Anything but Par for The Course
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus opined that change is the only universal constant – a philosophy that binds the human spirit while at the same time setting it free to achieve greatness, unhindered by the mundaneness of a life without change.
Only a few intimate spaces in the hustle and bustle of Jozi embrace this need to challenge conventional thinking around dining. Until now, with the creation of The Course at SLOW in the City, an accomplished dining and bar concept brought to life by Comair Limited. Uniquely crafted as an everevolving overture to the nature of change, much akin to the city in which it is located, The Course offers a new and exciting dining choice that is open to members of SLOW in the City and the public alike.
Inspired by the success of the SLOW in the City business hub, The Course delights and surprises with its selection of dishes and bespoke cocktails. The Course focuses on the transcendent idea that taste changes everything and, as such, the menu at The Course was created to pay homage to the diversity of the city, by blending local ingredients with the hottest flavour trends from around the global culinary village.
In keeping with the concept of constant change, The Course was developed to respond to its environment by seasonally adapting what is on offer. Here, seasonal cuisine meets innovative mixology in a progressive reinvention of the dining experience. Patrons can prepare themselves to be surprised by the seasonal beverage choices and a responsive tasting menu. Enthused by the style of the timelessly elegant French Brasserie, from the finishes to the idea inspiration, The Course interior design language is distinctive, featuring hues of blues and greens, mustard and terracotta, paired with textural granite and wood, and artfully accentuated with copper elements. The adaptable lighting design allows the atmosphere to be set with a swift flick of the wrist, changing the mood entirely.
The Course’s affiliation to the SLOW in the City working space is subtle but distinctive, and is both sophisticated and inviting. The Course recognises that dining tastes and requirements are as varied as the cosmopolitan environment that surrounds it, offering diners a diverse range of options from tapas-style plates to fullservice, sit-down meals spanning a selection of prime beef cuts, seafood and bistro style dishes. And being open weekdays from 07h00 means that an inspired breakfast menu will also be available to city-bound worker-bees.
The focus is undoubtedly on exquisite dining at Sandton’s most unique new venue. The Course bar selection echoes the nature of change through three elements: the Quarterly Reserve, the Collaboration Collection, and the Standard Selection.
For the first three months, The Course has partnered with premium whisky label, Glenfiddich, for straight serve and Quarterly Reserve pairings. Each Glenfiddich Single Malt is a work of perfection, and options on offer range from the signature 12-year-old expression to rare, vintage and limited edition bottles. Glenfiddich is renowned worldwide for its quality and consistency, and tapasstyle plates offer an exceptional and individual pairing experience that will be reinvented every three months.
The Collaboration Collection presents a provocative twist on classic cocktails – Old Fashioneds from around the world mix with Martinis, both shaken and stirred. This series of signature cocktails will be bottled, labelled and signed as the SLOW Collaboration Collection, and showcased in elegant crystal bottles accompanied by the finishing elements that every great cocktail needs. Developing a refined cocktail menu for The Course offered a unique challenge to Evert de Jong, an accomplished mixologist from Molecular Bars. “At The Course, we have worked with the resident chefs to prepare house-made ingredients that are fresh and full of flavour,” De Jong explains. This has allowed us to create a truly signature menu, one that offers an invigorating look at classic cocktails, but also offers one-of-akind cocktails that are completely unique to the restaurant.”
Finally, the Standard Selection at The Course holds the promise of no restrictions for guests, who may order from the standard drinks menu at any time. The Course is quite unmatched in providing a stylish respite from the buzz of Sandton during the day, and as it transforms into a modern meeting place for fine cocktails and tapas as the sun sets, its changing, invigorating nature is revealed.
The Course at SLOW in the City is open between 07h00 and 21h00 on weekdays, and is available for private events over weekends. For reservations, call +27 87 057 7482 or visit www.slow.co.za.