An enticing evolution of fine-dining at Four Seasons The Westcliff

An enticing evolution of fine-dining at Four Seasons The Westcliff

Nestled in the heart of the iconic Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, is a dining experience you’ll never forget. The hotels flagship eatery, View Restaurant is known for its stylish, urban chic design and mouth-watering food, which is whipped together by the talented Chef Farrel Hirsch and his team.

Although he was born in Durban, Chef Farrel moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 13, and when he was old enough, began studying professional cookery in Nottingham. In fact, he was declared runner-up for that city’s 2008 Young Chef of the Year competition. Having spent five years working alongside many of Europe and South Africa’s acclaimed chefs, Chef Farrel is more than capable of creating dishes that will knock the socks of any guests that dine at View Restaurant.

He’s cooked in the kitchens of the Singita group of luxury lodges, in the Oyster Box Hotel’s Grill Room Restaurant, and his two most recent posts were in Cape Town, where he worked with Peter Tempelhoff at the acclaimed Greenhouse Restaurant. He’s even flambé in The Test Kitchen, seconding Luke Dale-Roberts before becoming head chef at View Restaurant.

Chef Farrel loves to travel, experience different cultures and meet new people – all of which reflects in his food, and warm personality. “I love meeting the people I’m cooking for, and sharing the stories of the food I make with them,” he says. His travels have certainly broadened his culinary horizons. “If you look close enough at View’s dishes there will always be a classic thought behind it but pushed out far enough so that it is something completely new,” he explains.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, View Restaurant opened in 2014 and has fast become a favourite fine-dining destination for Joburg foodies. Here, the food is the star, and not the chef. The seasonal menu (which changes every week) offers guests refined, contemporary cuisine… we’re talking about delicacies like crayfish and foie gras, sea bass and oysters, even lobster, tomato, burrate and biltong.

“South Africa produces a bounty of high quality ingredients, and so we want our diners to taste the finest this country has to offer,” Chef Farrel explains. The weekly menu gives him and his team the chance to showcase the finest, freshest local and seasonal produce in seriously creative – and delicious ways. The View Restaurant works with trusted local suppliers and farmers to provide special ingredients, including foraged mushrooms, Karoo lamb and fynbos, while the fresh herbs and veggies come straight from the hotel’s new food garden.

“I believe that local truly is lekker. We don’t use any imported ingredients – the furthest away we source from is Cape Town. This means that our international guests are truly able to taste the very best that South Africa has to offer.”

If you haven’t had the chance to dine at View Restaurant, we highly recommend you make a plan. The restaurant is perfectly located on a hillside and opens onto a sunset terrace, giving diners sweeping panoramic views across the Johannesburg Zoo and the prestigious neighborhoods of The Parks. If the view doesn’t interest you (which we doubt), you’ll also be able to see those talented chefs hard at work in the kitchen, through the Views linear window.

Although we’re sure Chef Farrel wouldn’t mess with a perfectly good thing, he does have a few changes up his sleeve. An evolution, if you will. The first of which is the launch if Preview – a bar-inspired, casual dining experience that offers small plates and fantastic drinks! It will be a unique venue, the ideal spot for private, corporate and social functions. A bit more casual than the sophisticated setting of View Restaurant, but just as classy. We have no doubt that Preview will soon be the hottest venue in Jozi, and we hope to see you there!


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Victoria Taylor

Victoria has always had a passion for writing – a passion that has taken her from magazines, to newspapers and back again. She admits that she never wanted to be a journalist, she wanted to publish best-sellers (who doesn’t?) but soon found it to be incredibly rewarding and actually a little fun! When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in a book or her hands on a delish plate of food, she spends her time exploring new places and snapping pictures.


  1. Yvonne Stanley : October 14, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    View Restaurant

  2. Martin Headger : October 22, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Chef Farrel creates his magnificent dishes at

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