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Ethos Restaurant – One of the best dishes you’ll eat in 2020

Mar 10, 2020, Author: Bianca Spinner

After opening their doors in late 2019, this Mediterranean style eatery is one-upping its competitors. This upscale, contemporary restaurant designed by Giorgio Tatakis (@giotatsakis) is the first-of-its-kind restaurant is in a league of its own.  


The soothing holiday style and beachy feel is what first grabs your attention, followed by the positively polished, sparkling clean space. A hedonistic aura pervades the atmosphere but, interestingly, it isn’t as you’d expect it to be – neither imposing nor self-indulgent but rather elegant and sensual with earthy tones, wooden elements and all-natural surroundings. Yes, you’ll find the influencer-heavy dinner guest and the gold chained flashman, but you won’t be too perturbed because your focus will be on the remarkably cosmopolitan minimalistic design and, of course, the food. 

Remember to inhale and take a deep breath at the bar. This is the first masterpiece you’ll be mesmerised by because it’s this paper mache, paintbrush-swooshed type mural that acts as the warm welcome to the space. This is the spot from which we could all benefit, from after-work drinks with the lads or a first Tinder date, to a romantic soiree for two over espresso martinis or a simple solo Old Fashioned at the bar. Ensure you tickle your taste buds with their tapas menu and order the wagyu tacos.  

Upon entering the dining space ‘mmm’, ‘yummy’, ‘ooh’, are some of the echoes you’ll hear from your neighbour dining at the adjacent table. You’ll also constantly be peering over to the next person’s table, thinking “I have to order that” and then alternating your decision when you see the next dish exiting the kitchen. Sophisticated plating techniques and aesthetically pleasing artistic designs ensure all your senses are captivated. Dishes come served in earthy, raw-toned bountiful bowls and plates that were custom made for the restaurant by Clay by Mg (@claybymg). You’ll unashamedly imagine eating it all by the spoonful…  


Now the dish of the year that we’re referring to is the coal-grilled ostrich. You might as well end your meal right here because it’s the bee’s knees – subtly sharp with a hint of sweetness; neither overbearing nor too sugary but the perfect balance. These tender cubes of ecstasy are coated in dukkah, date and tamarind labneh with walnuts, pickled berries, and port jus and then entirely smothered with a glaze of pomegranate beetroot. 

Ensure you familiarise yourself with the starters too, because the stunning salads, raw starters and burrata cheese only adds to the menu’s allure. Served with colourful stoned fruit and a roasted rosemary and garlic dressing, the soft, stringy burrata just begs to be devoured. The desserts are rather unusual with offerings of semolina orange and honey cake, lemon and cardamom custard, dark chocolate and red wine ice cream, and the famous kataifi – wrapped crispy dough bathed in rose and cardamom glaze served with a dollop of lemon and cream cheese icing. It’s a serendipitous creation! 


No matter what mood you’re in, visiting this five-star restaurant will challenge your ethos while satisfying your every craving.  

Shop 5 Sandton Court, 183 Rivonia Road, Morningside 

010 446 9906 



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