Relocating to Rosebank, Chef Ken Phuduhudu brings a wealth of experience to the table at Ethos. Leading the kitchen, Chef Ken cooked at the world-renowned Test Kitchen under chef Luke Dale Roberts. Diners can expect to indulge in some delicious dishes in a luxurious and dramatic setting, which includes sweeping arches, grand columns, impressive Italian marble and a soothing neutral colour palette with brass accents.
DW Eleven-13 is one of South Africa's most celebrated fine dining restaurants (and a proper gem of Joburg). This is a modern European inspired restaurant infused with Highveld flavour. Quality over quantity is the name of the game here. The ever-changing dishes on DW's lineup are all prepared with a minimalist approach. With its relaxed environment, this is the place to have a fine dining experience minus all the fancy stuff. Chef Marthinus Ferreira's menu and restaurant is always evolving and incorporating new dishes, aiming to bring you a great dining experience.
With European cuisine and a posh environment, complemented by excellent food and service, why not make a reservation at Aurum Restaurant? From starters to the dessert course, indulge in different flavours and textures, and broaden your view on food. Here you’ll find a fine twist on comfort food that is full of flavour – right in the middle of Morningside. Top Tip: This is the perfect place for dining with friends, we recommend booking a table at the Octo Bar.
What do you get when two friends, Tumelo Maepa and Hlompho Chauke, start a restaurant in Sandton? A contemporary dining space that doubles up as a culinary experience. The upmarket establishment is all about celebrating all things South African, but always with an intriguing twist added, just for good measure. This ranges from décor details that include aged brass wares, vintage mirrors, dried botanicals and timber wall cladding that reminds you that you are in Africa’s richest square mile. The twist comes in the form of unexpected and elegant graffiti – a touch that you would not ordinarily associate with such a swanky restaurant and bar. The look is perfectly rounded off with art pieces by local artist African Ginger. The dining area is made up of three distinct sections: a formal sit-down area, a trendy sushi bar and the Nest Lounge – a dimly lit nook where you can get up to mischief, like impressing a date with your knowledge of Cuban cigars. Resident chef Ashley Murison-Johnson took the kitchen reins almost three months ago, and his straightforward but yet playful personality comes through in the recently revamped menu.
You would think that Level Seven Restaurant and Sky Bar would be perched on the seventh floor of the OR Tambo Radisson Hotel. It is on the sixth floor, which happens to be the top floor, so the views are majestic. Johannesburg restaurateur Desmond Mabuza – owner of the fine dining eatery Signature eatery in Morningside, Sandton – has transplanted the same class and opulence to the Bredell area, in Kempton Park. With the exceptional level of culinary delights on offer, chef Loyiso Mnduzulwana has to be one of the finest cooks in Joburg, and not just the East Rand. His duck leg confit (R325) is simply unmatched, as is his Beetroot goat’s cheese and ostrich carpaccio (R165). Mduzulwana is an artist whose medium happens to be edible. When he plates dishes such as the (R245) Grilled Sole - seasoned with sea salt, served with sauteed new potatoes, pea and red onion ragout and salsa verde - he entices your sense of smell, sight and smell. The delicately balanced taste pushes you over the edge, leaving you wondering if you have been short-changed your whole life when it comes to parties in your mouth.
1947 on Vilikazi
Vilakazi Street is known for being the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace prize winners (Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu) have lived, which is largely why it's become one of the country’s prime tourist hubs. The street is lined with original four-room homes, curio shops, the now museumed Mandela home, crafty street vendors selling their wares and a selection of charming restaurants, offering an authentic township culinary experience including tshisa nyama (Braai), Mogodu (Tripe) kota and more, attracting locals and tourists alike.
At the top of the street is one of the newest additions to the selection of eateries: a two storey, multi-section venue, 1947 on Vilakazi Street. It's a little fancier than its counterparts, yet still very much part of the DNA of the vibrant area. Named as an ode to the Sowetan-born and raised owner, Naomi Ratsheko’s parents' (their birth years) who were respected members of Sowetan society, the entrance to the restaurant sets a nostalgic scene with walls adorned with framed black and white images of the couple who it honours.
