Seriously good food in Johannesburg’s CBD at The Marshall @FaircityHotels #DineJoziStyle

Seriously good food in Johannesburg’s CBD at The Marshall @FaircityHotels #DineJoziStyle

Seriously good food in Johannesburg’s CBD at The Marshall @FaircityHotels #DineJoziStyle

The Marshall, situated in the Faircity Mapungubwe Hotel combines retro, cosmopolitan glamour with the funkiness of a downtown gastropub. It’s chic and funky diner-style restaurant with a few luxurious finishes. I think is worth a trip just to enjoy some seriously good food in the Jozi CBD.

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We couldn’t decide between starters, and I really wanted to take as many pictures as possible, so I had Tempura Prawns with a Miso Mayonnaise. It was a generous portion of prawns coated in decidedly crispy batter. My husband ordered the Calamari with a Lemon & Lime Mayonnaise. Interestingly, I found the Miso Mayonnaise too salty for my palate, but it did develop in complexity with a subtle paprika undertone. My husband loved it. I, on the other hand, loved his Lemon & Lime Mayonnaise, so we happily swopped dipping sauces.

The Lemon & Lime Mayonnaise just hit all the spots for me. So, I made a point of introducing myself to Chef Deon Anderson, who happily shared his food recipes with me. I have often tried to create a lemon mayonnaise dipping, with unimpressive results, but Chef Deon advised me that it was the limes that gave the sauce the flavour that I was after. Lemons amp acidity while limes create flavour. The limes also add a touch of sweetness to create a radiant flavour profile that complements fish perfectly. It truly is a match made in heaven.

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We also ordered a third starter of Jalapeno Poppers to share. They were easily the hottest Jalapeno Poppers I’ve ever had, but were tempered with a generous filling of three different cheeses to subdue the heat, and deep-fried in a crispy batter. Jalapeno Poppers are a culinary curiosity for me because I don’t enjoy spicy food, but I do that textual contrast between melted cheese, crispy batter, and the texture of the deep-fried chilli.

For mains, my husband ordered the prawns and chips while I opted for the rack of lamb. The rack of lamb, and I don’t want to oversell it like a fine-dining experience, but it was the best lamb that I’ve ever had. It was slightly charred and caramelized on the outside, but the meat was deliciously pink on the inside – and I know how my radio listeners know how squeamish I get about blood on my plate, but the lamb was so well rested it was a beautiful healthy shade of pink in the middle, with a slightly charred and caramelized crust on the outside. It was just a marriage of the best of both worlds. And, I think that when I return to The Marshall, I’ll even order it medium rare. Really delicious.

Portions are generous – and ordering a third starter really nipped my appetite, so I could barely steal a chip or a prawn off my husband’s plate. He said they rivaled the best prawns he’s every had. That was sufficient praise for me.

I was never going to manage dessert after eating so much food, but I really wanted to try their Swiss Carrot Cake and the Chocolate Mousse Cake. I we ordered them as takeaways to enjoy in our hotel room later that evening. The Swiss carrot cake was more luxurious than the traditional carrot cake as it had a lot more nuts and they used mascarpone cream instead of cream cheese. The chocolate mousse cake was a decadent treat that made the perfect midnight snack. I’m glad I decided to do doggie bag the desserts because they were delish!

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I really wanted to pop downstairs to The Vault to enjoy a cocktail. I don’t know how much we had to drink that night, but it was quite substantial and I was feeling a bit guilty, but we weren’t driving, and The Vault was waiting downstairs. We bolted downstairs to grab a cocktail each in in the name of journalistic integrity, and also so that we could photograph them. I ordered a very zesty Mojito (my favourite), a very colourful Cosmpolitan with a kick to match, while my husband opted for a whiskey and sours.

The Marshall proves that it is time for people to venture into the Johannesburg CBD for some seriously good food!


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