One of Johannesburg’s finest restaurants – Auberge Michel – has announced that it is being forced to close its doors in August as the premises in which it is housed have been sold to make space for a new high-rise office development

Says Auberge Michel’s co-owner Michel Morand: “The news that our lease would not be renewed came as a huge shock. However, we will give our customers the same five-star treatment that they have become accustomed to until the day we close our doors on August 20. We don’t want this to be a sad occasion but rather the celebration of a restaurant that has proved to be a landmark on the South African culinary scene.”

Accolades and awards include being named the country’s first five-star establishment by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa as well as being voted the Top 10 restaurant in Johannesburg. Its clientele have included top businessmen, politicians, celebrities and those who appreciate fine food served in elegant surroundings.

From now until Saturday, August 20, when the restaurant closes, the restaurant will be offering a special four-course meal at the cost of R445 which incorporates some of the dishes most loved by its faithful clientele. This is in addition to its regular a la carte menu.

The Auberge Michel celebration menu is:
Amuse Bouche
Foie gras prepared in a nougat with bitter chocolate
< Grilled baby scallops served with creamy polenta galette and braised beef shank in beetroot jus
Springbok fillet topped with tiger prawns, served with confit potatoes in duck fat and gingerbread sauce
Crème brulée Granadilla served with Szechuan pepper ice cream
Says Morand: “I am not in a position to divulge future plans but am looking at various options in the culinary field.”


About Auberge Michel

Auberge Michel, one of South Africa’s finest French Restaurants, became the first establishment in the country to attain a prestigious five-star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.