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Marble by David Higgs

Marble by David Higgs
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Cost
R295 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Contemporary fare, Modern
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food

David Higgs’s iconic Rosebank restaurant was one of 30 nominees for the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

Imagine an Argentinian grill with an incredibly modern and eccentric twist. Here you’ll find all the bells and whistles that chef David Higgs can possibly bring to the table, alongside local and seasonal ingredients. The dishes are well-balanced, tantalising the palate with subtle smoky notes on every plate.

The menu is somewhat of a journey, with flavours ranging from complex Mediterranean inspirations to light Thai infusions and Argentinian barbecue grills. The utilisation of fresh ingredients and vegetables to lighten the dishes is inspiring, and the imagination runs wild with the various combinations of spices, pastes and sauces on offer.

Starters to consider include the wood-fired asparagus served with a parmesan cream, shiitake tapenade and pickled baby leeks. The shiitake tapenade offers an umami kick to the sweet, smoky asparagus, and the parmesan cream is rich, rounding the dish off with a salty crystalline note. For the more adventurous, there’s the octopus with sweet potato and chorizo sauce, served with coal-roasted Mediterranean vegetables and gremolata. This traditional Mediterranean family favourite is delicious served hot off the coals, slightly charred and perfectly paired with the spiced, smoked paprika notes of the oily chorizo sausage. The complementary vegetables and olive oil are regionally perfect for the tender octopus and it is definitely worth a try.

For the less daring palate, try the fragrant mussels that are flamed with coconut and lemongrass and served with fennel and fennel juice. Or try the Marble bites, which are fabulous for sharing.

The Works are a highlight at Marble Restaurant, with a lot of focus and insight having gone into each and every plate. Higgs has really thought about each and every flavor combination, texture, colour and scent in the creation of these dishes. Not only are they well balanced on the palate, each is also aesthetically pleasing. The plates are simple and delicate, yet hearty and filling.

There is a large focus on meat at Marble, yet you will be pleasantly surprised to find a fabulous selection of excellent seafood, too. Try the giant prawns, which are grilled on the open flames and served with paella-style rice, pickled calamari tentacles, salsa and bisque. Or go for the sea bass tikka masala with tempura onion, tamarind, pumpkin and spinach.

For the meat eaters there’s an array of fabulous dishes, but the rib-eye steak with bean stew, bone marrow, butter emulsion and mash potato is a highlight. The pork with gorgonzola sauce, carrot and spring onion sauce, chimichurri and carrot is sublime.

For those diners with a sweet tooth, dessert is a treat. The pastry team has some lovely combinations and, although the menu is small, it is clever and enticing. There is something for everyone and the combinations are delicious. The plates are as pretty as a picture. Try the amaretto crème brûlée with dulce de leche, almond and poached apple for a real treat.

All the cheese is sourced from local farmers and is served with home-baked breads, preserves and pickles. It’s a perfect way to finish off the meal.

Marble also offers a bar and tapas menu with light eats and bites at the bar area or on the deck, with the best view in Johannesburg. On offer are items such as oysters with spicy tomato dressing and fresh horseradish, pork tortillas, and fish and chips – but not just your average offering, this is sea bass tempura with marble fries, lemon aioli and peas. Also on offer is pissaladière and plates to share.

Drinks
The wine list is exceptional, with a vast selection of wines available from all over South Africa and abroad. There’s a vast selection of coveted white, red and rosé wines that are very hard to come by and a true treat to try. The bar also offers an exceptional selection of spirits, including fabulous gins and an excellent cocktail menu.

Service
The attention to detail by the maître d’ and the staff is excellent, at times almost over the top. Your wine glass is always full and your empty plate is always quickly removed. The general service is very professional and, no matter the size of your group, the staff are excellent and well-polished, ensuring that your experience is a great one. Making a booking at Marble is also extremely efficient.

Ambience
Marble is situated in Rosebank with a view to die for, and has been furnished elaborately. The décor is stylish and the attention to detail is exceptional. Nothing has been left untouched. Every little thing has been thought of and it makes every patron feel special, no matter the occasion. The establishment caters for business diners, casual luncheons as well as special occasions. The music, lighting and seating is on point. The lavish look and feel of the restaurant with the casual open-plan kitchen works well together to create a fabulous balance of theatrical energy that pleases diners, helping to engage and create energy in the dining area.

And…
Marble Restaurant is the place to be seen in Johannesburg. Although the food is great it comes at a hefty price, so be prepared to whip out your credit card and feel the burn. It's worth every cent.

