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Marble comes to life

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It’s been worth the wait and finally Johannesburg's first live fire restaurant is open ... on the opening night in the new Rosebank Art Mile (Roam) on the corner of Jellicoe and Keyes Avenue Marble was pullulating with trendy foodies, all drinking cocktails at R150 a head.

Marble is a beautiful space, with the cool greys of the marble style floors and wallpapers offset by a chased bronze style reception area. The bar is long and elongated and reminiscent of 1940s cocktail hour glamour.

Reviewer Laura Sealy wrote on Facebook: "The interiors are a combination of work by artisans Damien Grivas, Peter Mtombheni, Krisjan Rossouw and Mervyn Gers. Especially beautiful are the hand painted ceramic wall tiles and the Dolos figurines, also in ceramic."

It's been well over a year since Gary Kyriacou walked into Chef David Higgs’ kitchen at The Saxon with the proposal for a new addition to Johannesburg’s restaurant scene; and there were headaches galore with building delays.

Loyal fans of Chef David's food stuck out the wait and already the who's of the town have filled up the reservations book with requests for special occasions from birthdays to romantic dinners.

 “Marble embodies South Africans’ love of cooking with fire, a quality that makes our food culture different from the rest of the world,” explains Higgs. “I’ve long been fascinated by what makes South African fare unique, and I believe it’s down to us being meat and flame enthusiasts – the timeworn ritual of cooking on wood fires, and gathering with friends. That’s what Marble celebrates – and not just meat, but all types of ingredients cooked on coals – including fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.”

 Marble seats 250 dining scene enthusiasts and provides a roof-top terrace with a breathtaking view that stretches over Johannesburg’s urban forest towards the Magaliesburg with some of Jozi's most sensational sunsets. Downstairs, there is a butchery which allows patrons to enjoy the same cuts of meat from the Marble menu in their own homes.

One of the features of the restaurant is a stunning floor-to-ceiling glass wine cellar which has an impressive collection of 100 local and international wines.

The grill is a Rolls Royce of a grill and produces some fine fare.

Special recommendations go to the seafood platter, and the passion fruit parfait and the desserts also get a big thumbs up. There is kudu, fillet, ribe eye steak and a host of other braai-able goodies on the menu.

Gary Kyriacou is no stranger to restaurant industry or business start-ups. Over his 20-year career, the serial entrepreneur has owned several retail properties, Spar Supermarkets and was involved in the hospitality program for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

“I have wanted to open something like Marble for a long time. However, I needed someone with a real passion for food to bring it to life. Once David was on board that the idea really started to take shape,” Kyriacou explains.

Future plans for the venture include openings of Marble in Dubai, London or New York. “We really believe the concept of Marble has international appeal, but we want to get it right here first,” says Kyriacou.*

Find the pre-opening interview with David in issue no 11 of Cheek2Chic magazine on  http://issuu.com/cheek2chic/docs/cheek2chic_issue_11


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