Art is a big Rosebank attraction, with many of South Africa's top contemporary galleries based here. There's also an enticing dining scene, bolstered by top chefs the likes of David Higgs and Luke Dale Roberts who have made the neighbourhood their base. Naturally, when these two attractions – art and food – come together you get some very good-looking restaurants.
GET THERE WITH GAUTRAIN All of the following restaurants lie within a ten-minute (or less) walk from the Rosebank Gautrain station. See gautrain.co.za for the latest train times.
Here's the rundown:
EthosThis chic contemporary restaurant in Rosebank’s new Oxford Parks development offers Greek-influenced Mediterranean cuisine with a menu co-created in partnership with top chef Luke Dale Roberts. The interiors are a soothing mix of shades of cream and white, natural blond wood, marble, and ceramics, all beautifully lit and spilling out onto a wide pedestrianised walkway. For appetisers there are oysters, and when it comes to the extensive wine list the sky's the limit with an enviable range of very exclusive bottles plus more entry range wines by the glass.
Where: Oxford Parks, Cnr Eastwood Rd and Parks Blvd, Rosebank, tel. +27 10 446 9906.
The Shortmarket ClubThe opening of any Luke Dale Roberts restaurant is an occasion, and the announcement in the winter of 2021 that Cape Town’s most awarded chef was moving his The Shortmarket Club to Joburg created a stir. Luke Dale Roberts’ first permanent restaurant in Joburg, The Shortmarket Club, is comparatively less formal than the Cape Town original but no less indulgent. Fine dining small plates and an Asian-influenced menu, with some decadent seafood platters and fantastic cocktails, are a hallmark. When it comes to the decor, the impressive feature garden walls earn The Shortmarket Club plenty of style points.
Where: Oxford Parks, entrance at 199 Oxford Rd, Rosebank, tel. +27 82 409 5757.
Where: Radisson Red Rosebank, Oxford Parks, (entrance on Rosebank Rd), Rosebank, tel. +27 10 023 3580.
Proud MaryThis expansive bar and bistro (part of the new voco Hotel The Bank) has one of the sexiest bar counters in the neighbourhood and an impressive wine and cocktail menu to match. Describing itself as 'a modern eatery' the menu boasts an extensive breakfast and lunch selection, a 'seafood raw bar' (think oysters, ceviche, and sashimi), picanha steaks, salads, and a variety of small plates and 'cafe plates' – all exquisitely presented. The adjoining coffee bar serves a good brew too. The terrace is a prime people-watching territory and the facade opens onto the street, bringing in lots of light.
Where: The Bank, 26 Cradock Ave (cnr Tyrwhitt Ave), Rosebank, tel. +27 10 023 3316.
Where: Keyes Art Mile Trumpet building, 21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, tel. +27 10 594 5395.
Where: Keyes Art Mile Trumpet building, 21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, tel. +27 10 824 0777.
Where: Keyes Art Mile Trumpet building, 21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, tel. +27 10 594 5550.
Where: Keyes Art Mile Trumpet building, 21 Keyes Ave, Rosebank, tel. +27 10 594 5545.
Where: Clico Boutique Hotel, 7 Sturdee Ave (cnr Jellicoe Ave), Rosebank, tel. +27 11 252 3300.