Separating The Grapes And The Wine 

There is a misconception that you can only get the best wine experience in the Cape. But the truth is that Johannesburg is certainly a contender when it comes to a fantastic wine experience.

If you like to sip a good glass of wine or enjoy a candlelit dinner completed with your favourite red or white, this is just for you.

Joburg has many wine tastings and wine journeys for you to explore.

Wine Garden Joburg

Publik

Situated on a bustling street in Rosebank, Publik is a wine bar surrounded by creativity and art.

They have unique wine that always get patrons talking. But this is exactly what Publik is all about - starting a conversation about amazing wine. Their wine options change frequently, ensuring there is always something new for you to explore.

Stop by and try a pairing of their quality wine and delicious food, you won't be disappointed.

Address: 2 Bolton Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Wine Spots Joburg

Great Domaines 

Great Domaines prides themselves on their fine wine. Their passion for this beverage shines through, offering some of the best wine from around the world.

This wine spot offers select rare wine from France, Italy, Lebanon and Portugal, among others. Their rare selection of wine includes a choice range of Chateaus as well as Northern and Southern Burgundy Domaines.

Address: 2 Jameson Ave, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Ivy Champagne Garden

Champagne, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, stands out. This drink is not only for events and celebrations. Just as with wine, champagne should be enjoyed every now and then. Ivy Champagne Garden brings together Africa and Asia with their range of champagne.

This should definitely be on your bucket list if you are a lover of all things champagne.

Address: 3rd floor, 2 Arbroath Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Wine Spots Joburg

Verdicchio Restaurant & Wine Cellar 

Situated at Montecasino, Verdicchio is a Tuscan-style Mediterranean restaurant offering a healthy choice of wine.

This restaurant is a great place for those looking to pair their meal with a delicious glass of wine. The ambience at Verdicchio completes the romantic and cosy setting.

Address: Shop 9, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Wine Garden Joburg

Gallagher The Wine Garden

If you are looking for something that is secluded and allows you peace of mind then Gallagher Wine Bar should be your regular spot.

Part of a convention centre in Midrand, this is the spot to meet other wine lovers and enjoy good wine and delicious food.

Address: Gallagher Convention Centre, Richards Dr, Halfway House, Midrand.

Wine Garden Joburg

Gerakaris Family Wines

Gerakaris is a winery that welcomes you to host events, such as corporate parties or birthdays. Situated near Delta Cafe, this is the perfect spot for any occasion as you can get the beautiful surroundings and exquisite wine of Gerakaris along with yummy food catered by the cafe.

Address: 20 Marlborough Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Wine Spots Joburg

Reciprocal Wine Company

If you love the idea of getting home, putting up your feet and enjoying a good glass of wine, then Reciprocal Wine Company is the place for you.

This online store has a wide variety of brands to choose from. They also provide customised wine cellars, perfect for any wine connoisseur.

Address: 1 Rockridge Road, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

Wine Spots Joburg

Urban Cellars

Urban Cellars designs and builds wine rooms and basement cellars for those looking to start their own collection of wine. Whether you're looking to get a big or small wine cellar, this is the place to call.

Address: Johannesburg, Gauteng.

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What Is It?

The Greenhouse Bar in Sandton invite you to their first ever Bubbles and Brunch event. Sip on a glass of delicious, complimentary Pierre Jourdan bubbly while they take your tastebuds on a scrumptious journey with brunch on buns.

With The Greenhouse Bar's vast selection of unique cocktails and incredible DJ's, this venue is Johannesburg's next big thing. All about organic and sustainable local ingredients and this super col restaurant and bar supports Johannesburg’s food community by buying from as many local farms as possible. They also have their own verdant, vertical gardens providing fresh herbs, botanicals and the greens for use throughout the menu. Providing an experience that is wall-to-wall-to-table.

You won't want to miss this urban inspired brunch, so book your table as soon as possible!

When Is It?

Saturday, 21 December 2019 at 11:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

The Greenhouse Bar, 199 Oxford Rd, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Make your reservation by emailing [email protected]

For more information 

Follow them on Facebook for more information about this event.

What Is It?

This is a fabulous day of tattoos, piercings, champagne, mimosas, nails, makeup, fashion and amazing music and some awesome chic stores to tantalise their taste buds, you name it there, they promise to have something for every women. This is your chance to come let your hair down while listening to cool beats by Abby Nurock and enjoying tasty treats and bottomless mimosas.

