So just before I went off on my blog break last year, I partied the night away with the team from Orphanage Cocktail Emporium to celebrate the launch of Johann’s Dining Room.
But what exactly is Johann’s Dining Room all about? Well the Orphanage guys have decided to take on a series of “Orphan Chefs” who will be creating special menus for Orphanage guests to enjoy. Orphan Chefs are described as talented young chefs who have not had their own restaurants before, and each chef will headline the Dining Room for a minimum period of 12 months.
The very first Orphan Chef is Johann Breedt who trained in the UK with with Raymond Blanc and who has since worked at The Twelve Apostles, Lanzerac, The Westin and most recently The Taj Hotel. Johann has created a tempting tapas style menu which is great for sharing and includes options like: Pizzetta Zucchini with Avocado, Peas & Ricotta with a Basil & Grape Chutney, Charcoal Grilled Spicy Chicken Skewers and Panga Fritters with Spicy Mayonnaise.
Orphanage has long been a favourite of mine. If you’re looking for a spot to have some drinks, it’s always one of my suggestions. I’ve also always loved the decor and the sexy feel of the place, and their cocktails really are the some of the best in town. I think the addition of Johann’s Dining Room is a cool idea, giving this old favourite of mine a fresh new touch.The other new feature you’ll spot if you swing by is their snazzy new signage: But I know what you’re thinking, what does Johann’s full menu look like? No stress, I got you covered. Here it is: Orphanage is open Mon – Thu & Sat from 5pm to 2am and Fridays from 3pm. For more info and bookings you can contact them on 021 424 2004 and you’ll find them at 227 Bree St (on the corner of Bree & Orphan Street).
They do get quite busy some evenings, so I would recommend booking a table if you’re planning on having something to eat. Otherwise the dishes are at least easy enough to enjoy at the bar as well.