(October 2017)

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User reviews

  • Upon my 3rd time dining at Marble, i must say the food is below par. The service is excellent, the ambience is cool and vibey. However the food leaves much to the imaginations. We were a table of 7 and a variety of dishes were tasted and none were flavourful or particularly creative. For the reputation that Marble has one would expect much more. I think the issue comes in that the restaurant seats about a couple of hundred people, and to serve food fast and at quality for that amount of people must be extremely difficult and i understand that, but then quality and taste might lack and I think that is what is happening here. Marble is over hyped and not worth your money. rather go there for a sundowner cocktail to enjoy the view and the beautiful bar and interior
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  • M Y M A R B L E E X P E R I E N C E I'm spending some time in Jozi this week and given all the hype behind @marble_sa I had to give it a try! All I have to say is believe the hype. Marble was an experience from the word go. . The service was inspiring, welcomed from the elevator, quickly seated, and were well taken care of by our waiter Chris. The restaurant decor is beautiful, offering great views of Joburg. Their win of the @eatoutguide Boschendal style award for 2016 was well deserved. . The food was delicious and came out really quickly. Shared a prawn starter and quickly regretted we didn't each order our own, it was sublime. My partner enjoyed his rib eye though I felt it could have had a little more finesse. The bean stew side is a glorified koo bean salad. The pork belly was good, different from others I've had in that they steered clear of the sweet and crispy, however as a result, the fat wasn't well rendered and not great to eat pure fat. Enjoyed the dish despite this especially as it's one of the better priced meals. . Marble is on the pricey side so great for special occasions. The lounge and cocktail bar offers some tapas dishes to share which won't dig too deep into your pockets. Service dipped when we moved over to the balcony/bar lounge area, and the cocktails are just too expensive, but otherwise a great experience.
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  • Had a booking at Marble Restaurant for the evening of the 3rd of February 2018 in celebration of my wife’s birthday. Reception was excellent, sommelier’s recommendation impeccable and the waiter (Romeo) superb. Starters were exceptional and beaten the expectation. However, things went South from there … My wife ordered the Ribeye on the menu (R280.00) whilst I opted for the Chef’s recommendation, also ribeye. I was presented with an inferior cut of meat, wrought with sinews. Efforts to battle past the sinew was impossible, making the dish uneatable. This was communicated to Romeo who firsthand witnessed and confirmed my assessment. He promised to call the manager- who was a no show! I eventually called for the bill and aborted dessert, and stunned to find that the dish was priced at R650.00 as “open food”. My wife asked me not to make a “scene” and we left. I posted a note to the restaurant a week ago, and to date have had no courtesy of a reply or apology. To a lesser extent, fries were served on top of tomato sauce, making it soggy and the fries over-salted.
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  • Marble restaurant has to be the best restaurant we have visited in many years. From arrival the staff were professional, warm and friendly. Service at the bar was prompt affording is time to take in the fantastic views and sunset. But the Best was still to come, as you walk into the restaurant you know this is a special place. The decor is amazing and the imported kitchen is spectacular. The food was outstanding from the starters through to desert. We can highly recommend the filet, the lamb and tuna. A highlight was meeting David who gave of his time to chat with us. All I can say is we will be going back very soon.
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  • LOCATION: Location! Location! Location! This exclusive rooftop restaurant got it “SPOT ON”. Situated in Rosebank; positioned within the nucleus of the Keyes Art Mile. A place where everything and everyone breathes on Creativity, Innovation, Expression, Diversity, and Beauty. Address: Trumpet on Keyes, cnr Jellicoe Avenue & Keyes Avenue, Rosebank. POWERFUL DUO: David Higgs, has become a household name in South Africa due to him being a judge in SA’s First My Kitchen Rules (MKR) show. Well known as one of the top chefs in SA, David is formerly, from The 5 Star Saxon and Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch. David Higgs has many accolades to his name but his restaurant MARBLE is something to truly MARVEL. I had an opportunity of meeting both him and his partner; both of whom are down to earth, friendly, energetic … Gary Kyriacou a bold, brilliant, and innovative businessman with an eye for sophistication used his skills and experience to making the MARBLE experience one of a kind. DRINKS: Yes, MARBLE restaurant is known for their extensive variety of drinks. We sampled a variety of cocktails while enjoying the vibrant energy of the City on the rooftop. My favourite sundowner was The Italian Rose (presented in a timeless, crystal, flute and edged with botanic decorative engravings) this slightly milky, pink potion with a hot pink edible flower was totally delectable. A concoction of Moet & Chandon Rose Champagne, Beefeater24 Gin, Lime Juice & Simple Syrup. While Tesh says the Bianco Charrara