The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

, Johannesburg, South Africa
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The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa

, Johannesburg
5 star

Rooms: 18

Alma Road Off Bowling Avenue, Morningside Manor - Johannesburg - 2004 - South Africa Hotel Website | | 27 11 804 2540
44 Traveller

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Fairlawns is Amazing!
Submitted by: Abigail in 21/04/10
  • Age Group: 3140
  • From: Netherlands
  • Traveller type: Young Couple
First impression at the entrance: * Unique * Historical * Peaceful * Elegant * Italian decor * Friendly staff The entrance was difficult to find because there were no visible signs in the street. After we finally found the entrance we were most friendly welcomed outside and enjoyed the peacefulness and quietness in the garden. You feel at home immediately in the restaurant area. Soft classical music in the back, nicely laid out tables with dark red table cloths, comfortable white leather chairs (see picture) and nice staff. They have just enlarged the restaurant area and the doors were not quite finished yet, which meant during dinner we were getting cold and asked to move. This was not a problem and the staff helped us changing tables to a warmer area in the middle of the restaurant. Supposedly the doors will be closed before wintertime, so don't worry. The hotel is running very well. Apparently all suites are fully booked for the World Cup 2010, at least that is what the friendly waitress told us. The bread rolls and butter were served in a silver dish. The bread was divine, the butter was a bit hard and salty. We ordered white wine from a long list of wines. The pale wine had a delicate roundness and attractive notes that made it an equally good choice. We ordered Namibian oysters as a starter, served with lemon wedges, Red onion vinaigrette and Caviar! Delicious!! After that Peter ordered Grilled Fillet of Beef served with Oxtail cannelloni, mashed potato and Truffle sauce. I ordered Slow Roast Duck with crisp raspberry and plums, greens and star anise sauce. After 15 minutes of ordering our mains were served on hot plates. Duck is always on the fatty side and I read on the internet that this is why the Chinese make pressed duck. They literally press it to get the fat out. If you never have tasted Duck before it is difficult to explain why it is so divine. It has no white meat to it so it is sort of like turkey with a flavored glaze. I loved it. Peter's dish was very good. The potato mash was lush and the beef fillet was perfectly cooked, medium rare as ordered. Juicy from the inside nicely browned from the outside, right temperature and good layout of both plates. The dessert was something else. We shared Baked Alaska together. This dessert is made of ice cream placed in a pie dish, lined with slices of sponge cake and topped with meringue (made from whipped egg whites and sugar). The entire dessert is then placed in an extremely hot oven for just long enough to firm the meringue. The meringue is an effective insulator, and the short cooking time prevents the heat from getting through to the ice cream. We were lucky to have shared the dessert as it was too much for the both of us. The sugary taste, combined with the richness of the egg whites, the softness of the sponge cakes and the cold ice cream is a lovely combination and they actually prepared it well. Just too much guys, thanks for your generosity but undo-able if you already had a starter and main course. Overall experience? Excellent. The friendly staff made this a great experience we will remember for a long time. Value for money? If you know this all costs us nearly 600ZAR including an expensive bottle of white wine, I would say it was definitely worth the money. The food was exquisite, staff knows etiquette and customer service and the ambiance was peaceful and quiet.Too bad that it was chilli in the restaurant and that we were the only customers inside! That's why I came to the following conclusion: Food 4/5 Service 5/5 Ambiance 3/5 Overall review 4.0 Warm Regards, Abigail Summer

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  • Address: Alma Road Off Bowling Avenue, Morningside Manor - Johannesburg - 2004 - South Africa
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