Library Lounge, OR Tabmo International Airport

Flying back and forth from Jo’burg gets exhausting, but I’m always glad to get to the airport a little early when I can, and get treated like royalty at The Library Lounge at O.R. TamboApart from a small yet temptation-packed buffet, they have an a-La-carte menu too. Just in case there aren’t enough calories on display.

I didn’t get the name of the bubbly I had with snacks before lunch, which was delicious and dry, but I remembered I actually have a food & wine blog when I decided to taste some of the wines they have on offer after that first glass.

The food at the lounge is on another level, catered by Olive Plates Rental & Catering. I had some of the snacks with a glass of bubbly, and then I ordered Salmon Tepanyaki with greens and mash from the menu. Food came very quickly, a little like teenage sex. The Salmon was perfectly cooked, medium in the centre, crispy skin on top, and just the right amount of Tepanyaki. I’d fly to Jo’burg again just to be able to have another plate of this.

Then I tasted these two:

De Morgenzon Wine Estate Maestro White 2015 Nice white to have with a rich, light dish like salmon. I usually go with a heavier Chardonnay, but this white blend is a lovely change.

Then I had a taste of the Miles Mossop Wines Laskia 2014 – a white blend of Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Clairette blanche. You can taste the Chenin, and the Viognier adds a bit of depth. Went well with an almond croissant after lunch.

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