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Monday, 12 November 2012

Albizia - A true sparkle in the Gem of Cullinan

If ever you want to spoil yourself one Saturday or Sunday and are feeling at a loss of what to do, do yourself the favour of heading down to a little town called Cullinan just North East of Pretoria.
This charming village has managed to hold on to much of its mine village character - its historic stone and corrugated iron mine workers’ houses, offices and churches a throwback to the mining times of the early 1900s. Cullinan is famous for the discovery of what became known as the Cullinan Diamond - the largest rough gem-quality diamond ever found.
But if I had any say in why this town is famous, I would attribute it's fame to Oak Avenue, and especially Albizia Restaurant.

If you follow Oak Avenue, lined with both Oak and Jacaranda trees, down to the end you'll discover the Gem of Cullinan - no, not the diamond, the restaurant... Albizia. An eclectic yet amazingly comfortable restaurant hailed by House and Leisure as "South Africa's best kept food secret".

The menu changes constantly and you are are ALWAYS treated something outstanding.
Our party of 4 each ordered a different dish and were so enamoured with our choices that we didn't even think of sharing :-)

Apart from the food and the atmosphere, you might also be privileged enough to bump into a local celeb or two. While there I had the privilege of chatting to Laurika Rauch  who strongly suggested I tried the "skaapsterjies" a suggestion which with I wholeheartedly concurred as they were absolutely amazing.

Knowing that a picture says more than a 1000 words here's what we had:

Albizia flat-bread pizza

Goat's Cheese Salad

Halloumi Salad

Here's the menu for THAT day ;-)

And some other rather happy clients had the following to say:

So how do you get there?
Their address is 47 Oak Avenue, Cullinan.

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