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The Marabi Club

The Marabi Club
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Cost
R110 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups
Food
Bistro fare
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Zodwa Kumola-Valentine

Food 
We love a small menu because it means it is quite possible to taste everything on the menu. Made for sharing, the chef Vusi Ndlovu, who’s worked with David Higgs and Luke Dale-Roberts (when the The Pot Luck Club popped in Johannesburg up at the Marabi Club) has put together a tasting offering that takes inspiration from the illegal shebeens of the 1920s and 30s. The grilled cabbage with mussel powder, apples and miso mayo, is light and tasty, the KFQ (deep-fried quail, kimchi slaw, Japanese mayo and salsa verde or chimichurri makes you want it all for yourself and you could easily and quickly inhale the crispy, flavoursome flamiche – a country-style pizza with confit onions, pickled onions, comte cheese cream and horseradish – all by yourself. But then you wouldn’t have space for the Sunday roast, which consists of slices of beef rib eye served with bay-leaf-poached potatoes and green beans. And for dessert, the roasted peaches and yoghurt parfait with olive oil is a light and lovely ending to the meal.

Service
Staff is attentive but could do with a little more confidence when recommending the dishes.

Ambience
Housed in the basement of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye’s Hallmark House and hotel, this is the closest you’ll come to an old-skool jazz spot that harks back to the Harlem’s jazz clubs. As soon as you walk in, one of the hosts are happy to take you on a tour of the establishment, which boasts a private dining room for private functions of up to about 20 people at least R1000 per head to secure the entire space as well as a whisky and cigar room.

And …
A resident band plays jazz every night – you’ll need to book and pay a non-refundable R50 per head to secure your seat at the table. Think of it as a tip for the band.
There’s also valet parking so no need to worry about the safety of your car.
Plus you can order pizzas if you’re there til very late.

Best for …
date night.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • An absolutely unforgettable experience. From the minute you pull up, you're transported back in time... It's obvious how much passion and effort was put into this restaraunt, and everything about it is sublime.
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  • Really one of the hidden wonders of Joburg. Cool jazz, stunning cocktails and astonishing cuisine. A must-do whilst in joburg.
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  • Marabi Club has it's own language of embracing you as their guest. The mood of the restaurant is consistent with their live band, and I believe the oh-so energetic waiters play a big role in the energy of the place. You tend to wiggle your hips while eating, like a little child, out of the excitement of the music, the great waiters dancing around you while gracefully serving your table and the smiles from the live band. While the waiters tend to have fun with you, they are noteworthy when attending to you, exceptional when presenting to you and as well as friendly and respectable. Have I mentioned how great it is for the Chef, Vusi, and the Manager to pop by your table to find out how your food was, "awesome". The food, OMG, I believe is the now generation term of expressing a certain type of amazement. The flavours of the food is meticulously thought of, from the starters, mains, down to the desert. The presentation of the food is not only perfect and appetizing but dainty too. They have a variety of meals to choose from and I am happy and proud to say, I had the pleasure of tasting everything on their menu in one night between myself and 4 friends, yes, including desert. It was an unforgettable experience, my palate was upgraded and schooled that night. My favourite meal, Butter poached lobster , Sunday roast and for desert, pushing passion. I do not mind eating at Marabi, over and over and over again. The food is smooth, the integration of the different flavours is done so well, the colours of the food just compliment each other making it only easy for the presentation. I do not remember ever seeing any access oil on any plate that was served to us, access fat on any meat related dish, not a lot of fried foods, which was superb. Chef Vusi knows exactly what he is doing in that kitchen. Marabi Club is a phenomenal place to eat at, a perfect night out. I would recommend it to any locals and internationals and I am confident enough to get an excellent review myself on the recommendation. I am still dancing around for their valet services, I still cannot get over it.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Live entertainment
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food

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