When Is It?

Saturday, 29 February 2020 at 12:00 - 19:00.

Where Is It?

Sally Mustang Tattoos, 11 Charles Cresent, 2090 Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R350 - R450 per person, and you can purchase yours here!

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page for more information on this event.

What Is It?

Then be sure to join in at this Bubbly Champagne Lounge VIP event, where you will get to enjoy all the best things in the world. The theme for the decor is French, you'll also get to enjoy a five course buffet meal and all the bubbles your glass can take. Live DJ's and Performances from:

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When Is It?

Saturday, 30 November 2019 at 11:00 - 24:00.

Where Is It?

Turffontein Racecourse, 14 Turf Club Street, West Turffontein, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are from R600 click here for more ticket information and where to buy them!

For More Information

Visit this Facebook page or this website for more information on this event!

What Is It?

Join in on an unforgettable evening of local and international bubbly tasting paired with a five-course meal at Misty Hills Country Hotel this November. The bubbly tasting selection for the evening includes:

Valdo Ice Blanc De Blanc Spumante, Valdo Rose Floral, Jonh’B Pink Rose, Krone Night Nectar Demi-Sec, Nitida the Matriarch and Nicholas Feullatte Reserve Brut.

You can also look forward to a delectable menu, which features dishes such as charred peach and salted crème fraiche with roast apple and cinnamon dust, baked cod served on wilted greens with roast almond and salsa verde and confit pork belly served with potato croquette, baked apple, heirloom carrot and roast fig.

So, don't miss this one-of-a-kind bubbly tasting and food pairing experience at Misty Hills! Tickets sell out fast, so get yours as soon as possible.

When Is It?

Saturday, 02 November 2019 at 19:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

Misty Hills Country Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa, 69 Drift Blvd, 1747 Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R395 per person. Book yours here.

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on social media:

Facebook - facebook.com/mistyhillshotel

Twitter - twitter.com/MistyHillsHotel

Instagram - .instagram.com/mistyhillshotel

Details: +27 11 950 6000 / 0861 732 237 | [email protected]

What Is It?

At The Maslow Hotel, a typical Sunday, is anything but typical. Make the most of summer and enjoy a perfectly planned picnic in the heart of Sandton. Sip on fine champagne, tuck into a selection of gourmet picnic fare and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Booking is essential, so don't wait to reserve your spot!

When Is It?

Sunday, 27 October 2019 at 12:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Maslow Hotel, Rivonia Rd & Grayston Dr, Sandton. Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R690 per basket (serves 2), which includes 2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. 

Book your picnic by contacting +27 10 226 4815 | [email protected]

For more information

Visit their website for more information, or follow them on Facebook.

What Is It?

Come and chill out with friends and family alongside the Vaal River this September. Celebrate the spring season and all its wonders  with champagne and wine on open grass. At The River Market you will find your favorite beauticians, designers, arts and crafters, photographers, as well as great food and beverage offerings.

The River Market gives you a day to get your nails done or have a well-deserved back massage. You can also buy top quality goods from local designers and get a variety of freshly made artisan foods and treats. But that's not all, you can sip cocktails, wine and champagne on a tranquil boat ride across the Vaal. Plus, you and your friends can enjoy live music from local artists overlooking the river. The River Market is the best place to spend a Saturday with friends and family, so don't miss out!

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 September 2019 at 10:00.

Where Is It?

Shaw Moya, Plot 110 Windsor Road, Kaalplaats, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R15 - R35 per person. Get yours online via Webtickets.

For more information

Visit their Facebook page for more information - facebook.com/orchideventsandentertainment

Or, contact them on 063 673 2163 / [email protected]

What Is It?

The Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience was first launched in 1997. Bringing wine and champagne enthusiasts the chance to sample the world's best bottles for 21 years, the Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience is a premium annual event. Finding their new home at the Four Seasons The Westcliff Hotel, this year's event is set aside for the champagne lovers.

The pre-brunch tasting will present a trio of standalone bubblies. To begin, enjoy a pure 2010 Pinot Noir from Benoît Lahaye.  Their vineyards and cellar in the Grand Cru site of Bouzy, as well as their bio-dynamic farming philosophy, guarantee pinot perfection. Then move your palate along to a Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2007, which delivers the chardonnay equivalent. Finish up with a Louis Roederer Cristal 2005 -  the 50/50 combination (more or less) of the two noble varieties of the appellation.

