Opened in 2006, Clico Boutique Hotel is perfectly situated in the tranquil, leafy and upmarket suburb of Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa. Clicos location is convenience at your fingertips being just 900 metres from the Rosebank Gautrain station which means business hubs such as Sandton can be reached within five minutes by train and OR Tambo International Airport is only 20 stress-free minutes away. Ideally and centrally located, Clico is within walking distance of the newly refurbished Rosebank Mall as well as the Rosebank Clinic. Clico was established by Jeanette Schwegman, who wanted to cater for travel-weary and discerning guests. Poised to accommodate corporate guests as well as leisure seeking tourists, this 60-year old Cape Dutch building is an engaging mix of old and new. The name Clico was inspired by Jeanettes passion for champagne, with her favourite being Veuve Clicquot. Guests who prefer a more intimate, somewhat unpretentious establishment which offers attention to all the important details, as well as personalised interaction with staff, find Clico to be their first choice. Clico meets your needs by offering comfortable rooms, five star cuisine and top quality function facilities. Rates are highly competitive (weekend reductions and room only specials available) with free wifi, all taxes and coffee & tea making facilities included in all rooms. Bed & Breakfast rates include a full breakfast served in the Clico Restaurant. Clico Restaurants cuisine is unique and known for its element of fine dining, comprising daily seasonal menus which can be adjusted to personal dietary requirements and allergies. Clicos conference facility is unique, diverse and ideal for smaller and more intimate events and conferences, fitted with the best and latest AV equipment and featuring sliding doors that open onto the garden with an outside patio area for drinks and canapes.
A big drawcard for this boutique hotel is its location in a stately old home in Rosebank, close to the Gautrain and the shopping hub. Named after the owners favourite Champagne, Veuve Clicquot, Clico launched in 2015. Its known for a gastronomic tasting menu with expertly paired wines – including some unusual boutique wines. Stepping into the restaurant is like being welcomed into someones home. Its modern and small – only 11 tables and one sitting per night – so be prepared to be treated like an honoured guest. The six-course seasonal tasting menu reflects head chef Marnus Schollys prowess and innovative flair in the kitchen. His first love is pastry, seen in his precision and detail when it comes to ingredients and flavour. Marnus achieved head chef status at age 25 as a result of his dedication to constant refinement. What he wants to shine through on the plate is balance, leaning towards the classics. Hes currently playing with fermentation and finding alternatives to dairy – like coconut milk to add creaminess in his butternut gnocchi starter (with roasted mushrooms, spinach and Parmesan). Theres an element of ‘healthiness on the plate, with lots of seeds to add depth and crunch. A highlight on the tasting menu is the vibrant beetroot-cured salmon gravlax – beautifully plated with savoury muesli, basil and cream cheese. Not only is he a fan of design and art, Marnus is constantly inspired by his food heroes: Raymond Blanc, Marco Pierre White, Michel Roux Jnr, Daniel Humm and Bo Bech. At home Marnus conjures up inventive baby food for his first born – hake poached in milk and stewed lamb are favourites! “As chefs we need to embrace technique to create a five-star experience.” Chef Marnus Scholly