From that early seed eventually sprung the Carlton Café. Opened in 2002, it was wowing diners since it sadly closed its doors after 16 years of service. For a smart gal reading law circa 1998, where Botes now stands among the catering giants of Pretoria is a drastic change of direction.
Eating Was a Joy at Carlton Cafe
Botes’ passion for the kitchen was aptly depicted in the venue’s full name: Cafe Carlton Delicious. Everything was delicious. The menu focused on seasonal ingredients, with a prefect balance of healthy eating without losing the feeling of decadent indulgence.
A Carlton short rib sandwich made of Moroccan-spiced shredded beef had the ability to soothe a broken heart or paint a frown upside down. Then there was Botes’ take on Southern fried chicken which established what separated her from the wannabes.
Then there was the outrageously good baked New York style cheesecake. Although the Cafe didn’’t serve alcohol, you were welcome to bring your own. Some of us, those who spent more time there than in their own kitchen would pop into the wine shop next door to get our fix for the evening. Homemade ginger beer, berry coolers or rosemary lemonade were notorious drinks pouncing across the service floor.
A Great Cafe Food Experience
The subtleties of the restaurant trade are not lost on Botes, and staff were friendly and welcoming. Preserves , jams and delicious breads dotted a large table in the middle of the restaurant.
In moving from her first outlet in Irene’s River Meadow Manor in, Botes added a host of products and a diversified menu when moving to the restaurant’s final locale. Some people can dance, some can sing, and some can cook. Botes can “see” a fantastic dish in her mind’s eye before she even slaps ingredients together. We’re just going to hang around and hope that Rachel Botes hops into the kitchen again to wow us off our feet.