Fancy hotel restaurants always seem out of reach to me. In my mind, they are places where the rich and famous dine, out of the scrutiny of the public eye. I’m slowly learning, through a number of exciting opportunities that I have received as a result of this blog, that the general public is warmly welcomed into a multitude of these upper class establishments.
Level 4, the restaurant at the gorgeous boutique hotel 54 on Bath, is one of those places that I have wanted to try, but didn’t really know if I could. I was fortunate to be invited to a Zomato Foodie evening, hosted by Level 4, and I will definitely be returning with some friends in tow for a fancy dinner in the middle of Rosebank.
Zomato is a restaurant review site that I have used on a weekly basis since they launched in Johannesburg about a year ago. I mainly make use of their app, as it can use your phone’s GPS to locate restaurants close by. You can view information about restaurants like opening hours, average cost for 2 and contact numbers, as well as view the menu and read other diners experiences at each restaurant. It’s pretty awesome, and they have a presence in a number of cities throughout South Africa, as well as the rest of the world.
After parking in the basement at 54 on Bath, I got hopelessly lost trying to find the restaurant. The door I went through led to an empty reception area, and the lift didn’t go to level 4. I was the awkward dork, wandering around this seemingly deserted hotel. Then, being the genius that I am, I finally saw a golden sign, lettered with the words “RECEPTION” and an arrow that would lead me back to population.
Eureka! I silently followed a couple (like a creepy third wheel stalker), who I heard enquire about the restaurant at reception. Climbing into the elevator like I meant business, I anxiously waited for it to reach the 4th floor. I am probably the most awkward person in the history of blogger events. Social skills are not my forte (my nursery school teacher will attest to that) and my small talk ability probably resemble that of an angered possum, screeching out one word answers when someone asks me a question. Sorry other people.
A glass of champagne, some tasty canapés and a description of Level 4’s new winter menu helped with breaking the ice. Once all the guests for the evening had arrived, we were lead to our long slightly cushioned table in the middle of a room, filled with smaller tables, occupied by couples out for a romantic evening.
After much deliberation, I decided on the Roasted Tomato Soup with a Cream Cheese Ravioli and Basil for my starter. The waiter brings out a bowl containing the ravioli, some roasted tomatoes and some tomato salsa. He also held a gorgeous black teapot in the other hand. He patiently waited for me to frantically open instagram, before he poured the rich and smooth tomato soup over the ravioli.
It’s no wonder this dish wasn’t removed when they changed from their summer to their winter menu. It’s a winner. I love tomato soup, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. The rich tomato was beautifully offset by the creamy, yet slightly tangy cream cheese in the ravioli. I finished every last bite.
For mains I ordered the Confit Chicken Breast with Boudin Blanc Sausage. The dish is usually served on a bed of mushrooms, but since mushrooms make me gag, they bought me some steamed vegetables on the side instead. The chicken breast was full of flavour and perfectly moist, however the accompanying chicken sausage was not to my taste.
Dessert. My favourite course. I wish restaurants that did dessert this well, just had dessert only evenings. By far, the star dish of the evening, was the PB&J, a peanut butter mousse, strawberry jelly, chocolate brioche and a white chocolate ice cream. I’m still dreaming about that mousse. I want it to move into my house with its man friend and have multiple mousse babies for me to live off.
Before we said our goodbyes, we got to see what two of the rooms look like. Is it silly to want to stay in a hotel that’s 15 minutes away from your house? Or rather, want to live there. A huge, white linen covered bed, separated from a small lounge area with white sliding doors, a capsule coffee machine and a bathroom with a bath and a shower. Breathtakingly gorgeous.
A big thanks to 54 on Bath and Zomato for hosting us. It was a great experience and I can’t wait to come back.
Disclaimer: I was hosted as a guest of 54 on Bath. All thoughts and views expressed are my own.