Bruno’s Restaurant in Centurion

If you’re at all familiar with the Centurion Lake Hotel, you might have noticed their new eatery, Bruno’s. What you probably don’t know is that it’s named in honour of a former in-house legend, Bruno Corte, the previous MD at Legacy Hotels & Resorts. Although passed on, Bruno’s drive and affable nature has been captured in the polished rustic setting of the eatery.

Probably the perfect example of how exposed brick and timber marries seamlessly with stylishly tiled floors and other bespoke touches, Bruno’s is both a culinary and visual feast. It’s a full-house offering of restaurant, bar and deli, and well worth popping in when next you’re close to the hotel. Centurion is the first outlet, but the group plans to roll out the eatery at all of their venues. If you suffer from FOMO, make sure you eat there sometime soon – at the original nogal! – before it becomes a household name across South Africa.

Dining and dopping at Bruno’s

Fresh line fish, scrumptious chicken and a host of stir-fry options dot the menu. For the truly wise dessert sampler, we have seven little words for you: ice cream and homemade hot chocolate sauce. Sometimes the simplest remains the best, and you won’t find better ice cream and chocolate sauce than at Bruno’s. The à la carte menu overall is tops, and offers a diversity for light nibbles or full blown meat-and-three-veg meals. Quick meals, couples, groups on-the-go and business lunches all fit in here perfectly.

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Full English breakfasts are served along with an “interactive” lunch and dinner buffet. Yes, all restaurants are geared up for eating, but in keeping with Bruno Corte’s passion for great food being a cornerstone of hospitality, Bruno’s actually makes you feel excited about what might come out of the kitchen.

The bar is what you’d expect from a top-tier hotel, and some special wines are stashed on the premises too, for those given to sampling great vino. With conferencing and private function facilities, tying one on at the bar afterwards is a logical post-conference pleasure here. Private functions are catered for, but you’d best call and book well in advance.

Deli-cious Bruno’s

The deli keeps typical hours from 7am – 6.30pm, and a host of pastries, breads, croissants and baguettes flow over the counter daily. The deli also offers some cold meats and cheeses to round off their offering. Juice, coffee, flowers and the daily paper polish off the deli experience, and you can pop in for treats to take home or linger a while to savour the atmosphere.

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With the word “deli” being loosely applied to innumerable outlets nowadays, Bruno’s deli is a proper deli! Delis should always prompt you to make a mental note to “get some of that next time,” and here, Bruno’s Deli succeeds spectacularly.

Popular with both locals and tourists, the views of the lake from the hotel as well as the genuinely yummy food on offer justifies a visit. Not snobbish either, a meal in the restaurant can feed a grown man for around R150, with drinks.