Built clinging onto the ridge overlooking the rugged Melville Koppies Nature Reserve – its geology said to date back three billion years – Pablo House is exactly what you would expect from a man with a rock ‘n roll band. It’s a hideout, an uber-cool crash pad with a front entrance that gives nothing away about the glam interiors, luxury touches, a staircase that weaves across the ridge to a secluded pool down below and knockout Joburg views that stretch north to the Magaliesberg Mountain range.
We dub him the King of Eggs – Pablo Eggs Go Bar is a temple of worship to the humble yolk and white inspired by his wife Leigh for whom he created many egg dishes.
Pablo House extends the brand and is a place defined by the idea of “relaxed luxury” with its eye on providing a 5-star experience. There are seven suites and a loft available, each individually decorated. The style is contemporary luxe. Expect lots of niceties like in-house spa treatments, soft white cotton linen, bamboo memory foam mattresses and Netflix on call. Roux has even brought in local tour guides who offer unique experiences of the area and surrounds so that guests are truly taken care off.
Of course the food, drinks (Pablo has a reputation for excellent Bloody Marys) and the coffee are top notch, having been designed with the quality ingredients, big on flavour ethos that makes Pablo Eggs Go Bar such a hit. The shuttle to Pablo for breakfast is complimentary. For dinner there’s the in-house Pablo Dos Manos which serves up pizza of which Roux is exceedingly proud.
The story of how Roux came to own the property is also pure rock ‘n roll. “When we walked in to the house the view slapped myself and Leigh immediately and that was that. We offered the sellers more than they were asking because we knew we wanted it. Actually… we were a a little tipsy from drinking Tequila all afternoon, but either way, we made it happen.”
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Pablo Eggs Go Bar
2 7th St, Melville
This art deco-inspired restaurant on Melville's 7th Street is a shrine to the free range egg, just about any way you like it. Eggs are the main dish – poached, boiled, scrambled or prepared as a green or red shakshuka (Middle Eastern-style and novelly pl