Sun City’s get­ting an upgrade, and it’s de­li­cious

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Sun City is get­ting a face-lift. A se­ri­ous R800 mil­lion face-lift. From new wa­ter slides at the Val­ley of Waves wa­ter park to new restau­rants open­ing all over the re­sort, the casino and en­ter­tain­ment com­plex is pulling out all the stops to stay as­pi­ra­tional in 2016.

On ar­rival at the five-star Cas­cades, our first food stop was the newly opened Mon­key Brew gas­tro pub, which is right in front of the Val­ley of Waves.

The view over­look­ing the wa­ter park is spec­tac­u­lar. You can en­joy the many fa­mous brews of craft beer (I didn’t, be­cause I re­ally don’t like beer) while sit­ting in­side the some­what rus­tic mi­cro­brew­ery­like in­te­rior or on the out­side deck. I did en­joy some of the ar­ti­sanal food though. The char­cu­terie board (pro­sciutto with moz­zarella and mar­i­nated ar­ti­chokes, home­cured pancetta, chorizo, saucis­son sec, tomato rel­ish, grain mustard, pick­les and crou­tons) was the best part for me.

If you fancy “rub­bing shoul­ders” with celebs who have graced the ar­ti­fi­cial shore of Sun City since 1979, The Leg­ends restau­rant is the place to be. It pays trib­ute to the likes of Tina Turner, Michael Jack­son, El­ton John, Cher, Charlize Theron and Dolly Par­ton. This classy restau­rant has a mini stage where, on the night, Loy­iso Bala’s Swing City per­formed. The food wasn’t bad, but I sus­pect the chef for­got to sea­son my peri-peri chicken. The choco­late cherry bomb Alaska (moist choco­late cake, Amarena cher­ries and vanilla ice cream fin­ished with meringue and choco­late shav­ings) made up for that (granted, dessert al­ways wins for me).

The spot that blew me away was the Bo­cado restau­rant at The Cas­cades. With its Mediter­ranean cui­sine, this is the place to be. The pic­turesque pool­side din­ing area is per­fect for long, lazy sum­mer out­ings with the fam­ily. Lit­tle peo­ple will love this place. Or, even bet­ter, a ro­man­tic lunch. It has a real is­land feel. I’ll be com­ing back – for the aes­thet­ics, yes, but mainly for the food. The amount of fine grub we ended up with on the ta­ble was a real plea­sure for me, be­cause I reeeeally like food.

Mokoena was a guest of Sun In­ter­na­tional

ALL SMILES

Break­fast at Bo­cado with the au­thor at the head of the ta­ble

PHOTO: LET­TIE FER­REIRA

A HIT

Bo­cado at Sun City in Rusten­burg

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