Friday, June 7, 2013


Johannesburg, South Africa, June 07, 2013 | No matter how discerning their taste buds, mouths can’t help but water at the Saxon’s newest restaurant, Saxon Qunu Grill. Executive Chef David Higgs, noted as one of South Africa’s top chefs, and his team of culinary prodigies were elated with the official launch of the new restaurant, following months of development. An innovative menu boasts bold flavors and an honest approach to cuisine, using only the finest South African ingredients. Patrons can delight in a hearty breakfast, comforting lunch or cozy, intimate dinner, all with a distinct African flair.

From the West Coast mussels to the free range and grass-fed beef, sourced from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Chef Higgs challenges the norm with his creative menu items and attention to detail. Gastronomy aficionados and gourmands alike will revel in the multi-faceted selections. Guests are spoiled for choice. With a delectable variety of fish, beef, poultry, game and for the vegetarians out there, the menu features scrumptious vegetarian options too.

The grill exudes the warmth of the hotel’s African heritage from its rich surroundings, red tones, woven lampshades and ambient glow, enhanced by the remarkable hanging gardens. Just beyond the gardens, the glass double doors lead out onto the terrace where the striking canopy of age-old fig trees offer a sense of being an intrinsic part of Africa. Whether the occasion is a business lunch, a special celebration or simply to fulfill the need for inspired, appetizing cuisine, Saxon Qunu Grill provides the perfect setting.

The restaurant’s Xhosa name pays homage to the Eastern Cape village where former president Nelson Mandela was born. Mandela chose the Saxon as a quiet refuge while writing his memoirs, thus it’s only fitting that his birthplace has made a permanent mark on the hotel.  

"The introduction of Saxon Qunu Grill to the hotel’s dining options has been a natural progression for us, where the heritage of Africa is encapsulated in not only the décor, but in the flavors of the fare we present to our guests,” said Managing Director George Cohen.

“There is such synergy here, with the history of the hotel, and that of my talented culinary team. With an inherent focus on the experience and the food, Saxon Qunu Grill is a place where people can relax in the tranquil and charming atmosphere and revel in the fantastic service whilst indulging in the finest wine and food pairings,” added Chef Higgs. “With the Saxon exuding the warmth of a home, Saxon Qunu Grill’s experience is the very same one I would afford my family and friends in my very own home."

For more information about the Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas, Spa and the Qunu Grill, visit

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