Emperors Palace has revolutionised the classic buffet offering by adding the new restaurant, Rosetta’s, to its culinary family.
The restaurant is divided in to three eating areas. The first outside area is a relaxed Bistro space complemented by a deli-style display area featuring a selection of freshly made artisanal breads, paninis, cakes, an ice cream station, milkshake station, and a waffle and pancake area.
For quick bites or snacks-on-the-go, passers-by have an opportunity to savour delicious ready-to-eat items. Upon entering Rosetta’s, early risers and late diners are met by a 24-hour Bistro that serves an à la carte, quick service eating menu with a selection of down-to-earth comfort foods.
The second eating area is the central space that offers the flexibility to expand the outside area into a larger seating space, or can be opened up completely into the main restaurant space. Alternatively, the space can be closed off for private functions and conference groups.
The third area is the main restaurant and kitchen concept, which encapsulates the buffet, the banquette seating and freestanding table seating. The abundant presentation of the buffet in the kitchen area serves a bevy of cuisines from around the world and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy excellent food at reasonable prices.
With freshly prepared dishes and made-to-order à la minute cooking stations, the menu is continually improved through promotional offers, seasonal changes and the chefs’ personal choices. A welcome feature at dinnertime is “bottomless soda”, with selected red and white house wines on tap included in the menu price.
Boasting a fresh interior, an increased 290 seating capacity, clean lined contemporary finishes and a modern feel that stimulates and awakens the senses, the restaurant is subdivided into three different spaces though the innovative use of sliding stacking Mashrabiya screens (an Arabic term given to a projecting oriel window that is enclosed with carved wood latticework) which allows operational efficiencies.
The Egyptian inspired artwork is noticeable on stone walls with hieroglyphic carvings and an eye-catching eclectic mixture of feature Egyptian lanterns. Punches of olive green shades are offset against the monochromatic colour scheme of the high domed ceiling that promotes clean and uncluttered simplicity.
The kitchen chefs prepare the majority of the dishes live in front of the guests, while cohesively working to present seven distinct culinary speciality sections in the restaurant. These sections include a Harvest Table with a selection of salads, mezze’s, cold starters, sushi, soups and an Artisanal bread station.
For meat lovers the Rotisserie, Roasts and Grill section features mouth-watering ribs, boerewors, chicken wings, whole chicken and beef topside with sauces and accompaniments.
The Comfort dish section will see diners tuck into venison, tripe, traditional stews and casseroles, creamed spinach and other hot vegetables. The Mediterranean Station on features a bevy of grilled prawns, deep fried calamari, island style seafood, a pasta station and pizza expertly prepared in the wood-fired oven.
For something a little spicier, the Pan-Asian station showcases mouth-watering Thai curries, North Indian curries, samoosa’s, Indian pickles, a Chinese Wok station, sweet and sour pork, Beef Chow Mein, Chinese spring rolls and sushi.
Dining at Rosetta’s is truly a family affair with a Kiddies Station that includes a mini selection of hot dogs, beef burgers, pizza, chicken burgers, cheese grillers, and macaroni and cheese.
To round off the dining experience, a generous sweet selection at the Dessert Station will see diners satisfying their sweet tooth with cheesecake, bread and butter pudding, chocolate Swiss roll, freshly baked cakes, soft serve ice creams, pancakes and waffles.
Emperors Palace is a Peermont resort and conveniently located alongside O.R. Tambo International Airport.