Location: Thorn Tree Cafe Sarova Stanley
Time: Friday . 7.15 pm
I love Fridays evenings, especially when I have to go to a restaurant or event to do a blog review. Last Friday, I wanted to check out Sarova Stanley’s Mongolian Theme Night that my friend Hilda had mentioned a few days ago. I also had a photographer accompanying me, so I knew that I would have time to get the full experience, and not be worried too much about taking blog photos. I had an assignment earlier that day and I did not have time to change out of my jeans after work. I had crossed my fingers that my colleagues wouldn’t be all dolled up.
In attendance, were Janet & Hilda (from Sarova), Sylar (Friend & photographer for the day), Zach, Sandra and Mr.T. I had not met Sandra, Zach or Mr.T before, so it was amazing to network & talk to new people. The night started off on a high note with people laughing and talking as we ‘downed’ the St. Germaine soup. Most people were not so keen on this soup . It was a garden peas’ soup with a smooth consistency.
It is so strange that the Thorn Tree Cafe is nested in the heart of C.B.D. and I had never been here before. I had a great time reviewing this restaurant for the first time. The establishment was relatively empty at 7.20 pm but diners kept came in after some time . Walking in, we were greeted by smiling hostesses and then, we were ushered to our table. I loved the theme of the restaurants and the arrangement. There were paintings and embellishments on the wall. The cafe was also well spaced out. Our table sat smack in the center of the room and we had a great view of the chefs and the display tables.
There was some music in the background. This music reminded me of Sarova Panafric. The room was well lit and I could smell the different foods that the chefs were preparing. Before people settled in, we went to the display table and it was evident the oriental influence in the ingredients that subtly brought out the Mongolian theme. Examples of raw ingredients were vegetables including carrots, bean sprouts, mushrooms , onions, green peppers etc. There were meats including chicken, beef, seafood among others. There was food spices like red pepper and coriander. The idea was to grab a plate and select the raw foods that the chef would prepare for you as you watched from the table.
The focus of the Mongolian Theme is the self selection and live cooking. The food is cooked on an iron pan/plate and you cant help but notice the drama as the chef skillfully adds the ingredients and magic sauces. There is a sizzle, clanking and splashing of sauces. There is also a cloud of smoke that stems from that mixture and you cant help but imagine how good the food will taste. The food smells amazing!