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#HelloRecommends Ethos – Mediterranean dining … reimagined

Jan 6, 2020, Author: Candice May

Last month, Hello Joburg Magazine hosted 50 of Joburg’s top food and lifestyle influencers at the launch of Ethos, Morningside’s new Mediterranean inspired restaurant. Here’s all you need to know about renowned Joburg restauranteur, Chris Tatsakis’ new venture that offers a sophisticated, intimate dining experience. 


From the moment our guests walked in – from the entrance hall, to the bar and tapas lounge, all the way through their tables – they were taken aback by the Ethos’ extravagant interiors, which were left up to Chris’ son, Giorgio, who’s currently studying a degree in interior architecture and design. Giorgio describes his approach to the interiors as “a take on a modernised authentic, Mediterranean style”. 

He adds that the interiors and design of the restaurant were conceptualised around the colours and unique features of the Mediterranean. With a combination of wood, brass, terazzo, marble, ceramic tiles and different textiles, the space can be described as contemporary with a Mediterranean flare. Chris says that they’ve been incredibly fortunate to use our local talent by teaming up with local artists as well as going international by importing a few items from both the United Kingdom and Australia. 


The evening kicked off in the stylish bar and tapas lounge with Tea Party cocktails – refreshing gin-based drinks made with rose and chamomile. Ethos also boasts a 12-seater private dining room that’s suitable for any occasion. Guests were then taken through to their tables in the main restaurant, where they enjoyed a variety of Mediterranean meals ranging from Italian, Greek and Spanish while grooving to the sounds of a live DJ. “Ethos has been a lifetime in the making and it’s more than just another restaurant; it’s an experience of the very Mediterranean soul that put us on this path in the first place,” says Chris. 

Ethos offers South African dry-aged and wet-aged cooked on open fire on charcoal machines manufactured in Spain. Guests got to sample Angus and Wagyu beef from renowned farm, Sparta and Woodview in the heart of the Free State. They also got a taste of Ethos’ local cuts of Karan beef, which the restaurant puts through their own ageing process to add to the tenderness and flavour. Each dish was perfectly paired with wine selected by head sommelier, Duane Hendricks who took to Cape Town with Chris to capture a great selection of rare Cape Winemakers Guild wines. 

This magnificent new addition to the City of Gold’s dining scene is now open to the public and we highly recommend popping in to try the thinly sliced octopus carpaccio with baby pickled peppadews, garlic foam, squid ink and lemon aioli, green olive gel, dill vinaigrette and shoestring fries; tender-cooked creamy pearl barley with poached duck egg, asparagus shavings and fresh black pepper pecorino; and, of course, the whole line fish that’s wood coal grilled, rubbed with herbs and olive oil and filled with layers of tomato, olive oil and red onion. 


Shop 5 Sandton Court, 183 Rivonia Road, Morningside 

010 446 9906 

[email protected] 



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