Writing this review and looking at the images of the bar at the Tin Goose Restaurant, started to conjure up memories of Casablanca (1942), which is one of the most iconic movies ever made, well, at least according to my husband. I have personally never seen it…at least not yet.
Now that I think of it, why didn’t I get a photo of me at the bar with a whiskey in one hand and a cigar in the other?! The bar at the Tin Goose Restaurant was the perfect setting, with its elegance and charm. And yes, the cigars had already been arranged.
“Here’s Looking At You, Kid” – Humphrey Bogart – Casablanca
The lighting at the bar and in the restaurant caught our attention, even before it was dark enough to really take effect. It was around 2pm when we got there, but as the afternoon progressed into evening, the lighting created a totally different atmosphere. And when coupled with some relaxing background music, this created a very nice ambience.
The bar has a very impressive selection of drinks, from your favourite whiskeys to signature wines and of course, being the cocktail lover I am, I had to try a few varieties. As I watched the barman, I noticed how much care and attention to detail was given to create each individual cocktail. One of our family members is pregnant, so she got to enjoy the virgin cocktails.
The leather lounge between the bar and the restaurant is not only very tasteful as décor but also serves as the practical purpose of creating a more relaxed and sociable environment. And yes, it works for both adults and kids. During the long time we were there, it was inevitable that the kids would grow restless sitting at the dinner table. So Kayden and his cousin took full advantage of this and made themselves comfortable on the couches. Each with his own Apple device, they proceeded to make full use of the free Wi-Fi as well.
Dining out should be an experience…..and should not be confined to the dinner table. And a place to relax between drinks and meals or after meals makes world of difference.
The Dining Area
The dining area, also aviator themed, makes a serious design statement with all its lighting and décor. Its truly unique, and that is probably what appeals to me the most.
There is also additional seating with TV screens available, a chance for those avid sports enthusiasts that want to quickly check-up the latest scores. Or perhaps a place for the kiddies to get together and mingle. The design is such that it does need to limit itself to one specific purpose, and that is another of the small design choices that seem to make a huge difference.
Weather permitting, you could choose to have your meal in the elegant indoor settings, or even beside the beautiful and inviting pool. Why not start at the pool with some starters, a few drinks or cocktails?
Honestly, if I had not heard about the Aviator Hotel and Tin Goose Restaurant from a trustworthy source, I would have probably not even considered it. It’s like a pearl in an oyster….very hard to locate, yet so precious and beautiful.
I am so glad that we celebrated hubby’s birthday here and so was he and the rest of the family. We didn’t just eat and drink, we had a wonderful experience with quality time spent together on his special day.
When a place looks and feels this good, surely the food must be good too, right? Good is an understatement.
Apologies for the photo quality – I was taking photos for the purpose of the memory, didn’t plan on doing a review at that stage.
Authentic clay-oven pizza’s, prawn rissoles, buffalo wings and ribs – there was nothing that I could fault on the menu. I don’t eat buffalo wings, so I didn’t end up trying that. But everything else was up for grabs and I took one for the team to bring this review to you. The starters were beautifully presented and absolutely divine.
Prawns, Lamb Curry, Creamy Chicken and mushroom, savoury rice, baked potatoes, roasted veggies.
Even before even looking at the buffet, my senses were stimulated by the smell of prawns, smothered in garlic and butter and grilled to absolute perfection. Is prawns an aphrodisiac or not? if not, it should be!
There are very few places where I would choose to order a curry, so I was a bit sceptical at first. But judging from the looks, it seemed to be more in line what how we cook at home, so I took the plunge and tried it out.
All I can say is that the lamb curry from the Tin Goose Restaurant has earned a place on the top of my list. So much so that I was craving for the same curry for a few days after that. Dare I say that it tasted better than my own cooking? Not that I consider myself a great cook, but that’s meant as a compliment.
Seriously, I am cuckoos about this curry. Chef Walter has amazed me with his talent for both Eastern and Western meals.
There were a variety of desserts, including birthday cake. After overindulging myself previously, there was little room left for dessert. I did, however, sample a few desserts…again solely for the purpose of this blog, the things I do for my readers…
The strawberry dessert seemed to be the favourite at our table. For those of us who are caffeine lovers, the cappuccinos and coffee after dessert hit the spot perfectly.
The service from the team, from the time we walked in up to the time we left, was warm, friendly and very hospitable.
From the manager on duty, Larry, to our waitress, Felicia, they were accommodating to our every request. What’s more important is that they always served us courteously and with a smile. And for that, my gratitude and appreciation goes out to all the staff and the management, for outstanding service.
Valentine’s Lunch/Dinner Voucher valued at R600!
The Tin Goose Restaurant is a little piece of heaven, and I think it should be experienced and enjoyed by others. With that being said, I have partnered with the Tin Goose Restaurant to give 1 lucky reader the opportunity to win a Valentines Voucher to the value of R600!
All you have to do to enter is respond to the following in the comments section below:
Convince me in more than 2 sentences, why you want to have a romantic lunch/dinner at The Tin Goose Restaurant. (visit the social media pages for some inspiration in addition to my review) The winner will be selected based on effort and creativity…it is a Valentine’s Voucher, so feel free to make it romantic and/or poetic 😉
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T’s and C’s
- This giveaway is open to residents of Gauteng only and/or anyone else who is able to get to the restaurant at their own cost, should they reside outside Gauteng
- The prize is not transferable nor exchangeable for cash
- Competition ends at midnight on the 31st of January 2019
- The voucher limit is R600, any additional costs are for the expense of the winner
- The winner will be announced on my Facebook Page and will have 48 working hours to contact me, failing to do so will result in an alternate winner being chosen
- The voucher can be used on any day in February 2019