How long has it been since you’ve gone into a bookstore and gotten lost in a sea of titles and pretty pictures? When I used to work at Network I would walk across to Exclusive Books every third day or so to just sit in and amongst their collection and absorb as much awesomeness as possible. Their Design and Art section was one of the best around. Since becoming my own boss and being unhealthily obsessed with Pinterest I haven’t gone into one of these stores in a good couple of years, that was until I heard about the new EB Social Kitchen & Bar which is located at the back of the newly renovated Exclusive Books in Hyde Park.
So a couple of weekends back I decided to check this new eatery out, but before I did I got to pay Banana Republic a visit and stock my wardrobe up with a few new pieces from their latest collection, which is always fun. I then wore them to lunch and afterwards paraded around so Anna-Belle could help me shoot some photos of myself for my new style post – Banana Republic has a lot of really pretty things in store at the moment, lots of flowy blouses, which I love and tailored pants. For my shoot, I chose this cream blouse with the sweetest black bow-tie detail and these really awesome navy pants, which I find myself wanting to wear all the time because they’re so comfortable.
Lunch at EB Social Kitchen & Bar was really nice, if you haven’t been to this space yet you should seriously consider going. The whole store has had a facelift and an extension and it’s so pretty. There is a lot of attention to detail and some really beautiful interior pieces, so shooting it was actually a breeze because there was a lot of awesome things to look at and here’s the best part the food was really good too. Bonus! The menu is made up of mostly tapas style plates so it can get a little on the pricey side of life, but everything is very well presented and really tasty.
I opted for Smoked Salmon Mousse with Lemon and Black Pepper Wafers (R75) as a starter and for mains I tried something a little different, I went the vegetarian route and ordered Chared Heirloom Carrots, Grilled Peppered Peach, Fire Roasted Spanish Onions and Baked Saffron Ricotta (R110). Both these dishes were really nice, but my favourite was the salmon mousse, it was delicious! I almost ordered a second round of it.
So if you’re the type of person who really appreciates a good setting, loves a view (there’s a great view of Joburg) and likes a menu that is a little out of the ordinary, definitely check this place out and if you do pay it a visit be sure to order the salmon mousse and then imagine me staring at you wishing you’d share it with me.
Address: Corner Jan Smuts Ave & William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg
Blouse: Banana Republic
Trousers: Banana Republic
Shoes: Mr Price
Face: My own