Recently we celebrated my sister in laws 30th birthday. A mother of 4, including a set of twins, she never fails to surprise me with her zest for life! If there’s one thing that we have in common, it’s the love for food. She’s an extreme foodie to the extent where she has made lists of places to eat while in different parts of the world.
I was assigned the duty of selecting the venue for the event and so I decided on life grand café. Life grand café is a restaurant franchise founded by Maira Koutsoudakis, they have branches in Midrand, Waterkloof and Hyde Park. Maira is the founder of the Life Grand group which includes the restaurant chains as well as a successful interior design company.
We visited the restaurant based in Waterfall corner, Midrand. The setting is simplistic and earthy. You have the option of indoor and outdoor seating which is well transitioned to exaggerate the flow and simplicity of the restaurants theme. The open plan concept allows for you to bask in the freshness of a summer’s day breeze but is also great as you don’t feel congested if you choose to be seated indoors.
The menu is phenomenal with a wide range of dishes to choose from. for the nibblers, traditional tapas or freshly prepared sushi to satisfy your cravings. There’s a salad bar filled with the most tantalizing toppings awaiting your selection.
For those that are looking to indulge there’s a spread of seafood and meat dishes that will awaken your taste buds, as well a pasta bar and earth’s best wood fired pizzas.
We ordered almost everything we could, considering that we were limited to the vegetarian/non-alcoholic options. We ordered an array of pizzas including the Rosa tomato with basil pizza, vegetarian pizza and the garlic and herbed focaccia. The One pizza that really stood out for me would have to be the spicy prawn, tomato and wild rocket pizza that was devoured in seconds upon reaching the table.
The sushi was extremely delicious and fresh! There was great balance between the different components and I would highly recommend you visiting life grand if you’re a sushi lover!
The pastas were made with a very specific attention to flavour. They were bursting with fresh Rosa tomatoes and the best selected vegetables. The pasta itself was cooked perfectly and is a great lunch or dinner dish.
The presentation of the food was a mixture between contemporary and modern country style serving. The environment of the restaurant is so welcoming, its fuss free and is a great venue for family lunches or dinner as well as light meals or drinks. I am a huge fan of their passion fruit and mango granita, it is frozen perfection! Ask for it specifically.
Over all the service was excellent, the staff really went out of their way to accommodate to my specifications and they allowed me to bring balloons, which they set up for me! I loved the vibe and the food was out of this world. Life Grand is definitely a must visit, and I will be making my way back to sample their magnificent pastry and desserts which I sadly missed out on.
Happy Dining and Happy Birthday Tasneem!
Contact them on
Middle mall .Hyde park corner
William Nicol and Jan smuts drive
+2711 325 4350
113 The club
Dely and Pinnaster rd.
+27 17 346 1031
57 Waterfall Corner
Woodmead and Maxwell drive
+27 10 596 9000