25 Jun Grei at The Saxon is the place to visit…
We love fine dining and the latest offering at one of our favourite Sandton hotels has to be top of our eating out list right now.
Grei is headed up by Chef Candice Philip and, as the name implies, is a 32 seater restaurant centred around a palate of grey tones, featuring a vivid burst of colour.
Says Chef Candice “Essentially, grey is colour without colour,” she explains. “This has been a huge inspiration in developing the look and feel of the space, and menu.” The muted tones will create a calm, sophisticated atmosphere for the colour of the dishes to stand out.
Having been with the Saxon for over a decade, Chef Candice shares with us that the name Grei loosely translates from Portuguese as “a society of people” and artfully blends together her love of unusual pairings, her passion for herbaceous flavours and her signature style of intricately-plated dishes.
So, what’s on the table?
“We’ve always worked with the garden and its produce, focusing first on organic and heirloom, and later looking to the proteins,” she says. “But for me, the herbs are often the little things that are overlooked. Not only do they bring an enticing aroma to the food, but also great flavour and colour.”
Appropriately, her menu will have the smell and flavour of the herbs running through it. Dishes will feature unusual pairings and natural, succulent flavours, and the menu will highlight the three key flavours from each dish and convey a different colour with each course.
The menu is available as a six-courses, paired with a combination of international and local wines, and there is also a non-alcoholic pairing option as well as vegetarian- and pescatarian-suited menus – everyone is catered for!
Where is it located?
You will find this intimate haven tucked away upstairs at the Saxon Hotel in Sandhurst. The view is stunning and overlooks the trees and indigenous gardens of the five-star location.
The restaurant also features a small private dining room and retains its open-theatre kitchen which has become synonymous with the space.
Grei is open Tuesday to Saturday from 18h30. Reservations are essential. To book call +27 11 292 6000.