New Morningside Recipes

How often does a handful of new restaurants and delis find its way onto your culinary radar in one fell swoop? Look no further than Sandton’s latest shopping and dining mecca, coming online from 11 June at the contemporary Armani inspired Morningside Shopping Centre on the corner of Rivonia and Outspan roads there is lots on offer…

Food fundis know that tashas is not another cookie-cutter, single-concept franchise; rather, they can expect each tashas boutique café to offer a signature menu and interior décor specific to its location and customer profile.

At Morningside Shopping Centre, Natasha Sideris caters to a diverse clientele that she describes as spanning the ‘before-work’, ‘after-school’ and ‘lunch’ crowds, but with the overall focus set firmly on family-friendliness. Look to the Morningside tashas for a modern organic market showcasing fresh potted herbs, fresh flowers, free-range eggs and other healthy deli items, including freshly squeezed fruit juices, smoothies and homemade mueslis and yoghurts. Enjoy your nutritious breakfast or lunch on tashas wraparound balcony, and be sure not to miss the artisanal cheeses, made fresh on the premises! Relocating to the Morningside Shopping Centre is the authentic Italian eatery, Pomodoro.

Chef-patron Stefano Mas’s new, streamlined lunch menu – emphasizing modern, light Italian cuisine with a twist and balancing flavour with speed and service – as well as the on-site deli’s ready-made takeaway meals, breads and cheeses, are all perfectly suited to busy business execs and others on the go. Pomodoro offers three types of pizza at three price points – the standard mozzarella, fior di latte and, for the connoisseur, mozzarella di bufala. Try the pasta gamberi (penne with prawns and tequila) or the decadent melanzane, a brinjal-based Neapolitan treat. Mas plans to host a wine-bar on weekends, where he will serve up 10 to 12 excellent wines by the glass alongside antipasti or Italian-style tapas. There’s also a child-friendly menu that makes for great family meals.

Also coming to the Morningside Shopping Centre are: Tsunami Seafood Emporium; Sandton favourite, The Bread Basket; two new restaurants, The Green Peppercorn and Signature; a FEGO Café; a butchery; an ocean-fresh-fish store; and new-generation Woolies and Pick n Pay stores.