There is an old building in Maboneng called The Cosmopolitan which I have always looked at from the outside and thought what an amazing piece of old architecture, it’s so beautiful and it makes me so happy to know that it has now been restored and turned into a really awesome space that contains a great restaurant, an awesome little coffee shop in the backyard and a few shops that sell very cool curated goods like Crystal Birch hats, Margot Molyneux clothing etc, as well as an impressive art collection that is all for sale.
Shane and I visited The Cosmopolitan Bar on Saturday and had such a nice afternoon. The restaurant is simply laid out and is surrounded by the building’s original exposed brick walls and big wooden framed windows which let in the most amazing light – great for photos not so great for Shane who had to wait for me to take pictures of his meal before he could tuck in.
The menu is creative yet simple but everything on it sounds delicious and what is real nice is if you are a wine lover they pair every meal up with a wine recommendation, which you can order with your food.
We shared a starter of a Smoked Salmon with Potato Air, Asparagus Salsa, Green Onion and Truffle (R95). Now if you guys are wondering what the blazers Potato Air is, wonder no more. Imagine mashed potatoes pushed through one of those gas powered whipped cream dispensers so that the texture is airy and light and like nothing you have tasted before, it’s pretty amazing!
For mains, I had Beer Braised Shin with Roast Baby Onions, Yams and Dark Beer Infusion Jus (R120). Shane had Elements of Chicken which was a deboned BBQ Thigh with Spicy Parfait, Spiced Crumble and Curried Coconut Cream and Textures (R110). Both dishes were beautifully presented and very tasty, but Shane’s meal came up tops between the two.
For dessert, which in my opinion was the best part of the afternoon was something called Chocolate. It was made up of Pistachio Ice-cream, Berries, Dulce, Salted milk Chocolate Mousse (this mousse was too good), Coconut and Salted Caramel Sauce (R85). I would have had two helpings of this it was so good and so damn pretty, I think I took like sixty photos of it.
Maboneng isn’t my favourite place to visit in Joburg, but The Cosmopolitan has definitely made it more likeable in my books and I highly recommend you try it out.
Address: 24 Albrecht St, Johannesburg, 2043 Phone: 082 831 4217
Phone number: 082 831 4217
Open Wednesday to Saturday :12 – 10PM | Sundays : 12 – 6PM