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Yolleen Naidoo
19-11-2015 03:48
Lacuna Bistro has been on my bucket list of restaurants to visit for a while and when the invite came through from Zomato for a meet up, wasn’t I super excited :) The great bit about The Maslow Hotel is on the outskirts of the Eco Mobility mayhem so you can go in and out without being effected. I have been to the Maslow before for site visits and conferences but not on a personal accord. I have admired the set up as it does not feel as if you are in the dead centre of the Sandton hub. The trees, the pool, the water features give it a very glitzy garden setting. The Zomato meet up was at a private venue at the Lacuna Bistro. As I walked in the waiter was there with a glass of bubbly and a friendly smile. The chef came through to introduce himself and then the food carnival began. Every dish was to be paired with a complimentary wine. Our first dish was a surprise and not part of the seven course feast awaiting us. It was beauty on a plate. There was a crisp bread, with raddish, salmon, a devilled egg two ways and wasabi but not the pungent wasabi. It was amazing and the perfect size. Next came the salmon sashimi served with jalapeno, sesame and soy spicy garlic. Expect a flurry of flavors in your mouth, smooth silky salmon with a salty soy then the kick of the chilli. I loved it. The waiters work well with big groups, all meals were brought in timeously and each time the waiter started serving on a different side so everyone had a chance to experience their dish first. The chef always came though to explain each dish which was great as you realise the time and effort that goes into this tiny heavenly pleasures. Chalmar beef tataki followed, it was perfectly cooked, medium rare, with a delish truffle mayonaise with wasabi pepper sauce. This was a cold dish, and a great starter.... well one of many. A good size so you can continue indulging. Prawn and baby spinach salad with truffle oil and parmesan was my favorite dish, it may sound simple but every bite was incredible. Also a cold dish and very light. Baby chicken den miso, with caramelised pineapple, sweetcorn, basil, tomoato, potato fondant and cheeky lemon was a bit sweet and sour for me, I normally don’t do pineapple with food but the pineapple cut the sweet bitterness. The chicken was soft, with a perfectly crisp glazed skin. This was a huge portion so can even be a main to share. The potato fondant was amazing, it was a soft potato centre with a crisp coating. Braised karoo lamb neck, cauliflower puree, fondant potato, caramelized root vegetables and a jus of forgotten herbs – I was in awe when the chef explained how this dish is prepped. It is confit for a few hours then shredded and combined with duck fat, herbs and spices then rolled up and kept refrigerated. When needed you slice it and fry it up. It was so flavourful and I had a lot of appreciation for the chef as this little dish was not a 5 minute slap job, it was a worthy process. Salted caramel and chocolate tart with clotted cream ice cream, caramel, sauce and caramelized macadamia - dessert was exceptional. It reminded me of a masterchef episode, where the plating is amazing, the colours were of warm autumn and the ice cream was the creamiest ice cream I have ever had, not too sweet but melt in your mouth perfection. The chocolate tarts were a bit hard for me but the ice cream stole the show. The Lacuna Bistro experience is a definitely one for everyone to have, the restaurant is beautiful, the hotel beautiful, the staff are amazing and the service on point. Expect a journey of delightful flavours and dishes.
17-11-2015 01:21
Great service and excellent wines on the list.
Tarin Ho-Lin
14-11-2015 10:12
The experience was unfortunate. A beautiful venue unfortunately run/managed by an aggressive, unfriendly and arrogant woman!
05-11-2015 07:21
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