Weekends are for chilling out, birthdays and special occasions are for celebrating and days off are to be spent spoiling yourself. Whether you are looking for a Saturday morning breakfast spot, dinner spot to celebrate an occasion with friends and family or somewhere to meet the girls for a midweek gossip over lunch, Morrells in Northcliff is the absolute perfect place.
What was first primarily a wedding venue (and a stunning, picture-perfect one at that) has now evolved into something so much more. Morrells Boutique Estate has recently opened up a bistro open to the public for breakfast and lunch, and dinner upon appointment.
This historic building on the outskirts of Northcliff in Joburg is the most setting for a bistro. Originally an old farm house that owner of Morrells, Bernice Morrell, lived in has been transformed into the most elegant and magical venue. Bernice has taken inspiration from French vintage decor to create the prettiest areas throughout Morrells. From the vine covered walls outside to the large pot plants and shaded table settings, everything at Morrells is absolutely perfect and all put together so well.
Customers to the bistro are able to sit in the various courtyard style areas in the garden for breakfast and lunches, and inside the more majestic piano room for dinners.
I was lucky enough to visit Morrells to do a review for Traveldudes (read the review here) so was able to spend a night in the hotel as well as enjoy a very special dinner and breakfast. The link to the Traveldudes article will tell you all about the hotel, but this blog post is about the Bistro. So lets move onto the food…
The food at Morrells bistro is prepared by chef Tyrone Geduld, who is one of the most passionate and energetic chefs that I have ever met. Tyrone plays around with traditional dishes and adds an element of simplicity yet complexity to the food that he creates. For the special dinner that we had one of the dishes was a play on the traditional fish and chips. A small potato was swirled around a stick of Rosemary and fried, with a piece of fish sitting in a delicious sauce with sprinkles of peas and small pieces of batter to add that crunch. I loved how each dish that came out of the kitchen had an explanation to go with it to explain how it came about being on my plate.
The breakfast menu is then just as special. Tyrone has purposefully kept the menu brief in order to showcase the few very special dishes that Morrells offer. I tried the red velvet flapjacks which were absolutely amazing, I really am not sure why these aren’t on the menu of every breakfast restaurant in Joburg. Other options for breakfast include a vegetable frittata, health breakfast with homemade muesli, sticky buns and ‘the whole shabang’ breakfast which I’m sure is presented in some beautiful way.
Lunches are on my ‘to do list’ to try out one day (very soon!).
Another awesome thing about Morrells is that they have their own spa, Morrells Luxe Spa. So you can pop in for a quick treatment before or after sitting down to a delicious meal. They also have a really nice little shop selling pretty trinkets and odds to put around your house.
So the next time you are looking for a new place to try out for breakfast, lunch or special dinner keep Morrells in mind. You really won’t be disappointed.
I was invited to visit Morrells to do a review for Traveldudes, all food, hotel stay and spa treatments were complimentary. All views remain my own and I am under no editorial control.