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Of Butcher and Thai Chefs

The Princess is such a glutton. For 3 days in a row, she went dining in nice restaurants, with good food and good company.

The Butcher Shop and Grill located at Nelson Mandela Square serves superb meats complemented by fine wine. The last time The Princess tried their Babeque Pork Ribs, she was hooked, so this time she brainwashed everybody to dine at the Butcher.

Many restaurants, bars and cafes at Nelson Mandela Square

Appetizer of beef sausage in tomato based gravy

Grilled Chicken Salad

Chilli Barbeque Pork Ribs with sauteed vegetables on side

Take a look at how big that rack of ribs is! The meat is so juicy and tender it literally falls off the bone. Putting away the fork and knife, she tore into the ribs with her hands. It was so good she thought she had died and gone to heaven.

T-Bone Steak with a side of fries

Chicken Kebabs with fries

After a hearty meal, what better way to digest all those food other than having good conversation accompanied by beer.

She stayed at Intercontinental Southern Sun Tower and was plesantly surprised to find a tub of honey tinted lip balm by her bedside. Very thoughful housekeeping and a very nice touch indeed by housekeeping.

Next day, they decided on Trump instead as it's reputed for it's pork ribs, some say even better than Butcher's. However, this time she shared the pork ribs and when the dish arrived, she was glad. Look at the montrosity that is the pork ribs! It more than doubled the portion at Butcher's.

Barbeque Pork Ribs in Peri-Peri Sauce with fries, creamy spinach and mashed pumpkin

She still very much prefer the one at Butcher's as in Trump, the meat is tougher and the marinade hasn't really penetrate the meat thoroughly. But it was cheaper (Rand 70) compared to Butcher's (Rand 98).

South Africans love going out and have a good time. Dining at nice restaurants with good selections of wine doesn't need to cost you a leg and an arm. And they have big appetite huh, looking at how huge the food portion is. Truly a meat-eater nation.

She was surprised to see cocktails prepared with absinthe in a cafe one day. Absinthe is an anise flavoured spirit derived from herbs including wormwood. Absinthe is highly potent due to it's high proof, so much so it was banned in certain European countries, but later the EU reauthorised it's manufacture and sale.

Shooter - Left is Apple Pie and on the right is AAA, look at the green layer of absinthe on top

Seafood pizza to go with the alco

Who needs a watchdog when you can have a watch hippo?

Beauty is kissing the beast

They also checked out Wang Thai, a Thai restaurant with posh interior. They were seated near the glass enclosed kitchen, watching the Thai chefs thick in action. Nice food and not very expensive at all. She's loving the Jo'burg dining scene by now.

Fried noodles with beef in chilli and basil leave

Pad Thai

Now how to get rid of those fats clinging on her stomach, FAST, as CNY is approaching and that means more food. Gulp.

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