No.1 was his No.1; (a blend of Inverroche Classic Gin, Elderflower Syrup, Fresh Cucumber, Lemon Juice & Smoked Salt). There are a wide selection of wines (from Normandie, Eisen and Viljoen (Red), Storm Vrede (Pinot Noir), Luddite (Shiraz), Edgebaston, GS (Cabernet Sauvignon), Shannon, Mount Bullet (Merlot), Mullineux (White), Storm (Chardonnay), David Finlayson, Camino Africana (Chenin Blanc) and and and…..hoping my list enlightens you a little on their wine collection. They have a wide range of Gin, Whiskey, Tequila, Beer, Vodka and Champagne. We both enjoyed the Laurent-Perrier, Cuvee Rose. This bar is nothing short of world class. APPETIZERS/HORS D’OEUVRE/STARTERS: Salmon: The salmon was grilled to perfection, presented with a crunchy asian slaw, wasabi and sesame seeds. It was beautifully presented and textures all complimented each other. A must try for salmon lovers. Prawn: These prawns are grilled Kimchi style then served with a seaweed salad, glass noodles and wasabi pearls. “Pretty” delicious. ENTRÉE/MAINS: Game – This piece of game was coal roasted, it was succulent and tender; served with creamed, mustard cabbage and sweet potatoe crisp. I loved it!!! Tuna – Grilled on coals this fresh tuna, served with soft, boiled eggs, pineapple with a sprinkle of peanuts. A refreshing, delightful light main course. This tuna steak took me back to my visits in Sol, Cape Verde Islands. Yes, the tuna was that FRESH. This tuna however had a unique SA braai flair and it was presented on a proudly South African made plate by a local artist,Mervyn Gers. A grand spectacular rooftop SA braai. DESSERT/SWEETS: Ice Cream Sandwiches – There are options of Almond Meringue with Halva Ice Cream or Chocolate Chip cookie, vanilla ice cream or Brandy Snap with PEANUT BUTTER, strawberry jam and ice cream. Being a lover of Peanut Butter from my childhood days; anything Peanut Butter on a menu is a must try. My dessert was perfectly presented, with perfect amount of edible gold leaf flakes, to bling up my dessert; this perfectly complimented the brown peanut butter and brandy brittle outer. It was crunchy, yet sophisticated with a unique flavour and the right amounts of ice cream and jam; all the elements came together perfectly. There are also various salads, cheeses, pickles and a selection of bites at the bar lounge to choose from. AMBIENCE: It’s always about the little things. We hear this phrase over and over, and over again but it’s so TRUE. Even before I reached this impressive, rooftop restaurant; an impression of the restaurant was subtly hinted to me. As I pressed their “MARBLE” stone lift button instead of Third Floor. It set the scene for my evening ahead. The bar lounge was buzzing with energy, most patrons eagerly waiting for the sunset to take a perfect SUNDOWNER selfie. While the dining area seemed calmer and more intimidate. I was delighted to see the fragrant, delightful Africology Brands used in their restrooms. This restaurant is as diverse as our rainbow nation topped with an abundance of class Want to mingle with the who’s who in SA and possibly some international recognised celebrities? If you lucky enough you just might. SEATING: There is an outdoor seating section on the balcony to enjoy the daylight with a tasty sundowner. There are two divisions on the inside of the restaurant, dividing the bar lounge from the main restaurant is a glass cellar. MARBLE restaurant also boasts two private dining rooms; these are more suited for corporate organisations looking to host meetings ,lunches, dinners… Find out more. All bookings are essential at this roof, TOP class restaurant and please note your booking will only be held for a maximum of 20mins after your reservation time. This is a hotspot in Joburg. Make a reservation : reservations@marble.restaurant HANDS: As you walk in you are greeted with friendly, attentive smiles from the huge reception desk. To be honest I don’t remember who my waiter was. It was all hands on deck irrelevant if staff are based in the bar lounge area or restaurant; anyone and everyone assisted and took responsibility for ensuring your needs were meet promptly. David Higgs, himself removed by plate from the table, and queried, how our experience was . YOU are their main focus; your experience at their restaurant,is everything. Co Owner, Gary Kyriacou also hands on, mingled with the guests and patrons ART: The stone MARBLE is associated with the Classical World’s era of Art History. MARBLE is a stone that was used as a timeless classic in Art. I am sure you have heard the phrases “set in stone” or “as hard as a rock”. Marble is a cultural symbol in Greco Roman cultures symbolising tradition and refined taste. Greek sculptors referred to MARBLE as the “shining stone” and the name MARBLE is derived from the Greek “Marmareos” which means “glistening”. Michael Angelo’s masterpiece the Statue of David was sculpted in MARBLE. MARBLE is as associated with the best known and priceless works from around the world. The Taj Mahal in India and Parthenon of Athens are also composed of Marble. The stone has decorative patterns, which makes it a favourite decorative material. Marble stone is used extensively for sculpture in Art and as architectural material. Over the ages it has become ICONIC for refined taste, prestige and culture.The stone also symbolises endurance and stability. MARBLE restaurant prides itself with various Art from around SA. Mixing the classic with the modern. From the plates that you eat on to the beautiful lighting fixtures everything is proudly and creatively SA. The various artists works displayed in the restaurant are a legacy of SA Art. This restaurant shows off some of SA’s best creatives at their best. THE BUTCHERY: Just underneath Marble Restaurant, Visit their butchery. https://thebutchery.co.za/ VERDICT: TRUMPET on Keyes, is a Trump Card for MARBLE. Excellence and Couture Flaming Cooking and Art defined. Thank you for the amazing experience MARBLE; from the sundowners to the desserts; every element was thought about in-depth and all the flavours on the menu was delivered. This a MUST experience for any Art lover, Food lover, Life lover, Joburger, South African, for everyone and anyone. Delicate, beautiful, sensational Art served on a plate at the Keyes Art Mile where Classic and Modern architecture meet.
