Keyes Art Mile has to be the hippest, coolest and most vibrant art hub in Johannesburg. This amazing spot situated in Rosebank is home to many artistic brands, which includes stores, galleries, boutiques, interior design, creative agencies and many more. With that said, the Restaurants at Keyes Art Mile are worth the trek.

People flock to the Mile every single day and for particular events like the Joburg favourite, First Thursdays. Though there may be all these amazing stuff, the question is - where do we eat? Excuse us if we are wrong, but the food is an art and well, after all the fun, we still got to eat!

The diversity of the options is super cool and just refreshing. Let's take a look at these Restaurants at Keyes Art Mile.

Momo Kuro

Momo Kuro is the sister brand to the famous Momo Baohaus and they are also bringing the flavourful bowls, buns and sushi rolls to Rosebank. If the idea is to indulge in something with a burst of flavour, this is the place to go. Serving up fresh, different and oh-so-yummy all in one dish. How can you resist? Pay them a visit and go on a fusion experience to tickle those taste buds.

BGR

There is absolutely nothing better than a burger joint that can give you a succulent patty and freedom to go all out with your burger. That is what BGR is all about. Their quirky and minimalist look is without a doubt a standout however there's nothing minimalist about their meals. Imagine a juicy patty and ample fillings to choose from to make your own burger, this right here is freedom of choice on another level. BGR is by far one of the most popular restaurants at Keyes Art Mile, and for very good reason. Be sure to check them out when you're in the area.

Restaurants At The Artsy Keyes Art Mile

Mix Cocktail Bar

Mix Cocktail Bar is the perfect place to get your thirst quenched. It's not your regular bar, they have a food menu that will have you salivating. The bar has a wide variety allowing you to go on your own exploring experience. The ambience at Mix Cocktail Bar is always lively and just waiting for a good crowd.

Marble

When we talk fine dining, Marble is definitely the place to be. They embrace the authenticity of the South African food preparation process, bringing in the element of fire to make sure that your food is filled with flavour. Fine dining at it's best, we tell you. The restaurant is inviting, with urban contemporary and artistic touches that allow you to go deeper into the story of their creativity with food. A must visit!

Which one of these Restaurants At Keyes Art Mile is your favourite? we like all them to bits! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

 

From fast food outlets and fine dining venues to Italian, Asian, Mediterranean and grill houses offering premiun steaks and ribs prepared to perfection, the suburb of Rosebank has everything your taste buds desire.

What Are You Looking For?

Asian
Italian
American & Fast Food
Mediterranean
Fine Dining
Steak & Grill

Asian

Momo Kuro

If you're craving some amazing Asian street food, then why not visit the hidden gem of Momo Kuro, situated on the top floor of the Trumpet building in Rosebank's Keyes Art Mile. Not only is the cuisine amazing, but you'll also get to enjoy breathtaking sunset views, and trying to find this restaurant is also an adventure on its own. Momo Kuro's menu specialises in bite-sized Asian delights including delicious dim sum, Korean fried chicken and filled bao buns which will have you coming back for more. Don't forget to try their moreish poké bowls, Peking duck pancakes, the bao burgers and tapas.

Visit Momo Kuro.

Lotus Chinese Restaurant

For Chinese dishes that's sure to hit the spot, order something delicious from Lotus Chinese Restaurant. Their menu is packed with a wide selection of mouthwatering options, which will leave you feeling spoilt for choice. For a lovely starter or winter warmer, order the Chicken Sweet Corn Soup or the Won Tun Soup with Pork Dumpling. Looking for something more hearty? Try the Crispy Chicken, their Peking Duck or the hot and spicy Singapore Style Fried Rice Noodles dish. You can either order for pickup or delivery via Uber Eats and Mr D, so simply just pay them a visit and make an exciting culinary adventure of it.

Visit Lotus Chinese Restaurant.

Simply Asia

For authentic Thai cuisine made simple, visit Simply Asia at The Zone @ Rosebank and enjoy their selection of noodles, Thai curries, seafood, duck dishes and vegetarian options. There’s something for all tastes and palates. Currently, they have a limited lockdown menu, still offering some of their popular and oh-so delicious meals for delivery, right to your door. Take your pick from a variety of spring rolls, traditional Phad Thai, Phuket Noodles, Green Curry, Sweet & Sour Stir-Fry, Fried Rice Tom Yum and more.

Visit Simply Asia.

dim sum in a steamer

Italian

Piza Ē Vino

Piza Ē Vino have mastered the art of Italian cuisine, and bring you a delectable menu filled with a wide variety of dishes that are bold and satisfying, full of flavour, and bring the true essence of Italy to life with every bite. Other than their ever-popular and moreish pizzas, they also offer delicious burgers, antipasti, salads, saucy pasta dishes and decadent desserts. This is the ideal spot if you're looking to treat the entire family to some Italian flair. You can find the Rosebank branch at the bustling The Zone @ Rosebank.

Visit Piza Ē Vino. 

Nonna's Italian Kitchen

Visit Nonna's Italian Kitchen at The Firs in Rosebank for authentic Italian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Everything on the menu is made in-house daily, from their freshly-made bread and flavourful pasta sauces to their bundles of pasta and mouthwatering desserts. Everything is made from scratch at Nonna's. Take a gander through their menu and choose from a wide variety of Focaccia sandwiches, salads, casual meals, pastas, pizzas (in six, 8 or 24 slices) and rich gourmet milkshakes, mocktails and desserts.