And there’s no skimping on the decor with simple but colourful interiors from the seating, tall mirrors at the end of the stairway, and boldly wallpapered restrooms, (including a wheelchair friendly one) giving the space a distinguished quality.
With food that you will be sure to remember, superb international and local wines, and good service, we suggest you make a reservation at one of Sandton’s most fashionable restaurants now. Enjoy Signature cocktails while taking in the view of the African sunset through their floor-to-ceiling windows. Indulge in their imaginative cuisine ideas and flavours from their selection of dishes – from sushi and seafood to their signature dishes, as well as vegetarian, meat and poultry options.
For meat and flame enthusiasts in love with fine dining, Marble restaurant on Keyes Avenue is Rosebank is the best place to go. You can look forward to quality food full of culture unlike any other restaurant. It's authentically different and scrumptious all at the same time. The menu selections are to die for, and don't even get us started on the dessert and cheese options. But it wouldn't be fine dining without the right wine or champagne to taste, would it? Our pick with a good steak is the Cederberg Five Generations Carbernet Sauvignon. Simply divine.
Situated in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Sandton, join Maximillien for a combination of classic Mediterranean dining with a South African flair. Enjoy a high-quality dining experience of delicious cuisine made from the finest ingredients within a stylish yet relaxing ambience. It's also a perfect spot to take in the scenic views of the city through their floor-to-ceiling windows, or while having sundowners out on their deck.
The Michelangelo Hotel is by far one of the most iconic hotels in South Africa. It's fitting then that its restaurant is categorised as fine dining as well. The Piccolo Mondo is one of our favourite places to spoil our taste buds. In fact, we go there so often that we shot this little video inside the Piccolo Mondo kitchen. Drawing from a classic Italian theme, the menu combines a range of traditional dishes that, under the watchful eye of executive chef Andrew and his team, have been given a modern twist.
This is by far one of the most elegant restaurants in Sandton. Parc Fermé offers a chic yet traditional way of experiencing exquisite cuisine prepared by their Mauritian Executive Chef Atmaram. With its contrasting grey, black and white décor and its mixture of exotic fabrics and textiles, Parc Fermé won’t disappoint the eye. We implore that you have a go at their meat and poultry dishes - fillet, T-bone and oxtail being some of our favourites. You can also enjoy a lighter meal such as Parc Ferme's whole baby fish or delicious tempura prawns.
Following in the footsteps of the giants that stomped the Saxon kitchen before it, Grei has kept its own as the new kid in a historic culinary site. At the helm is Candice Philip, an understudy of Luke Dale-Roberts during his time at the Saxon Hotel. Candice's hands-on approach is what has kept the fine dining flag flying high in Joburg. The menu at Grei confesses a bespoke experience like no other. Dishes feature unusual pairings and natural, succulent flavours. The menu highlights the three key flavours from each dish and conveys a different colour with each course. The menu is a six-course tasting menu, paired with a combination of international and local wines. There is also be a non-alcoholic pairing option as well as vegetarian- and pescatarian-suited menus.
With over 80, 000 young professionals working in Sandton, David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou felt that there could be more restaurants and bars to cater for that gap in the market. The food is Italian, but twisted. Saint leans heavily on haute Tuscan cooking instead of the usual pizzeria-around-the-corner type of stuff. The two massive pizza ovens – hand made, designed and imported from Italy – offer a unique smoky flavour to the pizza bases that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. The twist, as the marketing gimmick goes, Higgs and Kyriacou infused inspiration from Marble and included a wok station and a Grillworks, adding crispy elements to the menu.
Archer Bar & Eatery
Brought to you by Marriott, Archer Bar & Eatery is part bar, part coffee house with small-plate dining thrown in for good measure. Located within the Johannesburg Marriot Hotel Melrose Arch, Archer’s philosophy of authenticity and unassuming excellence can be found in the speciality coffee, creative mixology and local craft beers, as well as in the inventive artisanal take on street food that showcases local and international flavours. From boutique-style bunny chow to handcrafted pork dumplings, there is no wrong choice on this menu.
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