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Restaurants To Visit In 2022

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Try something different and be inspired by the new restaurants in Johannesburg.

Embarc Restaurant

Right out the gate! We are incredibly excited to add this one to our new restaurants in Johannesburg list. Proven as a diamond in the rough, Lisa de Beer caught our eye when she proved her palate as sommelier and sous chef at Aurum Restaurant in Sandton. When Lisa announced that she will be opening her restaurant in Parkhurst we nearly fell off our yoga balls (because office chairs are terrible for your back, you know) out of excitement. Meet Embarc Restaurant. The menu is set to take on the big players in the Joburg culinary scene with entries such as ‘Beef and Beer’ carpaccio served with yeasted mayo and popped barley.

Address: Cnr 4th and, 13th St, Parkhurst, 2193

New Restaurants

Marshall's Craft Eatery

Marshall's Craft Eatery is a very sociable and family/friends orientated local restaurant with a particular focus on artisanally produced offerings on both the menu and taps behind the bar. Marshall's Craft Eatery offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can arrive in shorts and a T-shirt and be at home. In support of local craftsmen and artists, the eatery has live music every Friday night. Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday is particularly aimed at the local outdoor activity enthusiasts that swarm around Emmarentia, with traditional and healthy options available. Marshall's Craft Eatery is a surefire entry on our new restaurants in Joburg list.

Details: 3 Olifants Rd, Emmarentia, Randburg, 2195

Pablo Sandton

In case you missed it, Pablo Eggs-Go-Bar closed its doors in Melville and have reopened with a trendy and stylish new spot in the Mint Hotel, right in the heart of Sandton. This is just the spot to visit if you’re craving Middle Eastern-inspired flavours, tapas and mezze perfect for sharing, as well as wood-fired delights (including pizzas, chicken schnitzel and beef fillet medallions). Pair that with a few refreshing cocktails, seating on the pool deck along with the amazing sights of Sandton and summer sunlight, and you have a wonderful setting to spend your leisurely Saturday afternoon! Be sure to pay them a visit and check out the new space.

Details: Mint Hotel, 84 Katherine Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

pablo sandton

Sotto Sopra

Get excited! Sotto Sopra has officially reopened their doors after all the unpredictability and uncertainty the pandemic has brought along with it! Here, diners can tuck into hearty and oh-so moreish modern Italian cuisine that’s sure to delight the senses. Enjoy Roman-style pizzas and flavourful pasta prepared with handmade in-house pasta in a vibrant, open and relaxing dining area on the Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank.

Details:  Trumpet on Keyes, corner of 19 Keyes and Jellicoe Avenues, Rosebank, Johannesburg

New Restaurants

The Fat Ginger

Formerly known as the Keg & BeagleThe Fat Ginger Gastro Bar offers guests and diners plenty of good food, live entertainment and great drinks that's sure to leave you feeling refreshed. So, if you're up for a good time after a long week at the office chasing those deadlines and sitting in meetings, then be sure to pop in to see what they're all about. As for the food, you can expect to delight your taste buds with a selection of trendy tapas and traditional pub fare. Click here for more information.

Fat Ginger


In the heart of Edenvale, you'll find a Jungle escape that's sure to delight your taste buds and your senses. Jungle Restaurant will have tummies rumbling with their delicious gourmet grub, the kids will be thrilled with the exciting and oh-so fun jungle décor, treehouse booths and swing chairs, And let's not forget to mention their selection of must-try monster shakes that's sure to leave you in a sugar rush. Click here to see why you need to visit Jungle in Edenvale this month!

Solo Restaurant

Celebrate all things South African at Solo Restaurant in Sandton! Here, you'll find some of the best African cuisine in the city, with an intriguing twist. Other than the amazing cuisine that;s sure to have you coming back for more, be sure to enjoy the fabulous decor in their various seating areas, namely a formal sit-down area; a trendy sushi bar; and the Nest Lounge. Click here to find out more about what's on the menu.