Visit Nonna's Italian Kitchen.

Coalition

When it comes to Italian, be sure to visit Coalition for an authentic Neapolitan pizza experience like no other. This restaurant located in the heart of the Rosebank District offers their guests genuine Neapolitan pizza that's sure to delight the taste buds and have you coming back for more. Take your pick from their selection of Classic Pizzas, which includes the traditional Margherita, the Holtini (Coppa ham, thyme, mushrooms and Italian parsley), the Cedare (salami, roasted garlic, blue cheese and olives) and the Siyani (chorizo, chili and cherry tomato), just to name a few.

Visit Coalition.

pizza

American & Fast Food

RocoMamas

For American-style, super-sized burgers that have all the toppings imaginable, drenched in your favourite sauce with delicious sides, visit RocoMamas, at The Zone @ Rosebank. There’s something for all tastes, from chicken and beef burgers to vegetarian and vegan options. There’s also a delicious selection of sides if you think you have enough stomach space for it. Don’t forget to order one of their decadent and addictive milkshakes in a wide variety of flavours to complement your meal.

Visit RocoMamas.

Steers

For flame-grilled burgers, handmade chips with that moreish seasoning and the sweetest milkshakes, visit your nearest Steers branch to get your fill! You can find the Rosebank branch at The Zone @ Rosebank Shopping Centre. It's just the spot if you're looking to grab something on the go while exploring everything Rosebank has to offer. And if you’re not in the mood for a hearty, saucy beef burger, not to worry, they also offer flame-grilled chicken, ribs jam-packed with flavour, their famous sides and sweet desserts.

Visit Steers.

Sandwich Baron

Need something filling and oh-so delicious during lunch? The Sandwich Baron offers a mouthwatering assortment of sandwiches, French and footlongs, platters, salads and baked potatoes, banting options and lunch boxes for you to choose from. No matter what you're craving, there's sure to be a footlong with all the toppings you want. The French Taco is the latest item to be added to their delicious menu. To take a look at their full menu, click here. Best of all, you can order these of delivery, on the go, and they can even assist with your catering needs with their selection of platters.

Visit Sandwich Baron. 

Sandwich

Mediterranean

Fishmonger Rosebank

Get some of the best Mediterranean seafood at the Fishmonger at The Firs! Here, you'll be spoilt with a wide and oh-so fresh variety of seafood, which includes Linefish, tender calamari, the best Mozambique Prawns, Langostines and Lobsters, Paella, Beef Espatada, Peri-Peri Chicken, Meze Platter and Oven Baked Fish and much more. You can also indulge in a selection of sushi, salads, steaks, ribs, wine and cocktails.

Visit Fishmonger Rosebank.

Ocean Basket

Ocean Basket is another one of the country’s all time favourites, offering not only some of the best seafood in the city, but also a great atmosphere for you to unwind, relax and enjoy with your loved ones. Enjoy your choice of seafood delights, maybe even a few rounds of sushi and even some baklava to end off your visit on a sweet note. Interested? Click here for more information.

Visit Ocean Basket.

Soul Souvlaki

For Greek street food at its best, head to Soul Souvlaki on Bath Avenue, Rosebank. Each of their locations in the city showcases a one-page menu, offering diners simple yet delicious Greek-style street food. Their souvlaki is renowned and their other specialties include grilled bifteki, skinny lamb chops, their grilled chilli feta parcels and, most recently, their range vegetarian and vegan dishes. Here, there's something to tantalise any palate. Also, if you'd like to end your meal on a sweet note, choose from their selection of decadent delights which includes baklava, saragli, chocolate melomakarona and kourabiedes. You’ll also find mini-fridges stocked with Paul’s homemade ice cream.

Visit Soul Souvlaki.

wine-glass-lifeforstock

Image by Life For Stock via Freepik.com.

Fine Dining

Level Four Restaurant

The award-winning Level Four at 54 on Bath offers guests distinctive fine dining that's sure to delight, no matter what the occasion. Their menu combines classic cuisine with contemporary influences and ensures a memorable culinary experience. An absolute must when visiting this upmarket restaurant is their decadent Afternoon Tea, providing diners with an indulgent experience of sophistication and delicious delicacies with a choice of English tea and premium tea leaves.

Visit Level Four Restaurant.

oneNINEone

oneNINEone restaurant at the Hyatt Regency Johannesburg Hotel is just the place if you're looking to experience a unique twist on South African cuisine. Here, you can expect sophisticated conscious dining that showcases thoughtful dishes using local produce and the natural ingredients that they have at our disposal. Every experience at oneNINEone is designed to be a celebration of flavour as their guests are treated to dishes that are lovingly prepared, perfectly plated and expertly served.

Visit oneNINEone.

Marble

Located in the trendy and up-and-coming Keyes Art Mile, the Marble Restaurant offers its guests the ultimate dining experience like no other. This popular upmarket destination celebrates the South African tradition of cooking on fire. To complement your meal, order something from their extensive wine list that features 100 of the best local and some international wines. With one of the best views in the city, top-notch service, and fantastic cuisine, guests can expect a great night out on the town.

