Epicure Restaurant, by Chef Coco

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How Johannesburg became the foodie capital of South Africa
February 26, 2018
Epicure Restaurant | Chef Coco

Multi award winning chef Coco Reinarhz is African epicurean elegance personified. World citizen and son of our soil, his food philosophy always engages with what it means to be African in a global gourmet context.

With a childhood spent at his mother’s side in her restaurant in Kinshasa and a formal training at the Ecole Hotelière de Namur in Belgium, Coco is uniquely qualified to lead the new wave of South African cuisine. Under his careful stewardship, modern French flair and exquisite African innovation consistently make respectful and compatible culinary companions. First at Ma Passion in Greenside and more recently at Morningside’s Sel et Poivre, the Johannesburg food scene has enthusiastically embraced this signature style.

Coco’s highly anticipated new Sandton restaurant, Epicure, provides guests with an exciting and unique flavour vocabulary. Whether diners desire Vadouvan Mauritian sea-bass with tamarind sauce or duck confit with mint tea couscous, Epicure offers a taste of our time and space. Coconut milk basted crab pays homage to the wonders of West African seafood. Slow cooked Nguni oxtail is southern African comfort and luxury combined. Magnificent mabele (sorghum) salads topped with wild mushrooms allow vegan, low GI and gluten intolerant types to join the gastronomic journey.

Epicure’s comprehensive local and international wine list sees ginger smoked beef paired with lush and seductive Viognier. The honeyed liquid glories of Constantia are matched with rooibos and cardamom koeksisters. Madagascan vanilla brûlée makes magic with perfect Pinot Blanc and what is life without bubbly? Epicure offers a sparkling selection second to none. Pol Roger Special Cuvee and Champagne Salon for the Champagnophiles and Ace of Spades Armand de Brignac for the fashionistas.

Craft gin was last season’s cool drink for hot people but this year belongs to the suave sophistication of rum. Epic Bar, focusing on rum, bringing the African Diaspora home in style. Hipster artisan offerings compete for customer attention with Haitian rhum agricole and the best of Brazilian cachaça. Oak aged excellence abounds. Cocktail adjacent gourmet gaps can be soothed and satisfied with a bar menu which includes buttermilk macerated southern fried chicken and plump prawn tails dipped in Congolese moambe (palm pulp) mayonnaise. The aromatic elegance of Moroccan quince and honey lamb tagine is reimagined as a tapas-style treat. Garden tables allow for al fresco evenings of Ghanaian aloko plantain chips and potent pili pili sauce. The superb cigar bar boasts one of the finest selections in the city. A large glass enclosed humidore features the likes of Padron 1926, Opus X and La Glorian Cubana Serie R.

Epicure has a space to match each and every mood. The private dining room is ideal for discrete business discussions. The garden is great for starlit romantic rendezvous. Sociable cocktail sessions bubble at the bar. From first aperitif to last petit four indulgence and ease combine with safe parking and superb service to make Epicure Johannesburg’s destination du jour.

Epicure boast 160 seats including the terrace and a 40 seater private dining room.
Address:

Central Square
Cnr West Road South and Lower Road
Email: info@epicurerestaurant.co.za
Website: www.epicurerestaurant.co.za

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