Brunch will be accompanied by a single grower bottling from the exceptional 2008 vintage (Jacquinot Symphonie), the non-vintage champagne judged best in the world at the 2018 World Champagne and Sparkling Wine Championship (Louis Roederer Brut Premier), the Billecart Salmon Rosé – universally regarded as the finest pink Champagne from a family-owned cellar – and a Premier Cru Demi-Sec (Forget-Brimont) to wrap up the occasion.

There are only 100 places, so be sure to book your spot as soon as possible!

Michael Fridjhon Wine Experience

When Is It?

Sunday, 29 September 2019 at 10:00 - 13:30.

Where Is It?

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parktown, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R3950 pp incl. or R7350 per couple incl.

Click here to book your tickets!

For more information

Visit the organisers website for more information. You can also follow them on social media for event updates and more:

Facebook - facebook.com/outsorceressmarketing

Contact them on +27 11 482 5936 / 5 / 4 or via email at [email protected]

We have all heard endless amounts about beer gardens and secret gardens. But today, we decided to look at some hidden wine gems instead. These amazing places in Johannesburg give many wine lovers a chance to enjoy a good glass, or perhaps even a bottle, of wine.

For some, a champagne breakfast has become a habit, but others just like to sip away the afternoon with a good glass of wine. And for the incurable romantics out there, a candlelit dinner is absolutely incomplete without fine wine.

So let's check out these amazing champagne and wine gardens in Joburg.

Wine Garden Joburg

Publik

Situated on a bustling street of Rosebank is Publik, a wine bar that boasts creativity and artistic surroundings.

They have unique wines that will have you speaking about it for days - and that is exactly what they want - to start a conversation about amazing wines that few have experienced before. Their wine options change all the time to ensure that you are always left with a new experience and taste in your mouth.

Their quality wines are paired with delicious food. This pairing should be on your bucket list, so pay them a visit. There's nothing quite like a good pairing by the best connoisseurs.

Wine Garden Joburg

Ivy Champagne Garden

Champagne stands out during celebrations, both the alcoholic and the non-alcoholic. However, we don't have to drink it only during events and celebrations. This brings us to Ivy Champagne Garden.

Just as with wine, champagne deserves to be indulged, even on regular days. Ivy Champagne Garden has a twist, they bring together Asia and Africa. This is the first step to breaking boundaries.

This is one for all the explorers, who are always willing to try something new.

Wine Garden Joburg

Gallagher Wine Bar

If you are looking for something secluded, then the Gallagher Wine Bar should be a regular spot.

This diamond in the rough is a part of the elegant Convention Centre, situated conveniently between Johannesburg and Midrand. Many Joburgers love going there to enjoy some good wine and nibbles. It is a breath of fresh air.

Wine Garden Joburg

Gerakaris Family Wines

Gerakaris probably shocked when they opened their winery in Craighall Park. Yes! That's right, Craighall Park.

This amazing spot welcomes you to host events, whether they be corporate or casual. And they are situated close to Delta Cafe, who can provide catering. You have the convenience of killing two birds with one stone, for an awesome event.

Cheers to something different!

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What Is It?

It's going to be a celebration like you have never seen before as we approach the spectacular Moët & Chandon Grand Day. This event will be taking place in 80 countries.

Moët & Chandon will be celebrating their 150th year and all you need to do is choose the venue you want to attend, contact the venue for more details and head on to have yourself a good time.

They have already made it their mission to impress in the passed year so you don't want to miss out on this one.

NB: Moët & Chandon, "Please contact the venue for any entrance fee-related query."

Find out more now before you miss out!

Where Is It?

Various Places in Johannesburg

Taboo Club, 24 Central, Fredman Drive And Gwen Lane, Sandton, Johanneburg, Gauteng

SUMO Club160 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Booth130 11th street Parkmore, Sandton, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Saxon Hotel36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg, Gauteng

When Is It?

Saturday, 22 June 2019

How Much Is It?

Contact venue regarding entrance free.

Taboo Night Club
Sumo Nightclub
Booth Night Club
Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

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Far from the west bank of the upper River Rhine, a little piece of classical French cuisine has floated all the way to the southern tip of Africa. Located in Roodepoort, just across the hill from Florida Glen, Les Delices de France is almost unnoticeable, tucked away in between office parks.

