Shopping in Sandton – April 2013

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Welcome ~ New Shops
Restaurant Review ~ Gone
The Checkout

5 Main Road, Bryanston
Tel: 073 230 6531

Woodmead Commercial Park
Waterval Cres., Woodmead
Tel: 083 923 2306

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

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

Do you need a new venue for your book club, coffee morning, ladies lunches?

Chislehurst is situated in a quiet, leafy suburb of Rivonia, and the tranquil outdoor setting under the lovely thatched lapa provides exactly what you need for a private, fun occasion.

We offer whatever catering you require, from cupcakes to caviar! The venue cost varies according to time required, but you can guarantee it won’t break the bank. We are very flexible and will work around your requirements.

Jenny 083 271 5958

Shopping Centres in and near Bryanston:
Nicolway Shopping Centre
Coachman's Crossing
Grosvenor Crossing
Hobart Grove Centre
Bryanston Shopping Centre
Riverside Shopping Centre
Hurlingham Pick 'n Pay Centre
Bryanpark Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in the Woodmead area:
Wendywood Centre
Woodmead Value Mart
Woodmead SuperValue Centre
Woodmead Commercial Park
Woodmead Retail Park
Woodmead Square
Dunwoody Centre
Kelvin Village
The Bridge, Buccleuch
Other Shops and Shopping in Woodmead

Convenient Conference Café:
From a one-hour business meeting for 5, to a week-long indaba for 42 with all audio-visual aids, coffee and food.
5 Dunwoody Shopping Centre, 147 Western Service Road, Woodmead.

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
Cambridge Crossing
Petervale Shopping Centre

Shopping Centres in
Greater Morningside:

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

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,
Montrose Nursery Garden Centre and Gia's Coffee Shop

Pizza Perfect / Burger Perfect - Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall

The "Perfect" place for salads, subs, pasta, pizza, burgers, chips, soft drinks. Open 10:00-21:00 every day. Free delivery of orders R60 and up within 3 km. Johnny: 011 656-0652, e-mail

And Now for Something Completely Different...

In a recent internet interview with Sam Harris, there is an amazing video of martial arts Master Yanagi Ryuken, an aikido practitioner in Japan, demonstrating his ability to beat opponents without even touching them. The first of two videos shows Yanagi knocking down his students just by making gestures as they attack him for four-and-a-half minutes.  The second video is much shorter.  In it, Yanagi fights a martial artist from a different school, who punches and kicks him to the floor in under a minute.

An extreme example, perhaps, but things that seem to work in the gym or dojo often don't work on the street.

Which brings me to Krav Maga (pronounced Kraav M'gaa).  It is a self-defence system developed in Israel, that focuses on practical techniques drawn from a wide variety of martial arts.  Used by Israeli Defence Forces and various law enforcement and military organizations worldwide, Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and efficient counter-attacks.  Derived from street-fighting skills, it includes fitness, unarmed combat, knife and gun disarms, and grappling techniques.  After a month of training two nights a week at Wendywood Sports Recreation Centre, I may be the fittest I've ever been.  Interested?  Details here.

Dads&Lads Barber Shop wishes you a Warm Winter!

If the locks are getting long and unruly, pop in and get them styled at Dads&Lads on the LOWER LEVEL in Sunninghill Village Basement. Open 7 days a week, Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm, Sat 8 am - 3 pm, Sun and Public Holidays 9 am - 2 pm.  No appointment required, or call Fay 011 803-5015.

Odd Jobs (Q)

What does everybody sing when the Lumberjacks Union presents its "Tree-Feller of the Year" award to Kobus Fourie?

–Answer below...

High-end fashion jewellery. Silver, pearls and gemstones for all occasions.

Shop D9, Hobart Grove Centre, Bryanston. 011 7075268

New on the Block  Back to top

This advert has been removed due to non-payment by the advertiser.

Restaurant Review by Sharmini Brookes Back to top

**** Fishmongers – Nicolway

Perfectly cooked seafood with great service in pleasant surroundings – a failsafe venue for fish enthusiasts that is definitely upmarket.

In a previous review on queuing for Tasha’s I mentioned the fact that there was no queue at Fishmongers and perhaps implied that they weren’t worth visiting. I take that back. It’s certainly easier to get a table at Fishmongers and that’s why we first ended up there late one evening after seeing a movie but we were pleasantly surprised and I want to sing their praises.

