The new Pablo has gone upmarket, and it's now located in a breezy space that looks onto a poolside facing Katherine Street, offering outdoor seating too. It's a welcome stop on an otherwise unattractive main stretch leading into Joburg's commercial capital.
The shakshuka and all those favourite eggs dishes are still on the menu – poached, boiled, scrambled or any other way you like them and the Yemeni flatbread is worth the visit alone, rich, layered and buttery the way nature intended.
Pablo now has a more serious bar, not just for fresh juices and breakfast Bloody Mary. The menu includes more Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes and the excellent wood fired pizza served at Pablo Dos Manos, the hotel restaurant at Pablo House, the couple's Melville boutique hotel is a menu fixture. Friends fans should order the Regina Philange pizza so you can say that you did.
The menu is designed with sharing plates and mezze, making Pablo Sandton a great brunch destination or one for a lingersome lunch with a small crowd.
The food is still great, as it always has been, and Pablo's many fans have been clamoring for a table since the start. So make sure to reserve yours.