It's A Regional Thing at Les Delices de France

The decor is warm with inspiration taken from the French homestead. Dressed not to impress but to promote comfort and homeliness, Les Delices de France exalts ebullience.

The menu at Les Delices de France flows by region. Items such as rösti ( a potato pancake, originating from the Swiss borders of France), galette des rois (king cake, originating from the north of France) and veal paupiette (meat rolled and stuffed, popular in Normandy) explores as much culinary ground of the country without losing track of what's important – the taste.

Les Delices de France

Source: Les Delices de France

It is evident that the kitchen's capability to pull off such extravagant and carefully curated dishes stems from having knowledgeable and strong leaders. At the helm of this hidden gem is Chef Robert Baxa and manager Claudette Gourjux. Chef Baxa spent time in the kitchen with acclaimed Chef Marc Guebert at Ile de France in the mid-90s. The original Ile de France has come and gone, but it was one of the first restaurants to put the French palate on a pedestal in the city, whichwould later revolutionise the South African culinary scene. It is safe to say that this eatery has picked up where Ile de France has left off.

Les Delices de France

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There Are No Wrong Choices At Les Delices de France

The menu might be in French (with English subtitles) but the waiters are more than knowledgeable and can guide you in the right direction. The concept behind this eatery is to introduce classical French cuisine to Johannesburg. Patrons can expect a fusion between haute cuisine and contemporary indulgence – the reason why American Express gavethe restaurant a platinum fine dining award in 2017. When it comes to ordering à la carte, the duck carpaccio with apricot, sesame seeds, olive oil, honey and walnut comes highly recommended.  Mains is divided between meat and fish with no wrong choices in between. If the tender rabbit braised in red wine and mushrooms served with spaëtzle noodles is not your cup then we recommend keeping it authentic with an oven-roasted beef fillet drenched in rich and creamy béarnaise sauce. On the fish side of life, items such as the bourride à la brestoise (fish stew with shrimps, mussels, mushrooms and a cream sauce) sing songs of the Riviera on a summer's evening.

Les Delices de France

Source: Les Delices de France

Round off your experience with the three cheeses of the day or dive deep into a wide selection of soufflés. Choices such as lemon, raspberry, and vanilla flamed with rum will transport you to Provence in a heartbeat.

Les Delices de France

Sipping Champagne At Les Delices de France

F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that too much of anything is bad, but too much champagne is just right. This is the case and point at Les Delices de France. Boasting bruts such as Paul Roger NV, Follet Special, and Louis Roederer Premiere, the restaurant goes out of its way to source excellent brands for you to sip on. The bubbly train does not stop there, as Les Delices de France dabbles in prime MCC brands. Visitors can expect Colmant from Franschhoek, Graham Beck, and Simonsig. There is also a wide selection of French and South African wines to compliment your dining experience.

Les Delices de France

No matter where you are in Johannesburg, it's recommended to pick a warm day, drive to the west and sit on the patio at Les Delices de France, look out into the garden and get lost in a world of flavour.

Details

Address: Corner Gordon Road, 2 Keith Ave, Florida North, Johannesburg, 1709

Visit their website at http://lesdelicesdefrance.co.za/ email them at [email protected] or call them on 011 027 8668.

Opening times:

Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Wednesdays: 12:00 – 145:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Thursdays: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Fridays: 12:00 – 14:00, 18:30 – 22:00
Saturdays: 18:30 – 22:00
Sundays: 12:00 – 14:00

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What Is It?

The Deli Counter in Bedfordview are hosting an evening of bubbly and canapes, beauty advice and art on 10 April 2019.  Directors of etiquette training at The Swan Effect, Ashleigh Gillman Indiveri and Claire Gillman Kent, will be the keynote speakers for the night. Prepared to be entertained on all the do's and don'ts of business and social etiquette.

You can then step outside and engage with a variety of local artists as they display their work at The Deli Counter's 'Artists only' pop up shop. As a bonus, the proceeds from each ticket sold will go directly to the Nourish the Children Foundation, which aims to fill underprivileged bellies with the nutritious vitameal program.

When Is It?

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 from 18:30 - 21:00.

Where Is It?

The Deli Counter, 11 Park Street, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are priced at R270 per person. Email the event planners to secure your booking.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

What Is It?

