Word on the street | Food for August 2016
This month we look at Urbanologi and what makes them unique, Woolworth’s David Jones Collection cutlery, and see why ASH eatery is the talk of the town.
The new garde
Describing themselves as urban garde, Urbanologi combines local and Asian ingredients in innovative dishes inspired by street food, a passion of head chef Angelo Scirocco. Situated in the Mad Giant Brewery at the 1 Fox Precinct in Johannesburg – one of many urban areas having a revival – it’s all about creativity. And this extends beyond the food: they’ve collaborated with local designers and artisans on the uniforms (Daniella Kisten), interiors and furniture (Haldane Martin) and serveware (Mervyn Gers).
Woolworths’ David Jones Collection cutlery (previously the W Collection) makes additional table dressing almost unnecessary – the gorgeous metallic implements come in a gold, matt black and (currently on-trend) rose gold. We love how the opulent colours contrast with the ultra-simple shape.
When Frankie Fenner Meat Merchants and Publik Wine Bar pair up with a chef who’s worked with some big hitters (Luke Dale-Roberts, Heston Blumenthal), you know the result is going to be exciting. Ash Heeger’s eponymously named ASH eatery is situated in the newly tweaked and switched around basement location, and focuses on unpretentious meat dishes cooked on the indoor braai (think roasts, burgers, bone marrow) although there are numerous options for vegetarians, too.
Text Julia Freemantle
Photographs Justin Patrick, Paula Zapata, Sheldon Evans, Matt Ibbotson and supplied