Former MasterChef South Africa contestant and culinary craftsman, Ozzy Osman, has launched Ozzy’s Kitchen, a casual fine-dining halaal eatery located at international fashion house and experimental hub, BLU, in the heart of Wynberg.
Having trained in South Africa’s top kitchens – including the prestigious Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town and The Saxon under world-renowned chef David Higgs – Osman brings unique perspectives to fine dining and believes wholeheartedly in the value of “honest” cooking, spiced up with his signature flair for the outlandish.
“Everyone will find something they love here, from the adventurous eater to the person who wants to experience familiar flavours and dishes that taste like home,” he says. “My food is about honesty, and each menu has been designed with every type of palate in mind and contains only the finest locally-sourced ingredients.
“Expect to see new cooking and food preparation techniques, gorgeous plating and a modernist take on classic cuisine. Essentially, this is me on a plate.”
A simple daytime café menu is available on weekdays and features light meals at affordable prices. The fine dining menus are reserved for weekends when guests can experience Osman’s eclectic creations while taking in the casual atmosphere. A banqueting menu will also be available for corporate events and special functions.
Ozzy’s Kitchen was born when Osman realised that he and BLU Managing Director, Reza Motani, shared a vision of a space in which “self-expression, diversity and unconventional ideas could flourish.” The result is a “destination” eatery that offers an all-round lifestyle experience.
“I see BLU growing into a fun, contemporary and experimental space where people would be happy to come and spend some time doing more than just shopping for clothes,” says Motani.
“We’re building a lifestyle destination where people can indulge in experiences that are meaningful to them. The space is a melting pot of artistry, creativity and collaboration, where you can feel at home in your own skin and really enjoy yourself, and Ozzy’s Kitchen adds a new and exciting dimension to that mix,” adds Motani.
While a fine-dining restaurant and trendy hangout-spot is considered a first for the bustling Sandton suburb of Wynberg, Osman and Motani believe that this adds to the appeal of the restaurant’s ambience, giving it an unassuming, informal feel.
Wynberg is also an up-and-coming urban district inspired by the success of the rejuvenations of Braamfontein and the Maboneng Precinct, and stands to benefit from this development.
Ozzy’s Kitchen is located at 55 Andries Street in Wynberg, Sandton, and is open Mondays to Thursdays from 8am to 5pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 8am to 9pm; and Sundays for casual fine dining from 9am until 3pm.
For more information, visit www.ozzyskitchen.co.za.