Joburg, have you heard? The dates and venue details for this year's Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Festival have finally been announced! Proudly sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth, this year's festival will have a chic garden party feel with a blue and white dress theme and fabulous prizes, including magnums of Champagne, fragrance vouchers and something special for the best dressed! This exciting event is a must-attend, so make sure you get your tickets before it's too late! As for the bubbly, you can expect to sample many exquisite brands, including L’Ormarins, Graham Beck, Silverthorn, Veuve Clicquot, Taittinger, Simonsig, Bon Courage, Luc Belaire and Valdo Prosecco, just to name a few.

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 April 2020 - Sunday, 05 April 2020 from 12:00 - 17:00.

Where Is It?

Inanda Club, Forrest Road and 6th Avenue, Inanda, Sandton, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R395 per person, which includes a glass and 10 tasting coupons. You can get your tickets at Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit The Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Festival's Facebook page for the latest updates, news and more.

Delight Your Senses At AFRIKOA Café

AFRIKOA chocolate, the luxurious home-grown confectionery, has opened its first concept store in the heart of Johannesburg’s blooming art district, Rosebank - AFRIKOA Café! What makes this spot so unique is the fact that it offers visitors the three most indulgent Cs - chocolate, coffee and champagne. Their signature specialty menu revolves around these three delights, celebrating the perfect marriage of sweet and bubbles in Rosebank Keyes Art Mile.

The Rosebank café offers a unique menu designed by Chef Patissier, Laettia Van Waeyenberge. Her heavenly chocolate creations, made with AFRIKOA chocolate, will tempt, tantalise and titillate even the most discerning palates. Along with a world-class coffee selection, the café will certainly elevate your chocolate experience. Oh, and it gets even better, there's also an offering of French champagnes to add a dash of opulence!

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Let's Talk About The Food

Now for the part you've all been waiting for - the food! Since their signature specialty menu boasts indulgent chocolate, champagne and coffee, we definitely need to take a look. To be honest, nothing gets better than those three treats. Afrikoa Café will showcase the best in African excellence, as it takes its guests on an indulgently pleasurable journey that celebrates African luxury embodied in its #MadeofAfrica chocolate.

The presentation of their dishes are phenomenal! Each plate looks so utterly beautiful, the last thing you want to do is tuck in and enjoy as you'll destroy the masterpiece on the dish before you. Check out their social media platforms and website to get a glimpse for yourself! Expect everything from decadent chocolate inspired baked goods and single origin Rwandan Coffee to a selection of premier champagne brands that offer lovely bubbles.

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The Chocolate Is Glorious!

Their chocolate is made from the finest single origin cocoa beans sourced from Tanzanian farmers and sent to Cape Town, where a team of chocolate makers turn them into four unique flavours. The brand draws inspiration from African fashion, music and lifestyle, and exudes sumptuous African luxury. The four flavours include:

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For More Information

For more information about this indulgent café, visit afrikoacafe.com. You can also contact them via email on [email protected] or by calling 010 109 1759.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Opening hours:

You can find AFRIKOA Café at Level 1, Trumpet Building, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg. 

What Is It?

The Veuve Clicquot Picnic combines opulence and luxury with a fun day out. This event  is a lifestyle and picnic affair and brings together socialites, fashionistas, celebrities, influencers as well as champagne lovers. In classic Veuve style, this will not be your average picnic. There will be a Champagne bar (with some non-alcoholic drinks too) served alongside some really good food. You can also expect some of the best DJs and local artists to provide the entertainment for the day.

When Is It?

Saturday, 8 December 2018 from 12:00

Where Is It?

79 Main Road, Bluehills, Kyalami, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R200 - R1600 per person and can be purchased  here.

For More Information?

For more information visit Webtickets.

 

Note: This event has been cancelled

What Is It?

Summer is in full swing and what better way to spend it than with a picnic with delicious food and some bubbly? If this sounds like your kind of vibe then head to Soweto GOG Gardens for the Champagne and Gin Picnic. Hosted by Rosy's Cakes and Events, it should be a delightful treat. Bring your summer hats, towels, summer dresses and shades for a day of fun and yummy food.

A general ticket gets you entrance, limited complimentary drinks and light snacks. A VIP ticket will get you entrance,complimentary drinks,light snacks and food. But food and drinks will be on sale the whole day. Book your tickets before the 30 November 2018.

When Is It?

Saturday, 15 December 2018 from 12:00

Where Is It?

GOG Gardens Soweto, R559 Zuurbekom road, Soweto, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Tickets can be booked by emailing [email protected] or by calling 0748751583

For More Information?

