The Rock All Day Diner is not Chris Tsatsakis’ first rode; his love affair with food…
We love discovering new places and were super excited to hear The Rock Diner was opening its doors at The Design Quarter! So, we hot footed it over to find out about the latest dining sensation that everyone is talking about…
Located where Kitchen Bar used to be, the owner felt that a revamp was long overdue, and we couldn’t agree more, now that we’ve paid a visit. Spacious and airy, one can select between indoor or outdoor dining. The kitchen features huge glass windows that allow you to watch all the activity while you wait for your food, and even the beautifully decorated bathrooms are something to talk about.
The much-mentioned sea shell staircase is one of the main focal points of the restaurant. We later discovered it’s used by the service staff to quickly gain access to the tables and parties based upstairs in The Carnelian (more on that shortly).
We selected a table outdoors to enjoy the warm summer evening, and although they were literally pumping, the service remained impeccable during our entire meal. Two thumbs up!
The portions are big – let’s be honest, you won’t leave here hungry. Their burgers are well known, so we opted for the caramelised Bacon and Brie Burger, which came with a generous portion of fries. We were totally delighted with our choiceOthers at the table enjoyed The Excalibur; literally a sword packed with tasty chicken breasts which can be ordered plain or peri-peri and your choice of a side… salad, veg, mash or the most delicious sweet potato fries – these are a serious winner in our books!
The menu also offers a wide variety of sushi, pizza, fish and salads, as well as a vast tapas menu, which makes for great starters to share or even as a light meal if you are not ravenously hungry.
The wine list and drinks menu is impressive. Their cocktails have awesome names and the milkshakes looked absolutely divine! Desserts included a chocolate sphere that melts once the sauce is poured over to reveal delicious pistachio ice cream inside. We also sampled a baklava like none we’ve ever tasted before.
Sneak up the staircase and you’ll find yourself in The Carnelian – the relaxed, chill area of The Rock. Comfy couches and cushions abound, and this would be the perfect area to host a birthday party or kitchen tea. A large, well-stocked bar and huge glassed-in wine cellar are the focal points here, with a large smoking deck and two private dining areas available as well.
The aptly named ‘The Living Room’ is a beautifully appointed, sunken, semi-or fully-private (thanks to the clever use of sliding shutters) private dining area, with one wall completely covered in plants – perfect for those Instagram snaps! Both private dining areas can be hired out for functions or special occasions.
We recommend booking your table in advance – they are busy, and it’s clear to see why. Certainly, one of our best discoveries of the year thus far, and as we honestly couldn’t do justice in one sitting, we will certainly be back again soon!
A: Design Quarter, corner of William Nicol and Leslie Roads, Fourways.
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