Sun City’s getting an upgrade, and it’s delicious
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
Breakfast at Bocado with the author at the head of the table
Bocado at Sun City in Rustenburg