For more information visit the Facebook page or email [email protected]

A year ago — give or take — I was wasting a lunch break stalking different figures on the Joburg food scene on Instagram. Little did I know that I was about to stumble on something big. On 13 November 2017, Gary Kyriacou, the business partner of Marble in Rosebank, posted a selfie with David Higgs, the brains behind Marble, wearing hard hats with the caption "And it all begins again". This set off a frantic series of events that eventually lead to someone spilling the beans: Gary and David were going to open a second restaurant. One month and one day later, Gary posted a teaser video revealing the name of the eatery — Saint — and that it would open in 2018.

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Skip 10 months ahead and I found myself standing in one of the biggest restaurant and bar combos I've visited in SA. At 1 000m², Saint can seat 230 people, has a large DJ booth, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Maude Street. Saint is based on the concept of Pazzo Italiano – loosely, the crazy Italian. It has quickly become the go-to pizza and champagne destination for Sandton’s trendy, up-and-coming business crowd.

Higgs and Kyriacou gained the original inspiration for Saint during their visit to New York in early 2016, as part of their planning and research for Marble. For David and Gary, the restaurant they went to in Manhattan had an unbelievable atmosphere. And, when clothing designer Alexander Wang walked in with a troop of models and started ordering pizza and champagne, they knew this was a combination they wanted to bring home with them.

Saint
After opening Marble, the team realised that Sandton held captive a great niche market for the idea. Beyond the food – because everyone eats and loves pizza – it was the right place for the vibe. In a city with energy, integration and positivity, Saint provides a much-needed, out-of-work experience.

In preparation for the opening of Saint, head chef Matt van Niekerk and chef de partie Tyler Clayton visited Milan, Italy, and worked alongside pizza masters Gino Sorbillo and Gennaro Rapido of Lievito Madre Sorbillo in Duomo Milan to learn the art of authentic Neopolitan pizza-making. Lievito Madre Sorbillo is a family-run restaurant, like many other authentic eateries in the city, and started rolling-out dough back in 1935, so pizza-making is a career. For Matt and Tyler, arriving at Gennaro’s Milan restaurant on a Monday morning was a welcome reward after a long journey from South Africa.

Saint

Saint’s pizza embodies this authenticity – imported flour, handmade local buffalo mozzarella and the freshest ingredients. Each pizza features a maximum of three to four toppings – unlike other local offerings. High standards and consistency are key – if a pizza isn’t the right size, right shape, has too much sauce or there isn’t a simplicity and balance of flavour, it doesn’t make the serve.

Toppings include fresh mozzarella; sirloin, caramelised onion and pumpkin seed pesto; cured meats with fresh tomato and taleggio cheese; and The Big Nacho with spicy jerked chicken, avocado, sour cream and cumin. There are also a few pizza Bianca (without tomato) options like the spinach, crème fraîche, Parmesan and fried egg; mushroom truffle, preserved lemon, Gorgonzola and asparagus; and salami, black olive, white anchovy, basil and mozzarella.

Saint

Saint gives people food they recognise and enjoy that's simple and beautiful, presented at an elevated level in a sophisticated setting. The two imported and custom-made Stefano Ferrara pizza ovens are the gold-mosaic centrepieces of the expansive kitchen. Standing amidst some of the finest equipment, chef skills and ingredients, they certainly fire-up Sandton’s culinary scene.

Saint

Dishes other than pizza include rigatoni pasta with either lamb or short rib; saffron risotto with osso bucco and gremolata; lamb shank and polenta; octopus casserole with chorizo, bean, kale and garlic; and wood-fired beets with mustard greens and beetroot pesto. For dessert, there is affogato, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, gelato and biscotti, and milkshakes.

Saint

In closing, Saint pays homage to Italian food while drenched with attention to detail. Although I wouldn't come to this eatery weekly, it's an excellent choice for special occasions and a Joburg bucket-list restaurant. Experience it for yourself at the base of the MARC building in Sandton.

For more on Saint, click here.

Address: 129 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton

What Is It?

Join them every Saturday for a chilled session of bottomless bubbly with Graham Beck. Allowing you to discover the collection in their pursuit of the perfect bubble. They also strive to consistently raise the bar in terms of quality and distinction. At Grahm Beck they follow the time-honoured traditions of crafting outstanding sparkling wines, their passion and pride shine through in every meticulous step along the way. So to avoid disappointments make sure you book your table.

