Guests here at Liz at Lancaster recently treated themselves to a drink at the Four Seasons Westcliff. They went to Flames restaurant, sat outside on the deck and enjoyed a cocktail and a glass of chilled wine while taking in one of the most spectacular views in Joburg – over the treed gardens of the Parks suburbs and up to the Parktown Ridge. So if for a brief (and expensive) hour, you want to escape edgy fast-paced Jozi and its gritty contrasts then a drink (or even better a meal) at Flames at the Westcliff is Liz at Lancaster’s Pick of the Week. www.fourseasons.com/johannesburg
Autumn is a poignant time for some with the falling leaves, russet colours and crisp morning air signaling somehow the start of the bleaker winter months to come and the passing of yet another summer which, like all summers, never seemed quite long enough. But the lushness after the much-needed late rains and the sparkling washed greens and clear blue skies, also make this one of the most beautiful times of the year. So to go to Delta Café for breakfast over the Easter week-end was a treat. A mere 5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster, it’s a gentle little oasis in this fast paced city.
Nestled between the local nursery Colourful Splendour and the spruit running through Delta Park, it has a country feel to it and it’s only 5 blocks from Liz at Lancaster. There’s a basic jungle gym for children, dogs are welcomed and it’s a favourite with cyclists. One couldn’t ask for much more than to sit under dappled shade on a lovely deck, enjoy simple satisfying food in a gentle peaceful atmosphere. Kids can work off some energy on the jungle gym before tucking into boiled eggs and soldier-toast, dogs can quench their thirst with water bowls provided, and adults can kick back and enjoy the wholesome fare and soak in the peace. If you want to escape the hurly-burly freneticism of enclosed Mall eating or the convertible and sunglasses pavement-café culture – this is your place. It’s a haven of rustic charm.
And owner Daniel has even built a little wooden booth waiting area.
When we were there we even heard the horses whinny – how’s that for a rural feel!
So all this explains why it’s my PICK OF THE WEEK this week.