Saturday, November 03, 2007

Into our third month we go !

It took a round trip of twenty years for Derek to get to do what he had planned to do when he left teaching. Having gathered experience in the fields of teacher, salesman, tour guide, guest house manager and the creator and facilitator of a self-modelled children’ s 'awareness' program called Junior Dynamics – The Awareness Program, and more than enough time in the corporate sector, Derek decided at 44 that it was now or never.
Having been inspired by ‘The Artist's Way’ and ‘Building a Business the Buddhist Way’, and armed with little money, a large circle of the most supportive, believing friends and enormous amounts of passion, Derek bought a greasy shop of horrors in Linden, Johannesburg and found himself to be the proud owner of a mess. That was Linden and that was five years ago. What became Satori Restaurant and Pizzeria grew from strength to strength and with the most focussed staff, and attention to the ideal, Satori, in its second year became a neighbourhood favourite and came tie first place in 2004 in the Best Neighbourhood Restaurant category in the Annual Leisure Options Best of Johannesburg 2004 Readers Choice Awards.
It didn’t end there. The little ‘ Italianesque ’ eatery became more and more popular and went on to win Best Neighbourhood Restaurant in the 2005 and 2006 Readers Choice Awards. (Read more of the whole inspiring story ) In the early part of 2007 Lloyd Newton purchased Satori Linden and Derek was able to fulfil a dream he has had all his adult life and that was to live and work across the road from splashing waves, whales, dolphins and penguins.
On the 1st of August 2007 Cafe Matisse was purchased and work began on bringing about what had become the Satori ‘idea’ and ideal to Kalk Bay. The ‘Matisse’ staff remained on and they, Paul, Jessica, Gaspard, Mandla, John, Joe, James and Derek set about doing some gruelling 27/7 work towards opening Satori Restaurant, Kalk Bay by the 24th which Derek insisted would be opening night. Peta always with camera in tow recorded the ensemble sanding, scrapping, painting. Degreasing and dressing, whilst she with left sleeve rolled up scraped and painted herself.
Onlookers weren’t to sure of what to make of this rowdy band of new arrivals and existing staff, with music pumping into the road, but most felt it safe enough to accept the invitation to the opening which was attended by around 70 people. They’ve been going two months now and on the whole it would be safe to say booking is essential from Wednesday to Saturday.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

But where is Kalk Bay?

OK Dudes - You get Muizenberg then St James then Kalk Bay then Fishoek then Simonstown in one straight stripe. Brass Bell in Kalkies is like a major landmark and Satori will be across the road.

Satori Restaurant Kalk Bay

Ok Dudes and Dudesses - satori Kalk Bay will be found at the current Matisse sit on Main Road. getting the keys on the1st August and then it's cleaning ala Derek/satori style with Paul cracking the whip. Penguins and Southern Wright Whales willing we should open doors for those familiar yummy pizza smells on about the 20th Sepember. We'll see you sooner than we think.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Satori Kalk Bay

All we can say for now is that we are going to be in Kalkies between Fishoek and St James/Muizenberg. We'll take over on 1 August and hope to be cooking from mid to third week in August. More specific news on actual venue which is secured and sooooooooo cool, to follow. Paul Simmons is new to the business and comes with some crucial skills, I on the other hand am a novice and can't wait to get started. All this leisure is driving me crazy!

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Site of the next Satori

As you may have heard by now Derek has moved to Penguin land to open a branch of Satori with his friend Paul.

News to follow when the venue is secured so watch this space.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Best of Joburg Function

See insert showing Leah, Mathabo and Moffatt - Satori's longest stsnding staff members.

Get It - Northcliff Randburg - November 06

Get It - Northcliff Randburg - July 06

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

4th Birthday Party.

Hi All of you that we missed at the 4th Birthday party. Go to see the pics. A great time was missed by all. Well done Satori Staff you guys and girls are the VERY BEST !
Hi All of you that we missed at the 4th Birthday party. Go to

and see the pics. A great time was missed by all. Well done Satori Staff you guys and girls are the VERY BEST !

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Satori's 4th Birthday Party.

See 'gallery' at site. What a swell time had by all. Thank you everyone for your love, support and birthday wishes. Thank you for making this magical four year old a reality and helping us raise the bar regularly to keep us up there with the BEST ! To the staff of Satori Restaurant - YOU ROCK !