Welcome to Megaplex's monthly newsletter alerting the Sandton shopper to the new and interesting in Benmore Gardens, Bryanston, Gallo Manor, Morningside, Morningside Manor, Petervale, Rivonia, Wendywood, Woodmead and, increasingly, Sunninghill. Please feel free to support our advertisers! To subscribe, see our subscription page.
Riverside Shopping Centre is one of the original village shopping centres of Bryanston, Sandton. Located on the edge of Bryanston, on busy Bryanston Drive, corner The River Road just north of Cambridge Road, this picturesque little centre houses the essential neighbourhood shops and two ATMs, but no banks.
Riverside is picturesque for the variety of shops it contains. How about a shop just for chocolate cakes? A scrapbooking shop? A shop specialising in real down pillows and duvets. A ladies' designer clothing and accessories shop so exclusive, it has a display window but no entrance! A shop that sells anything old (except your granny). A pool shop so successful, it does not want free publicity. And scuba-diving training in a 360,000 litre heated pool.
There are also some more conventional shops: A liquor outlet, Woolworths food, a cafe, and the Riverside Fruit and Flower Emporium with a wonderful range of fresh vegetables, fruit, and flowers. There's a Shell garage too, where you can support the fracking of the Karoo.
Upstairs, things really get interesting, not to mention esoteric, with a school of make-up, a photographic studio run by a bush war veteran, a Yoga Dojo, Karate and Martial Arts, and a Traditional Astrologer doing Holistic Healing.
"Dad, when I'm big I wanna drive a bulldozer!"
"Son, if that's what you want, I'll never stand in your way."
New on the Block, Movers and Shakers Back to top
Double Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
(no stars) Santi's Ristaurante, The Square Shopping Centre, Naivasha Road, Sunninghill
This restaurant is situated on the mezzanine floor of the centre with a balcony looking out over the lower levels. We had booked a non-smoking table and arrived on time. This first noticeable thing was the smell of cigarette smoke which infused the whole place. We asked for a table which was not affected and none was forthcoming. On speaking to the manager, he informed us that "I only work here". We turned around and left, instead going to...
**** JHB Grill, Rivonia Crossing 2, 3 Achter Road corner Witkoppen, Paulshof
This restaurant is large and airy. It was very well patronised on that night as well. Not surprising as the food was good. We shared a calamari starter which was excellent and then had beef burgers which were enormous! Rick had mushroom and I had Madagascar pepper sauce. The latter could have been hotter but both burgers were good and accompanied by potato wedges and vegetables.
Their service was good and the white wine by the glass more than acceptable. Their filter coffee was excellent. I would recommend it, even though it is pricey as it would suit a special occasion!
Whining and Dining
Julius visited a restaurant and
ordered the soup of the day. Then:
The Gone... Back to top
Blowing our own Trumpet Back to top
This month we'd like to say a little about Megaplex.co.za, the site that brings you this newsletter. Most of the site is dedicated to publicising businesses (mainly shops and restaurants) in an area of Sandton stretching from Morningside in the south to Sunninghill in the north, and Woodmead in the east to the William Nicol Highway in the west. We have, at present, 35 pages each focused on a shopping centre or precinct, and add one or two a month.
The result for you is that if you Google for, for example, "Sandton vets", www.megaplex.co.za/rivonia-village-vet.htm comes up for Rivonia Village Veterinary Clinic. Google for "Rivonia Indian restaurant" and you'll get our Rivonia Restaurants and Taste of India pages. A Search for "Woodmead Value Mart" shows www.megaplex.co.za/shops-woodmead-value-mart.htm and so on.
Just for fun. we did a thumb-suck on how much we might be contributing to the economy of Sandton: The Megaplex site had 26,330 visitors and 32,621 page views in August. Say that each of those visitors spent just R10 on what they were looking for. Alternatively, say that one visitor in ten spent R100 (not difficult: That's a meal for one at many restaurants, a book at Exclusives or Bookdealers, or under a quarter of a pair of shoes or a dress). So we might well be contributing a quarter of a million Rand to the local economy each month.
If you're in business in Sandton, megaplex.co.za or this newsletter might be a good place to advertise... more here.
"A Police Reservist said I should fit an 'extra-long patio door bolt' so that burglars can't lift my sliding door off its rails: Do you have any?"
"Certainly sir ... here you go."
"Can I put it on myself?"
"You can, sir, but it will be better to put it on the door."
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach 2898 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.