One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday is drive out of the city towards the countryside. Not only does this clear your mind, but it is relaxing and exciting. It is also a nice way to spend some quality time with your better half/family just before a new week starts. A few Sundays ago, we did just this. After a Sunday morning lie-in and some breakfast, we got into the car and drove towards Lanseria. Although it was a quick 25 minute drive, we arrived at The Kitchen, which felt like we were in the heart of the countryside.

The Kitchen

The Kitchen at Forum’s L’Antico Giardino is absolutely beautiful. The restaurant has an outdoor area where the tables are laid out in the most lush garden and if you’re lucky, you’ll get the table under the lemon tree, like we did. We enjoyed our lunch to the sound of birds and the calming splashes of the water fountains. To say it was utter bliss is an understatement.

Halfway through our lunch though it started to pour with rain, so we moved indoors. The indoor area is just as beautiful as the the outside area. I loved the fireplace and know I will be back come winter time!

The Food

The Kitchen prides itself with most delicious farm to table food. This means that fresh ingredients are sourced from the area. The menu changes all the time obviously depending on what ingredients are sourced. But the options are endless.

Breakfast is served from 8am until 11am and thereafter lunch is served until 3pm. The one item on the breakfast menu that caught my eye which I will be returning for before the menu changes is an ancient seed dark chocolate granola with season berries, passion fruit buttermilk and honeycomb. Yip, totally droolworthy!

What we ate:

The lunch menu has something for everyone and we were spoilt for choice. For starters we shared the most delicious crisp flat bread I have ever had and I am being serious here! It was topped with sundried tomatoes, hummus, fresh mozzarella and roasted raw almonds. For mains, Claude had conchile pasta with basil poached chicken breast and sundried tomatoes. I had the potato gnocchi with a mushroom consommé, cauliflower and parmesan crisps.

The food was absolutely delicious but I will let the photos do the talking …

Dessert

The dessert options are real treats and we settled on the passion fruit crème brûlée. I always love a good crème brûlée and this had a passion fruit flavour to it which made it unique and delicious.

The Kitchen is only open on weekends for breakfast and lunch, and after our delicious lunch in this beautiful setting, I highly recommend adding this really special place to your weekend plans.

Online bookings: www.theforum.co.za/lantico-kitchen-booking/

Bookings: +27 (0)11 575 3888 (office hours only) / Cell: 063 691 8912

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