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Saint, like its brother restaurant Marble, is an opulent concept restaurant. At Marble the focus is on live fire cooking, while here it’s centred on Italian cuisine with a bit of an edge or, in the words of chef David Higgs, ‘We have made Italian our way. Crazy, beautiful and true to us.’
At Saint they’ve created a culinary playground in which traditional ideas are given wonderfully eclectic and whacky twists, but they seem to be trying to do too much and so sometimes fall short. Stick to the more ‘classic’ dishes and you won’t be disappointed.
The signature Neapolitan-style pizzas are fantastic – 00 flour for the base, formed into shape by hand rather than using a rolling pin and baked in a 485°C wood-fired oven for 90 seconds to give it that signature charred crust. The simple margherita with fresh mozzarella and the pepperoni are the way to go. When it comes to the pastas, once again less is more – the tagliatelle carbonara with pancetta, cauliflower and parmesan is rich and delicious and the ricotta gnocchi with a leek and parsnip purée, salsa verde and leeks is delicate and delightful. If you’re opting for something from the grill, the fillet of beef with a sweet and salty mustard caper sauce, charred long-stem broccoli and pearl onion is just the ticket.
Finish with either the orange and Campari cake with Campari ice cream and pistachio or the affogato.
The wine list is extensive and beautifully curated by award-winning sommelier Wikus Human – a good mix of local boutique wines, imported Italian gems and serious showstoppers for special occasions. Talk to Wikus or one of his team members for fantastic pairing recommendations that will elevate your dining experience. Also recommended are the signature cocktails – some sophisticated, some a little frivolous, all are great.
Top-notch, starting with warm smiles from the hostesses who are there to meet you, greet you and take you to your table. You’ll then be treated to exceptional service and attention from the waiter team who are well versed in the menu and know how to make you feel special.
Over the top and wonderfully so – a visual feast. 3D projectors map out artworks on the pressed dome ceiling and across the bar, floor-to-ceiling glass gives onto Sandton’s bustling streets, and the open-plan kitchen, decked out with imported, top-of-the-range pizza ovens mosaicked in gold, offers a good dose of kitchen-theatre entertainment. There’s something to delight at every turn and no expense has been spared – it’s dazzling.
Celebrations, romantic dinners, and business lunches and dinners.
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