The Eat Out – The Royale, Johannesburg

Happy Sunday Erbody!

I trust you have had a great weekend and you’re rested up for the week ahead.

It amazes me how much we can change over a short space of time. And we don’t realise it ’till we revisit ourselves and see a huge change!

I love food. I love making it, and trying what other people make and so the eatout was always the highlight of my month! Check out my previous posts about it here.

Last night, a handful of the old members of the Eatout got together to celebrate a birthday in true eatout style. Our adventure took us to The Royale in Craighall, Johannesburg.

The Spot

The restaurant itself doesn’t really stick out among the long rows of shops,bars and car dealerships along Jan Smuts so you will have to trust your GPS completely to get there in case you miss it. Once inside, you are met by a Cuban vibe: Great music, palm trees and rustic photoframes on the walls. There’s an open roof in the outside/ inside area that is going to be perfect when summer really kicks in! The birthday girl had to book us a table well in advance and we found ourselves sitting next to a bridal party as well! In true Joburg style, The Royale brings in all types of people from the sophisticated cuisine hunters to the hipsters popping in for a few drinks.

The Service

I arrived late to the venue so I didn’t know who our waiter was. He was difficult to flag down but the place does start getting busy after 7 on a Saturday night. Our food and drink, however, did arrive promptly every time! The food portions were reasonable, in size and in prices, and just as yummy!

Our Favourites

Speaking of yummy food, the ribs were amazing! Tender meat and a portion fit for a king! The prawn curry was just the right amount of spicy to enjoy without tearing up! The clam and mussels were also a hit. Those 2 rolls on the side help to enjoy the leftover lemon creamy sauce😋. I will definately be having the squid next time I’m there! In a nutshell, none of us were dissappointed with our food!

Well, there you have it! My take on an authentically Cuban experience with a little help from a few friends! Thanks for your input guys! Of course, your company makes these outings all the more delightful!

Well, thank you once again for dropping by, everyone! I hope to see you on Wednesday!

P.S Oh I almost forgot! When you visit this cool spot make sure you take a picture at the Palm Tree! The Palm tree was awesome!

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Memory Lane

Hey Everyone!

I trust the week is being good to you😊

Before I ramble on about myself, I’d like to take a moment to appreciate you! Thank you for popping in on this blog, taking the time to read and even liking my posts. It’s been a pleasure to write for you especially over the last few months! Thank you! Thank you!

I used to blog on another platform that sent me the link to the old site. I spent a lot of yesterday going down memory lane and, as I keep saying, what you write is so much sweeter in retrospect. I was really amazed at all that was spilling out of me at those times. I sounded so spunky and for the most part had a positive outlook on life.

Anyway, if you’re keen for some extended reading you can find my How Tos here

Why don’t you share with me your favourite post so far. I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for taking a peek today! Have a beautiful week. We’ll chat again on Sunday😘

Wacky Wednesday

Hi Everyone! I hope the week is treating you well🙂

It’s the 2nd week of my school holiday and I’m still loving it😎 Lots of gym and relaxing. I will have to ease back into work in the next 2 weeks though, but that is future me’s problem!

My mom came up for a visit from the Eastern Cape, my home province. I love that my mom never allowed the delays and detours of life stop her from having the things that she wanted for herself, but that’s a post for another day🙂

Today, we adventured the city of Johannesburg tourist style! I love this city, its vibrance and beauty. I will never leave! Ok, maybe when I retire or when I visit other cities, lol. Johannesburg has come a long way and we can be very proud of ourselves!

Show me some sights from the city in which you live! I’d love to see😊

Thanks for reading!

Ke December Boss

Endless sizzling hot days. Sun, swimsuits, carefree, every day yours to do with as you please.

Family, friends, catch up time with all your people: a reminder of where you belong.

Gifts exchanged; I’m special to you and you to me. Thank you for being in my life and letting me into yours.

I love the African festive season ☺

The Eatout – La Boqueria, Parktown North

I bet you thought Eatout had faded out of my list of favourite things, right? Think again! My village and I have been quietly going about our business since the last time I blogged about our monthly outings over a year ago! I’m here to share about last night’s adventure!

The Spot

This month’s restaurant is LaBoqueria on 3rd avenue in Parktown North, Johannesburg. Make sure you book a table well in advance because this joint is always, and I mean always fully booked! The space is wide and spacious with an upstairs area that is divided into two levels. This provides some privacy for those dinner parties without completely shutting you out from clinking glasses, laughter and the promising aroma of delicious food as it gets carried to other tables; you know, the bustling Joburg vibe we all know and love! There is an outside area as well and a little smoking corner for the nicotine lovers. Potplants hang in the upstairs area where we were seated and against the walls are old-school cabinets where the glasses and china are kept. All these small touches create a sense of home while the warm lighting in the high ceiling gives an air of elegance to the space.

The Service

Our waiter was very well informed and recommended the best in drink and food. He striked a good balance between being available for our every whim and an unintrusive presence in our area. Though he got a drink or two incorrect (we’re a noisy crowd that doesn’t order in order!), they were very quickly rectified. One of our dishes was late by only 4 minutes and we only knew this because the manager came to inform us and offered a free drink to compensate for the wait.

The Favourites

Overall, the food was great, but what really stood out for us was the Rock Shrimp Burger – yes, shrimp in a bun! It’s also a good idea to try out 2 or 3 tappas as a main meal, we try this often so that we can have a taste of as many dishes as our stomachs can hold! The paella is a definite must try as well if the pork belly doesn’t tickle you fancy. They have a wide range to choose from and worth every penny spent!

Well, there you have it! Our 2 cents worth on this restaurant we found in the heart of Joburg! Try it out and tell us what you think 🙂

Better Than Me

No one knows how to lift my spirits better than me.Just put me behind the wheel and give me an adventure to embark on.

No one knows how to make my heart flutter better than me. Play me something beautiful, progressions with minors and husky voices and words that sing what I feel.

No one takes care of me better than me. Give me my matchbox flat, flavours to mix in a pot that nourish my belly and my soul.

No one calms me better than me. Make the room quiet and leave me to my own devices.

No one knows me better than me and no one loves me better than me because I’m all I’ve got…