Guest chef Wandile Mabaso presents A Fine French Affair at The Course


For three nights only, The Course and acclaimed Michelin-trained guest chef Wandile Mabaso celebrate Good France 2019 with a Côte d'Azur-inspired four course haute cuisine experience, paired with sommelier-selected wines.

As one of over 3000 restaurants participating in the annual international Good France/Goût de France culinary festival, The Course brings Johannesburg gastronomes the best of contemporary French cuisine, from a ten-ingredient amuse-bouche and langoustine fondant entrée, to 24 hour braised Provençal lamb neck and fruit-infused gelée.


Tickets are priced at R 895 per person and are available exclusively from The experience includes a performance by celebrated jazz ensemble Hashtag Trio, featuring Yonela Mnana on piano, Ariel Zamomsky on bass and Siphiwe Shiburi on drums. Parking fees and staff gratuity are included in the ticket price.

Good France, a yearly showcase of Gallic culture and cuisine, invites restaurants from over 150 countries to design and present French-inspired menus during the third week of March. The fifth edition of the festival encourages participants to explore culinary sustainability in their craft – with a view towards ecological preservation on a global scale, and within the region of Provence in particular.


Mabaso captures the vitality and diversity of the Mediterranean coastline with a menu that pairs traditional rustic ingredients with fresh, unexpected flavour profiles. “We’ve reimagined the tastes and textures of the French Riviera and Provençal hinterland in a very unique way,” says Mabaso. “It’s our way of saluting – and reinterpreting – classic French cuisine.”

Sowetan-born Mabaso received his training in French cuisine in New York City before working under legendary chef Alain Ducasse at the renowned 2 Star Michelin restaurant Le Meurice on Paris’ Rue de Rivoli. Returning to Johannesburg, Mabaso founded the SA Culinary Club, a creative dining experience that combines contemporary French cuisine with live performance, educational content and guest/chef interaction.


With interior detailing recalling the atmosphere and proportions of traditional Parisian brasseries, The Course makes a fitting backdrop for Mabaso’s French-infused menu. Having scooped the prestigious title of Best Designed Restaurant at the 2018 Condé Nast House & Garden Gourmet Restaurant Awards, The Course promises an intimate, immaculately-presented setting to match the evening’s gastronomic experience.