Visit Marble.

empty-white-plate-wood-table-jcomp

Image by Jcomp via Freepik.com.

Steak & Grill

The Grillhouse Rosebank

Looking to indulge in some great steaks and racks of ribs? Then be sure to book your table that The Grillhouse at The Firs. Although they're well-known for their juicy steaks and indulgent ribs, their menu does cater to a wide variety of tastes and also offers diners a range of salads, chicken, seafood and vegetarian dishes. And a visit to The Grillhouse is not complete without ordering a serving of the legendary brownies and ice cream. And to complement your meal, they have a cellar that offers a huge selection of wines. You're sure to find a favourite to heighten your dining experience.

Visit The Grillhouse. 

The Grill Jichana

Rosebank's newest grill restaurant, The Grill Jichana at Southern Sun Rosebank, is the ideal venue for a business lunch, dinner with friends or after work drinks while taking in the Rosebank view from the terrace. As for what's on their grill, you'll always be sure to find matured premium cuts, seasoned, flame-grilled and with herbed honey BBQ. Your choice cut is served with a choice of sides, from Homemade Bafana Potato Chips or creamy potato mash to battered onion rings or fresh steamed vegetables. And no steak is complete without a flavourful sauce! Take your pick from the Madagascan Pepper Demi-Glaze, Truffle Scented Mushroom or the famous 20 Ingredient Café de Paris butter. And if you still have room, their sweet dessert menu has mouthwatering options that'll certainly delight your taste buds.

Visit The Grill Jichana.

Call it obsessive, call it enthusiastic or simply call it a love of quality. Marble, South Africa’s leading live-fire restaurant, doesn’t mind what you want to call their infatuation, as long as you come and experience it. As a further extension to its focus on providing customers with an international-level experience, Marble has launched a new “speciality meats” selection to their menu which includes top cuts from local and international producers.

Marble

“At Marble, our entire team is as obsessed with our meat as we are with every other detail”, explains Chef David Higgs. “We believe it’s what defines us as enthusiasts – for hospitality, service, quality consistency – and, meat. We’re now taking this further by choosing to source only the very best beef from producers who prize quality above all else”.

One international producer has been added to the menu, alongside two top local options, in order to provide customers with a variety of dishes to choose from.

Meet The Producers

Family owned since 1968, RR Ranch from Washington State in America is not simply a leading beef producer in the USA but is internationally revered and awarded for its levels of marbling. Unparalleled when it comes to consistency, integrity and sustainability. On the cards at Marble, all the way from RR Ranch, diners can expect to find the following cuts and ages:

Marble

Three generations have dedicated their craft to hand rearing hormone- and stimulant-free, pasture fed, open-roaming cattle. All the way from Tsitsikamma in the Western Cape, Migo’s Jersey Beef yeilds a succulent and flavourful prime cut with a signature Jersey tinge of beautiful, buttery fat. Migo’s Jersey Beef offers three cuts to the Marble table:

Marble

 At Chalmar Beef, the perfect balance of science and heart translate to tender, juicy beef of extraordinary quality in every cut.

Marble

“Not everyone can travel to New York, Tokyo, Paris or London to experience some of the best restaurants in the world, but we can provide it to them right here in Johannesburg”, explains Gary Kyriacou of Marble. “We want to make sure that all of our guests can have the opportunity to experience international wine and spirits, food, service and quality – and we’re bringing it to them”.

Marble is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. To learn more, visit www.marble.restaurant. To book, call them on 010 594 5550 or email [email protected].

 

Chaplin's Grill

Chaplin's Grill in Hurlingham are known for their high-quality food and wine offerings. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss, home-style soup, they've got you covered. Try out their soup of the day which is served with cream and fresh herbs. If this doesn't quite satisfy your soup craving, inquire with the manager on duty about their pre-cooked dinners supplied by Chalmar Beef. While you dine at the restaurant, you can order a pre-prepared Chef's Soup of the Day for only *R45.

Details: 61 Woodlands Avenue, Hurlingham | 076 564 5979 | [email protected]

Marble

Marble in Rosebank is all about open-fire cooking. Their open-coal inspired menu doesn't end at meat dishes. They cook almost all their dishes over the fire, including fish, poultry, breads and even desserts. Best of all, their soup of the day is coal-roasted overnight to produce a delicious smoky flavour. If grandma's potato and leek soup just isn't doing it for you, try this one out. After all, what better way to celebrate Joburg winter than by enjoying a hot pot of braaied soup!

Details: 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank | 010 594 5550 | [email protected]

Soup of the day

Paul

Paul is another Melrose Arch favourite. This bustling bakery and restaurant serves up classic French soups to delight your senses. Take your pick from either their Chef's Soup of the Day, served with the freshest bread or the delightful Paul French Onion Soup served in a bread bowl with melted Emmenthal cheese. Sounds superb!

**Make a booking before you visit Paul, as this eatery is almost always packed at lunchtime and dinner.

Details: Shop 010I3, Corner The High Street & Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch | 010 020 3002 | [email protected]

Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe in Sandton has a separate soup menu featuring the best Thai style broths. Order yours mild, medium or hot depending on your spice tolerance. We recommend the Tom Yum Soup - this Thai classic is made from homemade chicken stock, fragranced with lemon grass, button mushrooms, and Thai spice. Add chicken, prawns or extra mushrooms to your broth to bulk up the flavour and fill your belly.

