Villa Bianca is the first of 21 restaurants created by owner Arthur Cavallineas, who has continued to run it with a hands-on approach for over 26 years. Arthur is also the same restauranteur that brought us the likes of FireRoom and Wasabi.
The longevity of Villa Bianca is testament to the flavours and textures of the food, accompanied by its passionate and innovative preparation. They serve Mediterranean cuisine and sushi made using only the finest local and imported ingredients; and organic wherever possible.
Food, glorious food
On arrival, we were met with the warmest welcome and introduced to our waiter, Melvin. Everyone seemed content and comfortable in the open plan space, which had a general good vibe about it.
I started off the evening with a blueberry GnT which tasted like an early dessert – yasss please! Ed and I shared the African Sushi Platter and Deep Fried Camembert for starters. We particularly loved how the Sushi Platter was influenced by African flavours with the inclusion of items like Springbok Carpaccio Roses.
As Melvin spoke us through the mouthwatering specials, he also gave us the low down on what flavours to expect and the perfect wine pairings for each meal. He was very knowledgable and suggested I try the Beyerskloof Pinotage with my Lindt Chilli Chocolate Fillet main, whilst Ed enjoyed the Seafood Platter. A great suggestion, thanks Melvin!
Another one of Villa Bianca’s specialities which they have been doing for over 20 years, is preparing food in front of guests, over an open flame. And I don’t know about you, but I can’t pass up the opportunity to have my food safely ON FIRE before my eyes, so I chose the Flambéed Cherries with Ice Cream for dessert whilst Ed chose the Bar One Sliders.
With the inclusion of their new menu offerings such as sushi made fresh on the premises, I applaud Villa Bianca for their modern take on a sophisticated fine dining experience.
You can also expect some old favourites such as the Greek Kleftiko, lamb shank, pizza, pasta and more.
The Villa Bianca ambience
The restaurant has a relaxed, open plan environment with a few tiered landings, including an inviting outdoor area. Inside, the neutral grey and beige tones are complemented with dashes of gold, dark mirrored pillars, and the light playing on the velvety sponged walls.
Every corner of the restaurant has its own personality and inspires a different feeling through the use of décor – a striking statement mirror, a gorgeous dripping candelabra, modern glass lamps, a grand fireplace, ornate chandeliers, abstract art and water features – all brought together with the same stylish mediterranean music adding to the ambience.
Villa Bianca is a contemporary gem in the heart of Kempton Park
The space lends itself to a romantic evening out, but could just as easily host a family gathering, an upmarket work function or a relaxed dinner amongst friends. Situated a mere 10 minutes drive from the OR Tambo International Airport also makes it the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal before catching a flight.
The service was superb, as we were served with a smile and given just the right amount of attention. Overall, the Villa Bianca experience is a good blend of traditional Mediterranean, coupled with an understated chic personality.
For more information visit www.villabianca.co.za
Words and images by Peaches
Disclaimer: Villa Bianca invited me to dine as a guest.