This smart corner development incorporates a bakery, cafe, restaurant and cocktail bar, and is a welcome boost to one of Joburg's most artistically rich areas. In a clever design trick the contemporary space mixes the industrial with the natural, juxtaposing steel-framed windows, facebrick walls and polished concrete floors with warm brown leather upholstery, abundant palms, copper lamps, bright blue tiles and vertical gardens, making it difficult to imagine that in its previous incarnation this warm and friendly neighbourhood hangout was just a tired old and dusty scooter shop.
Launched by the same people who brought Social on Main to Bryanston, head chef Andrew Green (formerly of Nobu) has created a casual and contemporary menu that offers plenty of items to share as well as tapas sized plates and a broad choice of mains.
There's a focus on fresh, locally sourced organic ingredients and high quality meats cooked long and slow. We particularly loved the beef short rib and the beautifully presented asparagus arancini, a clever twist on a classic that makes a pleasant change from the usual vegetarian options. Other stand out items that have been given plenty of pep include the roasted sea bass, served with cauliflower puree, charred baby gems and a coconut and garam masala sauce and the West Coast mussels cooked in apple cider, calvados and thyme and served with sourdough.
For breakfast start with the basics such as a bacon butty or poached eggs and smashed avo on rye or for a special treat there's slow cooked pork cheeks served with black pudding, egg, truffle and a homemade HP sauce.
BRC also stands out from the crowd with its excellent cocktail selection expertly mixed behind a Spanish tiled bar overlooking the street. Favourites include the zesty Collection's Negroni, a deep orange colour, it is made with gin, vermouth, campari and Capertif (a long forgotten South African fortified wine that has recently found new popularity) and the Bolton Road Spritz, BRC's take on the classic Aperol Spritz made with a touch of vanilla essence.
For a novel experience try the unusual Smokey Bear (tequila, rum, pineapple, hickory smoke, peach and pine tea), while for classic sundowners the bar has its own mix and match gin and tonic menu with a wide choice of local and international craft gins (including British favourites Sipsmith and The Botanist) served with your choice of craft tonic and garnish.
BRC shares a street with some of Joburg's leading contemporary art galleries including Goodman Gallery, the photography gallery Res and print specialists David Krut Projects. In a nod to their artistic neighbours, Cape Town based graffiti artist Sonny was commissioned to paint a three-storey mural, overlooking the building's car park, of a psychedelic elephant which has already become one of the most prominent works of public art in Rosebank. With another restaurant and bar also opening imminently in the same corner, Bolton Road Collection looks set to become one of Rosebank's coolest new hangouts.