Details: 17 11th Ave, Edenburg, Sandton | 072 866 4677 / 078 355 6430 | [email protected]

The Fat Zebra

The Fat Zebra in Linden is best known for its scrumptious breakfasts, great coffee, and friendly vibe. That's why, as the cold weather rolls in, they have added healthy broccoli and courgette soup served with bacon bits and toasty bread to the menu. This is the perfect place to catch up with old friends, so invite the gang around for a soup lunch and a chat. If your buddies aren't the soup loving kind, don't worry - The Fat Zebra has loads of other great options to choose from.

Details: 71 7th St, Linden, Randburg | 082 469 5757 | [email protected]

Doppio Zero - Rosebank

Doppio Zero's flagship restaurant in Rosebank offers patrons Mediterranean fusion at its finest. They have two soup options on their menu: Goulash or Roast Butternut (vegan option available). You can order a medium or large portion of their soups. Pair your choice with wood-fired rosemary and garlic focaccia. The smoky, salty bread goes oh so well with these thick soups. Pure heaven, we think!

Details: Cradock Avenue, The Firs, Rosebank | 011 447 9538 | [email protected]

moyo 

Visit moyo for a unique African-inspired dining experience this chilly season. Their soup selection is distinctly South African, drawing inspiration from home-cooking traditions. Plus, both their soup options are vegetarian friendly. Our vegetarian writer is mad about the Free State Sweet Potato Soup - it comes with sweet potato crisps and a pumpkin bread roll, so there will be no chance of going hungry after this. Alternatively, try out moyo's turmeric roasted cauliflower soup. Prepared with a hit of garlic, this soup is packed with cold and flu-fighting nutrients. And, it tastes great too!

Details: Shop 5, The High Street Melrose Arch | 011 684 1477 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other restaurants that serve up soup of the day in Joburg? Let us know about them!

What Is It?

Chef Joe Barza, world-renowned for his specialisation in Lebanese Cuisine, is heading for South Africa this May. This self-proclaimed Lebanese Terroir Culinary Artist will be hosting three exclusive dinners alongside Chef David Higgs, at Marble in Rosebank. Come experience world class lebanese cuisine right in the heart of Joburg.

When Is It?

Thursday, 28 May 2019 - Saturday, 30 May 2019 from 18:00 - 22:00.

Where Is It?

Marble Restaurant, Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R750 per person. To book email [email protected] or call 010 594 5550.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

Verdicchio Restaurant and Wine Cellar

Verdicchio is located in the heart of Montecasino and provides patrons with a Tuscan experience but with wines from all over the world. When we say the wine list is extensive, we mean it! They house over 300 labels of assorted wines and their food menu is also extensive, featuring Mediterranean flavours. This award-winning wine bar is a very romantic setting and perfect for a night out for two.

wine bars

LBV Bistro And Wine Bar

LBV Bistro and Wine Bar, located in Bryanston, is a must-try if you haven't yet. This French bistro-type restaurant is small and contemporary. The menu may be short but is the definition of à la carte fine-dining. The restaurant also allows you to customise dishes to suit your preferences and LBV believes in showcasing the best of South African produce. The wine cellar is curated and features a range of South Africa's best varietals.

Am.Biance at The Marion Restaurant

Am.Biance in the heart of Sandton combines African cooking and flavours with French cuisine. They also have a sophisticated wine list with the best wines from around the country. If you're not a wine person, they also stock amazing ports and sherries and heavenly cocktails.

wine bars

Urbanologi

Urbanologi is one of the more interesting restaurants on this list and is situated in the 1 Fox Precinct. They are one of those restaurants selling wine by the glass which is perfect if you're looking for a quick drink. Their bar is also quite extensive and they add a bit of adventure to their range of cocktails. Their brewery, The Mad Giant, is also located on-site which might please craft beer drinkers. The place does tend to get really busy, though.

Level Four Restaurant And Champagne Bar

Level Four in Rosebank is all about fine dining. But, the Perrier-Jouët champagne bar is a real highlight. It's sophisticated and unique, and offers an array of champagne, cocktails and wines accompanied by delicious bar snacks to nibble on. The bar overlooks the terrace garden, providing an amazing view to enjoy while sipping your drink. This bar is perfect for sundowners or pre-dinner drinks. Make sure to book in advance to avoid a wait.

wine bars

Four Seasons View

View restaurant at The Four Seasons The Westcliff is a sophisticated culinary experience with a wine list to match. Their sommelier and chef have travelled throughout the South African winelands to find a variety of over 120 of the finest wines in the country. Not only do they match the View’s menu perfectly, but they stock some of the more exclusive offerings from the Cape and around the world. The best part? The view that the restaurant gets its name from. It has amazing panoramic views of Johannesburg.

Marble

Marble is one of those restaurants where the bar has tongues wagging as much as the kitchen. Located at the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, the bar has a cosmopolitan vibe true to Johannesburg. Wine lovers can enjoy their familiar favourites or discover rare gems under the guidance of sommelier Wikus Human. They also offer some of the best cocktails and spirits on the market. It's one of those places where you can pop by for after-work drinks without a reservation.

wine bars

 

 

 

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.

saint

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

Having David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou – the restaurateurs behind Marble in Rosebank and Saint in Sandton – trust you with their wine cellar says a lot about your skill as a sommelier... and that's exactly what Wikus Human gets up to on a daily basis. At 27 years old, Wikus has made massive waves in the South African wine and hospitality arena, having graduated with a BCom in tourism from the University Of Pretoria. Either way, we are happy to have Wikus Human in Joburg, doing what he does best - making the hard choices for us.

