you're reading...
Restaurant reviews

So that’s what David Higgs is up to! ex #rust en vrede

By Spill.co.za –

Ascending from the bowels of the Gautrain station you emerge blinking at a large traffic intersection in the centre of Sandton – a mecca for shoppers, professionals, diamonds, and various business high flyers.

Across the intersection, on the corners of Rivonia Road and West Street, stands Junction Building.

On the third floor, over the shopping mall, you’ll find the reception lobby, bar, and restaurant of the Radisson Blue Gautrain Hotel, which is David Higgs’ new place of work after his surprise departure from Rust en Vrede in the picturesque Winelands.

The hotel is a business travellers hotel, and unashamedly so. People with serious faces rushed hither and thither with their laptops to attend meetings and conferences.

It being lunchtime, and hungry after the trip up from Cape Town, I decided to have lunch in Central One, a steak house, where David is cooking at the moment.

He will be revamping it and hopes to open, with a new menu, on August 18th.

DH JHB 2 199x300 48 Hours in Joburg. Part 1. David Higgs new gig.The restaurant area – soon to be revamped.

After a decent lunch of hangar steak and chips I caught up with David, looking fresh and tanned after his recent trip to Italy.

We chatted and he told me his concept is “Tapas with a Twist”, which will match the cocktails and wines on offer. The bar area will have a “funkey, vibey atmosphere” and he will be targeting the after work “Sandton Set”.

There’ll be a resident DJ spinning out the tunes every night.

The sprinkling of David’s pixie dust will extend to a Herb Wall that he is building at one end of the space. Chandeliers will also add to the atmosphere.

David admits that the transformation will be a “huge challenge”, but that he felt he was up to it.



No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: