At last dinner at Marble Restaurant! Going up the elevator in the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, gave an elegance to what I expected. As the lift door opened to the restaurant, one was immediately taken with the warm welcome and sophistication. I knew we were in for a special evening. David Higgs is a great chef, and after Rust en Vrede he moved to Johannesburg a few years ago. We found him at Central One at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel. Needless to say, we loved going there and his food was divine. He then moved on to the Saxon 500 at the Saxon Hotel and Spa. Wow, that was amazing. We went for our anniversary and it was extra special. Each course was introduced personally by the chefs and the flavours and smells were incredible. The service was impeccable and it was truly an evening to remember.
And now his much-awaited Marble restaurant. The restaurant is big and open and has a great vibe. It boasts a grand wood-fired grill which they imported from America. The concept combines the open-fire trend seen overseas, with a good dose of South Africa thrown in. It is theatre and well worth watching.
Our starters were a great introduction to what was to come. I had Fired Prawns, Avocado, shellfish oil, burnt corn and Kale. Loved the dish and the shellfish oil was divine. Steve had Salted Kudu, Smoked free range egg, gherkins, grilled baby gem and beetroot. Sally had Aubergine, hummus, ricotta, lemon and crusty bread and Mike had Aubergine and tomato soup. They all enjoyed their starters as much as I did.
As South Africans, we have been cooking meat on wood fires forever and this restaurant celebrates this in a modern creative way. Not just meat but fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.
I am a sucker for pork belly, so surprise surprise, that’s what I had for main course. Mike chose the same as me. Grilled Pork Belly, Smoked Peppers, Asian Slaw and Cherries. It was delicious with the Asian slaw cutting the richness, and the crackling on top just finished it off.
Steve had Tuna, Broccoli, Anchovy, Grilled Cucumber and Coal Roasted Salsa. He loved it and so did I when we swopped plates.
Sally had Linefish which was Salmon, Crisp Potato, beans, peas, fine herbs and buttermilk dressing. It looked and tasted delicious.
Dessert……We chose two and they were sublime.
Chocolate Mousse, Grilled Pineapple Jelly, Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Hazelnuts. It was the Salted Caramel Ice Cream that sold us on our choice and it was truly worth it.
Mike chose an Ice Cream Sandwich. It was Brandy Snap with Pineapple and Chilli Ice Cream. Oh my word. It was DIVINE!
If you haven’t been to Marble, go soon. I might see you there. It’s so good to have a restaurant like this in Johannesburg. You do need to book weeks in advance though.
Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes and Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank +27 10 594 5550