Birthday celebrations are always a challenge, especially when you’ve got little time to plan. When you’re not in the mood for turning 31, it’s even more of a challenge. Turn ’n Tender, however, has the perfect solution. Situated in Abland’s newly developed Loftus Park, Pretoria’s latest Turn ’n Tender is nestled between Vovo Tello’s lovely historic building and the upcoming Protea Hotel by Marriott.
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What started out as an informal birthday lunch as a family ended up being a memorable experience – a story we’ve already shared with a number of friends. The Turn ’n Tender team has clearly mastered the art of balance within the restaurant, which is not always as easy as it may seem. Creating a comfortable, inviting atmosphere combined with a well-planned menu and good service it is often quite a challenge, with one of these frequently taking priority above the others, but Turn ’n Tender juggles these priorities well.
Their menu is typically South African, with local dishes like marrow bones and lamb potjie standing out as some of the obvious favourites. They also cater for visitors around the globe with their speciality steaks, giving it an interesting twist with different flavours. Their Argentinian steak, for instance, comes with Chimichurri (onion, red pepper, garlic, chilli, parsley, white wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice) and their Greek steak is served with rosemary, oregano butter and roasted garlic.
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The Turn ’n Tender steakhouse is fitted out with rustic tiles and lovely wooden floors, with bronze fittings and stylish lighting adding to the atmosphere and its large window, allows for great people watching opportunities. The waiters are friendly and attentive and good with children.
There is always that one restaurant you’d refer friends to when they ask for recommendations for birthday celebrations, corporate lunches or catching up with friends – and Turn ’n Tender at Loftus Park is exactly that.
416 Kirkness St, Arcadia
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