When Dreams Come True
The Editor discovers that The Old Biscuit Mill’s latest dining spot is anything but cheesy | The Month August 2012
“They import their tomatoes,” exclaimed the Publisher to me recently, “go find out why!” And before I had a chance to ask “Who?” or say “What?” he was gone, leaving his laptop open on a blurb about the new Italian-influenced Burrata, at The Old Biscuit Mill, and an IOU for lunch.
Named after an Italian Mozzarella cheese, Burrata is the realisation of a dream of Neil Grant, ex-sommelier at the Rust en Vrede restaurant, and his business partner, Barry Engelbrecht. Engelbrecht is a bit of a pizza nut, with a certification from the ‘Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana’ that recognises his knowledge of, and dedication to, authentic Neapolitan cooking. Together the two have set about to offer “diverse, yet relaxed top quality Italian food paired with a sophisticated fine wine menu that offers an eclectic selection of wines from South Africa, Italy and France”. Despite Burrata’s infancy, they seem to be doing things right as they’ve already garnered an International Birra Moretti Award for the Best Emerging Italian Restaurant in Africa and the Middle East for 2012.
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