Last night saw Aarya Restaurant at Montecasino’s Tsogo Sun, launch their new menu at an exclusive media event where guests were well and truly spoiled.
Bloggers, PR people and a sprinkling of celebs gave the evening a pleasant mix of people... but honestly, we could have all been there in black bags with nothing more than a plastic fork, and it would have still turned into a spectacular night as soon as we took our first bite of food!
I can go into the wonderful ambiance of the venue, the well thought out layout, and the presentation of the food which makes you salivate on sight, but that isn’t where you begin with when speaking about Aarya. Where you begin is with Deena Naidoo, the very special man behind the restaurant.
We were lucky to sample only small portions of each of the new menu items, because Aarya does not skimp on portion size lol. When you visit, you need to come hungry as, even more than the generous portions, you will be incredibly spoiled for choice. From the curry (a trio of mouth watering curries) to the ’falling off the bone’ lamb shank, the prawns with their spicy dip, the pizza, and the decadent desserts, it may sound biased but I have to give 10/10 for everything we tasted. There was nothing that wasn’t fantastic. I was blown away by the depth of flavors and how well thought out each dish is. Everything is fresh and aimed at the customer.
Honestly, I could write another 1000 words on the food alone (never mind the wonderful wine pairings), but you know what I always say.... GO TRY IT YOURSELF! Nothing I say can really do justice to the food. Everything is cooked with love and the wonderful passion each person at Aarya has, translates to each plate.
On a personal note, I got to meet some great new people last night. Moving up from the Cape, I wasn’t sure how I would fare with Gauteng, but I have been so surprised by how welcoming people are.Fellow bloggers @laurasWorldza and @JoziStyle (GO, go NOW and find them on Twitter and instagram, and follow them!) Theodore Jantjies (Zander on 7de Laan) who is just the most real guy you can ever meet and his lovely girlfriend. We met the very charming GM of SunSquare, Kaliq Essop and Masterchef judge, Benny Masekwameng with his never fading smile.
Aarya Restuarants new menu is a thing to taste and I can only recommend that you go and try it for yourself. Take a friend or three; order a few items to eat and a bottle or two of wine off their exceptional wine list. And who knows, if you lucky you may even get to meet Deena himself.
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