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  • First thing's first the service and overall feel of this restaurant was incredible. From the hostesses to the waiters you are truly made to feel special. However the food left a sour taste in my mouth. For a starter I had the Kudu which was excellent, the different flavours complimented each other tremendously which had me looking forward to my main course. After much deliberation I decided to go with the Giant prawns as the waiter gushed about it ( no doubt it was because of the R690 it would add to our bill). When it arrived it was plated beautifully and I quickly tucked in with much excitement however, I was thoroughly disappointed as the prawns were over done and the paella rice that accompanied the dish tasted burnt. While these were definitely giant Mozambican prawns they were flavored and prepared very poorly. I genuinely believe that given the chance even an Ocean Basket could have prepared these prawns better, it was definitely not worth the price and I would stay away from that dish in the future. For desert I had the cheesecake which was delightfully delicious and the texture was nothing short of perfect. Overall I would not rate the food I had experienced very high as the prawns ruined the meal for me however, if I do return it would be for the amazing service and even better cheesecake.
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  • Think I might be the first person on this site to praise Marble. Food was unbeliveable, service was great and ambience was warm. Sounds like they were terrible when they opened up, but they sure as hell sorted out their act. Can definitely recommend it! Just make sure the credit card is paid off before you go.
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  • Marble restaurant. The best of the meal were the bread basket. The black octopus had no taste, spices and no flavor, we're tough and I had to add salt and pepper. The main coarse had no taste, spices or any flavour. We eat out often in upper market restaurant and this was the most tasteless meal ever. Will not return.
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  • Took friends out to dinner to what is supposed to be the best new place on the block. Finding the venue was difficult. Parking is a royal mess. The food was well below average and 3out of 4 guests descibed their meal as tasteless. This was not worth the trouble. If something drastic doesn't change then Marble will be closed soon. It definitely is not worth a second visit. It is embarrasing to have to apologise to your guests about the poor quality of the food at an expensive venue like this.
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  • I had been wanting try Marble ble for weeks, and eventually did so last week. Very disappointing. Parking is a shamble. Yes these is parking across the road, but no signage directing to it, and no indication that there are two.... I drove around the block 3 times. Al the concierge in front of the building did was point across the street. No map of the parking facilities on your website. The restaurant was fairly empty, waiters standing around chatting among themselves. Our waiter's shirt was damaged on the front ( I initially thought it was embroidered,but not) , he wasn't shaved closely. High prices not warranted and not aligned with the quality of the food. Plus two of our meat dishes had been ordered as medium and came as rare. Won't be back and won't recommend it . Really not a great customer experience
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  • This is the worst restaurant I have eaten at. The food is soo over priced and tastes terrible. It is an absolute rip-off.
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  • Totally overrated Food tasteless and prices exorbitant Definitely not value for money The only plus is the good wine selection which is also over priced Will definitely not go back
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  • There's no denying Marble is ecstatically beautiful. Inside and out. Ours was a walk-in visit to Marble on a scorching Saturday afternoon. We did not have a full-on meal, but enjoyed crisp, refreshing cocktails (served in the most gorgeous glasses) alongside a tiny platter for nibbles. This little platter consisted of bacon-dusted popcorn, salty crackling, deep-fried biltong, and lukewarm olives. (Why they had to heat the olives I honestly can't fathom.) Sadly, the eats on this little platter were all so salty, it leaves my mouth watery just thinking of it now – and not in a good way. An odd intro to David Higgs's new place, I must admit. Mixed feelings.
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Menu

Set menu -   Menu changes regularly.

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Booking required
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Serves food
  • Smoking

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