review by: JP Myburg
Priva lounge is an exquisite fine dining restaurant in Pretoria. When entering the safe and secure parking area you get the sense of "escape". You see a well-lit restaurant on the first floor and the staircase leading up to Priva invites you with the aromas of fine wine, Cuban cigars and the best food you will find in quantity, quality and flavor in the Jacaranda city.
You are greeted at the ingress by friendly staff and shown to your table. Arriving at the table you'll find the best cutlery and crockery among an elementary setup table with ample amount of elegance and class. A host or hostess will then be at your service the whole evening, filling up water tumblers (with Italian spring water of course), topping up wine glasses and to explain the intricate, though spectacular menu Priva has to offer.
At Priva lounge you can enjoy a genuine Cuban cigar while waiting in-between courses or sit in the cigar lounge and enjoy a delectable platter with lamb, chicken, fish, fresh salads, risotto and may more accompaniments.
I opted for the five-course meal, accompanied with a wine tasting
1. an Amuse Bouche (pallet cleanser)
2. Beetroot Gnocchi with an herbal jus
3. Kingklip with flavored rice, cauliflower puree and mushroom/garlic sauce
4. Rib eye steak with snap peas
5. Hot chocolate fondant, peppermint crisp tart, Panna Cotta and Crème Brulee
My favorite was the kingklip dish, it was moist and tasted out of this world. Each dish brought a new dimension to the palette. I must compliment Priva for sourcing the best ingredients to complete each dish.
Marko and Angie Jovancic met on a cruise ship they both worked on abroad, he was born in Serbia and she is from South Africa. Angie, the wine sommelier and Marko, the hailed mixologist travelled the world. lived abroad and brought their love fusion to Pretoria to create this bravura. He is an award-winning cocktail mixologist and even does in-house demonstrations of intricate cocktails leaving you stunned and amazed.
Whether you want to visit them as a family, friends celebrating a special occasion or just meeting up with business colleagues - Priva is the best