UBER-STYLISH NEW MARCH RESTAURANT IS UNVEILED AT AFRICAN PRIDE MELROSE ARCH HOTELFebruary 2013: African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel has unveilled its stylish new March Restaurantafter the interior of the eatery that has topped the list of Jozi’s “in” places for a decade wasredesigned with private dining areas and a swish new slow food menu.The redesign has taken two months to complete and emphasises the property’s commitmentto remaining the most elegant yet hippest 5-star hotel in the Gauteng ‘hood’.The African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel has become an international destination in its own right,attracting those discerning GUESTS who take pleasure in modern elegance andsophistication, explains Danny Bryer, Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue for the ProteaHospitality Group.“We’ve adopted the international trend of private dining with 4 private rooms becausethere’s so much more demand for it – especially working breakfast meetings that are to largeextent replacing the after work drinks networking meeting.”Bryer says the African Pride Hotels brand is world class, so the redesign of the restaurant hadto be modern, luxurious and in keeping with the exceptionally high brand standard.The giant bucket planters at the hotel’s pool that have always been a talking point amongGUESTS is a theme that is now being carried to the front of the hotel, and the new restaurantdesign is a monochromatic palette of soothing blacks and greys with small pops of colour.There are many contrasts in the space, but the overwhelming feeling is one of sumptuousnessand relaxation.“The main dining space is very relaxed, but there’s a lot of energy in the space with screenpartitions, great lighting, vases, flowers and a great flow.“We’ve also created themed private dining areas that compliment the mood and feel of themain dining area.“There’s also more seating in the extended lobby area, and we’ve enhanced the visualeffect of the lighting in the glass floor. Essentially, we’ve kept the best of the old andcombined it with a new designer edginess that we believe will make the hotel an even moredesirable destination for locals and travellers.”Executive Chef Hanroe Erasmus, who won Taste of Joburg 2012 with his Kudu Wellington, saysthe new menu at March Restaurant is an African take on the global slow food trend.“Slow food satisfies you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. It’s food that feedsthe body and the soul, forcing you to step off the round-about of modern life for an hour ortwo to slow down and really appreciate the depth of flavour that the art of slow fooddelivers.Erasmus says among the new menu items are a slow-braised guinea fowl and cherry pie,lamb shin waterblommetjie bredie and a selection of new vegetarian dishes that areincreasingly in demand by health-conscious diners.
“We’re asking our GUESTS to come in, sit down, relax and forget their problems for a fewhours – just to enjoy the simple pleasure of eating the finest ingredients that have beenprepared with time and love.”March Restaurant opened on February 1. Bookings are essential. For more information visitwww.africanpridehotels.com/melrose-arch-hotel.