When we first got engaged one of dearest couple friends The Smiths rushed us out to the Cradle to the Restaurant for sun-downer cocktails to wish us well, and what a setting it was. If I remember correctly I think we ended up staying for supper and just making a whole evening of it, and since then The Cradle Restaurant has always held a special place in my heart.
When it comes to living in Joburg, we can be sentimental but that does not mean we will rush back to a restaurant that does not excel in areas of food quality, service and ambience/decor. Somehow it has been that over the years we have come to return to this particular venue, for reasons varying from work events, meals with friends and again yesterday for another very special wedding.
What an amazing wedding it was. The ceremony setting was completely unique, with all of us escorted on land rovers deep into the bush for the simplest of backdrops to the most meaningful of vows. The decor was beautiful and Elben&Anri did the most outstanding job of all the design elements from their savethedate to the individualised Josh&Meegs facts at each place related to the theme of the table.
Personally I loved the lampshades
but the energy of Josh and Meegs was in everything in every way, and Josh said it so beautifully when he said “it means so much that in the busyness you have chosen to be here tonight with us, and so just for tonight we are yours and you are ours” and the party just got started from there. Ok I think I might be lying perhaps feet started tapping when Josh and the groomsmen first went down the aisle…I missed the first part because I was arbitrarily taking photos not realising what was coming our way!
So as you can imagine with all this going on, who would be concentrating on the food – oh but how wrong you are. Whilst waiting for our transport back up to the Restaurant we enjoyed a delightful pimms with a selection of snacks which were just the thing to tide us over. Looking back the food just seemed to go on and on through the evening and we could not help ourselves but to dive in with gusto at every opportunity – although Chantal did bemoan the 4 pieces of homemade bread she had indulged in when we first arrived ahead of the bridal couple and were unsure how long the wait would be.
We were soon served beautifully plated gorgonzola and toasted walnuts on bruschetta with blue gum honey, really the pudding of the starters if I could say so, it was too divine. We then enjoyed the somewhat startling speeches – who knew we would hear the details of the bride’s fathers swimmers and all that went into her entry into this world? The various speeches duration allowed for some much needed space creation before we were served mains, which were a choice of fillet or pan-seared yellowtail which had most couples eagerly sharing in order to enjoy the best of both.
Josh’s speech will long be remembered as the definitive in groom’s speeches, he really knows how to bring a room to tears, and so we were more than ready for the nutty phyllo with strawberries & mascarpone to give us the energy we needed for the dance floor. Of course I need to improve my skillset in these things because at this point I had been both so engrossed in conversation and yummy food that I stopped capturing anything on my phone, so no visuals for you, sorry.
I think though in summary the point of this story, is that sometimes we have special times with the ones we love and sometimes we have wonderful foodie experiences which are worth raving about for days and weeks to come, but there is nothing better, than when the two come together to complement and enhance the serendipity of such occasions. Thank you Josh&Meegs for what could be our last visit to a very special place, you have sealed a world of memories in the best possible way.