Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Schaffler's Garden Nursery and Landscaping.

Under the trees restaurant and coffee shop

Schaffler's under the trees
Under the trees restaurant
I will tell you one thing and you must believe me, you don't have to look very far to find solitude in Johannesburg, Schaffler's Garden nursey and landscaping are exactly it.
It's beautiful and the best part is I came across it entirely by accident. My little family and I were on a hunt one saturday morning, for somewhere nice to try out. Lo and behold, and there it was. Stepping inside it's cool, relaxed interior is like falling down the rabbit hole - only without the weirdness. It's completely isolated from the hustle and bustle yet situated right in the midst of it.

Schaffler's under the trees sitting area

Beautiful food

We had a luxurious mid morning breakfast under the lush and leafy canopies. The food was fresh, filling, healthy and yet absolutely yummy.
I can't say that the prices are necessarily low but what you lose in pennies you more that make up for in the sheer feeling of well being the place evokes.

Schaffler's ornamental ponds
Schaffler's nursery

Ponds of koi

I haven't seen koi that big and magnificent before - perhaps because I haven't seen many koi, swimming happily in ornamental ponds all over the premises.
Your itchy green fingers will find a home there.
They also have an assortment of natural farm and other products for sale.

schaffler's koi

Try it

Really...and tell me what you think,because I don't think my words are enough to convey the loveliness of the place. 


Nursery enquiries:
Nursery Manager (Penny) & Switchboard: (011) 786-0323
Landscape enquiries:
Anthony Schaffler (011) 885-3479 / 083 266 1573
Irrigation enquiries:
Anthony Schaffler (011) 885-3479 / 083 320 9708
Koi & Water Gardens enquiries:
Penny Erasmus (011) 786-0323
Schafflers Florist Enquiries:
Megan (011) 786 0323
Under the Trees Restaurant & Coffee Shop enquiries:
Manageress Rebecca (011) 786-0242
Christine Schaffler 083 252 2090

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Abyssinia Restaurant - Kensington

Great food, let's eat!

the decor is of ethiopian art, culture and history

I had the pleasure of eating at Abyssinia Restaurant on my birthday recently and must say, the experience was very pleasant.
It is as the name indicates a proudly Ethiopian restaurant, right down to the decor and music, which I enjoyed very much.
You will leave a new person, having drank of Ethiopian culture, history and or coffee - which is some of the best in the world.

It's a tribal affair 

Perhaps not entirely but sharing is indeed caring here, a large tray of food is presented to all partaking in the eating ceremony and everyone just digs in - literally and merrily. This way of eating isn't entirely alien to me as most black African culture do practice it but if you haven't tried it before, don't be shy, do give it a try.

Beautiful food

The food was lovely, little bits of everything, it is the norm to eat of everything the chef prepared in one seating in Ethiopian restaurants, personally I have no qualms with the trend in fact I think it's very cool as I am not particularly brilliant at making good decisions in this field..
Most of what we had were little scribbles on paper to me - they are in Aramaic but they were nonetheless very yummy. 
The best thing as always, you don't have to deep too deep into your pocket to eat.
communal eating with hands at the abyssinia restaurant

The service

I can't fault the service in anyway, In fact I left the restaurant with a birthday present courtesy of the manager - what more could a girl ask for.
The waiter helping us had minor hiccups communicating in english but the manager came to his rescue and took us through the menu, explaining in great detail what all the dishes were made of.

The ambiance

It's a great atmosphere, a diverse collection of people having a good time, although the majority of the clientele is no doubt Ethiopian in search of a little bite of home.

Abyssinia Restaurant, 
Queen’s Street Kensington (opposite the Shell garage),
Tel: 072 9188824