Wikus Human

What attracted you to the profession?

I was sitting around a table with a group of chefs and sommeliers at Forum Homini and Roots Restaurant where I worked. They were busy doing a food and wine pairing tasting for a menu. They spoke about all these different aromas and flavours that came from the wine. I was fascinated and had to know more. I spoke to the GM and he pointed me in the direction of a well-known South African sommelier who became my mentor.

How long have you been in the industry and where have you worked?

I have been in the industry for four years. After I finished as assistant sommelier at Forum Homini, I was approached by David Higgs to join Marble when it opened. In 2016 I passed WSET Level 3 and this year passed the Court of Masters introductory examination.

What does the training involve and what are the attributes needed to become a sommelier?

Dedication is the most important. You need to do the basic, which is on paper. This means studying maps, knowing areas, climates, soils, grape varieties and production methods.

You, as a person, don’t need any special attributes. You train your own nose and palate. Pick up everything around you and smell it. Smell things before you consume them. Cut an apple open, smell it when it's fresh, smell it after two hours, smell it the next day. Everything has different flavours to it. Smell an unripe strawberry against an overripe strawberry.

What are some of the tips you can give wine lovers?

Don’t be scared to try something new. Everyone has their favourite grape varietal or wine and rarely wants to try something new. Luckily, these days, more and more restaurants employ sommeliers. Sommeliers are not there to take your money but rather to take you on a journey. They listen to what you like, what you are willing to spend and what you are eating, to find the perfect combination that works for you.

Wikus Human

What can be expected at the upcoming Sommeliers Selection 2018 wine tastings?

I loved the format in which the tasting was held. All the wines were poured blind. We had very little information when tasting the wines. It makes you think harder and it gives all the wines a fair chance. There are some excellent wines from the different categories.

When you drink wine, what do you look for?

I look for classic characteristics in wine. When tasting a wine for a wine list, I look at different aspects such as aromas, flavours, age of the wine, structure, acidity, alcohol, tannin, body and finish. All of these need to be in balance to make the wine good for me. I always try to line up four or five varietals and taste them blind. Not knowing price points or the names of wines is key to selecting good wines. Then there is no pre-conceived bias.

What about current trends?

Sauvignon Blanc for me is slightly out of fashion. Chenin Blanc seems to be trendy on the white side. White blends and lighter styles of Chardonnay are also on the upside. On the reds, your easier drinking varietals are doing well; Pinot Noir, Cinsault and Rhone Blends. Consumers are also looking for some age on wines, so we try and source some older gems when it comes to the bigger Bordeaux style blends.

What are some of the common mistakes people make with wine?

Drinking wines too early for both whites and reds. Also, looking at the price point. South Africa has gone through a drought, so yields are less and the prices of wines are increasing. Being too scared to try new varietals. Always looking for the perfect food and wine pairing match. Enjoy the food and enjoy the wine.

Do you have a favourite food and wine pairing?

Pork belly and a Riesling, as well as duck with a Pinot Noir.

By Shawn Greyling

Having David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou – the restaurateurs behind Marble in Rosebank and Saint in Sandton – trust you with their wine cellar says a lot about your skill as a sommelier... and that's exactly what Wikus Human gets up to on a daily basis. At 27 years old, Wikus has made massive waves in the South African wine and hospitality arena, having graduated with a BCom in tourism from the University Of Pretoria. Either way, we are happy to have Wikus Human in Joburg, doing what he does best - making the hard choices for us.

Wikus Human

What attracted you to the profession?

I was sitting around a table with a group of chefs and sommeliers at Forum Homini and Roots Restaurant where I worked. They were busy doing a food and wine pairing tasting for a menu. They spoke about all these different aromas and flavours that came from the wine. I was fascinated and had to know more. I spoke to the GM and he pointed me in the direction of a well-known South African sommelier who became my mentor.

How long have you been in the industry and where have you worked?

I have been in the industry for four years. After I finished as assistant sommelier at Forum Homini, I was approached by David Higgs to join Marble when it opened. In 2016 I passed WSET Level 3 and this year passed the Court of Masters introductory examination.

What does the training involve and what are the attributes needed to become a sommelier?

Dedication is the most important. You need to do the basic, which is on paper. This means studying maps, knowing areas, climates, soils, grape varieties and production methods.

You, as a person, don’t need any special attributes. You train your own nose and palate. Pick up everything around you and smell it. Smell things before you consume them. Cut an apple open, smell it when it's fresh, smell it after two hours, smell it the next day. Everything has different flavours to it. Smell an unripe strawberry against an overripe strawberry.

What are some of the tips you can give wine lovers?

Don’t be scared to try something new. Everyone has their favourite grape varietal or wine and rarely wants to try something new. Luckily, these days, more and more restaurants employ sommeliers. Sommeliers are not there to take your money but rather to take you on a journey. They listen to what you like, what you are willing to spend and what you are eating, to find the perfect combination that works for you.

