With so few spaces doing African fine dining, well-regarded chef Coco Reinharz offers a reminder of the scope for educating palates on the richness of the continent’s cuisine.
The fragrant and beautifully presented seafood matadi is similar to paella, but comes wrapped in banana leaves, with succulent calamari, mussels, generous prawns and soft-shell crab on a bed of jollof rice. Other highlights include goat meat, lamb rack and layers of savoury porridge.
To accommodate the rich flavours, choose from a sharing menu of dukka-spiced tuna slices with fresh greens, dressed in pomegranate and ginger, or oysters baked in a garlic and herb butter.
Inspired by cities in Africa, different styles of dining and diverse palates, the offering is rounded off with a sweet plantain with salted caramel and ice cream, or other surprises like the beetroot pudding with rose water syrup and ice cream.
An extensive cellar is stocked for the connoisseur, and an exciting cocktail menu with locally sourced spirits adds layers to the culinary experience.
Well-versed waiting staff patiently and expertly guide you through any unfamiliar options.
Plush velvet seating, gold accents, and a high-volume glass panel overlooking an enclosed garden add to an upmarket sophistication.
A business meeting or date.
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Went back again and wow Epicure just keeps delivering... FYI I will be back again.
Great African fusion food, service exceptional and atmosphere out of this world.
It’s officially one of my favorite restaurants in South Africa now. I loved it so much
Amazing dinner and lunch. Have been twice to this beautiful restaurant. Start with a nice cocktail at chic bar. Interesting fusion of African food on menu from all corners on the continent. Highly recommended
I first went to Epicure when it was a little more than a week old ( I have been many times since) addition to Joburg’s dining scene fun and fancy dining experience that allows you to be as epicurean as you please because Chef Coco has taken such time and dedication to creating an experience so delicious and pleasant that from the very first edible thing presented (yep, I’m talking about the bread) your tastebuds are already doing a Wakanda Forever salute ??♀️??♀️??♀️ at the distinct and surprising flavours. Located at Central Square one of the newest shiny mixed use buildings in the Sandton CBD; the decor and finishings are beautifully elegant without making you feel uncomfortable (like when you are too scared to touch anything in case it breaks). Open kitchen restaurants are a firm favourite of mine because you can feel the energy from the makers of the food you are about to receive and this kitchen is a well oiled, seemingly low stress and an efficiently run kitchen. The staff are happy; well versed in the menu; a neat and delicious reflection of our beautiful and diverse Continent depicted in food...Senegal, Uganda, Ethiopia, Morocco , Cote d'ivoire, Nigeria and Angola are just some of the regions that feature ; it’s a travel experience without the airport admin & travel visa drama and will definitely have you adding some of these countries to your bucket list to taste these flavours from the source. Until then, thank you Epicure for bringing this culinary travel staycation to us?...definitely recommended for a group date so you can share through the “Share-Share” and order as many of the mains as possible.
Do not skip the peanut butter ice cream and the caramelised plantain - thank me later?