Everybody loves fine dining, but in a city with so many options, it can be tough to pick where to dine at first. We went in search of the city’s best – and here are our top picks
Situated in Sandton, Melrose Arch and Bedfordview, pay a visit to a Pigalle nearest to you and enjoy a night of urban-chic with some Mediterranean flair. With upmarket and sophisticated décor and furnishings to set the ambience, coupled with delicious international cuisine featuring seafood, poultry and meats, Pigalle is sure to give you a fine dining experience to remember. Unfortunately, no children under the age of 12.
With French cuisine and a relaxed environment, complemented by excellent food and service, why not make a reservation at Chez Girard? From starters to the dessert course, indulge in different flavours and textures, and broaden your view on food. Here you’ll find well-priced comfort food that is full of flavour – right in the middle of Bryanston. Top Tip: This is the perfect place for dining with friends.
DW Eleven-13 is a modern European restaurant that serves up exquisite cuisine that’s simple yet delicious cuisine. 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.
Make a reservation at Il Tartufo and have a fine dining experience the Italian way. With a cosy, relaxed yet intimate ambience, along with a great selection of starters, mains and dessert dishes to choose from, this is certainly the place to have a personal and intimate first date, or just spoil that special someone in your life.
Kong Roast is the place to be if you are looking for divine Asian dining where East meets West. There are loads of veg options too, making this an ideal place for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Enjoy a cocktail or two with friends at the chic and glamorous bar draped in black and purple, or enjoy a romantic dinner for two out on the deck that offers stunning views over the city. Top Tip: They recommend you try their salmon teriyaki or royal beef.
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 Signaturecocktails while taking in the view of the African sunset through their floor-to-ceiling windows, and 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.
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, and take in the scenic views of the city through their floor-to-ceiling windows, or while having sundowners out on their deck.
With rich décor in silver, purple and copper, Orient will get you in the mood for beautifully presented contemporary Asian cuisine and superb sushi. Orient has been graded as one of the select 5-star venues in South Africa, and is a great place to have a divine culinary experience filled with amazing flavours and options for every palate. Top Tip: The Bang Bang Duck is said to be a big hit, spiced and flavoured to perfection.
Cantare Dinner And Dance Restaurant
For something unique and refreshingly different, join Cantare Dinner and Dance for a great experience. With an extravagant Las Vegas-style feel, it’s definitely the place for a dinner with a difference – enjoy entertainment from their Vintage Varga cabaret shows, or dance the night away. Choose from their selection of pastas, veal dishes, seafood and meats and have a relaxed evening with a dining experience that you will never forget!
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.
The Michelangelo Hotel is by far one of the most iconic hotels in South Africa, so it’s fitting that its restaurant categorised as fine dining as well. The Piccolo Mondo is one of our favourite places to spoil our taste buds at. In fact, we go there so often that we shot this little video IN the Piccolo Mondo’s 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.
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