Tarryn Oppel

The Butter Chicken with naan bread and basmati rice on our Winter Menu is named after Marie Claire South Africa’s Fashion Director Tarryn Oppel.
We had the honour of interviewing Tarryn and asking her the following questions;



What does a typical day in your working life look like?

Never a dull moment and no two days are the same, but generally I spend most of my time brainstorming content for upcoming issues, pre-production for photo shoots, the production of those shoots and perfecting pages for print. Contributing to as well as features for the magazine are regular tasks too and course managing the fashion department.


Tarryn Oppel

Tarryn Oppel

What was your dream job when you were growing up?

I wanted to be a professional dancer.
What is your favourite question to ask a prospective employee?

Who is your favourite South African designer?

Lukhanyo Mdingi.
What is your favourite leisure activity?

Stand-up paddleboarding and sunset picnics.

One of your most inspiring experiences in your career to date?

Inspiration is usually found through travelling. To date, I have felt the most inspired on a trip to Australia for a fashion brand – the talent and creativity that comes out of Sydney and Melbourne, be it in fashion, food or entertainment are a force to be reckoned with.
Any memories you would like to share about Societi Bistro?

One thing that I love about Societi Bistro (besides the food), is the hospitality and the fact that every single staff member becomes a friend, so every experience creates a memory. I don't have that anywhere else and that’s why you’ll almost always find me in The Snug.


How do you feel about appearing on the Societi Bistro menu and free-range chicken in particular?

I’m super honoured! Societi Bistro is like a second home to me and I kind of enjoy the idea of ordering myself. Come on, who doesn’t like chicken?


What is your favourite food to indulge in?

Seafood! All kinds. Always. The staff at Societi Bistro don’t even have to ask me what I want to eat when there’s seared Tuna on the menu 🙂


The Tarryn Oppel is available on the Winter Menu.

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