A fresh new culinary feel at Southern Sun Hyde Park pool deck

A fresh new culinary feel at Southern Sun Hyde Park pool deck

It is officially summer in Jozi and that makes us happy! Picture the sun setting over Sandton, the warm nights that just beg to be spent outdoors, and that end of year holiday feeling is starting to kick in. Yay!

Of course, this offers the perfect excuse to enjoy some sundowners after work with the girls, in a beautiful setting. So when we heard that the Southern Sun Hyde Park had revamped its popular Island Bar menu just in time for lazy pool days on their beautiful deck – we were excited!

Seeing as they just recently scooped up a Best of Joburg award for the best sundowner spot in Joburg, we had to go and check it out (with a cocktail) of course!

Their newly launched tapas selection pairs perfectly with sundowners to enjoy as a snack while taking in the view and includes a vast array of vegetarian, meat and fish dishes – and including a fresh take on your old favourites such as crumbed mushrooms and garlic pesto aioli, cheese & corn poppers (amazing!) and Sriracha chicken wings to name a few.

The Executive Chef for the hotel, Grant van der Riet, says that the new menu focuses on fresh, original and delicious flavors, and more than a touch of Italian finesse. “Island Bar now offers something for every appetite with options for any time of the day or night, from tapas plates for sharing and tasting, to sushi, hunger-busting burgers, light meals and desserts.”

If you are looking for something slightly more substantial – fear not, the Hyde Park beef burger will stop the gap and is comprised of a 200g patty topped with honey-glazed bacon and melted Emmental cheese. We were delighted with the Banting option and is basically a Carb-free beef or chicken burger with fresh Asian greens, tomato, gherkin, a 200g patty, mozzarella, pineapple chutney, and avocado. Winner winner!

Salads are also on offer and for those of us with a sweet tooth (guilty as charged) the dessert selection includes showstoppers such as Chocalatissimo chocolate soufflé with a melted chocolate center, vanilla ice cream, shortbread crumble, and fresh berries. There are more – but we will let you discover those for yourself.

May we suggest a visit to this award-winning hotel, bring your friends and family and come to relax in one of the prettiest rooftop settings we know of.

Find out more about the Southern Sun Hyde Park Hotel, and Tsogo Sun properties here…

Food images credit: Bjorn Salsone

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