Chillin’ at Churchills

Our first introduction to Churchills was a good couple of months ago, when we attended a whisky tasting evening at this venue.

The first thing you notice when you walk in, is the luxurious decor – and the fact that the ambience is in stark contrast to the bright and shiny Melrose Arch Mall – where the main entrance of Churchills is located.

Boozy Foodie, Churchills, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

My first impression then was:  “Oh wow”!

Churchills is simply beautiful – it reminds you of the study that your oh-so-very-English uncle used to have (and what I actually still want!), with heavy leather couches and long bookshelves lining the walls.

Churchills, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, BoozyFoodie

And there are actually real books on the shelves – I spotted a few interesting titles, and what would a beautiful study be without a few copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica?

Churchills, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, BoozyFoodie

So, seeing that we didn’t really have the opportunity to try some of the dishes on Churchill’s menu previously, I was thrilled when we were invited to pop in for bubbly and dinner!  Yay!   And this is how a weeknight must be spent.

Churchills, Melrose Arch, BoozyFoodie, Johannesburg
Bubbly by candlelight

The new menu features a good variety of dishes – starters, nibbles, platters, meat dishes and salads.  There aren’t pages and pages of options, but that it okay as well – I rather prefer a more condensed menu with a few quality dishes anyway.  Quality over quantity – always!

We started off trying a few starter dishes.  I just can’t resist arancini, so I HAD to try it!  In addition to the rice balls, we decided to try the jalapeno poppers as well.  I am not a fan of the burn-the-hell-out-of-you kind of poppers – but I am always eager to find a jalapeno popper that is spicy, but doesn’t numb all five your senses at once.

These little bites were so good!  Tasty and really delicious – we were actually considering just ordering another round of starters and calling it dinner!  So yes, that means that the jalapeno poppers got a big thumbs up!

But then another menu item caught our eye….  Churchills features a few platters to share on the menu and this one really tickled our fancy:

Caprese, prosciutto, warm toasted bread, grilled veggies (freshly grilled – it was still warm), with feta and olives.  Fresh and beautiful!  The ideal option for a lighter dinner to share, or even as a platter to share with after-work-drinks.

We were so impressed with the new menu at Churchills.  It shows that this is a venue that is so much more than a simply a trendy spot to grab a few drinks on the way home, the food is definitely up to scratch as well.  I can imagine that it will be great for birthday parties and year-end functions as well!

A beautiful venue where you can indulge in gorgeous eats, and an impressive collection of fine spirits and cigars, while chilling on the comfortably leather couches – absolute bliss!

I must also mention that we had excellent service, from the moment we walked in!  Thank you so much for your hospitality!

Want to find out more?  Check out their website http://www.churchillsbar.co.za/   Churchills often hosts some very exciting events – like whisky tastings, gin events, wine evenings etc – never a dull moment at this happening spot!  See the upcoming events listed on the Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/Churchills.ZA/

All photos credited to JP Schoeman (Noble Savage)

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