When Is It?

Saturday, 20 October 2018 at 13:00 - 16:00 and Satuday, 27 October 2018 at 13:00 - 16:00.

Where Is It?

Love Me So, 63 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Bookings are R180 per person and drink all the bubbly you can. Contact [email protected] or call 060 717 6728 to make a booking.

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The Pigalle brand is one that Joburgers have come to love, cherish and trust over the years. It was started by passionate individuals who have instilled that same drive in their staff. From kitchen to front desk, visitors are treated with respect golden-rimmed by excellent service. Any past and present patron of this classy establishment can tell you that Pigalle has set the bar quite high when it comes to upmarket dining. This can be seen in the Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot champagnes that dress the bar fridges or the wine racks and walk-ins that house bottles of vino brought in from Spain, France, New Zealand and the Cape... but before I race off on a poetic tangent, let's digress and take a closer look at two of my favourite Pigalle branches.

Pigalle Sandton

Nestled in a comfortable corner at the end of Sandton City's illustrious Diamond Walk, Pigalle Sandton is a popular lunch and dinner rendezvous for politicians, surgeons, and business men and women alike. The decor and interior design is reminiscent of a romantic movie scene where they guy pulls out a ring and proposes to the girl of his dreams. The use of dark wood, marble and borderline Baroque furniture is brought full circle by gold framed oil paintings that flank the restaurant's interior. The dining hall is lit by art deco inspired lamps and chandeliers that amplify themes of grandeur.

pigalle

Executive Chef Olaff Meintjes is the driving force behind the kitchen and plays a big part in Pigalle's success as one of the top specialists in shellfish based cuisine in South Africa. Chef Olaff was mentored by Bertus Basson of Overture, the rustic vineyard restaurant in Stellenbosch. This is subtly evident in Chef Olaff's use of local produce and play on authentic South African staples such as 28-day wet aged beef.

Pigalle

Cuts of beef served at Pigalle

The Al La Carte menu sings songs of the sea garnished with attention to detail. For starters I suggest you try Chef Olaff's brainchild: crumbed and fried calamari tubes stuffed with prawn cream cheese. This is a revolutionary dish that holds an amalgamation of chewiness and creaminess in every bite.  For mains, it's always good to try a restaurant's signature dish, and at Pigalle venturing into their crayfish section earns  two thumbs up no matter the choice.

Pigalle

With that said, I highly recommend the baragoul style line fish served with seasonal vegetables, which is well portioned and powerful in taste yet tamed by a velvety carrot and white wine sauce. Other tunes on the menu include Pigalle's fan favourite prawn platters and lobster (with an option to be served thermidor style) and langoustines served with in-house created sauces.

Pigalle

For desert, patrons are in for a treat times ten. Items such as cheese and biscuits and crème brulee go well with the ports and wines on offer, and entries like lemon tart, vanilla bean ice cream and traditional malva pudding are suitable eats for the great coffee served at Pigalle. Again, there is no wrong choice when it comes to the desert menu - everything comes recommended.

Details: UO9, Michelangelo Towers, Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196 | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/sandton/ |

Pigalle Melrose Arch

Though the food may be the same across the board, the patrons differ. The brand's Melrose Arch counterpart caters to a younger, hip and vibrant audience that takes advantage of the nightlife offered by such an astonishing precinct. The decor is more relaxed and laid-back though sticking to the signature chic that Pigalle is known for.

From dedicated whisky tasting evenings to a beautiful wooden cart filled to the brim with cognacs and ports older than most of the restaurant's customers, there is something unique about this space. The entrance is decorated with a a big and beautiful glass chandelier that lights up to resemble the African sun.

Pigalle

Pigalle Melrose Arch also has a private dining area which can seat 35+ guests. This space is ideal for private parties and celebrations, and offers seating on the balcony which overlooks the piazza below. The walls are covered in original prints of sought-after artists which adds to the overall mood of the room. It also features a flat screen TV ideal for business lunches and presentations.

Pigalle

All in all, both Pigalle Sandton and Melrose Arch are restaurants that come well recommended, with the key difference between the two being mood. If you would like an intimate dinner with a loved one or family, then book a table at the Sandton brunch; if you want to sit back and have a drink with friends, then give Melrose Arch a try. Either way, you are in for an all-round sensory experience. Besides, isn't that what dining out is all about?

