The team here at Hello Joburg recently went behind the scenes at the beautifully appointed Aurelia’s restaurant, nestled in the northern façade of the award-winning, gorgeous 5-star Peermont D’oreale Grande at Emperors Palace. When we give it 5-stars, we mean it. And one of those stars can be found in the kitchen.
The man heading up this divine slice of heaven is Emperors Palace Chef de Cuisine, Justin Jonah – and golly, what a fun character he is. Born in Durban, he spent his childhood frolicking by the sea (lucky fish!) and admits that growing up by the ocean gave him an immense appreciation for fresh food. “You want to try maintain that sort of fresh integrity in food. So if you cook it, you don’t bombard it with a hundred ingredients. You just want to stay true to that freshness.”
What we love the most about Aurelia’s is that they avidly support local businesses and produce. Not only is Aurelia’s beautiful, but it’s the perfect spot for a schmoozy business lunch, family outings and (more importantly) romantic occasions. The décor is all red, cream and gold, with hanging lights and a bar and island-style buffet area slap-bang in the middle. As you walk in, your eyes wander over the chairs and tables, across the bar and through the floor-to-ceiling concertina doors onto the patio. You can have your meal under one of the gazebos and soak up the sunshine as a glorious, crystal clear fountain splashes away merrily in the background.
We had so much fun during our visit, we actually did not want to head back to the office! To read the full story subscribe to our mag! Click here.
Check out our behind the scenes video shoot at Aurelia’s with Chef Justin…
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