Marble, by famed chef David Higgs, has become an icon of fine dining in Johannesburg, with its killer location at the swanky Keyes Art Mile.
Wood-fired rib eye with smoked bone marrow and grilled oyster mushroom; coal-fired sirloin with roasted garlic dressing; grilled-to-perfection lamb cutlets; and mouth-watering fillet with smoked onion purée, roasted tomato, red pepper and onion – these menu standouts demonstrate the fusion of flavours typical of Marble, which is essentially a steakhouse, but one dripping with finesse.
The flavour fusions are also evident in the non-meat dishes – delectable vegetarian and fish offerings like salmon on the coals with fresh pea, quinoa, sweet potato and salsa verde, and the delicious cauliflower steak cooked in a Josper charcoal oven with Madras curry sauce, parsnip purée, parsnip crumble, and curried sultana and coriander salsa.
The dessert menu doesn’t disappoint either. The smoked apple crumble with orange blossom caramel and cardamom ice cream is a flavour sensation, as is the cheesecake with spanspek and winter melon, candied ginger, and dried mint.
Marble operates a stand-alone full-service bar with an extensive cocktail menu and flame-inspired tapas-style bites. Try the refreshing basil smash or aromatic butter-washed old-fashioned, or simply pop a bottle of Taittinger, Pol Roger, Cederberg MCC, or something from the cellar with its collection of the finest international and local wines.
With spectacular views of the Johannesburg sunset in the distant Magaliesburg mountains, buzzy afternoons at Marble are a delight. Even without the sunset, Marble has an elegance that permeates its large dining room as well as its dimly lit bar with modern interior finishes. It can get loud, but not too loud to have a conversation.
Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff are on hand to keep you happy throughout your visit from the minute you walk in.
Groups and great views. Good for tourists and work lunches.
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The Marble Journey
I awaited in anticipation for yesterday as I finally arrived at the quintessential Marble Restaurant.
The restaurant is situated in Keyes Art Mile, the food hub of Rosebank. The views are spectacular throughout the magnificent restaurant.
Marble Restaurant is the love of cooking on fire and the cuisine is one of a kind.
The restaurant boasts elements of fine art throughout the lunch and dining experience. The glasses and cutlery are sparkling, I really enjoyed the natural light that lights up the restaurant.
There is a dining area and bar area. Each area has bespoke menus'- it's the best of both worlds.
The meal I opted for was a earthy meal. It was Gnocchi. The gnocchi was soft with a delicious Ricotta filling served on a bed of smoked tomato butter, topped with tomato from the coals and grilled pepper.
I am an Aspiring Chef and I love Experimenting with flavor. The Mile 8 book about cooking is interesting and it has a great story. One of my favorite recipe in the book is the Marble Fries. I ordered this and these Marble fries were out of this world. It was actually perfectly spiced and fried to perfection #Amazing
There is also a limited Edition Smoke Inspired Cocktail Menu - this is something you have to experience.
My awesome afternoon ended with Marble Style ice cream.
My overall experience was fantastic and thank you to the wonderful team (Chef Tyler, Mandisa and Victor)
Thank you for making a special day memorable!
Fantastic food, great service and a totally 100% experience all round!
Thank you for a great memory!!!!
Having had probably the best steak of my life in 2018 at Marble, we did not hesitate to maximise on an impulsive weekend to Jozi to make a turn here again. Our previous booking, also on a whim, got us seats at the counter by the kitchen. Dinner and a show, we called it. Marble has arguably one of the most theatrical kitchens of any restaurant we've ever been at and watching the team work a busy Friday night dinner service was magical.
This time around I booked with a little more notice, and booked a table.
We arrived approximately 7 mins early for our 8 pm booking. The hostess assured us our table will only be a few minutes, and invited us to take a seat at the bar. Except the bar was full.
We stood around for a few minutes, expecting the hostess to collect us at any moment. When she didn't return, we went back to the reception desk. A new hostess promised to check on our table. Hostess A returned and was surprised that we're still standing there, referred to me as Carol (laughed it off when I corrected her) and rushed back to the dining room to check on the table, again. By now I was sitting down on the ornamental chair in the foyer. This jumble of a welcome put a slight damper on my very excited mood. This was not what I expected.
We were eventually seated at a table near the kitchen, and from this point forward I cannot fault the service. Our waiter and wine waiter were both attentive, professional and non-intrusive. The Marble experience we expected, once again returned to us.
Our food was sensational. We ordered a Carprese salad and Prawn Nachos for starters to share. The burrata was spectacular and the prawns perfectly cooked. We defaulted to our favourite dish, the ribeye steak, for mains. The meat was incredible. Great quality, well aged and perfectly cooked and seasoned. What was slightly confusing was the crisps on the plate, accompanied by a ramekin of French fries with what the waiter referred to as the "secret spice". Not so secret was the presence of sugar in this spice, which gave it a bit of a strange taste. Perhaps just not to my palate. But the potatoes two ways was a little weird for us, to be honest. The ribeye was the hero. It really didn't need all this window dressing.
For dessert we shared a choc chip ice cream cookie sandwich which was everything we expected it to be. Rich, homemade ice cream and a fresh, rich, buttery biscuit. The perfect ending to this sensational meal.
Marble is a beautiful space, with a fantastic atmosphere. I really buy into David Higgs's food philosophy and will return to his restaurants as often as I can. While my previous experience at Marble made me believe they fully deserved the spot on the top 30 as they had that year, Im wondering if our experience with the hostesses this time round was an exception, or not. I really hope so, though. That ribeye is just sensational.
Great Sunday noon spot, drinks are wonderful, food is tasty every time.
We have been to Marble a couple of times and loved every minute of it. The service and food was impeccable and the only downside is finding parking. My husband ordered their pork belly once and that was a bit disappointing but we found their red meat selection to be top notch especially their bone marrow fillet ??
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