Details: Shop HL48 Level 05/Orange (High Level Street) Melrose Arch, Corlett Dr, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2076  | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/melrose-arch/

By Shawn Greyling

The Pigalle brand is one that Joburgers have come to love, cherish and trust over the years. It was started by passionate individuals who have instilled that same drive in their staff. From kitchen to front desk, visitors are treated with respect golden-rimmed by excellent service. Any past and present patron of this classy establishment can tell you that Pigalle has set the bar quite high when it comes to upmarket dining. This can be seen in the Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot champagnes that dress the bar fridges or the wine racks and walk-ins that house bottles of vino brought in from Spain, France, New Zealand and the Cape... but before I race off on a poetic tangent, let's digress and take a closer look at two of my favourite Pigalle branches.

Pigalle Sandton

Nestled in a comfortable corner at the end of Sandton City's illustrious Diamond Walk, Pigalle Sandton is a popular lunch and dinner rendezvous for politicians, surgeons, and business men and women alike. The decor and interior design is reminiscent of a romantic movie scene where they guy pulls out a ring and proposes to the girl of his dreams. The use of dark wood, marble and borderline Baroque furniture is brought full circle by gold framed oil paintings that flank the restaurant's interior. The dining hall is lit by art deco inspired lamps and chandeliers that amplify themes of grandeur.

Executive Chef Olaff Meintjes is the driving force behind the kitchen and plays a big part in Pigalle's success as one of the top specialists in shellfish based cuisine in South Africa. Chef Olaff was mentored by Bertus Basson of Overture, the rustic vineyard restaurant in Stellenbosch. This is subtly evident in Chef Olaff's use of local produce and play on authentic South African staples such as 28-day wet aged beef.

Pigalle

Cuts of beef served at Pigalle

The Al La Carte menu sings songs of the sea garnished with attention to detail. For starters I suggest you try Chef Olaff's brainchild: crumbed and fried calamari tubes stuffed with prawn cream cheese. This is a revolutionary dish that holds an amalgamation of chewiness and creaminess in every bite.  For mains, it's always good to try a restaurant's signature dish, and at Pigalle venturing into their crayfish section earns  two thumbs up no matter the choice.

Pigalle

With that said, I highly recommend the baragoul style line fish served with seasonal vegetables, which is well portioned and powerful in taste yet tamed by a velvety carrot and white wine sauce. Other tunes on the menu include Pigalle's fan favourite prawn platters and lobster (with an option to be served thermidor style) and langoustines served with in-house created sauces.

Pigalle

For desert, patrons are in for a treat times ten. Items such as cheese and biscuits and crème brulee go well with the ports and wines on offer, and entries like lemon tart, vanilla bean ice cream and traditional malva pudding are suitable eats for the great coffee served at Pigalle. Again, there is no wrong choice when it comes to the desert menu - everything comes recommended.

Details: UO9, Michelangelo Towers, Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196 | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/sandton/ |

Pigalle Melrose Arch

Though the food may be the same across the board, the patrons differ. The brand's Melrose Arch counterpart caters to a younger, hip and vibrant audience that takes advantage of the nightlife offered by such an astonishing precinct. The decor is more relaxed and laid-back though sticking to the signature chic that Pigalle is known for.

From dedicated whisky tasting evenings to a beautiful wooden cart filled to the brim with cognacs and ports older than most of the restaurant's customers, there is something unique about this space. The entrance is decorated with a a big and beautiful glass chandelier that lights up to resemble the African sun.

Pigalle

Pigalle Melrose Arch also has a private dining area which can seat 35+ guests. This space is ideal for private parties and celebrations, and offers seating on the balcony which overlooks the piazza below. The walls are covered in original prints of sought-after artists which adds to the overall mood of the room. It also features a flat screen TV ideal for business lunches and presentations.

Pigalle

All in all, both Pigalle Sandton and Melrose Arch are restaurants that come well recommended, with the key difference between the two being mood. If you would like an intimate dinner with a loved one or family, then book a table at the Sandton brunch; if you want to sit back and have a drink with friends, then give Melrose Arch a try. Either way, you are in for an all-round sensory experience. Besides, isn't that what dining out is all about?

Details: Shop HL48 Level 05/Orange (High Level Street) Melrose Arch, Corlett Dr, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2076  | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/melrose-arch/

By Shawn Greyling

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