Exclusive: ZEN To Open In Sandton This May

You read it here first…Sandton will soon be home to a brand new dining concept called ZEN at the Sandton Eye in the heart of Africa’s richest square mile.


  • ZEN will have a distinct Asian-inspired feel, with a balance of fine dining in an earthy minimalist zen garden with a contrast downtown Tokyo-inspired passageway.
  • Expect carefully curated and decadently plated Asian-inspired dishes, world-class cocktails, and tattoo design feature walls.
  • The restaurant will be able to accommodate 200 sit-down guests, with inside and outside seating areas and a private chef 12-seater table.
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Fine dining and late-night vibing have become the new way to enjoy a night out in Sandton. Gone are the days of dark nightclubs, making way for drinks with friends that flow into a sit-down dinner, culminating with a late-night DJ set.


Situated street-level at the Sandton Eye, home to the Radisson Hotel Gautrain, ZEN provides the right ingredients for a memorable night out, all brought together with an eye for detail and that distinctive difference. Whilst ZEN refers to a state of calmness and an element of flow, don’t expect a night out at ZEN to be quite the same, as bold interiors matched with an exciting dining offering will be more mind-blowing than just minimalist at this new high-end bar.


Guests can expect some remarkable interiors by Sandton’s Mark Bakos Design, with one-of-a-kind design elements and furnishings, backed by accentuated lighting features and pops of contrasting artwork. Image: ZEN

Coming off a Luxe award, critically acclaimed Chef Ken Phuduhudu has crafted the ZEN menu, and will bring his unmissable style, plating, and flavours to the tables of ZEN, with new dishes added to the menu on a monthly basis.


Expect a range of palate pleasures from sushi to steaks, burgers, salads, and some signature menu items. Image: ZEN

ZEN also promises an equally as impressive bar menu with an award-winning mixologist shaking up a variety of tantalizing cocktails. These cocktails are equally provocative, with the signature cocktail “The ZEN Kaiju” tagged at a price of around R1000! This coupled with the best local and international DJs bringing world-class sounds, Thursday to Saturday nights look to be unmissable evenings at ZEN.


Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights look to be unmissable evenings at ZEN with headline acts and themed experiences. Image: ZEN

But that’s not all. Expect more to come later this year with a pure fine-dining offering opening up at the Sandton Eye, bringing the world back together again after two years of distancing.


ZEN will be open Wednesday to Sunday, with a lunch and dinner service. Admission is strictly 25-years plus. The contrasting deco, complimenting food and beverage offering as well as an unmissable location, makes ZEN the hot new place to be seen in Sandton, officially open from May 21, 2022.


Reservation at ZEN is essential. To book visit ZEN Restaurant & Bar on their website, Instagram or visit Dineplan.


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