and I decided that it was the perfect spot to enjoy lunch on a Friday recently. But first, let’s talk about the venue (because it really is stunning!).
The venue is elegant but still maintains a quaint, inviting atmosphere. It can also get quite loud and vibey, which makes it awesome for a get-together with friends. The inside is made up of shades of black and gold and features beautiful large mirrors. There’s also seating outside, which is perfect for the upcoming warmer months.
As expected, they had a wide variety of wines and champagne to choose from… which we, of course, took full advantage of. The service was great, and the waiters were more than helpful with catering to special requests (let’s just say that I’m very specific about what I can and can’t eat).
On that note, Thuli and I decided to share the two dishes that we ordered (since they both served two). I opted for the Salmon Platter – which included seared salmon fillet and salmon Tatar served on guacamole… it was literally a burst of flavour and so good. Plus, I love salmon!
Thuli ordered the Lomo al Trapo: Beef Fillet, which was a salt-crusted tenderloin, sliced into medallions and topped with a Mediterranean butter on a bed of rocket. It included dusted butternut skewers and potato wedges with three homemade dips on the side. Thuli says the tenderloin was medium rare and delicious, with a creative blend of flavours. The butternut was out of this world and so were the homemade dips.
Just so you know, the platters are huge and truly filling… Thuli and I left there completely satisfied. All in all, it was a great experience and definitely one worth repeating. Plus, they’re in the process of building upstairs seating, so I’m sure we’ll be back there soon to check it out.
By Fallyn Farber & Thuli Zwane
Have you been to POP Champagne yet? What was your favourite dish on the menu? Let us know in the comments section below.