Eating in the ‘Vale’!

On Sunday we went for lunch to Fahrenheit Seafood & Grill, a popular family restaurant in Edenvale. Having never been before, we did not book, so sitting outside was out of the question, and we were fortunate to get a table for six in the corner inside. While I found the inside a little dark for in the day, we asked the waiter to light the very small lamp, to at least get a romantic feel, however sitting outside on a sunny day would have been preferred, so  booking a table at this restaurant is essential.

Fahrenheit is obviously incredibly popular with local families from the ‘vale’, because it literally was buzzing, with family tables of both young and old. There is a large kids area, with staff watching, which was a bonus especially as where we were sitting was so far away from it, and it definitely would be very hard to keep any youngster away from this play area, with its welcoming trampolines, slides etc.

There were six of us and the bill came to R1020, meals included sole, kingklip, hake, a rib and prawn combo, a steak, kiddie’s prawns, draft beers, cold drinks, a coffee and two desserts, which is really not bad, comparable to other restaurants.

The portions where generous and everyone was satisfied, the steak was cooked well, and like all grills everything included butternut and spinach. I personally am a bit tired of this combination that seems to be everywhere, and I would normally choose to have it on the side, and not placed on my plate, as would other people who don’t enjoy spinach, but everything tasted good, so it is more of an observation than a complaint.

I am still looking for a local restaurant that really blows me away though, mediocre has definitely become the SA norm , unfortunately we are a society that accepts ‘less than best’ and we are prepared to pay premium price for this somehow.

The owner was hands-on and was available for a chat, popping around to tables to make sure they were happy, which was great to see, and bread arrived at the tables, which was a nice touch from the past. While the waiter was attentive, we did get the feeling that once you have finished eating, you should leave so they can turn the table, or maybe he just didn’t need to be friendly after he had been paid.

So while the experience was pleasant and I would return, to enjoy a meal with my family, where the kids can play, or for the Monday night Special of Steak and chips at R69,99, I would not choose it for a romantic dinner!

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Eating out in South Africa at Fahrenheit Seafood & Grill

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