Lunch at Le Sel @ The Cradle, Johannesburg

If you’re a vegetarian, Johannesburg may not be for you. I mean, it’s totally do-able, and don’t not go because of it AT ALL, but I’m just saying you might feel like a pain in the ass. Because that’s what I felt like. Boy and Boy’s Mum were being super nice about it, trying to find great veggie (or veggie friendly) places to hit up for lunch, but I just couldn’t help feeling like a bit of a diva.

Anyway, Boy was at the dentist, so it was just his Mama and I sat at home (a little one-on-one time of me trying to somehow casually channel that I’m the best girlfriend in the world whilst cautiously stopping myself from being creepy). We were planning to go to a veggie place called Leafy Green, but whilst we were Googling more veggie places, she told me about this amazing place she went a few years back. She couldn’t remember the name, but described it to me and where it was near. I used my very professional Googling skills, and the next thing you know, we were on the road.


A long, long road. If you are worried you’ve missed it or gone the wrong direction, you haven’t. Keep going.

Eventually, you’ll get to this gate.


Then after that, there’s a bit more driving.

But then you’re in the parking lot and in paradise.


Oh. More walking.


At least it was beautiful. And warm. This is autumn, seriously? Not that I was complaining. I could get used to this.



The restaurant was just as she described, with the most beautiful views.





We sat down and immediately talked about how this place needs to be advertised more. What an absolute hidden treasure.

The menu was short and sweet, which was perfect. Oh, and with many a veggie option (at least in the starters). Hoorah!


A common theme was alcohol. We were on holiday, after all.




What a sight.


I’m not sure if it was the weather, the restaurant, the bubbles, or the fact that we were all together. Maybe a mix. And maybe because I convinced myself that I would see a lion.


Some bread was popped in front of us after we ordered, which was a little dense, but not enough to stop me from eating it.


My hope of a wild animal spotting was only encouraged by the binoculars that were put onto the table. THIS MEANT I HAD TO SEE ONE, IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF TIME. RIGHT?



Spoiler: Wrong.

At least I had the food to cheer me up. Beautifully presented, delicious and paired with the most amazing lighting. A food blogger’s check-list complete.

I’m not sure who was delighted more when Boy’s Mum and I discovered that we both like sharing food. All starters were inevitably shared. First off, Carrot and Spinach Terrine on Potato Rosti.


Check that onion jam on top. Mmmmm.

Second was the Beetroot and Goats Cheese Salad. I’m not a beetroot gal as you know, but I also didn’t want his Mum to think that I was a little prissy veggie diva. I manned up and cut myself a bite.


Nope, still don’t like beetroot. I tried for you, Nikki.

The last dish was an absolute beauty – Tomato and Mozzarella Cheese Salad. Not like a Caprese Salad, but a salad salad.


For the mains, Nikki went for the Fish of the Day, which was Yellowtail.


Boy opted for the Vannamei Prawns with Garlic Sauce and Seasonal Vegetables, which looked equally delicious.


I went for the Saffron Risotto with Shimenji Mushrooms, which was stunning.



Check those mushies out. It was also very rich, so it got to the point where I was picking out the mushrooms and broccoli and I was done.

As we were finishing up, Nikki’s friend Lu joined us, who was an absolute babe.



The restaurant made her up a little platter of the Terrine and Beetroot starters.


We obviously couldn’t leave her to eat on her own, which is why another bottle of bubbles was necessary. Also, dessert.

We went for the Berry and Mascarpone Cheesecake, which was gorgeous but not as delicious as I hoped it was going to be.


The same went for the Dark Chocolate Mousse, which is usually my favourite.


I can honestly tell you that, regardless of this, not a drop of desssert was wasted.

An absolute gem in Joburg. Topped off with amazing staff, I highly recommend this place if you’re in town!

1 Comment

  1. April 15, 2016 / 9:18 am

    Oh wow, that carrot and spinach terrine looks gorge- and the size of those prawns! Lovely pics, the binoculars one is super fun 🙂 x

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