Taking A Trip To Flavourtown: Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar Review

We sent seasoned foodie Shawn Greyling to eat his way through the imagination of  Flavourtown's mayor, Guy Fieri. Read on and be amazed...

One of my favourite Guy Fieri quotes is: "Cooking is like snow skiing: If you don't fall at least 10 times, then you're not skiing hard enough." And that rings true when it comes to the celebrity chef's first restaurant in South Africa. Walking into Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar for the first time is like being granted the ability to look into Guy's mind for a moment. There's a mechanical bull roaring in the corner, rock 'n roll blaring over the speakers and cheese sauce on every second plate. The ambience is pretty chilled; it's on par with a lekker pub on a Saturday evening – with the exception of the restrooms being clean. What you need to keep in mind is that, though Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar in Pretoria serves gourmet food, it does not dish up fine dining. As much as a Ferrari has its place in Pretoria East, a pub-style restaurant has its place in Menlyn. That makes sense, right? Cool, let's move on to the reason why we're all reading this article right now – the food.

The menu sings songs of long dusty roads, greasy diners and big red Corvettes. What's interesting is that where one would expect the starters to be, there is something called shareables. Now, instead of a little garden salad or a modest prawn cocktail, you will find Guy's infamous trash can nachos, sashimi won-tacos and chilli cheese fries. All of these are meant to be shared. You can go ahead and try to finish one of these dishes on your own but then you won't have any space left for mains.

And mains (or "big eats" as they call it) at Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar is like something out of his hit show, Diners, Drive Ins and Dives. You can expect a couple of signature dishes such as the mac and cheese burger, or as I like to call it, the Mac Attack – it's pretty good and enough to feed at least two people. Guy set out to embrace southern African cuisine as well and included items such as springbok loin served on a bed of mashed potatoes. Other interesting items would be the country fried chicken, the motley que sandwich and the tatted up turkey (which is covered in Guy's secret donkey sauce... don't worry, there are no donkeys in the sauce).

Before we get to dessert, we need to address the fact that it's called a kitchen and BAR. The drinks menu is quite... flavourful to say the least. Be adventurous and try out the caramel bacon deluxe milk shake, or the freaky tiki rum punch for something a bit more boozy. The drink choices were constructed in the same way the food menu was – with a lot of creativity and daring.

No trip to Flavourtown would be complete without something sweet. I highly recommend the dark chocolate whisky cake and Guy's signature cheesecake challenge (which is a marble cheesecake topped with – wait for it – potato chips, pretzels and hot fudge... yup).

In conclusion, Guy Fieri's Kitchen & Bar in Pretoria is the kind of place you go to stuff your face with over-the-top American food. What I am trying to get at is that this restaurant is injected with the personality of the chef whose name it bares. It's a fun and friendly type of place where you get to kick back, relax and forget about that diet of yours. Try it out and let me know what you think. Also, a big fat thing you need to take note of is that the restaurant has a strictly no under 18s policy as it forms part of the casino.


Trading Hours:

Monday –  Thursday: 12h00 – 23h00

Friday –  Saturday: 12h00 – 02h00

Sunday: 12h00 – 23h00

Public holidays: 12h00 – 23h00

By Shawn Greyling

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