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Ethos brings the warmth of the Mediterranean to Rosebank

January 24, 2022

Mediterranean-inspired Ethos restaurant has made some major moves recently. The luxurious Joburg eatery moved to a new space at Oxford Parks in Rosebank and has teamed up with acclaimed Chef Luke Dale Roberts. Roberts assisted in designing the new menu in collaboration with newly appointed Executive Chef Ken Phuduhudu.

Ethos is transitioning to a casual yet fine-dining menu. It will, no doubt, be in excellent hands with the assistance from the internationally recognised Chef Luke Dale Roberts from award-winning Pot Luck Club and acclaimed fine dining restaurant The Test Kitchen, and the talented Chef Ken Phuduhudu. He has also worked alongside Luke at The Test Kitchen.

“Ethos restaurant is an honest restaurant, and the food will be honest… honest food is authentic, cooked with love, highlighting, not masking the main ingredient and “purpose” of the dish. In summary I am excited by this challenge. It’s about how we can take Mediterranean food to another dimension and still keep it delicious and real,” comments Chef Luke Dale Roberts.

Expect fresh Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Ethos

Chef Ken Phuduhudu also brings a wealth of experience to the table. In addition to his stint at The Test Kitchen, he has worked in leading restaurants such as: 

  • Terroir
  • Glenda’s
  • Epicure
  • The Greenhouse 

He also founded The Private Dining Experience. Mediterranean cuisine is what Chef Ken truly loves to explore and highlight in a modern light. Johannesburg is an eclectic food scene and Chef Ken is looking forward to cooking traditional, creative and exciting food for the Johannesburg crowd.

Ethos restaurant is going to be a game-changer within the food industry. I look forward to working with Chef Luke Dale Roberts again, after many years apart, this is going to be an exciting reunion,” says Chef Ken.

Ethos menu

The menu boasts a tantalising mix of authentic and honest dishes inspired by the Mediterranean and combines traditional and modern techniques. Diners can expect dishes such as Iberico pork neck skewers with ancho scented romesco sauce and Baba Ganoush, lamb kofte and many more exciting courses.

Enjoy a signature Litchi lavender elixir cocktail at Ethos

In 2020 Ethos Morningside won the Luxe Hosco Restaurant Style Award in partnership with Bonang Matheba and House of BNG for its interiors, atmosphere and ambience. Their new restaurant space in Rosebank is even better.

Ethos Rosebank boasts: 

  • More indoor seating
  • Additional outdoor seating
  • Chef’s table seating
  • A 14-seater private dining room
  • A generous bar 
  • An exquisite wine cellar

Ethos interior

Interior designer Giorgio Tatsakis who worked on the Morningside eatery, which opened in 2019, was once again in charge of the interiors. Same as before, the inspiration of Ethos came from the unique and timeless features that are seen throughout the alluring Mediterranean. Giorgio explains that now more than ever when it is harder to travel due to restrictions, spaces that offer a form of escapism are even more relevant.

Pre-Covid, Giorgio and his father and founder, Chris Tatsakis, travelled abroad to countries including: 

  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Dubai 
  • United Kingdom 

Here, they sought inspiration to incorporate into Ethos. Having done so successfully in the previous space, Giorgio kept the new spaces’ interiors synonymous with the brand. He, however, added a few more design trends. This includes Giorgio’s favourite feature – the new ceiling baffles. They consist of a special material imported from France suspended from the ceiling and rich-in-texture Arabescato marble from Italy.


Diners can expect to indulge in some delicious dishes in a luxurious and dramatic setting. A space which includes: 

  • Sweeping arches
  • Grand columns
  • Impressive Italian marble 
  • A soothing neutral colour palette with brass accents

This father-son duo has, once again, teamed up with incredible local designers and artisans. In addition to architects SuP Architecture to create a Mediterranean inspired space, bringing their vision to life.

Experience it for yourself and book a table by emailing reservations@ethosrestaurant.co.zaDineplan or visit www.ethosrestaurant.co.za.

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