We were warmly welcomed and quickly seated by friendly and efficient staff. The manager made a special point of visiting the all the tables to ensure that all was well.

The house wine –a dry Zevenwacht Sauvignon Blanc– is delicious and inexpensive and that’s saying something for someone who’s used to sampling lots of varieties of Sauvignon Blanc.

There is no better way to start a meal than sharing a platter of crispy deep fried squid heads with a lemon and mayonnaise dip. I followed that with another starter –only because I wasn’t that hungry– of an avocado and seafood salad that was so delicious and refreshing, I re-ordered it the second time I visited. My sister ordered the Pangolin because they had run out of the Hake goujons and loved it. The second time we visited we took a friend along and they had their deep fried Hake goujons with chips which they adored while I re-ordered my seafood and avocado salad as previously mentioned.

I am very happy to recommend this restaurant as a fail-safe venue for seafood lovers. I am pleased to add that the tables are now sought after and it may be wise to book ahead.

Contact details for The Fishmongrel, Nicolway

Funny Language, English...

If you lease, let, or rent a house, are you occupying it or letting someone else occupy it?


The well-known blind physiotherapist Leigh J. Grundlingh from Warmbaths now offers his services in Rivonia: Massage therapy; acupuncture; Reflexology stress relief; “hands-on”. WE CARE!  Call: 011 234 8827 or 082 646 1680.
Leigh’s wife, Ronell, is also blind, and offers Massage therapy (full and half), Aroma therapy (full and half), hand and foot massage; Indian head massage; hot stone therapy, sports massage.  Call: 011 234 8827 or 079 396 5217.

Dangerous Food

His friends having deserted him, Julius was dining alone.  Making polite conversation, the waiter, as he set down the entrée, said, "Looks like rain, sir".
Julius sniffed the dish suspiciously.  "Yes", he agreed, "and it doesn't even smell like soup".

Passed On... Back to top

  • Amazingly, Nandos in Cambridge Crossing – Famous chicken take-away and restaurant. How can a Nandos close?
  • Meltz, Lower Level in Morning Glen Mall – Branded clothing at 40-60% cheaper than other retailers.
  • Toni Café, Upper Level in Bryanston Shopping Centre – ex-Restaurant & Coffee Shop.
  • Crystal & Wood, Ground in Coachman's Crossing – had beautiful things, mirrors.
  • DVD & Game Superstore, Shop 7 in Morning View – former DVD Rental.
  • Lucky Moo Restaurant, Shop 13 in Rivonia Village – No more "Yum Yum Chinese Food".
  • Happy Sundry, Shop L06, Lower Level in Rivonia Oriental City – no more plastic rolling-pins, household utensils and tools. It has become a hairdressers.
  • A & A Home, Shop L14, Oriental Gallery, Shop L12, and Concentric Circles, Shop L10/11, all Lower Level in Rivonia Oriental City – Being replaced by a curtain shop.

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Odd Jobs (Answer)

What do the Lumberjacks sing when the Tree-Feller award goes to Mr Fourie?

–Of course, "Fourie's a Jolly Good Feller"!

Municipal Valuation Roll – Last Week to Object!  Back to top

Calling all property owners in Johannesburg! You have until 15:00 on 3 May 2013 to check your new valuation and object if you feel the value is incorrect.  If you miss the deadline then you will be stuck with that value on your rates bill for the next 4 years!

There are two ways to inspect the Valuation Roll:
(a) Visit a customer care centre.  Our nearest are Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square (off West St), Sandton; and Randburg Civic Centre, Bram Fischer & Jan Smuts Aves, Randburg.  These places are where you have to physically hand in your objection.
(b) Access it via the Internet at and follow instructions. You will be asked for your erf/stand # and suburb, or street address. You can print out the objection form right away. Fill it in, attach supporting documents, and hand it in at the customer care centre.

If you are unsure what your fair value should be, your friendly local real estate agent will do you a valuation free of charge.  Bryan Marks of Jawitz (082 777 0866, and Beverley Kroll of RJD Realty (011 884 0060, 082 372 1721, were kind enough to give us valuations, and said we can tell you.

Checking Out...

In the wake of the scandal around the mislabelling of meat product ingredients, comes the news that Husky dog food does not really contain any Husky dog.

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