“the characteristic spirit of a culture”
Ethos; the characteristic spirit of a culture, era, or community as manifested in its attitudes and aspirations.
Renowned Joburg restaurateur, Chris Tatsakis’s new offering, Ethos, opened its doors in Morningside, Sandton, in November 2019.
“For generations, the shores of the Mediterranean have been deeply alluring: Embedded in its story is not only the warmth of its spirit, but the romance of its tales and its people – the feeling of timelessness brought on by its ancient and iconic landscapes”, says Tatsakis.
“Synonymous with the depths of culture, beautiful in its historic and natural makeup, it will forever be compelling for the fables it shares. The Mediterranean will always fascinate us for what it reveals most – that humanity is more than just breathing… it’s alive,” he adds. “Ethos has been a lifetime in the making and it’s more than just another restaurant. It’s an experience of the very Mediterranean soul that put us on this path in the first place.” Ethos serves Italian, Greek and Spanish cuisine with astounding quality and an overwhelming sense of authenticity.
Every detail has been thought out. From the menu to the interior, from the staff’s uniforms to its extraordinary entrance, the owners have meticulously laid out the Mediterranean story, bringing extravagance at every corner and a message of authenticity.
“Joining us is about history. About culture. About love. About soul. About integrity but most importantly it’s about food, those simple flavours that have been defining the Mediterranean since the beginning of time, and those exquisite dishes that will be with us to the end. That is our Ethos – our philosophy of food,” says Tatsakis
Inspired by the mediterranean
Interiors were done by Giorgio Tatsakis. The inspiration for the interiors of Ethos came from the unique and timeless features that are seen throughout the Mediterranean. No one can deny that the Mediterranean is very alluring, thus, we tried to make the space at Ethos alluring by bringing and adapting timeless features into the space! Ethos has been a lifetime in the making! Throughout my travels the past few years I have been gathering inspiration to bring back and incorporate into Ethos. We went for quite a minimalist and tranquil look and feel in the space, with very minimal use of color. We kept the palate clean and simple. The wall finish is that of a Stucco effect and all of the ceilings are curved to create a warm and comforting cocoon effect which also juxtaposes from the the minimalism.
However, wanting to keep the interiors too minimalist and clean created a challenge as Ethos is an upmarket establishment. Therefore, we needed to ensure that the materials that were used were grandiose, therefore we added materials and textiles such as suede, velvet and brass.
With the foundations of the space being minimal and toned down, we had the opportunity of creating a few features throughout the space. Such features can be seen in our bar area, our structural columns, open kitchen display and our private dining and lastly our central olive tree.
To the owner, Chris Tatsakis, the open kitchen had to be the showstopper within the main dining hall! Therefore we opted at bringing black into the somewhat neutral space to draw people’s eyes directly to the heart of the space. The open kitchen ties in with the curved and organic ceilings, however creates a bit of drama. The tiles were all individually handmade and imported from Morocco, through Ghizalaine from Opia designs. The tiles are from the Zellige collection. Even though they are simple, they still, like the stucco wall effect within the restaurant, allow the sun to slightly reflect off them, just enough to not distract and take attention away from the front lining wood coal fired machines imported from Spain.
Last but not least, the central olive tree in the space ties everything in together! What speaks more of the Mediterranean than an olive tree?