Experimental dining in Parktown at Est Est Alea
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Experimental Dining in Johannesburg at Est Est Alea (2024)

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Last Updated on: 7th February 2024, 11:17 am

Recently, we were treated to a lovely evening of experimental dining at Est Est Alea in Parktown – a suburb of Johannesburg.

Est Est Alea is what is known as a Tasting Restaurant and is the evolution of Cube Tasting Kitchen.

Chef Dario De Angeli takes diners on a delightful culinary journey.

The tasting menu consists of 16 courses or plates of highly interesting dishes. As a result, the entire evening was quite a memorable experience. This is fine dining at its best however and communication between the chefs and diners is encouraged.

The decor is simple elegance with a minimalist style. There is an open-plan kitchen that lets diners watch as their meals are expertly created. However, the real magic occurs once the dishes arrive. Each dish is rather unique and some are outright unusual.

Therefore, you will leave with a better understanding of culinary science.

Key Takeaways:

  • Est Est Alea offers a unique dining experience at multiple locations.
  • Their restaurant menu is carefully crafted to cater to different tastes.
  • Positive reviews guarantee a memorable dining experience.

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Est Est Alea exterior
Est Est Alea

Immerse Yourself in the World of Est Est Alea

Est Est Alea is not just a restaurant; it is an experience that will transport you to a world of culinary excellence and innovation.

If you consider yourself a fan of fine dining in Gauteng, then Est Est Alea is a must-visit destination. The attention to detail and the quality of ingredients used in their dishes are second to none.

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Every bite is a burst of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Experimental Dining & Cuisine

It is obvious that the chef is intent on pushing boundaries when it comes to preparing meals.

The resulting effect is simply superb!

Dishes explore various aspects of taste, texture, plating, and serving styles. Best of all, a range of exclusive boutique wines and impressive cocktails are available. The drinks were all amazing and complemented the meal perfectly.

Est Est Alea Cocktails

Est Est Alea: Where Food Meets Artistry

When it comes to dining at Est Est Alea, prepare to be amazed. This innovative restaurant takes food to a whole new level, where each dish is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and presented as a work of art.

From the creative combination of flavors to the stunning visual presentation, Est Est Alea truly embraces the concept of food as art

The talented chefs at Est Est Alea use their culinary expertise to transform simple ingredients into extraordinary masterpieces. Each dish is carefully plated to create a visually stunning experience that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

The artistry behind the food elevates the dining experience, making every bite a moment to be savored and appreciated.

At Est Est Alea, you’ll embark on a gastronomic journey that tantalizes all of your senses. The innovative flavor profiles and unique textures of each dish create a tasting experience like no other.

Whether you’re indulging in a savory appetizer or savoring a decadent dessert, every bite is an explosion of flavor and a testament to the artistry of the chefs at Est Est Alea.

Fine Dining Starters

Our Starters consisted of the following:

  • Aerate – an aerated sesame sponge with soy foam aerated on top of it (a mix of salty and sweet flavors that result in a pleasing but unique taste)
  • Burnt – beetroot and leeks topped with slightly burnt parmesan cheese (has a burnt taste at first before the flavors take over).
  • From Dust – tomato and onion mixed with olive oil pressed into a cookie shape and topped with a chickpea puree (very strong flavors).
  • Lolly – sour cream, and chives shaped like a lolly with chips sprinkled over it and served on an agate crystal (quite tasty and pretty).
  • Then Pop – a Thai green curry served up as a sphere that bursts in your mouth (sphere becomes a soup with a curry aftertaste).
  • Staples – cornbread served with garlic butter, grilled corn, and popcorn (a divine combination).
  • Street Food – prawn and vegetables in a pie-like dish served with eel on top and a sweet sauce (delicious).

Main Course Meals

The Main Course consisted of the following dishes:

  • My Favorite Snack – is cucumber spaghetti with tomatoes, onions, and topped with truffles (a palette cleanser).
  • Smoke Signals – smoked pork belly/Kesler rib served with various other meats and aubergine all glazed in honey (sweet-tasting dish).
  • Tropical Beach – a mango mint salsa and mango ice (light and refreshing palette cleanser).
  • More Rustic – braised oxtail with a fillet on top served with mushrooms, cauliflower, and a sweet pumpkin seed praline (a delicious combination of flavors).

Delicious Desserts

To end of the evening, the following desserts were served:

  • The Berries – chickpea meringue topped with a blackberry pastille, raspberry paper, and a berry mousse (served on an agate crystal).
  • Chewy Stuff – a dry toffee shot of toffee crumbs served in a shot glass that becomes extremely chewy in your mouth (very strange texture and effect).
  • From the Bees Knees – Lacuma (Peruvian superfruit) ice cream on a biscotti rusk served with a honeycomb, dried bee pollen, and honey syrup (an interesting mix of tastes).
  • Hot Chocolate – a solid chocolate ball placed on coconut slivers. Dissolves when you pour hot chocolate over revealing orange slices inside (yummy)!

Experience Est Est Alea’s Culinary Creativity

When you dine at Est Est Alea, you’re not just enjoying a meal – you’re immersing yourself in an artistic experience. The combination of flavors, textures, and visual elements creates a culinary masterpiece that is both delightful and thought-provoking.

From the first bite to the last, Est Est Alea takes you on a journey where food and art become one.

Experience at Est Est AleaFeatures
Visually Stunning PresentationThe dishes at Est Est Alea are meticulously plated to create visually stunning presentations that are almost too beautiful to eat.
Innovative Flavor CombinationsThe chefs at Est Est Alea are always pushing the boundaries of taste, experimenting with unique flavor combinations that surprise and delight.
Meticulous Attention to DetailEvery element of the dish at Est Est Alea is carefully considered, from the placement of each ingredient to the finishing touches that make it truly extraordinary.
Artistic PresentationEst Est Alea transforms food into art, presenting each dish as a masterpiece that is both visually stunning and delicious.

Est Est Alea is more than just a restaurant – it’s an experience that celebrates the artistry of food. So, if you’re looking to embark on a gastronomic adventure that will leave you captivated and inspired, Est Est Alea is the place to be.

Discover the fusion of taste and artistry that awaits you at Est Est Alea and prepare to be amazed.

Thank you to Est Est Alea for hosting us for dinner! However, as always, all opinions are my own!


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