Culinary excellence, legacy and a sense of community

A new beacon of familial legacy and communal spirit has arrived in Waterfall Corner, Johannesburg, with the opening of Math™ Restaurant. Having opened its doors in May, Math™ offers more than just a dining experience: It’s a tribute to a rich history of entrepreneurship and community engagement that stretches back nearly 50 years.

Puleng Mathabatha, owner of Math™, draws inspiration from his parents’ thriving hardware store in Lebowakgomo. Math Electrical Hardware Store, established in 1974, was more than a business; it was the heart of the township and a place where the community gathered and shared stories. The name “Math”, once a mystery to Puleng, represents the first four letters of his family’s surname, symbolising the legacy that now drives his new venture.

The tagline, “When We Gather”, further encapsulates the spirit of Math™ restaurant, inviting patrons to share in the nostalgia, inspiration and culinary delight that defines this unique dining experience. 

The restaurant’s architectural design blends contemporary elegance with classic charm, creating a space that is as welcoming as it is visually stunning. The walls are adorned with a large and impactful mural that reflects the core values of Math™. This centrepiece shares stories of resilience, camaraderie and shared memories, adding depth to the dining experience. With artistic touches that range from modern interpretations to more traditional forms, the art provides visual interest and shares the inspiration behind the restaurant without overwhelming the space. Central to the restaurant is a circular communal table where guests can gather, along with various booth-style seating arrangements that encourage connection and conversation. 

As for the menu, Math™ offers an exquisite fusion of tradition and innovation, with dishes inspired by Puleng’s own culinary journey. From comfort classics to daring experiments, each dish tells a story of journeys taken, memories cherished and dreams fulfilled. This diverse menu caters to the modern African with a diverse palate. It is inspired by everything from the streets of New York City to the humble home-cooked favourites South Africans know and love.

Math™ offers a comprehensive dining experience, catering to guests throughout the day with a varied menu that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. With its all-day service, Math™ creates an inviting atmosphere where guests can relax and enjoy a delicious meal, whether it’s a casual breakfast, a business lunch or a special dinner with family and friends. The versatile menu, paired with a warm and welcoming ambiance, ensures every visit is a memorable one.

“Math™ Restaurant is about community, legacy and the shared experiences that bring people together,” says Puleng. “It’s been a journey that’s taken time, dedication and a deep connection to my family’s history. This is more than just a restaurant; it’s a living embodiment of our commitment to honouring the past while building a vibrant community. The entire concept is fuelled by the spirit of togetherness and the enduring legacy that my family has created.”

Math™ Restaurant, located at the popular Waterfall Corner shopping centre, is a meeting place where history and modernity come together. Community is at the core here, and every meal is an opportunity to create lasting memories. 

Telephone +27 (0) 72 050 2511 to make a reservation.

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