Over the last few months, the Palazzo Hotel inside the Montecasino precinct has been quietly doing some massive upgrades to it’s legendary Medeo Restaurant. The restaurant has been at the five-star hotel since it’s inception and now boasts a stylish new interior which compliments its quality, ambiance, food and reflects both an Italianesque and South African style. Naturally, the new look was complimented with a brand- new menu infused with delicious Mediterranean flavours.

I was invited to come and experience the restaurant’s brand-new offering and, as always, Medeo exceeded expectations. The new look is gorgeous and it’s clear that every detail was looked at to ensure the utmost comfort for any guest making their way to the popular eatery.

David Muirhead from David Muirhead & Associates Interior Architectural Design, who were commissioned to coordinate the new design, has ensured that the ‘palatial’ and Italian integrity of the Palazzo has been retained in the restaurant, while introducing new design elements. “We aimed for an outcome that would be both chic and comfortable. We used a selection of rich fabrics that feature golden velvets, as well as South Africa’s celebrated and iconic Ardmore designs. Classical and comfortable seating ensures that people can linger and relax over their meals. We introduced vibrance into the restaurant with colours and textures, and as a main focus, magnificent large canvases featuring new artwork of birds in flight by Kirsty May Hall on the walls, which echo the beauty of the surrounding gardens and birdlife.”

The new Medeo menu offers a world-class selection of fine dining à la carte options that include the signature dishes such as starters of Mediterranean burrata – triple cream mozzarella, fresh ciabatta, heirloom tomato, basil and olive oil; and Octopus carpaccio with potato salad, lemon aïoli, potato fries, smoked tomato and dill vinaigrette; fresh homemade pasta – Veal tortellini with sage and butter sauce, veal jus, Grana Padano, and pickled shimeji; main courses of Sous vide chicken with spinach and goat’s cheese roulade, bell pepper sauce, baby potato and charred onion, as well as other lamb, pork, veal, fish, and steak options. The signature dessert is Apple strawberry crumble with caramel vanilla sauce and cinnamon ice cream.

With a stunning new look, delicious culinary offerings and one of the best views in Joburg, Medeo restaurant continues to remind patrons why it is one of the most enjoyable fine dining establishment in the country – and their new menu is to die for.

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