City Guide, Dining Out

Bolton Road Collection is the new kid on the block

Jan 18, 2017, Author: Bianca Spinner

It’s only a month or two old, so we decided to pop past the Bolton Road Collection building and restaurant. One of our cities most artistically rich suburbs, boasting with pride and oozing flair, this space is enriched with culture and whole lot of awesomeness!

This brand new gourmet restaurant and bar is a stone’s throw away from the parks. It oozes sex appeal – it’s classy, it’s sassy and it embraces a lot of excitement. There’s not much that we love more than a refurbished, redeveloped city space – especially this one. What used to be a gritty, dilapidated eyesore filled with the habitual vagrants and an air of doom and gloom has now been replaced with inventiveness and individuality. It’s a contemporary little corner that’s boosted the spaces confidence. What a wonderful addition to the neighborhood!


So when we planned to visit this spring chicken on a cool Saturday night, we were pleasantly surprised to see how many other Joburgers had also stumbled upon this gem. Hustling and bustling and fully booked, we waited at the cocktail bar, which also uncalculatedly meant we started with cocktails. By the way, you can create your very own masterpiece. Choose your gin, blend two of your favorite garnishes and pick your tonic. We opted for The Apple Julep – a beautiful bourbon, apple, cinnamon, mint and bitters concoction. Fresh and invigorating! The Bolton Rd Spritz (aperol, bitter orange, vanilla and sparkling wine) is comforting and cool all at the same time. If you dare, the Smokey Bear is also a desired venture – tequila, rum, pineapple, and hickory smoke, peach and pine tea. Quite a mouthful!


Moving swiftly along to the tapas style dining. Expect to share, expect to dapple, expect to be delighted. Big plates, small plates, many plates to tickle your fancy. We went all out and delved right into the Collections Short Rib Burger, which induces dreams from the very first bite. It’s served with tasty pine smoked bacon, fontina cheese, apple and tomato jam (yum) and pickles, and just when you thought your heart skipped a beat, triple cooked beef fat fries. Game over! The dishes are judiciously cooked with just the right amount of flavor and sauce. They also offer sharers between four people and you can choose from the farm, the ocean or the field.


Desserts include an aerated hazelnut cake, a Tonka bean panacotta, an Eton mess (is there any other way?) and a chamomile parfait – talk about lavish and intriguing! But that’s just the thing about The Collection, it grips you and never lets go, it’s intoxicating, and because of the modern industrial style and natural rhythm of this eatery, and the fact that it overlooks the streets of Rosebank, it remains captivating.

There’s also a spanking new safe and secure parking space just behind the restaurant. While you’re there, look out for Cape Town based graffiti artist Sonny, who painted an exquisitely colorful and flamboyant elephant on the wall.

2 Bolton Road, Johannesburg

T: 011 327 6104

F: @BRdCollection

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