I visited Sel et Poivre [sell] [e] [pwa:vr] (translated meaning salt & pepper) a little while ago for a bit of a celebratory night out & if I’m honest the only reason it’s taken this long to get the review out is because I was expecting more.
A French fine dining restaurant at the 4 star Quatermain Boutique Hotel in Morningside, Sel et Poivre is headed up by the famous Belgian Chef Coco Reinarhz who we even managed to catch a glimpse of on the evening (he was super friendly & waved back!).
PS apologies for the picture quality, forgot my camera at home and the lighting was low.
- we were well looked after on the night – the service was definitely on point.
- not their fault but my biggest gripe of the evening was a raucous corporate group of a dozen + who’d had a tad too much to drink.
- maybe because it was just us and this large group for the bulk of the night, it just felt like the place lacked ambience.
Falklands calamari stuffed with smoked salmon& chives trout risotto
Prawn tails curry cassolette with fresh coriander & sesame seeds oil
Prawn in mascarpone & herb sauce on fresh linguine
White chocolate & coffee mousse
Crème caramel infused with Madagascan vanilla
Need to know
- the menu is seasonal and I’m told changes often – it’s available online (wish all restaurants would do this).
If I ran the place
Let me be clear that the food wasn’t bad, it was just ok & I just expected a lot more of this award-winning restaurant. Nothing I had was particularly impressive or interesting and for the price tag that the evening came at a left feeling a bit let down. This could have been a meal I’d eaten just about any where – it just wasn’t memorable. Would I go back? Maybe, but not in a hurry. The hotel looked beautiful, I’d love to see it in the day time and have another look around, especially the courtyard.
Sel et Poivre
60 West Road South (The Quatermain Hotel), Morningside Sandton
+ 27 11 884 9037