Restaurant review

Review of ukko restaurant in johannesburg

Named after Ukkonen, a Finnish mythology referring to the god of harvest, weather, sky and thunder, the concept was to bring people together to consume food and alcohol as a customary sacrifice.

The curated menu includes Mediterranean tapas and sushi, along with an extensive wine list and mixology bar.

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A symphony of textures and tones, Ukko offers an extremely Instagrammable decor, the color palette features shades of turquoise, light wood, beige and white. Macrame knotted rope light fixtures serve as focal points and room dividers, with large woven shades paying homage to the seaside aesthetic. Owner Mun Manal wanted to create a Mediterranean-Asian vibe using warm wood tones and natural stone finishes offset by copper accents, to imbue a relaxed yet comfortable setting.


The bar is surrounded by white herringbone tiling, with an occasional pop of copper and turquoise to break up the repetition of white. The back wall of the restaurant that frames a long turquoise leather booth is clad in wooden slats covering a room with dim light that shines through the cracks in the wood.


On the menu, expect to find the signature Mediterranean raw sea bass featuring salmon, tuna and beef in crudo, as well as tataki and Peruvian ceviche. Tapas style service is purpose and well designed to cater to all palettes with an extensive offering of small Mediterranean dishes. For drinks, opt for Akka (female deity of Ukkō), with vodka, essence of strawberry and rose and lime, as well as Ether (God of air) with gin, fruit fresh passion, elderflower, prosecco and aromatic bitters.


Images: Courtesy of UKKO

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