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“Luscious!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Five Hundred

Five Hundred
Saxon Hotel | 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa
+27 11 292 6000
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Ranked #3 of 816 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $85 - $450
Cuisines: African, International, Vegetarian, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The ultimate in experiential dining, five hundred celebrates the synergy between food, wine and art.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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39 restaurant reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Luscious!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Upon arrival, your table features a slate with butters, smoked, salted, unsalted and goat with a choice of 4 salts, including black, Maldon and Himalayan. We chose the 4 course wine pairing menu and enjoyed experiencing the pairings from Champagne, Italian Chablis, Spanish and New Zealand wines. The chefs come table side to discuss the dish that they have prepared and even though it was not on the menu, the chef brought us sampfire (pickled) to taste. The deconstructed quail was really very special and both of us raved about the dessert macaroon dish - yum!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“A cut above”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Having just returned from a weekend in wonderful Cape Town where I was blessed to eat at 3 of the top ten restaurants in SA, I wondered whether my return trip to the five hundred would disappoint. While it is impossible to match the settings in those magnificent mountains, the food and service at the five hundred was in a league of its own. The wine pairing was brilliantly selected , each choice being a unique and appropriate accompaniment to the dish at hand. While the room itself is a bit formal for my taste, the authentic and down to earth David Higgs and his team remain kings of the kitchen. For me, the five hundred is still number one.

Visited March 2014
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“Simply superb...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We have been waiting almost four months to try Five Hundred... it was well worth the wait.

SETTING:
The setting is opulent and totally "OTT"... it transported you to another country, another continent... it had an eclectic feel that would have fitted in perfectly next door to Daniel's in New York or Dinner in London.

SERVICE
From the minute we walked into the restaurant, the service was slick and attentive yet totally effortless...one was almost lead to believe that the glasses filled themselves and the plates cleared themselves. I loved the fact that every meal was personally explained be a chef that had prepared the meal, giving you feeling that the feeling that every dish was prepared individually for you and that each dish had an element that shared the character and personality of the chef himself / herself...

WINE
It was such a pity that i am pregnant because my husband held back on diving into their wine list and i could sense his near anguish as he watched the wines being poured at other tables. it looked very impressive and yet still accessible.

FOOD
At last but certainly not least, the food was superb. The creativity is unparalelled in my opinion in South Africa, not out of place among the best in the world. We had the six course meal and even as a ravenous person eating for two it was more than sufficient. I love walking out of a restaurant only to reminisce about a plate of food that i had just been served... There were a few dishes just like that which have come to mind this morning... the Ndebele Salmon, the Wagye Beef (i mean who is able to turn a dish which is pretty hard to perfect into some so much more than just a plate of food) and the camenbert dish (who knew that something so simple as guava and camenbert could taste so good with caramelised pop corn and a guava mousse).

Compliments to the chef...

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Sophisticated Saxon”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Five Hundred met and exceeded all expectations, from the moment that the large wooden gates slide open, one is greeted with immaculate gardens and extreme attention to detail. Once you have parked you are greeted at your car door to be ushered to a shuttle service (Mercedes Benz). The staff are very professional and you are led to Five Hundred. The restaurant is surprisingly small, but this creates a very intimate atmosphere with an open kitchen where one can glance momentarily at the plating up of your delicious meal.

The personal touch continues as you are introduced to the maître d' who explains the menu. We chose to do the wine paring and it is advised that the whole table choose the same options, this ensure no one is left with FOMO :) This is the first restaurant I have been to where a ladies bag is given a pedestal so it is not on the ground!

Onto the food a wine; this was amazing! The sommelier kept us informed with each course, sharing his knowledge and anecdotes about the wine which was well paired with each course and represented a global selection. The food was incredible, the highlight being the Ndebele Salmon, a true work of art on a plate, with the best caviar. Each course was an absolute delight! A personal preference would have been to have a chocolate dessert to finish off the meal (the berry dessert was good, but it wasn't chocolate :)) and to include coffee and tea in the bill as it is a very high end dinning experience. I look forward to returning for a high tea perhaps to explore the grounds during the day.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Simply Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

We booked for 4 and were given the Chef's table! Everything about this hotel and restaurant is tasteful and well thought out. It was one of the most amazing meals I've ever had, but I won't be returning as it is simply too expensive, with the meal for 4 people amounting to more than
R 5000. It was an amazing experience and the food was orgasmic.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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