The Catalyst Hotel in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg has been open for just six months and its eatery, Kashew Restaurant, has become a popular destination not only for its delicious food and relaxing outdoor deck but for its ever-changing, intriguing art collection. “The art is really one of the big attractions at Kashew Restaurant,” says Robert Chifunyise, the GM of The Catalyst Hotel. “The space works as an ever-changing gallery,” he says, as he gestures towards the walls surrounding the tables and the entrance hall.
The decor and design of the hotel evoke a sense of understated elegance that appeals to both business and leisure travelers alike, but, really, allows the art adorning the walls to be the shining stars of the space. Expect to find works by Jibril Linjoum Achu – who hails from Cameroon and sold his first painting at age seven; exquisite paintings by Teboho Makoatsa, who says “I engage a personal expression of solid marks and living imagery to express the beauty and innocence of everyday life in South Africa”; and beautiful pieces by Treatwell Mnisi – who says of his work: “I apply impressionistic marks on a surface, to create an image.”
“upstART galleries is fortunate to be able to partner with Kashew restaurant in showcasing up-and-coming talent. The restaurant provides the perfect environment for our gallery to gain exposure in a trendy and popular space,” says Jaclyn Ellert, director. upstART Galleries is the result of a joint initiative between White Hall Venture Capital Company (WHVCC) and expert art curators, who source artworks from local artists.
Guests can enjoy viewing these spectacular pieces while dining on the wholesome and hearty, yet sophisticated menu, featuring favourites such as the Kung Pow Salmon Poke Bowl, with pickled ginger, crispy fried onions, purple Asian slaw, wasabi kewpie mayonnaise, and baby shoots or the popular 28-day Aged Sirloin with roast marrow bones, brandy sauce Poivre and hand-cut fries. Guests can expect to find the occasional “special” off the main All-Day Dining Menu, which has been newly updated to include the Pan-fried Mozambique Prawn Pasta, with rich tomato chilli linguine, lime, fresh dill, Parmesan lashings and rocket.
Kashew Restaurant offers a beautiful deck and swimming pool, surrounded by an oasis of greenery and makes for the perfect spot for sundowners and post-work cocktails. The restaurant also features an elegant bar, which plays host to events, including gin evenings and, occasionally, live music.