Earlier this year, former Five Hundred head chef David Higgs and restaurateur Gary Kyriacou revealed their plans for their new live-fire restaurant, Marble, that is set to open soon in Johannesburg. While the restaurant was originally anticipated to be ready in mid-May 2016, construction delays pushed out the launch. The team can now confirm that Marble will open its doors on 4 July 2016, with reservations being taken for 15 July and onwards.
Situated in Roam, the growing art and food hub of Rosebank, Marble will boast a grand wood-fired grill imported from Washington as the focal point of the restaurant. The concept combines the international open-fire trend seen in New York and Melbourne with an added dose of South African flair. Explains David, “Marble will embody South Africans’ love of cooking with fire, a quality that makes our food culture different from the rest of the world. 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 will celebrate – and not just meat, but all types of ingredients cooked on coals, including fish, poultry, vegetables and breads.”
A large rooftop bar and terrace will also provide a space for socialising and celebrating local wines, with views stretching over Johannesburg towards the Magaliesberg. Another exciting element will be the walk-in butchery – inspired by Australia’s Victor Churchill – that will form part of the downstairs area. This will give guests the opportunity to take home the same cuts of meat they enjoyed at the 250-seater restaurant above.