Whether you're looking for a unique sensory dining experience, need a great restaurant to celebrate a special occasion, or simply just want to treat your taste buds, TANG in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton is just the place to be. From the beautiful décor and setting to the incredible cuisine, this destination is a must-visit for 2022. After its opening in May 2021, TANG has become one of the hottest place to be and be seen at when visiting Sandton.
Locations & Setting
TANG offers diners a luxurious spin on Japanese Izakaya style dining and classic Cantonese-style cooking, taking them on a culinary journey complemented by a lavish Asian tropical setting.
Located on Nelson Mandela Square where Wang Thai used to be, TANG is designed by award-winning interior designer, Tristan Du Plessis. Du Plessis has infused the 650m² space with his signature luxe-with-an-edge style, emphasised by a strong focus on elemental design. Inspired by the works of acclaimed architect, Marcio Kogan and the modern tropical movement, TANG has a restrained minimalist luxe feel using materials such as imported marble, honed travertine and granite.
The 60-seater Moët & Chandon bar spilling out onto the terrace overlooking the square boasting a striking art installation is the perfect place to sit and relax during the balmy summer months in the city.
The restaurant’s impressive award-winning team of culinary talents, led by seasoned chefs, Vixa Kalenga and Wesley Chen, who are responsible for the incredible and sensational TANG signature dishes, including Peking Duck, Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail sashimi, Wagyu Tomahawk steaks done on robata grills, and a vast sushi and wok selection. Whatever you decide to ordere off of their menu, you most certainly won't be disappointed! Everything is presented to perfection, and makes for the ultimate in Instagram-worthy foodie shots!
The Man Behind TANG
Nicky Van Der Walt, who cut his teeth at just 20 years old when he opened his first restaurant in the city’s busy Rosebank precinct – and who drew kudos after taking over the celebrated Greenside address, Circle, and opening 1886 – unveiled TANG in 2021. The seasoned businessman, who has worked on various hotel and beach club projects in Cape Town and abroad, has assembled an impressive award-winning team of culinary talents led by Vixa Kalenga and Wesley Chen.
Also, hot on the heels of the restaurant's launch of his celebrated luxury Asian restaurant and bar, entrepreneur extraordinaire, Nicky van der Walt started another bold venture. Inspired by a lifelong love of the Cape winelands and the very best French winemaking traditions, Nicky launched a new wine that represents the first step on his journey towards owning his own private label. The new wine, Mirabelle Rosé, is an ode to the superb rosé wines made in the south of France, capturing the freshness of the rising sun and the promise of a new day.
Chef Chen, most recently Executive Chef at Cape Town’s top authentic Asian restaurant, Boudha Lounge, and who previously headed the kitchen at popular Cape Town Cantonese and Sichuan cuisine spot Mr Chan, takes on the role of Chef de Cuisine. The chef, whose extensive experience includes a ten-year stint spanning Tao Yuen and Tong Lok under the same ownership, will ensure that the house’s classic Cantonese dishes will adhere to the top quality he is renowned for to tantalise taste buds.
Meanwhile, Chef Vixa Kalenga, who has worked at famed Willoughby’s in Cape Town, as well as group chef for the Kove collection and who holds extensive cuisine consulting experience (most recently at the hot new modern Greek restaurant, Ethos, in Morningside, Sandton) will hold Executive chef responsibilities.
For More Information
For more information about TANG, visit their website at tanghospitality.com.
You can also contact them on 071 379 2161 or [email protected].
Images provided by TANG. Pictures by Curtis Gallon and Theana Breugem.