As my 50th birthday year draws to a close, I'm focusing on doing a few different things. I don't eat out a lot but when I do, we usually go to the same places. For a change, my friend Cathy and I booked to go to Aarya in Montecasino, the restaurant opened by the first South African Masterchef winner - Deena Naidoo.
Before we met for dinner, I went to see the Pieter Dirk Uys show (it was excellent) and then met Cathy for dinner at Aarya's.
Disappointed summarises the experience. The restaurant was very empty with few tables set up for service - it was very strange. The food was good, but nothing special that we couldn't get at one of our regular favourite restaurants. We shared a lamb rack and pork ribs - delicious but nothing mastercheffy about it. The only menu items which could possibly be classified as signature dishes were the curries, but it was too hot to order curry.
Cathy, Deena Naidoo and I
Cathy's caramel chocolate dessert was delicious
My lemon cheesecake was far too sour and I gave up half way, disappointed. This lemon-lover could not eat the horribly tangy cheesecake