News broke on Sunday 20 November that Joburg’s award-winning live-fire restaurant, Marble, is set to open a branch in Cape Town in late 2023!
Marble’s co-founder, Gary Kyriacou says, “we see a huge opportunity in bringing an experience like Marble to the Mother City. Although it will be slightly different to Marble in Johannesburg, we believe that by delivering luxury through experience, quality and intuitive service, Marble Cape Town will really be a special destination.”
The menu is still under development but Chef David Higgs says that you can expect some familiar dishes – all cooked on the fire. The Cape Town location will have its own iconic Grillworks at centre stage, and guests can look forward to the famous Marble focaccia, made in a wood-fired oven.
“We are making a few adjustments to the menu and adding lighter, more Mediterranean flavours – even Paella,” he explains. “We’ll still have our bar snack menu, and we’ll be introducing our selection of local and international aged meat cuts. Also, lots of fish – light, fresh and cooked on the coals.”
The kitchen team will be led by Chef Matt van Niekerk, who currently heads the pass at Marble Johannesburg. Matt has been with the restaurant group since 2018 as part of the original Saint team. He will be joined by pastry chef, Caitlin Natalie Drake.
Marble Cape Town will open at the iconic V&A Waterfront. The rooftop space will be framed almost entirely by glass, offering nearly-unbroken views of Table Mountain, the V&A Waterfront harbour, and the Atlantic Ocean. The restaurant will also feature a wine cellar and a wrap-around patio.
Since opening in 2016, the Marble Group has expanded to include two more award-winning restaurants – Saint and Zioux, and most recently The Pantry in Rosebank – a luxury convenience store. Beyond the food, the team places a strong emphasis on service, ambience and décor. Zioux has just been awarded the coveted Eat Out VISI Style Award at the 2022 Eat Out Woolworths Restaurant Awards.
Acclaimed Interior Director, Irene Kyriacou, with her impeccable eye for detail, has a passion for juxtaposing styles and textures, and playing with elements of masculine and feminine to create elegant, welcoming and comfortable spaces.
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“While we are still busy working with our architecture and design teams on the interiors to finalise the plans, what we can share is that we will be retaining the intrinsic aesthetic of Marble,” she says. “The space will incorporate some artists and artisans who collaborated with us on the original space including Krisjan Rossouw and Sarita Immelman from GRID Worldwide.”
Stay tuned to Eat Out for more updates on Marble Cape Town and in the meantime, follow their restaurant’s Instagram account @Marble_CapeTown