Review: The Saxon Hotel and Qunu restaurant*

I was lucky enough to spend a night at Jozi’s most coveted hotel, the Saxon, a few weeks ago. I’ve made no secret of my obsession with this hotel. I actually went to a launch there a few weeks ago and stood in the same villa JUSTIN BIEBER stayed at. I know, it’s lame, but I’m a fan, okay!
 
 
 
We stayed in the villas, which are a separate part of the hotel- there are 3 in total, each with 8 rooms. They are completely isolated and private, and even have their own dining room and lounge area.

 

In the room, we were treated to champers and macarons (my favourite).
 
 
 
The room is modern, decorated in caramel brown tones, with a bit of an African feel. Added luxury touches included an awesome mini bar, with loads of snacks, as well as a laptop which we were able to use during our stay, with free wifi.
 
 
 
We had dinner at Qunu, which was fab. It’s more affordable than Five Hundred (read the blog post about that here), but still has that upmarket feel that the Saxon exudes.
 

 

 
The restaurant has a very Parisian feel- the service is top notch, and there’s live music. For starters, Rishav had the beef tartare, R165, which he first discovered in Paris and has been looking for since (it’s not commonly found in Jozi). Served with a quail egg and petit herb salad, it got the nod of approval from Rishav.



I had the Vietnamese spring rolls with prawn and chilli sauce, R110, which I expected to be served warm (I know, rookie mistake) but were actually cold, so I was a bit disappointed. My fault. The edges of the spring roll were more doughy than I would have liked and I ended up just eating the prawns and veggies and leaving the rest. 

 

 
For mains, we had braised lamb shank, smoked potatoes and a tomato and ginger chutney, R245, and grilled tiger prawns, R265. Both mains were plated beautifully and were delicious- my prawns peeled off the shell easily, so I could tell they were really fresh.



Dessert was fabulous- chocolate fondant with black cherry and cherry sorbet, R105, and pear tart tatin with pear and cinnamon sorbet, also R105. The latter was served with a delicious caramel crumble.



Qunu is the perfect choice for a special dinner- the Saxon seldom disappoints.

xx H