Melville’s rising star. Great food, great wine, great times!

Melville’s rising star. Great food, great wine, great times!

Over the last couple of years, Melville has established itself as a serious food contender, a trailblazer for many gastronomic ideas. We found a fine dining gem in the heart of the district – the brand new NCW Restaurant. We couldn’t wait to get our ravenous hands on all the goodness…

The location is unique and distinctive because it’s based in a home-like dwelling. Comfortable and intimate, diners will thrive in such an intimate setting, which lends itself to its exclusive ambience and modern design. Each room is filled with artistic compliments and contemporary furniture.

Chef Ence Willemse is the prodigy behind this brand; he’s the owner and cook, and offers a thoughtfully curated seasonal menu in a beautiful space. NCW is a fine dining eatery, with intimate nooks for private events, cocktail parties and functions. It has a stunning outdoor patio for birthdays and celebrations, and a lounge where you can sip on a glass of red and listen to the piano playing in the background.

The food is what makes this restaurant purr, and we enjoyed their six-course dinner menu at R525 per person. Expect small plates because it’s about quality, not quantity. The Sweet Peas is a fine appetizer; a serving of pea puree, poached quail eggs and herb ice cream. The panna cotta is unstable in all the right places, and is served with fresh peaches, meringue and cardamom ice cream.

Other dishes to look forward to are the pâté en croute, and the luscious crown roast chicken. The wine menu echoes the restaurant setting… it’s humble, with only four sparklingoptions, seven white options and seven red options. However, there’s a vintage wine cellar where you can pick your very own poison!

The restaurant is open Saturday afternoons for sundowner sessions, including a classic margarita or a refreshing aperol spritz. On Sundays, you’ll relish in the Sunday feast (think smoked brisket, linguini pasta and roasted chicken pie), which is served to the table. Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday.

A: 46 Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg


T: 011 482 1998

IG: @ncwrestaurant

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Bianca Spinner

Lifestyle Editor at SpinnerCom Media
Bianca Spinner is the Lifestyle Editor at Hello Joburg Magazine. Bianca is taking strides as in independent woman in the workforce and combined with her deep seated passion and love for her community, she is sure to increase her insatiable appetite for success. She lives by the motto “ have courage and be kind".

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