Life is full of tough choices: horror or romance for DVD night? French fries or salad with dinner? The rustic charm of a farm-stall eatery off some gravel road in the middle of nowhere, or the classy elegance of a hotel restaurant? Get the best of both worlds with R200 worth of main meals at The Blades for R100.
Nestled on the banks of Roodeplaat Dam and surrounded by ten hectares of untamed bushveld, The Blades provides all the smooth sophistication of a posh hotel while still maintaining a wild, natural vibe. Though you’ll only be twenty minutes from Pretoria, dining at the water’s edge will make you feel like you’re lazing the days away miles from civilization.
Though the thought of a chic restaurant like The Blades using home-grown ingredients can be a bit like picturing a Wall Street businessman harvesting carrots in a Valentino suit, they pride themselves on using only the freshest ingredients. Whether it’s a simple Fettuccine or the Chef’s Signature Wild Mushroom Risotto, the chefs at The Blades like to make sure they use organic herbs and vegetables grown right there in the gardens, so there’s no need to worry about weird additives.
Enjoy the cool, sophisticated ambience inside the restaurant or get acquainted with a champagne cocktail and the business-end of a straw on one of the hand-woven couches on the deck. Given the fact that South African weather is more unpredictable than the answers you get from a Magic 8-ball, there’s also bound to be a sunny day that’s perfect for enjoying some al fresco dining on the lush lawns.
Additive-Free Fact: During the early 1970’s, a famous al fresco restaurant ‘Laptop’ stunned diners by admitting that all their vegetables were grown hydroponically in the nearby porcelain doll-maker’s basement.