The Layover: Jo-Burg Edition

Dan and I had a brief, overnight layover in Johannesburg (“Jo’Burg”) when transferring between Victoria Falls and our safari near Kruger.  We were hoping to go strait from the airport to Kruger, but the only flight from Livingstone, Zambia (one of the two airports near Vic Falls) got in too late to make the 5-hour drive, and we just made a night out of it!

Unfortunately we did not have enough time to see the city – and I really want to go back and explore more – but we did have enough time to enjoy the luxurious hotel 54 on Bath and have a delicious, delicious meal at Cube Tasting Kitchen.

 Our afternoon started with 54 on Bath sending a luxury car to pick us up from JNB (private transfers are about $65 US…there is a cheaper train).  Upon checking into the hotel, we were taken straight to our room, which was so lovely!  The entire hotel is done in black and white theme and it is super nice!  Our room was very large with a king bed, luxurious bathroom and included snacks and coffee!  My favorites were the complementary sweet treats!

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The hotel also has a Champagne bar with outdoor seating and some FABULOUS wall paper!

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The wall paper.  804 LOVE.

We spent the afternoon outside overlooking the pool and croquet course with a bottle of South African sparking wine and South African fried cheese.  And I can’t forget, the flowers were beautiful!

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After, we changed and went to a delightful 10-course tasting menu at Cube Tasting Kitchen, a BYOB restaurant about 10-minutes from our hotel that has freshly prepared meals by about 10 chefs.  Its ranked very highly and you can make reservations online.  We brought one bottle of wine for the two of us, but many tables brought two for two people given the large number of courses.

First course: light salad from the garden. Tomato, basil, garlic, olive oil, aubergine, mozzarella, mint, chili, vinaigrette film.  This was simple, but so, so tasty!!!


Second course: antipasto interpretation.  Artichoke, asparagus, cucumber, apple, elderflower. That arancini was awesome!


Third course: fish pie. Trout, white anchovy, spinach, pastry, lime. The anchovy (wrapped in the thing reminiscent of a birds nest) was surprisingly delicious!


Fourth course: dissolving textures.  Pomegranate, sherbet, caviar.  Woah.  This was such a crazy combination.  The chef suggested taking it like a tequila shot, with sugar on your hand, a shot of pomegranate and finished with the caviar sherbet.  Mind blown.


Fifth course: pork. Smoked eisbein pie, slow cooked belly, crackling and onion, dehydrated bacon, leeks.  How can you go wrong with pork?


Sixth course: beef.  Braised flank, bone, herb moss, olives, mushroom, dried onion, fennel.  Even with marrow, this was my least favorite course.  Perhaps I was stuffed at this point.


Seventh course: refresher. Horseradish, celery.


Eighth course: cheese. Pasteis de queijo.  Very Portuguese.440

Ninth course: dessert.  Iced nougatine, chocolate, raspberry, mint, lime.  Best.dessert.yum.442

Tenth course: Sweets. A nice way to end the meal!


Here’s some pictures of Cube Tasting Kitchen! Such an interesting space and a great meal!!446 447

Steal Our Trip

54 on Bath

54 Bath Avenue Rosebank Johannesburg, Tel: +27 11 344 8500, Fax: +27 11 344 8501

Cube Tasting Kitchen

Shop 5 Parknorth Heights 17 4th Avenue Parktown North Tel 082 422 8158 Email (reservations essential)

3 thoughts on “The Layover: Jo-Burg Edition

  1. What a nice little stop-over. We are traveling to South Africa in August and will also spend two days in Jo’burg. Thanks for the tips, this will definitely help us on planning! 🙂

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