Wikus Human

What can be expected at the upcoming Sommeliers Selection 2018 wine tastings?

I loved the format in which the tasting was held. All the wines were poured blind. We had very little information when tasting the wines. It makes you think harder and it gives all the wines a fair chance. There are some excellent wines from the different categories.

When you drink wine, what do you look for?

I look for classic characteristics in wine. When tasting a wine for a wine list, I look at different aspects such as aromas, flavours, age of the wine, structure, acidity, alcohol, tannin, body and finish. All of these need to be in balance to make the wine good for me. I always try to line up four or five varietals and taste them blind. Not knowing price points or the names of wines is key to selecting good wines. Then there is no pre-conceived bias.

What about current trends?

Sauvignon Blanc for me is slightly out of fashion. Chenin Blanc seems to be trendy on the white side. White blends and lighter styles of Chardonnay are also on the upside. On the reds, your easier drinking varietals are doing well; Pinot Noir, Cinsault and Rhone Blends. Consumers are also looking for some age on wines, so we try and source some older gems when it comes to the bigger Bordeaux style blends.

What are some of the common mistakes people make with wine?

Drinking wines too early for both whites and reds. Also, looking at the price point. South Africa has gone through a drought, so yields are less and the prices of wines are increasing. Being too scared to try new varietals. Always looking for the perfect food and wine pairing match. Enjoy the food and enjoy the wine.

Do you have a favourite food and wine pairing?

Pork belly and a Riesling, as well as duck with a Pinot Noir.

By Shawn Greyling

Rosebank’s art and design district, Keyes Art Mile, has become home to a new monthly food market – The Pantry Market at Keyes. Taking place on the last Saturday morning of every month, the Pantry Market at Keyes specialises in small-batch, artisanal food products for you to take home and stock your pantry with. It brings to the district everything from olive oil and honey to fresh produce, charcuterie, confectionery, sourdough bread and whole grains. The inaugural edition in March was a resounding success, with visitors flocking through the doors, and exhibitors experiencing a powerful new platform from which to sell their produce & products and share their stories.

One of the  highlights of  The Pantry Market at Keyes is the talks programme. Each month visitors can attend a free food-related talk by an industry expert. Topics include ethical eating, reducing your plastic-use, plant-based diets, and more. The upcoming talk, on 28 April at 10h30, will be by Karen Dunn, owner of Urban Apiary, who will discuss everything from the questions you should be asking about supermarket honey, to why every city needs healthy bees, and gardening tips to promote bees.

The market is a plastic-free zone, and visitors can shop top-quality, ethically produced products in a relaxed, curated space, in which they meet the makers, sip, sample, snack and enjoy live music. They can even bring their own glass jars to fill with milk and honey. To complete the experience, breakfast and lunch are available from the several Keyes Art Mile restaurants, including BGR, MESH Club, Milk Bar and Marble. While SMAC and the TMRW gallery offer additional visual stimulus to the morning, True Design (Kartell, Moroso and Cassina), Okapi, Shelflife and Anatomy will be open for browsing and shopping.

When Is The Pantry Market at Keyes?

The Pantry Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month in The Atrium of The Trumpet on Keyes – 21 Keyes Avenue  from 9am-2pm.

What Stalls Are At The Pantry Market at Keyes?

●      Bakgat Nartjies: Nova naartjies and Eureka lemons farmed in the North West for export.

●      Dolci Café: Freshly rolled pasta and homemade sauces as well as a selection of pastries. Bring back your glass jar and receive a discount next time you buy sauce.

●      Esposito Natural Foods: Acorn fed, free-range pork products from the Midlands farm of Franco Esposito.

●      Gudgu: A selection of sugar-free and regular cordials to enjoy on site by the glass and take home by the bottle.

●      Juice My Roots: Cold-pressed, energising  juices made from ingredients as wide-ranging as fennel, radish and pear.

●      Kula Organics: Fresh, organic, seasonal produce sourced from local Joburg farmers.

●      Lorian’s Cheeses: A carefully curated selection of artisan cheeses from around the country. Enjoy a platter on site or buy cheeses to take home.

●      The Grainery: Whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa and black rice, sold in eco-friendly muslin bags, as well as a selection of healthy, fresh bowls to enjoy on site.

●      Tonka Bean Patisserie: Croissants, donuts, and pastries from the famed Riversands bakery.

●      Treviso Café: Top-quality sourdough bread, using stoneground flour, water, yeast and salt, and nothing else.

●      Yield Coffee: Espresso-based coffee drinks (including hot chocolate & chai latte)  prepared by professional baristas. Coffee beans also available to take home.

●      Yococo: Dairy-free handmade ice cream using only organic fruits and free from all preservatives and colourants.

●      Urban Apiary: Raw, small-batch honey harvested responsibly from the suburbs of Johannesburg. Bring your own jar to fill, or buy a filled jar on site.

 

 

Where To Eat

The Gentleman's Arthouse

Who would have thought that one of the swankiest restaurants in Johannesburg would be located inside an old Edwardian building in Newtown. The Gentleman's Arthouse is so fancy that the only way you can visit them is by appointment only. Book yourself an evening to remember at this awesome venue. Their serve craft cocktails and four-course meals in a beautiful environment.

