When you walk into an eatery and you’re greeted with a smile while old school RNB music fills the background you know it’s going to be a good experience. I received a voucher to try out the new Milk and Honey bar in Montecasino from the lovely people at Hello Joburg Magazine and GoHello. A new app called GoHello has just launched and you should give it a try. It’s an online resource and guide to what’s happening in and around Joburg, Cape Town and Durban, allowing you to explore and discover every facet of your city. You can search and review anything from restaurants to coffee shops, bars to clubs, malls to boutique stores, theatres to museums, and spas to salons, and much more.
I was impressed from the moment I met the manager and the waitress that was serving us. They were friendly and accommodating. We had made a booking for a regular table but because it was a quiet Monday evening we were offered one of the ‘VIP’ tables which had lush couches. The manager then brought a mushroom heater to keep us warm which was great (It’s all in the details, right?). Our lovely waitress Norma/Nomsa (forgive me for having a bad memory) brought us their specialty popcorn with truffle honey which we were told is an acquired taste. It sure is unique so you’ll either love it or hate it. Chic, elegant and stylish describe the decor and ambience. The music was great and did not distract from the dining experience. I felt like I was at an authentic French bistro because of it’s Parisian flair.
Now, onto the good stuff
My favourite part about eating out is trying new cocktails and their hand-crafted cocktail menu certainly did not disappoint. It took me about 10mins to decide on which cocktail I wanted because each item on the menu excited me in some way. From having cinnamon syrup and grapefruit juice to star anise, every drink has an interesting twist. I tried the ‘Tea spot’, which is described as ‘short, light, refreshing’. It is served in a beautiful tea pot and made with absolut vodka, peace & pineapple tea, rooibos tea, lemon juice and cinnamon syrup. Absolutely amazing! It was like unwrapping a gift, with each layer offering something different. They also have a cocktail called ‘Cocktail with a conscience’ that’s made up of Bacardi Carta Oro, Cointreau and lime juice. Every time you order this drink Milk and Honey Bar feeds a child in need- an Afrika Tikkum initiative. How amazing is that??
Milk and Honey Bar is known for their cocktails and starters but we decided to try out two of their mains as well. For starters we had the best tempura prawns that has ever passed my lips (I’m not just saying that), along with triple fried fries with parmesan and truffle oil. I would order this over and over again but I had hoped that the fries would be crispier. For mains we ordered ribeye served with beer battered onion rings, mustard mash and red wine reduction as well as the fish and chips served with crispy potato skins, minted pea puree and lime aioli. Although the food was good, the mains fell short of impressive. I would have liked more red wine reduction with the ribeye and the mint puree was not a puree as we know it. The texture was not as smooth as I expect a puree to be and it had some whole peas in it. The mains were good but there was room for improvement.
We were stuffed but decided to share the honey ice cream with honeycomb for dessert so we could try something new. It was definitely not the star of the show. This dessert was overwhelming sweet, I wouldn’t recommend it. The staff noticed our dissatisfaction and kindly offered to remove it from our bill as they believe we cannot pay for something we did not enjoy or eat. That is something I have never experienced in a restaurant and it’s what makes Milk and Honey stick out for me. When excellent customer service is prioritized then success is inevitable.
There isn’t a wide variety of options available on the food menu but they will be expanding the menu soon.
What a beautiful experience! Top quality service, drinks and starters. If you’re looking to escape the Joburg rat race for a while then I recommend Milk and Honey Bar as a great spot for sundowners and nibbles. It’s a lovely sensory experience, from the French-style aesthetics to the aroma as the cocktails arrive at your table. Although I would not return for the mains, the starters are a sure win!
They are situated on the Piazza at Montecasino
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