Forget shabby chic, Savages is just beautifully chic!
From the moment you glimpse the grounds through the stylish front entrance, every step to the restaurant impressed me more. The grounds are immaculately groomed, the flower gardens beautifully kept. Confronted by the Victorian Veranda and the sweeping steps, access for those needing assistance is guaranteed by a disability ramp to the right of the open veranda dining area.
The sense of arrival is lovely with a magnificent dresser greeting one before stepping into the restaurant. The gleaming floor, well-spaced tables, booth dining for those who wish, through to the display cabinets at the end, are all very inviting. Savages had a relaxed vibe going when we arrived. The restaurant was bursting at the seams, the staff were covering off the bases and it felt good to be in a great environment. The team looked smart in their black uniforms emblazoned with the Savages logo. Matthew, our waiter, did a fine job explaining the fare and was attentive when confronted with a gluten allergy. Later, speaking to Monde, I could not help be impressed by the level of pride she has for the restaurant, for her colleagues and the overall goal to be successful. Cindy has hand-picked a great team and this was easily evidenced.
I was really impressed with the menu. Simple, but covers all the bases for a great lunch for anyone’s taste. The creamy pumpkin soup was divine. The choices thereafter included a number of flat breads a nice mix of salads, all day breakfast option with add-on’s as you please and then a great vegetarian option, followed by risotto, quiche, fish & chips and a great range of burgers. I can highly recommend the snickers bar milkshake whilst my sister-in-law made short work of the rose water infused Turkish delight milkshake.
After lunch there is the opportunity to browse the Victorian Veranda Gift Shop. Again, this is beautifully set up with a wide range of interesting gifting opportunities. Finally, there is the function room, absolutely perfect for birthday parties, conferences, smaller intimate weddings etc. Cindy, the owner, adds a very personal touch by being present and being engaged with her patrons.
So, if you find yourself in Port Elizabeth, then a visit to this Park Drive address in Central is absolutely well worth while!