Who knew the friendly helpful man with the apron who came to our table to describe the specials was the executive chef? After his lighting fast appearance and a brief description of menu suggestions, we made our choices. What a delight! Well served, hot upon arrival, simple yet satisfying, it was the dinner we all craved after days of travel. We wished for more quiet in the loud dining room of the sold out restaurant. Though our dining experiences at Sides were more oriented toward everyday meals than sophisticated gourmet dishes, our meals there were most appealing.
Executive Chef Frederick Monaghan
Handicapped Access Yes
Location At Ten Bompas hotel in the heart of Johannesburg
Owned Peter Aucamp and Christoff van Staden
Restaurant Manager And Wine Steward Marcel Whatley
Size Seats 50 in 80 square meters (approximately 800 square feet) of space
Sous Chef Ian Poyser
Type Of Restaurant “Comfort Food”
We appreciated the chef’s flexibility. He welcomed us to request a side dish change in any of our orders. A couple of us did and were pleased with the results. Fresh in-house baked breads and pastries were a glad accompaniment to the meal. It was a noticeable touch, especially at a small restaurant.
We also had occasion to enjoy breakfast at Sides. It was delightful, including a filling and tasty yogurt smoothie with honey, specialty tea options and fresh fruit juice. The continental breakfast option included toasted coconut bread (we all loved it), muffins, and fruit skewers. We savored the smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. The chocolate waffles, with fruit compote and vanilla yogurt, were fluffy and not too sweet.
Latest Visit-Date Of Review May 2004
ReviewersArticle by Elena del Valle
Photos by Gary Cox
Service Servers were attentive and helpful. As in other places in Southern Africa, although we were all speaking in English, there was a small language barrier. At Sides it resulted in a minor misunderstanding or two. Once we realized what caused it (our American accent and fast talking), we spoke more slowly and enunciated better. Whenever possible we asked the servers to repeat the order which reduced the likelihood of misunderstandings. Our meals arrived hot and we were looked after smartly.
Would You Dine There Again? Yes
- 10 Bompas Rd
- Dunkeld West, Gauteng 2024
- PO Box 786064
- Sandton, 2146
- +27 11 325 2442
- +27 11 341 0281