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En­joy a globe trot­ting din­ner date

- SHINGAI DARANGWA Food · Recreation · India · China · Marseille · Youtube · Chuck Berry · United States of America · Mauritius · Pretoria · Marco Polo · Lynnwood, WA

IMAG­INE a din­ner date with your sig­nif­i­cant other where you’re taken on a six-course, four-di­men­sional ex­pe­ri­ence. Well, there’s no need to won­der be­cause that’s ex­actly what Din­ner Time Sto­ries is of­fer­ing.

I re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence, which fol­lows “The Foot­steps of Marco Polo” through a journey across the world in 4D ta­ble top map­ping pro­jec­tion at the Faircity Qu­ater­main Ho­tel.

Le Pe­tit Chef, a small and flam­boy­ant an­i­mated ad­ven­turer, took us on a guided journey around the world where we got to taste au­then­tic cui­sine from places like the Hi­malayan moun­tains, In­dia and China. The ex­pe­ri­ence wrapped up in Mar­seilles, where we ex­pe­ri­enced a fu­sion of flavours from all of the places vis­ited along the journey with a tra­di­tional French fi­nale with a twist.

It’s a mes­meris­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and I’m hardly sur­prised when the fran­chise owner, Paul Roues­sart, ex­plained how these last few weeks have been in­cred­i­bly busy for them. “It’s crazy at the mo­ment,” he said. “We’re fully booked for most of our din­ners over the week­end, and we have lim­ited seats avail­able for lunch time and some of the week­day shows.”

This con­cept was orig­i­nated by two Bel­gian an­i­ma­tors. Af­ter post­ing their original ta­ble top pro­jec­tions onto Youtube, they quickly shot up to 10 mil­lion hits in three months. Shortly af­ter, en­tre­pre­neur Na­dine Beshir re­alised that they were on to some­thing big when she came across the con­cept and con­tacted the duo.

And so be­gan the con­cept of Din­ner Time Sto­ries. “Din­ner Time Sto­ries has ob­vi­ously got­ten big­ger and trav­elled the world and one of the places that it’s been to was Amer­ica,” ex­plained Roues­sart. “And I hap­pened to get an email blog from one of my friends and the company in Amer­ica that coined the Din­ner Time Sto­ries there. Lit­er­ally within a cou­ple of hours of re­ceiv­ing that blog I got a hold of the founders and se­cured the fran­chise for South­ern Africa.”

Upon se­cur­ing the fran­chise, Roues­sart de­cided he’d de­but the con­cept in Jo­han­neb­urg be­fore ven­tur­ing else­where. They’ll be ex­clu­sively in Johannesbu­rg un­til 28 July be­fore they head off to Mau­ri­tius.

The menu, which was put to­gether by Tris­tan La­touf, ex­ec­u­tive chef at Faircity Qu­ater­main Ho­tel, went through a rig­or­ous vet­ting process that in­cluded nu­mer­ous tast­ings be­fore they set­tled with what they cur­rently have. This menu will stay in place for the du­ra­tion of their time at Qu­ater­main.

Roues­sart, an ex­pe­ri­enced events man­ager, has been in­volved in a range of events, from thou­sands of peo­ple to in­ti­mate ones, for a num­ber of years now. “When I saw this con­cept it to­tally ex­cited me” he said when I asked what made this ex­pe­ri­ence so unique. “It was some­thing I’d never ever seen be­fore. Ta­ble top pro­jec­tion and the 4D ex­pe­ri­ence is just some­thing that you re­ally have to ex­pe­ri­ence.” MOTHERS get the VIP treat­ment as well as a free glass of wine and a choco­late brownie dessert on May 12. Share a Raz­zle Daz­zle lunch plat­ter and be en­ter­tained by Leon Gropp, TV pre­sen­ter, for R250 per person. Chil­dren un­der 12 pay R80 and re­ceive a burger or chicken strips plus a cooldrink.

Choose from its scrump­tious se­lec­tion of break­fasts and cof­fee – avail­able un­til 11am. Mouth wa­ter­ing plat­ters, crunchy hot and cold sal­ads, spe­cial­ity na­chos, smash­ing burg­ers and suc­cu­lent Smokey pulled pork brioche bun are the stand­outs, but don’t for­get to try its fa­mous smoked chicken wings with its house spice rub.

Lagom Cafe has a va­ri­ety of beer and gin on tap, and stocks most lo­cal beers and ciders. 083 281 7284 141 Lyn­nwood Road, The Wil­lows 340-Jr, Pre­to­ria book@lagom­ www.lagom­

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