• We went to check out the Sandton business lounge of ComAir, operators of British Airways and Kulula.
  • It now features a restaurant called 'The Course at SLOW in the City,' offering designer tapas that are individually paired with single malts. 
  • That is on top of the library, vertical garden, coffee shop, meeting rooms, lockers and shower facilities.  

The SLOW in the City lounge in Sandton, Johannesburg, has facilities that rival those of the most exclusive country clubs. Now ComAir, which operates British Airways and Kulula, has stepped it up with a new gourmet restaurant, "The Course at SLOW in the City".

Business Insider South Africa went to check out the urban business lounge and nibble on the new restaurant's gourmet offering  this is what we discovered.

The urban business lounge is a replica of the company's SLOW airport lounges found at Lanseria, OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka airports, just in a business district – with meeting rooms, a library, bistro, vertical garden, coffee shop, lockers, shower facilities and even offers spaces to host events in.

Meeting rooms offer the serenity of nature with vertical indoor gardens.

The Corner Diner meeting area is a cellar-like space with a backdrop of fine wines.

Observatory on Eighth meeting room is a more contemporary room with presentation equipment.

'Touch down desks' and desktops allow members to catch up on email.

The washrooms feature marble and imported fixtures.
Wall-mounted storage compartments are available to secure valuables.

The library features a wide selection of magazine titles, books and journals.
The coffee shop at The SLOW in City business lounge.

"SLOW in the City is a place where the busy can be separated from the rushed, where demands don't have to be accompanied by stress and where thoughts can flow without interruptions. A place where you can connect, concentrate or create in your own time."

The Course at SLOW in the City

"The Course at SLOW in the City" is an expansion of the business club's offering. The restaurant adds to the bistro and coffee shop on premises.

The inside of ComAir's The Course at SLOW in the City restaurant at the airline's business lounge in Sandton.

"Chefs and mixologists have created a menu to mirror the diverse environment The Course finds itself in, where local ingredients are showcased alongside global flavour trends from the very first bite," says the airline on the menu.

Business Insider SA went through the extensive choice of tapas-style plates, sampling the full sit-down menu which spans a selection of prime beef cuts, seafood and bistro style dishes, each paired with a unique signature cocktails  all made using Glenfiddich whisky, this quarter's single malt of choice.

Moroccan spiced beef being carved at The Course at SLOW.

Moroccan spiced beef fillet Carpaccio with citrus salad and pea puree — that comes paired with a Glenfiddich 15 year old single malt mixed with orange juice, Jägermeister and a ginger and sherry orgeat topped with crushed ice.

Coconut crumbed prawns served with grapefruit, rocket and avocado salad and a fig and cinnamon tuile — paired with a 15 year old Glenfiddich, shaken with grapefruit juice, bitters and a fig and black pepper syrup. Finished off with a cellulose topping and a cinnamon aroma.

Chicken breast roulade with apple, couscous and cranberry stuffing served with a citrus cabbage slaw and raspberry relish — paired with a Glenfiddich IPA with a berry syrup, apple cider shrub topped off with sparkling wine.

Some additional and delectable dishes

Accomplished Mixologist with Molecular Bars, Evert de Jong who refined the cocktail menu for The Course, says “we [The Course] have worked with the resident chefs to prepare house-made ingredients that are fresh and full of flavour. This has allowed us to create a truly signature menu, one that offers an invigorating look at classic cocktails, but also offers one-of-a-kind cocktails that are completely unique to the restaurant.”

Bespoke cocktails mixed from Glenfiddich's single malt flowing at The Course at SLOW in the City's bar.

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