Are you searching for a little bit of class, a lot of sophistication and a breath of fresh air but don’t want to travel too far to get it? Well, if you’re looking for a gourmet experience within a tranquil, beautiful setting on top of all that, then oneNINEone is your answer! Located in the heart of Rosebank at the Hyatt Regency hotel, oneNINEone possesses the class and charisma that one would expect from a restaurant associated with the Hyatt brand.
I was treated by my beautiful wife, Barbara, to a birthday celebration at oneNINEone and it turned out to be a truly memorable night. We are real-deal foodies and, with that, are overly fussy and even slightly snobby when it comes to eating out (hey, you can’t call yourself a foodie and not be fussy) and I must say that we were certainly not disappointed!
Creativity was the theme of the evening and was reflected in the dishes that we were served … I had the springbok carpaccio and rillette, which was accompanied by a papaya salad and macadamia nut dressing for starters and Barbara had seared pancetta scallops (so often seen on BBC Food but rarely seen on a Joburg menu – what a treat!) with an artichoke salad, pumpkin seed granola and peas.
For mains, I had a 500g rib eye steak served on the bone with a béarnaise sauce (yes, I know … slightly gluttonous … but it was my birthday so I owed myself a little overindulgence, don’t you think?) while Barbara had the salmon fillet – a treat in itself.
Beyond our choices, the menu has a wide array of fantastic, out-of-the box options including Wagyu fillet, lobster bisque, chimmichurri prawns and a warm goat cheese brûlée … choosing what to eat is no easy task.
We ended our evening off with a salted caramel apple tarte tatin with apple jelly and candied ginger ice cream, which, I have to say, left me in a state of absolute contentment and a very happy birthday boy indeed!
Beyond the gourmet food and wide array of fine wines, the garden setting alone makes oneNINEone worth the visit. Be sure you try it for yourself … happy eating, Joburg!
By Ryan Sessel