Grand opening of Tang celebrated in style by Joburg glitterati

May 21, 2021

The Grand Opening of TANG saw a throng of VIP guests gathered last week Thursday. A new luxury Asian restaurant and bar housed on Sandton’s iconic Nelson Mandela Square, it’s the latest venture by entrepreneur extraordinaire and dedicated foodie, Nicky van der Walt.

The night was set with a scene that would make it memorable. Guests were welcomed with flutes overflowing with Moët & Chandon and a tantalising selection of sushi and fresh oysters.

Nicky and Lee-ann van der Walt

Among the glitterati were:

  • Newly engaged couple, Ze Nxhumalo and Dr Tamryn Green (a former Miss South Africa)
  • Superstar designer, Gert Johan Coetzee
  • Award-winning entrepreneur and luxury brands ambassador, Johanna Mukoki
  • Hip-hop artist, Da L.E.S. 
  • Vanessa and Chris Coutroulis
  • Local actor, Tarina Patel 
  • Norma Mngoma (formerly Gigaba)
  • Power couple Warren Wheatley and Tatum Keshwar

The proceedings were hosted by Lalla Hirayama, who elaborated on the innovative concept behind TANG.

The restaurant is named after the Tang dynasty, which ruled in China from the year 618 to the year 907. As a result It pays homage to what historians generally regard as a high point in Chinese civilisation and a golden age of cosmopolitan culture.

“Our aim is to celebrate everything the Tang era stood for as a reflection of our own uniquely cosmopolitan culture right here,” says Van der Walt.

Admitting that raising finances for a new restaurant during a pandemic is like “trying to finance a plane without wings”. Nicky is buoyed by the fact that TANG can employ 80 people. With its Moët & Chandon champagne bar spilling over onto the terrace, TANG is set to become the ‘go to’ venue for taste-bud tingling cuisine.

Tang menu

The menu on the opening night featured two of TANG’s signature dishes, salmon teriyaki and chilli salt pepper calamari.


Other dishes that are set to become firm favourites include: 

  • Rock shrimp
  • Salmon tuna tartare
  • Tuna tataki
  • Dim sum
  • Trio of Siu Mai (scallop, lobster, and caviar) 
  • Siu Mai chicken. 

From the traditional robata grill came delights like:

  • Prime-cut Wagyu steaks
  • Tomahawk steaks
  • Smoky spare ribs
  • Crispy pork bellies

While a selection of gyoza or ‘pot sticker’ dishes will have eager gourmets returning time and again to try the many variations on the theme. And a new take on traditional wok cooking saw sublime dishes made with Angus Beef strips, soft-shell crab and a seafood selection drawing appreciative sighs from diners.

The evening was topped off with a TANG signature dessert, cream cheese meringue, leaving guests eager for a return visit to this unique new eatery.

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