Aarya at SunSquare – dubbed by many as a gem of Johannesburg’s food scene – is shaking things up this season with a new menu bent on showcasing the culinary prowess of Chef Deena Naidoo and Executive Chef Rodgers Mahasi – who joined Aarya as Executive Chef in 2017, bringing a wealth of international experience and an almost palpable passion for food.
Nestled on the Piazza at Montecasino, the upmarket South African fusion restaurant, which is joint-owned by Naidoo, South Africa’s first MasterChef winner, continues to reimagine flavoursome favourites to incorporate a unique South African flair, making it a fusion food…
This month we’re tucking into an array of delicious Italian-inspired treats – and we didn’t even have to leave SA’s shores!
Forti Grill & Bar
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This is the philosophy behind chef Fortunato Mazzone’s food at Forti Grill & Bar in Pretoria (Time Square, Menlyn Maine). A combo of fine dining and Italian cuisine, peppered with recipes passed down through the family (“Prawns of My Father” has been on the menu since 1976), the vibe and small touches bring the Italian character home, with wine, art and music integral…
Almost seven years ago, South African businesswoman and fledgling winemaker Pia Watermeyer met German entrepreneur Paul Bath (whose family has a winemaking background in Germany) at a wedding on a Cape wine estate. A long-distance relationship emerged from this fortuitous happenstance, leading to many passionate conversations and bottles of wine being enjoyed over long lunches. The couple’s shared love of dancing and wine led to the purchase of a wine estate in Stellenbosch that would later be rebranded as Kunjani Wine Estate.
“Kunjani” is an isiZulu greeting that translates to “how are things going with you?”
An unconventional greeting…
Described as “a home away from home”, award-winning boutique hotel AtholPlace Hotel & Villa is a Johannesburg destination highlight for many a reason. The latest of which is new Head Chef Omar Koenen, who joined owners Morukuru Family in February.
Hailing from the Netherlands and boasting a passion for food ignited in his teens, the 25-year-old is something of a maverick, with an innate ability to communicate through food.
Prior to his move to South Africa in 2015, the young chef, who has Indonesian roots, trained at various Bib…
“I started my journey in a winery in Zimbabwe, of all places!” chuckles Gregory, down the line from Cape Town’s 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, where he’s Head Sommelier. “Zimbabwe has only two wineries, so it was highly unlikely that I’d end up in the wine industry.”
Nonetheless, he found himself working as a Cellar Assistant at Mukuyu Winery, the oldest winery in Zimbabwe, situated in Marondera, east of Harare.
His work in the cellar soon sparked a fascination with wine. “I had to ask questions to learn more about winemaking, which led to me wanting to know more” he says….