Meet Chef Xavier Francis
“Food is meaningful; it’s personal and I want every dish to be perfect in look, touch, taste and smell’. – Chef Xavier.
The essence of oneNINEone’s unique dining experience is derived from Chef Xavier’s life-long passion for discovering and sharing the magic of food. Inspired by his grandmother’s ability to create mouth-watering dishes to rival the very best, Xavier knew from an early age that his calling was to embark on his own journey as a chef.
The exquisite dishes that Xavier serve are an expression of his childhood memories, the places he has visited and the tastes and smells that have captivated his senses.
His respected reputation as a restaurateur and chef is reflected in the widespread belief that oneNINEone is one of the best restaurants in Johannesburg.
“Everything on the plate has a purpose and a place, if it didn’t, we wouldn’t put it on the plate” – Chef Xavier.
At oneNINEone every dish is created with the intention to delight diners who are conscious of quality and who pay a great deal of attention to what they eat. In other words, Chef Xavier’s mantra is thoughtful food for thoughtful people.
Thoughtful food is a triumph of collaboration between responsible growers, the finest seasonal and sustainable ingredients and inspired chefs who care about delivering the ultimate dining experience.
Proudly South African
‘Our menu is a showcase of local produce and the natural ingredients we have at our disposal. From the lamb to the small mustard seed we put before you, we know the person who tends to it and grows it’. – Chef Xavier
oneNINEone is a proudly South African restaurant, and the menu is inspired largely by local ingredients and traditions. Each dish tells a story that is a blend of international trends and South African food culture, as experienced and interpreted by Chef Xavier
‘My quest is to create a memorable dining experience for those who love exquisite food and wine, whilst sharing my passion for excellence through attention to detail’. – Chef Xavier
Chef Xavier and his experienced and skilful team are passionate about serving delicious meals that take the diner on a journey of discovery in thoughtfulness.
At the foundation of Chef Xavier’s philosophy is the need to look at food in a caring way. Whilst never compromising on quality and flavour, he seeks inventive ways to create dishes that are derived from local, sustainably produced ingredients.
Every dining experience at oneNINEone is designed to be a celebration of flavour put together with invention and flair. Our guests are treated to dishes that are lovingly prepared, perfectly plated and expertly served.