Shopping in North-Eastern Sandton
2011 Newsletter

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.

Centre Review
New on the Block
Restaurant Review
The Gone Dogs
Civic Beat
Checking Out

Home of Beauty
Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in Bryanston

Experienced therapist specialising in Hot Stone Massage and Antaneea in a quiet and cosy space. Other beauty therapies available: Facials, Pedicure, manicure, slimming, chakra balance.

Ladies Only!
Call Rita 082-210-0606

Links to Other Pages:
Megaplex Home – Overview of Shops, Facilities, and Accommodation in north-eastern Sandton.

Shopping Centres in Sunninghill:
The Square
Sunninghill Village
Sunhill Shopping Centre
Chilli Lane Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in Bryanston:
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Hobart Grove Centre

Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Wendywood Centre
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead Super Value Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

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Shopping Centres and Shops in and near Rivonia:
Rivonia Square
Rivonia Village Centre
Rivonia Junction
Mutual Mews
Early Dawn Mall
Shops in Central Rivonia
Shops in Northern Rivonia
Petervale Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

Morningside Shopping Centre,
The Wedge, Morningside,
Morning Glen Mall
90 Degrees on Rivonia
Morning View
Shops in the Morningside Area

Are We Donating Blood at Game, or at The Colony?

The Colony,  cor Jan Smuts & Rothesay Avenues, Craighall.  Tel: 011 447-6665 / 880-4994.

Game Shopping Centre, Fourways Boulevard, Opposite Fourways Mall Phone:
011 467-0738  / 082 467-8408

Restaurants in Rivonia,
Codfather Village of Restaurants,
Restaurant reviews for Rivonia
Morningside Restaurant reviews

Other Places of Interest:
Sandspruit Hiking Trail,
Ernest Ullmann Park Recreation Centre,
Rivonia Village Vet,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop,
Manor Medical Centre,
Morningside Country Club

The Square in Sunninghill, off Rivonia Road Ext.

The Square is one of southern Sunninghill's older and quainter shopping centres.  Built on a steep slope, it was adapted to suit the terrain.  As a result it is on three levels (four if you count the basement parking). This gives it a character lacking in centres where they simply bulldozed everything flat, and you more exercise if you shop there.

The original building of the centre sits near the top of the hill at the corner of Navaisha and Leeukop Roads, with an entrance on each.  The Sasol garage is on the corner, and the top level shops form an "L" around it.  Shops at this level include Subway, which makes amazing submarine sandwiches to your specification, and 7-Eleven which does generous boerewors rolls on Saturdays and has a liquor outlet.  Standard Bank is there too, Kai Flora florists, Happy Valley Chinese Restaurant, Scooters Pizza and, up the stairs next to Scooters, Dance Café who give Dancing classes.

A level down in the old building is Santi's Mediterranean Restaurant. Also The Farmer's Pantry, advertising "wholesome goodness", but otherwise secretive about what they actually sell.

Emerging from the old building at the lowest level, one finds oneself facing the new building and its car park. Echoing the upper level, the building also forms an "L" around the car park.  The anchor tenants here are Nedbank and Checkers. Appropriately, next to what we affectionately call Nerdbank, is Dial a Nerd, the computer people.  There's a pharmacy, and two clothing shops where they speak fluent Chinese, but no English.

The lower level is supplied with eateries in the form of Ghazal Indian Restaurant and Take-Away, J's Café for salads, burgers, wraps, breakfasts, pizza, and more, including Lulu, a coffee shop also selling smoothies and muffins.  Parking is free, and most copious at this level, which also has basement parking down the side.

Megaplex's new web page for The Square Shopping Centre is here.


