Freshly Plated – Joburg restaurant news, March 2018

Joburg’s restaurant scene is always chopping and changing and in this month’s edition of our restaurant news blog there’s plenty to catch up on including new restaurants in Melville, a Michelin star pop up at the Four Seasons, a new monthly artisanal food market in Rosebank and two great restaurant giveaways.

Goût de France brings Michelin star cuisine to Joburg

Contemporary French cuisine by French Michelin star chef Vincent Lucas

Joburg joins the annual Goût de France celebration of French gastronomy from Mar 15-25. Highlights of the 2018 Goût de France programme include Michelin star French chef Vincent Lucas’s pop up at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff and a series of dinners at the new SA Culinary Club in Bryanston hosted by Alain Ducasse’s incredibly talented protégé Wandile Mabaso. Read more about Goût de France and how to book here.

New cocktail menu at Marabi Club

Downtown Joburg’s coolest underground bar and restaurant The Marabi Club (currently hosting a pop-up restaurant headed by Australian chef Russell Armstrong and San Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 finalist Vusi Ndlovu) is going from strength to strength with the latest edition to the team being Julian Short. Voted South Africa’s best mixologist 2017 and bartender of the year for 2018, the head barman from Rosebank’s ‘secret’ speakeasy Sin+Tax will be creating an exclusive new cocktail menu for the club every three months.

Shop from Bryanston Organic Market online

Joburg’s longest running weekly market, the Bryanston Organic Market has launched a new online store. Shop online for your favourite organic, ethically sourced goodies such as Antonia’s raw honey, the Tea Shelf’s exquisite tea blends and  Mighty Mo’s famous homemade mustards and browse the outstanding collection of local gifts ranging from handmade organic beauty products to shweshwe ponchos and gorgeous Ethiopian cotton scarves. Browse the Bryanston Organic Market online store here.  

New in Melville

Focaccia with goats cheese, figs and red onion from La Stalla (Photo by Katy Harrison)

Chef James Diack (of Coobs and The National fame) has closed his American diner The Federal on 7th Street in Melville and is setting up a new Italian restaurant La Stalla in its place. The new ‘industrial-chic pizzeria’ promises well-priced small plates, wood-fired dishes and pizza options, roasted chicken, fresh salads and gelato. As James puts it “this will be my simplest restaurant to date, and I can’t wait to share the experience with Melville.”  The new restaurant is expected to open late March.

Meanwhile across the road next to neighbourhood stalwart Ant Cafe, the team behind Melville’s popular Hell’s Kitchen bar and Santa Muerte Mexican restaurant have launched their latest venture The Lonely Hearts Club offering Spanish-style tapas, classic cocktails and retro ’80s tunes.

Keyes Art Mile launches The Pantry Market

The latest monthly artisanal market to join Joburg’s foodie calendar is The Pantry Market at Keyes Art Mile. The Pantry Market promises to bring together some of the region’s best artisanal produce – think small-batch local organic honey, farmhouse cheeses, vegan ice-cream, handmade pasta and gourmet chocolates. A major highlight is the A moveable Feast stall showcasing products by top local chefs that can only be bought at the market including quince jelly straight from chef James Diack’s family farm and marmalade from the personal citrus garden of chef Jacques Erasmus from Cape Town’s celebrated Hemelhuijs cafe. The first Pantry Market takes place on March 24 from 09:00-14:00.

WIN A gourmet 4-course dinner and wine pairing at Winehouse in our #KnowYourCity Quiz

Our Know Your City quiz continues and in this month’s edition we are bringing you the chance to win a fabulous 4-course gourmet dinner with wine pairing for 2 at the award-winning Winehouse restaurant at Ten Bompas worth R1360! Enter the #KnowYourCity quiz here on our Facebook page for your chance to win.

WIN High Tea for Two at Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Bringing you even more chances to win this month we are also giving a win a scrumptious High Tea for 2 at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Morningside. Enter our Fairlawns High Tea giveaway here.

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