The Best Cronut I’ve tasted in SA- Remos Fratelli at Waterfall

Hello hello! I’ve missed writing on the blog so much. Lately, freelance writing has taken the place of the blog for me- and I miss writing just for the sake of writing. We moved out of our house yesterday, and I sold my car, so currently I have no possessions – everything we own is stored in a  little 8 square metre storage unit. At first I felt free, then I felt a little lost and sad, but I think I just need to settle into this new way of life, the life of a nomad 🙂 We leave for the US tonight, on an epic 1 month trip, so be sure to follow me on twitter (@hasmita) and Instagram (jozilicious) for real time updates on that.

Some time ago, I did a story on Waterfall Corner for the Sunday Indy. It’s actually super close to my (old) house in Rivonia- just outside Sunninghill (so not as far North as you think!)

Small strip malls that service particular suburbs are not scarce at all in Jozi, but Waterfall Corner positions itself as an upmarket lifestyle centre, so you won’t find any fast food outlets here. Rather, each and every restaurant in the mall is unique in its own right and worth a visit.

Today, I’m going to tell you about Remos Fratelli, originally from Dbn.

The first thing that struck me upon walking in was the retro, trendy ambiance. I’ve never come across any restaurant like this before-I fell in love with it before even trying the food. Some patrons were seated at the bar, while others huddled into cozy red leather booths, alongside a roaring fireplace. The bustling bistro makes you feel as though you’re in an eclectic part of San Francisco- I had to remind myself that I was actually in a suburbian mall.

Jozilicious Waterfall 2Owned by two Italian brothers, on the walls you’ll find authentic black and white personal photographs of their family, plus pieces from their own art collection. We were underwhelmed by starters, I had grilled calamari and Rishav had carpaccio- we both found the dishes average. For mains, we went for the restaurant’s speciality- pizza, and weren’t disappointed.

A classic wood fired pizza at its best, the selection includes a few traditional options, plus more exotic ones, like the Balls of Fire, R95, homemade meatballs, marinated red peppers and chilli.

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Remos Fratelli has on site bakery which supplies the restaurant and an adjoined Italian deli, with imported products, which was closed when we went for dinner. The owner told us he makes all his own bread and pastries (with  your bill, you’ll get mini  chealsea buns or danishes – a nice touch). Sadly everything was sold out at dinner, but I went back super early the next day cos I had a doctor’s appointment in the area, and as I walked in, a fresh batch of cronuts had just been put on display. If you don’t know this yet (WHERE have you been?), the cronut is a cross between a croissant and a doughnut, made famous  by Dominique Ansel in New York (I NEED to try the real deal when I’m there!)

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OMG. I can’t even tell you how delish this cronut was. Firstly, it was huge, and at R30 that’s a sweet deal. Layers of soft croissant were filled with custard, with melted chocolate and a flake on top. Definitely one of my top 3 sweet treats of all time, but you need to go early! I didn’t take a pic cos well, it was devoured before I remembered to.

Since my first review, I loved the restaurant so much that I went back twice, and on both occasions I didn’t have as good an experience. The second time, our service was really slow (granted the restaurant was busy), and we were seated next to an open door which wasn’t great in this freezing weather. The third time, my pizza was burnt. Not burnt in a nice kind of way- burnt in that was all I could taste. I sent it back and the manager was very apologetic, so note these as a disclaimer, but still pay the restaurant a visit ‘cos I think it’s very cool and unique.

xxx H