I think I may have just found my new favourite local spot – Lanser’s on Main – a relaxed family bistro styled restaurant in Bryanston and which is so close to my home that I am not sure why I have not visited it until now!
Located above the Weleda Pharmacy in the rather eccentric building on the corner of Main and Culross – the view is one of the highlights of visiting, but it’s the food, ambience and attention to detail that will keep you coming back again and again.
The staff are friendly and helpful, and as it was our first time visiting – I wanted to try as many things as possible to allow me to get an idea of what was on offer – and did Lanser and his team pull out all the stops. Our table was nearly not big enough for all the tasty and wholesome dishes that arrived and to pick a favourite would be nearly impossible.
The balcony and its sparkling fairy lights promise to be a popular seating area in summer, and the views out over the surrounding suburbs are breathtaking. The decor is simple and plain, but added accents of photo frames, a small cactus in a beautiful teacup and saucer on the table, small touches here and there that make it feel homey, but not in an overdone way.
Their version of Steak Tartare was incredible – allowing one to add a bit of all the different herbs and spices, mustard to create your own taste, complete of course with a raw egg on top, and to shake things up a shot of cognac on the side – choose to do with it as you wish – throw it in the steak tartare or down your throat, whatever works, haha!
Their Springbok Carpaccio, topped with fennel, rocket and parmesan shavings was so fresh and one of the best carpaccio’s I have had in ages, and my vegetarian guest raved about their creamy Mushroom Soup and the Mushroom Parcels – beautifully created in phyllo pastry and surrounded by a creamy mushroom sauce to complete the taste journey.
We also shared their Tomato Tart, roasted tomato with an apricot mustard crust( yes, I know, right!) and topped with basil and chevre, light and fluffy and the perfect starter to stave off those hunger pangs while you deliberate on your main course.
The main course saw much deliberation as the menu offers loads of tasty-sounding options from meat and fish, to pasta and pizza’s but we opted to share a banting base pizza with our concoction of cheese and rocket and it was delish and a Roasted Beet Salad with Goat’s Cheese to share and it was perfect. I love leaving a restaurant feeling satisfied but not too full, and this meal was just that for me – tasty, filling but not over the top at all.
Admittedly our eyes may have been bigger than our tummies as we did not even make it to the dessert menu, by the way, I am totally going back fro Lanser’s personally recommended Chocolate Fondant, and maybe the Panna Cotta and maybe… okay, so another trip is required for sure.
I highly recommend this quaint little spot, and cannot wait to return super soon for another tasty and fulfilling meal – served with a dollop of love and care!
PS – the sign behind my head says “Wine is Bottled Poetry’ 🙂
A: 453 Main Rd, Bryanston, Sandton
H: 11h30 – 21h30 Monday to Saturday, Closed on Sundays