Situated in the three-storey AGOG building with its distinctive tiger mural on Lower Ross Street, The Nine Barrels will serve all wines by the glass – from what is reputedly the biggest selection in Johannesburg. The tapas-style dishes are being taste-tested by chef Xolile Maphanga, who’s turning out wonderful easy-eating combos with a local twist, like sweet-paprika prawns with burned lemon, and springbok carpaccio with a rooibos-balsamic reduction on melba toast. His pulled pork is served on creamy polenta squares to reference the South African staple of pap, and his smoked bruschetta comes with garlic aioli and quail egg.
The other people behind this space for the curious are the CEO Alan John, a TV presenter and artist; the founder and developer, Nicholas Mangeya, a medical doctor obsessed with travel, food, wine and whisky; and operational director Patrick Kaseba, who has a head – and heart – for urban development.
“We are new-age people and our market is generations X and Y, and anyone with a curious spirit. The Nine Barrels with AGOG is the space for wine experts and novices to be in their element.”
The Nine Barrels is expected to open to the public on Saturday 26 June 2016, and thereafter from 11am to 11pm, Wednesday to Sunday. AGOG is open every day.
Plans are also underway for The Q Club, a whisky and cigar lovers’ haven on the rooftop of the building, which will offer a unique collection of whiskies and cognacs from small, independent distilleries. Stay tuned to Eat Out for updates.