Dining Out

Take a step back into the 1950s Jozi at The Marabi Club

Jan 21, 2019, Author: Bianca Spinner

Sparks will fly when you enter this jazz and blues club…

You’ve survived the drive into Maboneng and, if you’re a typical Joburger, you worried for nothing and are 100% safe. As you arrive you’re welcomed by handsome gentlemen in black ties, offering a valet car service, which of course you accept because that only happens in NYC. As you enter this exclusive, secluded Jozi gem it feels as if you’ve stepped into a time machine, where everything is right in the world, where waiters wear bow ties and red velvet waistcoats.


Now what you won’t believe is that this special haunt used to be an old parking lot. Not the hipster-cool, industrial style parking lot that you’re imaging, this was basically an old, broken-down space with nothing to offer. However, the geniuses behind this eatery changed the space into a 150-seater restaurant. A restaurant, where, from breadsticks to bathrooms, everything looks, tastes and feels spectacular. Dining under the hippest light fixtures, with a cigar lounge and a bar made from ceiling panels from one of South Africa’s first ever mansions, this is where your every dream becomes a reality.

It’s quite simple really, the Marabi Club has solidified an identity and is rich in culture and tradition. They’ve managed to anchor themselves in our minds and hearts with their unique mix of traditional South African plates alongside French and Belgium style dishes. Chef Vusi continuously changes the menu, and fortunately for him, there are no windows because we would surely be spying for a sneak peek if there were. There are 21 items on the menu to choose from (five being vegetarian dishes). The KGQ- deep-fried quail with kimchi slaw, Japanese mayo and chimichurri and the oven fired broccoli with wasabi and hazelnut butter are both destined to be devoured. Also, we have to mention the weird but wonderful miso carrot dessert served with a buttermilk sorbet.


Keep an eye out for their soon to be launched mampoer cocktails and while the live music is playing till 12h30 am they serve wood burning pizzas from 10 pm. The kitchen doesn’t close, and you’ll be taken care of until the second you leave. There is also a Newmark Hotel above the restaurant called Hallmark House. What was originally used as a diamond polishing-centre in the 1970s, the prime establishment is now considered to be a Maboneng must-visit. So, if you have consumed way too much Macallan, it’s calling your name.


47 Sivewright Ave, New Doornfontein

010 591 2879

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