Peeping Tom

Looking for a restaurant that's anti-fancy, has awesome decor and cuisine, and offers a lovely spot to meet up with friends? Then be sure to head to The Peeping Tom in Parkwood. This new bistro-inspired-easy-eating-experience is a must-visit if you're in the area. Take your pick from light bites and starters if you're not looking for something big. But if you're starving, there are other options to fill you up. Check out their Instagram for some delicious goodies!

peeping tom

Archer Bar & Eatery

If you find yourself at Melrose Arch, be sure to pop into the brand-new Archer Bar & Eatery for a specialty coffee, refreshing and oh-so creative cocktail, or even something delicious off of their street food inspired menu. Archer Bar & Eatery is the perfect hangout for lunchtime meetings, after-work drinks with your colleagues and friends, or if you're looking to tuck into some delicious street food style delights off of their menu.

Click here for more information.

archer bar and eatery


Looking to dine and live it up the Portuguese inspired way? Then be sure to make you way to Ponta Restaurant at Mall of Africa in Midrand. Here, they're serious about taste, quality, value for money, and inspired never to disappoint. Tuck into their tasty selection of Portuguese inspired dishes, such as the Ponta Flattie, Taco Trio, Fish Braai platter, Succulent Espetada’s or for the sweeter things in life, their homemade Farturas.

Click here for more information.


The Wild Side Restaurant & Bar

If you're looking for a foodie pit stop in Craighall Park, be sure to head to the newest restaurant-bar in the block – The Wild Side Restaurant & Bar. Expect the dishes to be bold with untamed tastes roaring with personality. Also, if you're looking for somthing refreshing to ward off the Jozi heat this summer, here you'll find the best of Malfy Gin and Pernod Ricard. There's also a wide selection of wines and cocktails for you to choose from.

Click here for more information.

wild side

Goddess Café Linden

Not so long ago, we took a stroll through Linden, and we came across a stunning café that we just had to share with you – Goddess Café! This lovely place is ideal if you're looking to enjoy a long overdue catch-up with the girls, over some decadent cake (the Sour Cherry Fridge Cheesecake drizzled with chocolate and flowers is a must!), insane milkshakes with all the trimmings, fabulous quiches that's sure to delight the taste buds, and so much more.

goddess cafe

Grate Café

Located in the heart of Illovo, Grate Café is just the spot if you're looking to dine al fresco and enjoy the springtime delights! Here, you can expect to find some delicious treats including good coffee, fresh croissants, and indulgent pastries that are sure to have you coming back for more. They also sell vegan cookies! Let's not forget to mention their hearty breakfasts, wood-fire pizzas and flame-grilled chicken, as well as the oh-so refreshing cocktails including Mojitos with fresh lemon juice and the Long Island Ice Tea for those with a higher tolerance.

Click here for more information.

Istanbul Kebab

Have you heard? Istanbul Kebab has opened the doors to its restaurant in Melrose Arch. Do you remember where Moyo used to be, on High Street? Well, that is now the home to this brand-new Turkish Mediterranean Halal restaurant and dining offering at Melrose Arch. They are SANHA certified. Here, you can expect delicious dishes that are prepared freshly upon order, using authentic recipes, traditional cooking methods and only the finest ingredients. Click here to check them out on Instagram and click here for see them on Facebook.

Click here for more information.

istanbul kebab


In case you missed it, DAVINCI Lounge, located in the DAVINCI Hotel & Suites, has brought back their delightful and decadent Urban High Tea, which will most certainly tickle your tastebuds. Every Saturday and Sunday, between 14:00 and 17:00, you and your loved ones can enjoy a variety of sweet and savoury treats, all complemented by a selection of Rondeveldt teas and Nespresso coffees. Please note that pre-booking is essential.

Details: | 011 292 7169 | [email protected] | Corner 5th and Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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