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If you like Portuguese food and you find yourself in the East Rand you’ll be a very happy camper. Jozi foodblogger @chalokaawa invited me along with @fatima_wadee and @designed_by_dija to try out the newly opened @marinado_restaurants in Lakefield. With fabulous company on a weekday afternoon it was just the break from the hum-drum that was needed.
Situated at the new Lakefield Junction complex which is a sister complex to the one on Atlas Road called Atlas Junction, the complex includes the new Le Kreamery, Al Saud bakery, a spice shop, fruit & veg and a barber. The contemporary design is light and airy and there are tables inside and outside to take advantage of the Joburg summer.
We had the nachos and tempura prawns to start. The nachos is a baked version which could be great as a light meal. I enjoyed the nachos but felt it could use some heat. We had the good sense to share our starters because the main platter we ordered literally got the better of us. It included a half chicken, 20 prawns and Kingklip. My favourite was the kingklip which had a delicious spicy crust, and the creamy lemon butter sauce swimming at the bottom of the dish was subtle but delicious over the chicken. I tied their signature peri-peri sauce as well but much preferred the lemon butter.
Desserts was a salted caramel baked cheesecake and a chocolate volcano. Both went down a treat with all of us, though as you may know I am always partial to chocolate anything.
In spite of sharing this meal and having a lot left over I was still pretty stuffed afterwards. So my parting tip is go hungry…
Oh, they also serve an all day breakfast which is a welcome addition to the Benoni halaal brunch crowd. I had the Marinado Chicken Tramezzini on a previous occasion which I found lacked flavour and had too little cheese. But I hear the French Toast is amazing and will be trying that in the future.