Saint, the latest creation by David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou “comes in the form of a stylish ‘twisted Italian’-inspired restaurant and bar in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg.”
In the heart of the city, Saint boldly attempts to carve out its niche in the culinary landscape, a fusion of dining and mixology in a single, stylish package. While it possesses certain commendable qualities, it unfortunately falls short in several key aspects, creating an experience that is more bitter than sweet.
The cocktail offerings at Saint are truly the crown jewel of the establishment. Each drink is crafted with an evident touch of mastery, a symphony of flavors and textures that dance on the palate. The mixologists' creativity is commendable, as they blend ingredients into aesthetically pleasing and tasty concoctions. However, the enjoyment of these liquid masterpieces is somewhat marred by their prohibitive pricing. The steep cost poses a significant question of value for money, detracting from the otherwise delightful cocktail experience.
Regrettably, the culinary offerings at Saint do not mirror the high standard set by their cocktails. The pizzas, while visually appealing, disappointingly lack depth and complexity of flavor. It seems that the focus has veered towards the aesthetic rather than the gustatory, leaving the pizzas feeling uninspired and lackluster.
The steak experience at Saint was equally disappointing. A tough, almost inedible serving of beef is a glaring culinary faux pas, particularly for an establishment positioning itself within the higher echelons of dining. A steak should be a well-crafted homage to the meat's natural flavors, enhanced by precise cooking and thoughtful seasoning. Regrettably, the steak at Saint falls far from this ideal.
The service at Saint, unfortunately, does not offer much redemption. During my visit, the wait staff seemed preoccupied with patrons who appeared more affluent. Despite my own upscale attire, I found the attention I received lacking. This creates an uncomfortable and exclusionary dining environment, detracting from what should be an inclusive and welcoming experience.
The interior decor of Saint is, undoubtedly, a feast for the eyes. With its beautiful design, it lends a sense of luxury and sophistication to the dining experience. However, an unpleasant incident tainted my impression of the establishment's cleanliness. I had to exchange my knife due to its dirty state - a concern that raises questions about hygiene standards and attention to detail.
In conclusion, while Saint offers a visually enticing experience, and the cocktails are indeed a delight, it is unable to deliver a well-rounded dining experience. The lack of flavorful dishes, questionable service attitudes, and lapses in cleanliness are areas that require urgent attention. As it stands, I find it hard to recommend Saint for those seeking a truly satisfying culinary journey. The potential is there, but without significant improvements, it risks being an establishment of style over substance.
Impeccable service and excellent food plus a great experience
Impeccable service and outstanding food
Such a bad first time experience. A booking made in advance, with 3 confirmations made via call and email for a table of 16. When we arrived 2 separate tables were reserved and to top it off with the reservation we paid a deposit of R250 pp and given bar tables not tables for eating. Pure unprofessionalism from both the manager and waiter. Utter nonsense as a paying customer to experience a disappointment for a birthday party. Sure not to come back