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Private & Corporate Catering, Platters, Theme Evenings, Crafts & Artwork, Delicious Baked Goodies and so much more: Rivonia Centre, Rivonia Boulevard & 11th Ave. Julia 082 895 2616

New on the Block, Movers and Shakers  Back to top

  • The Slug and Lettuce in Rivonia Square – cor. Rivonia Boulevard and Ninth Street. Restaurant, upscale pub & social café: authentic “pub grub”, local and international beers, draught beer.
  • Aroma Italiano Caffé in 90° on Rivonia – Coffee and ice-cream bar. Finally opened 30 July under the staircase outside Spar. Does excellent cappuccinos.
  • Joel Dorfan Optometrist in Wendywood Shopping Centre has moved upstairs from the Ground to new rooms on the First Floor.
  • Caemi Collection, Shop 46 in Morning Glen Mall – Elegant ladies shoes designed by a female engineer. Big opening specials.
  • Lorna Jane in Morningside Shopping Centre – South Africa's premier women's activewear label: Sportswear, gym wear, underwear, footwear, Little Miss Lorna Jane.
  • Chantelize Fashions in Chilli Lane Shopping Centre Sunninghill – Fashion, run by a Chinese lady who spik no English.
  • Villa de Beauty, Shop 12 in Wendywood Shopping Centre has become Juri Beauty Parlour – Personal appearance, skin care, manicure, pedicure, head, scalp and body massage, finger and toe paint, eye treatments and waxing.
  • Wendywood Pharmacy, Shop 15 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Free deliveries within 5 km. Free blood pressure check. Vitamin injections. Clinic facilities available. Open 7 days a week.
  • Wendywood Curry Kitchen, Shop 4 in Wendywood Shopping Centre – Take-away. Chicken, mutton, and vegetable curries. Opened 10 August.
  • L & K Optometrists has become Seymour Clearly Optometrists (get it?), Shop 73 in Woodmead Retail Park – Eye tests, spectacles, contact lenses, and major eyewear brands.  They also run the new Sunglass Hut in shop 4A at the opposite end of the centre.
  • Trixies - The Dried Fruit and Nut Company in Woodmead Retail Park – Sweets, nuts, biltong, dried fruit.
  • Tobacco Valley in Woodmead Retail Park – Everything you need to commit suicide by smoking.

Chislehurst Guest House, Rivonia

Elegant private 4 star B&B in a leafy suburb. Luxury accommodation in peaceful and secure surroundings.
Complimentary WiFi. Rooms serviced daily by our friendly staff. 1 Vickers Avenue, Rivonia. Jenny 083 271 5958

Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top

*** Taste of Punjab, Sunhill Shopping Centre corner Corner Tana and Naivasha Roads, Sunninghill

This restaurant is quite small and intimate.  On a very cold night, we tried it out as Bosco was fully booked.  They provided excellent samoosas in the new style - pastry triangles filled with vegetables, not the thin pastry style but more solid.  However these were good.  We then shared a half Tandoori Chicken which was enlivened by my request for lemon otherwise it would have been very dry.  In London, the north Indian Restaurants did the most beautiful Tandoori Chicken served on an abundant salad with lots of lemon in the 1970s.  Here lemons are cheap and so is salad - why don't we have a similar sublime food?

Their service was good and the white wine by the glass more than acceptable.  I would recommend it, just ask for lemon!

Contact Details for Taste of Punjab.

Whining and Dining

Julius visited a  restaurant and complained about the food.

The waiter said: "I know your steak is frozen. I told you it would melt in your mouth, didn't I?"

The Gone Dogs  Back to top

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Civic (Heart) Beat    Back to top

On 30 July I gave my 111th blood donation, and tried Game Centre in Fourways for the first time.  The Centre is not as bling as Fourways Mall, with which it shares the parking area, but neat, clean and functional.  The SANBS Blood Clinic, just to the right of the entrance to Game, is small without being cramped, tidy, and well run.  Staff were friendly and efficient.  Giving blood does hurt a bit, there's no denying it, but it's worth it for the good it does.

It's a shame that only 1% of the population donates blood, and blood donors are constantly needed.  Anyone leading a clean and, preferably, monogamous, lifestyle is free to donate.  The racial profiling that caused a spat some years ago is long a thing of the past, yet the majority of donors still seem to be white.  Ironic since the majority of recipients, and all the staff at the clinic, are black.

Please Give R10 to Guide Dogs for the Blind!  SMS 'see' to 38051

The Philosopher at the Checkout

Why do supermarkets have express checkouts for 10 items or less?  Don't they want you to buy more?  If so, shouldn't they have express lanes for shoppers with more than 10 items?

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