Marble

When it opened in 2016, the creme of the Joburg culinary crop flocked to Marble in Rosebank to see the restaurant built "for David Higgs". After old Dave's roaring season at the Saxon and a stint in Cape Town, he returned to the City Of Gold to show exactly why he's South Africa's short-order king... not that his food is short-order... it just slides off the tongue. Anyway. The view from Marble stretches out from the top of Jan Smuts Avenue all the way to the Magalies mountains in the west. The restaurant specialises in open-flame cooking that will have any South African drooling at the mouth. So, save a couple of bucks from your January pay and spoil that special someone with a V-Day evening like never before.

Milk Bar

We're sticking in Keyes Avenue, Rosebank for this one. Right below Marble you will find Jozi's very own Milk Bar. Now, before you reminisce about the milk scene in A Clockwork Orange, it's not like that. Milk Bar is a great cafe, bar and restaurant that's decorated to the 9's in all things West and East African. With that said, the Milk Bar is a laid back place where you can grab a cup of coffee on the go or stick around for dinner and drinks come sundown. It makes for a fun date night and a pretty adventurous way to spend a romantic evening.

Piccolo Mondo

Sandton is know as the shopping capital of Africa, and it's only fair enough that they also host one of the most intimate restaurants in the city. Chef Trevor is one of the best fine dining creators in the country and has been chosen to lead the South African team in the 2020 World Cooking Olympics. Now that I've sold the chef to you, let me tell you why the Piccolo Mondo is on this list. Have you seen any romantic dinner scenes in movies? Well, the Piccolo Mondo looks exactly like one of those restaurants. That should be reason enough to make a booking there.

What To Do

The Bioscope

Head to Maboneng on a Friday evening, grab a box of noodles and cuddle up at the Bioscope indie cinema for some karate movie action. It's a lot cooler than it sounds, we promise. There's nothing quite like cuddling up in a movie theatre next to that special someone, especially when it's in the super trendy inner city district of Maboneng. Don't tell anyone but we recommend you sneak in your own popcorn to chow down on after you've finished your hole-in-the-wall noodles (no, really, there is a hole in the wall from the restaurant next door from which you can order food and drinks).

WITS Planetarium 

The Johannesburg (WITS) Planetarium in Braamfontein is a great option if you can't take a trip chasing the night sky across the country. This planetarium is the biggest in Africa and hosts interesting and educational shows with the use of large projectors that create visions and pictures of the galaxy for you to see. Not only will you get a truly unique glimpse into the universe, but you'll also get the opportunity to learn about the planets, various star constellations and the amazing celestial objects that have been discovered over the years... or you could use this as an excuse to hold hands under the stars.

Ice Rink - Northgate

The Ice Rink at Northgate is where all the cool kids hang out when school's out. Why not grab your blazer and comfy pants and head to the rink for some ice carving sessions with your arm candy? The Rink also offers boot hire for those who don't have their own skates. This makes for an awesome birthday party and a great way to spend time with the family.

African Flavour Books

If there's a spark between two people, anything can be made romantic - including a visit to the book store. Besides, there's nothing more appealing than someone who reads. A stone's throw from Braamfontein you will find African Flavour books, a little book shop with a big heart. It's a great place to browse books and music, and to do a little people watching with that someone special as well.

Where To Sleep

Life On 3rd

If you are ever looking for an escape from big city life then head to Life On 3rd in Melville. It is the perfect hideaway from all things hustle and bustle. Why not spend an evening there accompanied by a bottle of JM. Gobillard, your V-Day date, and some good times?

The Maslow Hotel

With a beautiful bar and huge garden, why not organise yourself a picnic at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton? It offers a great escape from the city within the city... so to speak. The Lacuna Bistro serves great food, the bar is stocked with bubbly and good whisky, and if you're lucky you can spot a politician or ten having brunch. To boot, the Maslow Hotel is kitting out for Valentine's Day, and you can score special stay packages, delicate dinners, and a romantic lunch on the lawns.

Four Seasons The Westcliff

How about a spa day at one of South Africa's most iconic hotels? The Fourseasons Westcliff has one of the most beautiful spas in Jozi and you should go pay it a visit with your date. The perfect way to unwind is with two 90-minute spa treatments of your choice, followed by bubbly and canapés served at Après Spa, the city's only outdoor rooftop lounge. Or choose a Westcliff Deli “chic-nic” (chic picnic) takeaway to enjoy in the comfort of your home.

By Shawn Greyling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Westcliff: Four Seasons Hotel

If you want to dine somewhere suburban and modern, then The Westcliff might just be the perfect venue for you. The hotel boasts five modern restaurants, bars and lounges but the special places with magnificent views are Flames and View. View serves contemporary dishes, while the urban-casual menu at Flames features upscale fare with fresh regional and seasonal ingredients.

The San Deck: Sandton Sun

Loved by many Sandton residents, The San Deck is the perfect rooftop spot for summer and winter. Summer is best for enjoying the warm sun with cocktails under the umbrellas, while winter is great with the outdoor heaters and glorious firepits to keep you warm in the evening. Either way, you’ll be mesmerised by the Sandton skyline while you tuck into food prepared by Executive Chef Garth Shiner.

views

The Living Room

Take a drive down to the Maboneng Precinct and enjoy the sunset and hipster buzz with a cocktail in hand at The Living Room. This nature-inspired and vibrant rooftop venue is perfect for sundowners, indulging in a meal with friends and sharing some good laughs while enjoying the panoramic vista of the city. The food is delicious and includes homemade deli-style meals, eclectic tapas and weekly specials, so arrive hungry!

