Take a tour of Sandton’s hottest new restaurant and bar, Solo, where they serve contemporary South African favourites in a soulful and stylish setting.

Sandton is a modern metropolis of skyscrapers and home to some of the country’s trendiest bars and eateries. The Insider SA paid a visit to Solo restaurant: a newly launched, casual fine-dining affair located in the heart of the cutting-edge district.

Co-founder of Solo, Tumelo Maepa, walks us through his eatery promising, “good food, good drinks, good ambience, and a place that people can come and socialise.”

“The look and feel of Solo is a soulful yet stylish. We’ve incorporated aged brass-work, antique mirrors, light timber wall cladding, and dried botanicals. We have some beautiful art pieces we did with African Ginger and we’ve brought in graffiti.”

For some extra fun, Tumelo explains how guests can find the names of the people involved in Solo’s creation, the music they play, and the signature dishes they serve in and amongst the graffiti.

The restaurant’s dining area is divided into different sections. Guests can enjoy a sit-down meal at one of the bespoke dining tables, relax with a drink in the lounge, or take a seat at the contemporary sushi bar. Tumelo shares, “My favourite part of the restaurant is the Nest Bar. The lighting here is a bit dimmer; it’s like the naughty corner,” he laughs.

Next to the bar is a featured walk-through, arched wine cellar displaying over 200 bottles of wine. This is not only a favourite for wine connoisseurs but for those who love to capture stellar shot for Instagram.

After more than a year in the making, Solo hosted an exclusive launch party, inviting some of Joburg’s A-listers to experience the stylish atmosphere and world-class South African flavours. It’s here where guests have named Solo, “The New Jewel of Johannesburg.”

Bianca Boas from Blackline interior design describes Solo as having a Afro-European vibe. “I think it captures the energy of South Africa right now. It’s edgy, fast-forward in design, but you feel like you’re at home.”

Muvhango actress, Buhle Samuels loves the rustic, earthy-edge of Solo; while singer-songwriter, Thabsie, and media personality, Nomalanga Shozi can’t get enough of Solo’s food and sushi.

A new year brings with it new possibilities, and for Solo restaurant, this is just the beginning.