Located on the Keyes Art Mile strip – a swanky district marked with boutiques, art galleries and the premium members club, Mesh – Marble is the epitome of a trendy haunt. Throw in a famous name – David Higgs, who is both proprietor and chef – a killer rib-eye and unmatched views, and you’ve got yourself a Jozi icon.
Even though this is a steakhouse, chef David’s past in fine dining dictates that a meal must still be enjoyed as a sumptuous experience of light meals to heavier and end on a sweet note, so expect an enticing spread of light Mediterranean starters to heavier more robust Argentinean-inspired grill-fare all made using local seasonal produce.
To start one ought to have a go at the Mediterranean wood-fired octopus with red wine mole, cured lardo, crisp red onions and cucumber. From the Med to the Levantine region, the other must-try starter is the grilled aubergine, baba ghanoush and kimchi peanut brittle with sesame dressing – where the sesame dressing adds a piquant Asian slant to what is typically a classic Kurdish dish.
Sitting in the moody space, engulfed in heady aromas of flame grilling, is enough to stimulate one’s appetite for the main event. The rib-eye steak with sauce foyot – a rich Béarnaise with meat glaze – smoked bone marrow, tomato chutney, grilled courgette and potato crisps remains a fan favourite, but the grilled pork belly is quickly gaining popularity. The latter served with a mustard sauce, teriyaki sweet potato, pork crumble, and apple salad with a lime, honey and ginger dressing is a rich indulgent dish. For something lighter, look no further than the vine-wrapped tuna with a brined king oyster mushroom, a king oyster braised in seaweed and capers, fermented mushroom sauce and broccoli mole.
Chef David might be a serious chef, but he is not devoid of a sense of humour. The desserts harken back to childhood treats as well as some celebrated local flavours. There is the ice-cream sandwich and the cheffed-up rosewater koeksister served with khulfi ice cream and a pistachio tuile.
Spirited and professional, with a magnetic air of pride – even amongst themselves, the staff appear proud to call this place work and relate to each other with a great sense of camaraderie.
The 250-seater restaurant, with a lounge and bar separated by a gorgeous glass wine cellar, offers surprisingly intimate seating and a wraparound balcony with a view.
Marble Restaurant chose to collaborate with local artisans for all the interior design at Marble. Since we are located in the Keyes Art Mile, it made perfect sense to incorporate art in the interior installations. At Marble, art is expressed in every design element. Impressive artworks, a turquoise ceramic-tiled wall and light wooden floors give the impression of being suspended in a cabin in the sky and the rooftop lounge bar and terrace with views stretching out towards the Magaliesberg is the perfect place for sundowners.
Minimum price range: R500 ($38) per person and maximum would be R1000 ($75).
Address: Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27 10 594 5550 or email: [email protected]
Opening Hours : Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 22:00