The South African food scene is possibly one of the most exciting in the world at the moment. Not only are local chefs producing world-class food, but they’re assembling restaurants that could, in fact, compete on an international level. A major part of this is the design, and we’re seeing some outstanding decor and design. So good in some cases, that you almost forget about the food. Almost. Here are some of our favourite restaurant interiors across the country.
The Shortmarket Club
The addition of The Shortmarket Club in Cape Town on this list comes as no suprise, as every thing associated with the Dale-Roberts’ brand seems to exude style. Run and co-owned by Wesley Randles and Simon Widdison, Shortmarket has become one of the countries best restaurants, but the interiors almost compete for the spotlight. Designed and decorated by the inimitable Sandalene Dale-Roberts, the decor is a mix of opulent colours, rich textures with just the right amount of luxe gold accents.
Mulberry and Prince
Mulberry and Prince’s aesthetic is what happens when you take two well-travelled, switched-on chefs – Cynthia Rivera and Cornel Mostert – as well as the talented Adri van Zyl and let magic happen. This hot restaurant interior is dreamy, slick and chic. With millennial pink setting most of the tone, there’s a very cool mix of exposed brick, marble, leather and velvet. We especially love the diamond and abstract pieces by local artist Kurt Pio that just tie everything together into the most stylish package.
Mink and Trout
Though the Mink and Trout on Cape Town’s bustling Bree street may be kow-key and casual, the restaurant interiors certainly don’t go unnoticed. Designed by the team at Attik, Mink and Trout’s decor has the air of a modern and contemporary bistro with a restrained amount of luxe thrown in for good measure. The heritage building’s feel has been left untouched, but simply refreshed with hints of herringbone, rich fabrics and gold accents.
When your restaurant shares space with a brewery, you know that you’re going to be able to have some fun with the interiors. At Urbanologi, the constantly changing experimental menu plays with local ingredients and presents them in fresh ways, and the an ethos that heroes the unusual and quirky has fed into the decor too. Haldane Martin took creative control on this one and the result is impressive.
We're one of only 3 African nominees in tonight's Restaurant and Bar Design Awards for our interior design for Urbanologi restaurant in the Mad Giant Brewery in Johannesburg. We designed the restaurant and brewery interior and all the custom furniture around the Mad Giant brand, referencing it by playing with scale. It opened in Joburg last year. Holding thumbs! #rbda2017
Marble’s interiors are simply jaw-dropping. There is no other word for it. Despite the name, the decor is a perfectly luxurious mix of marble, wood, leathers and glass, and each of these elements work together in perfect harmony. David Higgs and team also enlisted the expertise of local artists and designers such as Mervyn Gers and Peter Mthombeni, to create custom design accents for the restaurant.