EAT OUT RE­TAIL CAP­I­TAL NEW RESTAU­RANT OF THE YEAR

El­e­gant sim­plic­ity is the name of the game at Janse & Co, the 2018 Eat Out Re­tail Cap­i­tal New Restau­rant of the Year

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El­e­gant sim­plic­ity is the name of the game at Janse & Co

Ca­sual fine din­ing as a con­cept is tricky to get right. You need to strike a bal­ance between for­mal­ity and fun; between el­e­gance and the ev­ery­day. Janse & Co, the Kloof Street eatery opened by for­mer Top 10 chef Arno Janse van Rens­burg in Jan­uary 2018, gets it ex­actly right.

Says Eat Out critic Amy Ebe­des: “Arno has an­swered the long-awaited call for a fine­din­ing restau­rant on Kloof Street. It ticks all the boxes, and Janse & Co has quickly en­trenched it­self as one of the best eateries on the strip.”

Sit­u­ated as it is on a street of ca­sual eateries, Janse & Co de­liv­ers an un­ex­pect­edly dra­matic ex­pe­ri­ence. Said one of our judges: “It left me with a feel­ing of sim­plic­ity, el­e­gance, a sense of re­fine­ment and a yearn­ing to sit and en­joy the am­bi­ence again.”

Show­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary adept­ness at balanc­ing flavours and tex­tures in visu­ally ap­peal­ing dishes, Arno flexes his cre­ative mus­cles with the use of un­usual lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, such as num num, klip­kombers, cus­tard ap­ple, sout­slaai and more. The plat­ing is sim­ple; un­der­stated yet mem­o­rable.

Sub­tle touch-points through­out the restau­rant set it apart from any other din­ing space within the coun­try. The wine and char­cu­terie dis­plays add lay­ers to the dé­cor, and the in­di­vid­ual cut­lery boxes cre­ate an in­trigu­ing sense, first of sur­prise and then of ac­tion.

A fo­cal point in the court­yard, where sum­mer days and nights are best en­joyed din­ing al­fresco un­der large trees, is a hy­dro­ponic walled gar­den. This is func­tional art at its finest, as the pro­duce grown here is used on the menu.

Eat Out judg­ing con­venor Mar­got Janse says, "The com­bi­na­tion of com­plex flavours, in­no­va­tive ideas and clean pre­sen­ta­tions cre­ate a very ex­cit­ing and unique din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence."

Janse & Co sets the stan­dard for a new space in the coun­try.

Read the re­view on page 184.

"IT LEFT ME WITH A FEEL­ING OF SIM­PLIC­ITY, EL­E­GANCE, RE­FINE­MENT AND A YEARN­ING TO SIT AND EN­JOY THE AM­BI­ENCE AGAIN"

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