If you’re looking for a dining experience that combines expertly crafted cuisine with a warm and inviting atmosphere, look no further than Basalt restaurant.

Located in Johannesburg, at the Peech Hotel in Melrose, this restaurant is quickly becoming known as a must-visit destination for foodies and casual diners alike.

Basalt's crispy skinned line fish with sticky black rice and Tom yum jus.
Basalt’s crispy skinned line fish with sticky black rice and Tom yum jus.

At the helm of Basalt is Chef James Diack, a renowned chef with years of experience in the culinary world and owner of restaurant favourites, Coobs, Il Contadino, and The National. Diack has earned a reputation for his commitment to using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients, and this philosophy is reflected in every dish on the menu.

At Basalt, Diack presents a ‘farm-to-fork’ tasting menu with premium quality organic and free range ingredients that have been sourced from Brightside, his family farm in the Magaliesburg.

One of the standout features is the restaurant’s warm and inviting atmosphere. The space is beautifully designed with natural materials and warm lighting, creating a cozy and intimate dining experience. Whether you’re looking for a romantic evening out or a meal with friends, Basalt provides the perfect ambiance for any occasion.

Basalt's apple & rhubarb crumble with honey roasted fig ice cream
Basalt’s apple & rhubarb crumble with honey roasted fig ice cream

But of course, the real star of the show at Basalt is the food. Chef Diack’s menu is a testament to his culinary expertise and his commitment to using only the freshest, highest quality ingredients. From expertly prepared meats to fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables, every dish at Basalt is a work of art.

One of the must-try dishes is the roasted pork belly, with the crackliest crackling, a decadent and flavourful dish that is sure to delight your taste buds. Another standout is the crispy skinned line fish of the day, which, when we dined there, was the seabass. It comes served with sticky black rice and pickled daikon.

In addition to the mouthwatering food, Basalt also boasts an impressive wine list, with a carefully curated selection of local and international wines to complement every meal.

Overall, Basalt is a true gem in Johannesburg’s dining scene, offering an unparalleled dining experience with expertly crafted cuisine and a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether you’re a seasoned foodie or simply looking for a great meal, Basalt is sure to exceed your expectations.

To make your booking, visit their website http://www.basalt.restaurant/.

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