Marble Restaurant

Carnivores and flame-grilled enthusiasts this one's for you. Marble Restaurant on Keyes Avenue in Rosebank offers fine dining that features eating around an open flame with meat, seafood, and veg on the grill. You can look forward to quality food that's authentically South African but different at the same time. The dishes are to die for, and don’t even get us started on the dessert and cheeses. Marble Restaurant is situated at the top of the Trumpet building, so you can expect one of the best views of the city.

Higher Ground Restaurant

Situated on the St Stithians College grounds in Bryanston, Higher Ground Restaurant is the perfect spot to sit back and enjoy the stunning vistas of the city while sipping cocktails or feasting on delicious Meditteranean food. And as they offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can appreciate the views at all hours of the day.

views

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Dining in Style

Let's start off with the greasiest, sexiest and most tasty burger, shall we? Okay, you will know where we heading with this one... on Keyes Avenue, there's a little burger joint serving burgers, chips and frozen custard. They're called BGR and they are awesome – even when the place is filled with hipsters. No matter what you're after, it's in Rosebank... oh, and there's Marble! It's the best place on earth if you dig upper-class fancy food – but who doesn't, right? And if you need to get a caffeine fix, Father Coffee is worth trying out. They offer some of the best coffee in Joburg. A good place to check out for some cool food places to satisfy that sweet tooth would be The Zone @ Rosebank. Here, you can get ice cold velvet in the form of Paul's Home Made Ice Cream (chocolate, nutella and oreo for the win) as well as the best gourmet popcorn at Maverick and Jane (we recommend the drool worthy birthday cake popcorn) and Plan B Dessertery has delightful bubble waffles (the lemon meringue waffles are on point).

coffee

Pop Culture

The Rosebank precinct is built on one word: culture. It hosts two of the most important galleries in the country, the Goodman Gallery on the corner of Jan Smuts and Chester Road and the Everard Read Gallery on Jellicoe Avenue. Some of the most prominent art dealers and agencies are situated in Rosebank. It is a space where the dealer and the buyer can meet in close proximity of one another.

shutterstock_445870663

Shopping up a Storm

If you want to shop 'til you drop, you'll be in good company at Rosebank. This lucrative city offers three of the best shopping centres in Gauteng. These are The Zone @ Rosebank, Rosebank Mall and The Firs. These shopping malls have a wide array of stores to meet the needs of every fashionista, home owner, foodie and tech lover. There are also loads of local clothing designers as well as talented arts and crafts creators and vendors at the Rosebank Sunday Market.

markets

Joburg Sight Seeing

A great way to explore the best Joburg has to offer is with the City Sightseeing bus. This bright red bus offers tours that will take you to some of the most interesting places around our city like Constitution Hill, the Apartheid Museum and Carlton Centre. They offer various packages to suit your budget and time limits. Their offices are located at The Zone @ Rosebank, conveniently situated close to all Joburg's attractions.

city sightseeing

Spend the Night

If you're planning on staying over in Rosebank, why not do so in style at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Oxford Road. This hotel boasts 244 rooms and suites with all the amenities a jet-lagged patron could dream of. The hotel also has a swimming pool, spa, fitness center and laundry service, not to mention their luxury in house restaurant, oneNINEone.

hotel

After months of veiled social media messages and building delays, the much-anticipated Marble restaurant was officially launched on 11 August 2016. Situated on the top floor of The Trumpet building, is the newest addition to the rapidly growing Rosebank Keyes Art Mile; the restaurant boasts unobstructed views stretching all the way to the Magaliesberg.

The building itself is beautifully designed, noticeable at first glance from the cascading staircase leading to the triple volume entrance. In line with leading international trends, Trumpet promises to be a collaboration of design, art and food. It’s evident that no detail was spared in the conception of the space. From the wooden flooring, to the detailing on the roof and walls, even in the hand-crafted crockery; the restaurant is modern but inviting... bold yet subtle.

The massive open grill, the focal point of the restaurant, brings a new intimacy to this dining experience, leaving diners able to see and 'feel' their food being plated.

IMG_6243

Contemporary South African chef, David Higgs has promised that the restaurant will bring earthy, bold flavours to patrons, with every dish incorporating an element from the grill. Guests at the launch were treated to oysters, seared tuna, pulled pork pillows, delicious roasted vegetable and smoky, skewered beef. The desserts were just as creative, with ginger biscuit s'mores and rhubarb pavlova, satiating any and everyone's sweet tooth.

The bar is just as exquisite, and threatens to be a feature of the restaurant in it’s own right. The bar lounge is separated from the restaurant by a floor-to-ceiling wine rack, with what promises to be a huge selection. Both traditional and creative cocktails will also be served.

The restaurant is an exciting addition to Rosebank, and will definitely raise the bar in terms of Joburg dining experiences. If as much thought and detail goes into the food as it did the space, the restaurant should be a great new player in the Joburg culinary scene.

IMG_6602

By Atish Kara

Have you been to Marble? What did you think of their open flame style of cooking? Let us know in the comments section below. And, as always, sharing is caring so show this review to a buddy.