Review: experience European flair in a chic and sophisticated location at Aurum

When it comes to elegance, sophistication, and luxury. Aurum is the place for you, Housed in one of Africa’s most prestigious buildings, the modern Aurum independent high-end restaurant offers European cuisine, accompanied by its finest selection of local wine.

Fun facts:

Restaurant name: Aurum

Address: Level 7, The Leonardo, 75 Maude Street, Sandton

Phone Number: 087 536 0100

Opening times: Monday to Sunday, 12:00 to midnight

Average price of a main course: R300

Corkage fee: R250 per bottle

Parking situation: Hotel parking, level one

Food type: Modern European

Best for:  a romantic date


The menu features plenty of options for everyone – vegan, vegetarian and pescatarian included. One standout dish is the West Coast mussels with leeks, charred bread, and a delicate white fennel cream. Paired with a crisp glass of white wine, this beautifully presented dish hits all the right notes. The plates show a variety of technique, expert skill and meticulous preparation. There is a determination to experiment with interesting combinations of sweet and savoury, though not always to pleasant effect. The chocolate dessert is a heavenly end to any meal at Aurum.


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A wide selection of South African wines is available for any occasion and budget. An extensive list of craft cocktails is available, including non-alcoholic options. You could easily be swayed to retreat to the bar or upstairs lounge for a nightcap after dinner.


This modern European-style restaurant is situated on the top floor of the Leonardo Hotel in the lively hub of Sandton. The venue boasts a poolside area, ideal for a sundowner overlooking the city skyline. The inside dining area is chic and sophisticated, buzzing with locals. Aurum would make an ideal destination for a corporate lunch, romantic dinner or a glam night out with friends.


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Diners are welcomed by a team of well-dressed and attentive servers. Service is friendly and efficient.

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