It is not hard to find a good steak in South Africa, a country known for its fondness of meat, but I have not found a better one than at Marble Restaurant in Johannesburg.
Marble Restaurant, Johannesburg Review
Hours before I flew back to the United States, a group of us enjoyed a very special dinner at Marble Restaurant, located on the Keyes Art Mile in Johannesburg’s Rosebank district. This restaurant represents excellent value for top-quality cuts of meat and a very lovely atmosphere overlooking the city.
I had a reservation for 5:00 pm (due to my flight at 9:00 pm) and when we arrived, our table was not ready. We were ushered out onto a patio where we waited for about 15 minutes for our table to be ready (the restaurant itself was not full yet).
Once seated, drink orders were taken then one of the waiter showed up with a platter so that he could explain the various cuts of meat.
We ordered several appetizers for the table, including:
- Marble Snails
- Snails in the wood-fired oven, tomato and garlic stew, herb butter, mozzarella and gruyère
- Burrata, grilled stonefruit, baby gem lettuce, tomato, green olive dressing, seed cracker
- Marble Caesar
- Pancetta, anchovies, iceberg, croutons, pine nuts, grilled lime, parmesan dressing
- Super Salad
- Fired and marinated cauliflower, iceberg, edamame, peas, quinoa, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, cucumber, mint and tahini dressing
- Marble Bites
- From the grill, lamb ribs with chimichurri, smoked peri-peri chicken wings, pork slider with slaw
Everything was delicious, but the escargot was so delicious (and yes, it was my first time eating snails). I’d certainly order the snails again.
We ordered different things from the menu for our main course. I ordered a ribeye medium rare. When asked for my side, I specified chips (thinking French Fries) but I received potato crisps instead…so do specify it is French Fries you want (slaptjips in Afrikaans). Both were great, though, but the steak topped in herb butter was simply sublime.
I ordered the South African ribeye for 365 Rands (~19USD). It was described as “coal-fired ribeye, hassleback potato, Jack Daniels & butter pepper cream, mushrooms, roasted garlic dressing, parmesan.” I could ahve ordered a special ribeye from the USA (RR Ranch in Washington State) for 1590 Rands (~83USD), but it seemed so wasteful…I can get a US ribeye when I’m in the USA and the South African version was just perfect.
One ordered a fillet. Another ordered a t-bone:
Another a tomahawk steak:
We all agreed that everything was great.
The only problem was that I ran out of time. By 7:45 pm dessert still had not arrived. It finally showed up five minutes later and I had to take a few bites and leave. After all, my flight was departing at 9:00pm. Yes, I really cut it close (but did make the flight…). The cheesecake was also just perfect.
Marble will become a staple of every visit to Johannesburg in the future. The food is amazing (and the prices are even more amazing compared to prices in Western Europe and the USA). What a great dinner!
Have you tried Marble Restaurant in Johannesburg?