When it comes to dining in Sandton, you know you're in for a treat. Whether it's a quick lunchtime bite or a fully-fledged dinner with friends and family, Sandton is your go-to suburb for good food. But enough talk! We're starving, so let's get cracking and dive into the top restaurants in the area, shall we?
Just one look at the magnificent reviews online should convince you that this restaurant should be on top of your must-visit list. Located in Bryanston, Sandton, Gemelli is a fine family dining eatery serving modern Italian cuisine. The menu depends heavily on what’s in season, sustainability and provenance, and dishes are innovative, contemporary twists of traditional favourites. We can’t wait to indulge in a meal of a Caprese tartlet for starters, pumpkin and chicken risotto for mains and their delicious chocolate nemesis featuring gianduja ganache, lime, hazelnut ice cream, shortbread and salted butterscotch for dessert.
Pigalle, situated in the Michelangelo Towers in Sandton, have become the benchmark in urban-chic dining, and they’re loved for their impeccably prepared meat, fish and poultry dishes. Nothing beats savouring a fantastic meal while appreciating the panoramic vistas of the Sandton CBD skyline from their balcony. They offer an extensive menu of Portuguese specialities, including sardines, caldo verde (green soup) and bacalhau (codfish) served three ways, as well as other favourites such as grilled sole, slow-roasted duck and beef fillet.
This Morningside restaurant’s menu is filled with delectable meals, all complemented by an extensive drinks menu of local and international wines, single malt whiskies, cognacs, cocktails and bubbly. Try one of their Signature dishes – including prime rib, beef tournedo, pork belly, quail crown and confit duck leg to name a few – while enjoying the panoramic view. If meat isn’t your thing, they also serve fish, seafood, sushi and vegetarian dishes.
Piccolo Mondo at The Michelangelo Hotel in the heart of Sandton is the place for a gastronomic meal that will delight all palates. The menu has an Italian theme that combines traditional and modern dishes, all curated under the brilliant eye of their executive chef. And if you don’t already know, their gourmet evenings are back – every month they’ll be hosting a delicious five-course food and wine pairing.
By far one of our favourite hotel restaurants in Johannesburg, AURUM Restaurant boasts all the glitz and glamour that comes with dining inside the tallest building in South Africa. With its new summer menu, AURUM Restaurant is set to climb the ranks in popularity, especially among hotel restaurants in the area. With a pool to swim in and dine around, a supervised kids’ play area, a sundowner spot at Octo Bar, a fully stocked wine library, and the adjacent Legacy Balance spa, it is a unique spot for guests to experience AURUM Restaurant in multiple ways.
The Big Mouth
One of the most recent restaurants to open its kitchen doors in Nelson Mandela Square, The Big Mouth is a contemporary take on the classic diner infused with culinary influences and ingredients from around the globe. The menu features fresh grilled seafood, gourmet burgers, tacos and world-class sushi.
Sale e Pepe Da Giovanni
Located in Morningside, Sandton this genuine Italian eatery serves flavour-filled dishes that are hearty and comforting. Besides their incredible meat and seafood dishes, you must try one of their risottos – white wine and mixed seafood, vegetarian, mushroom or salmon and tomato – or dig into a bowl of classic linguine bolognese or gnocchi in a Napoletana sauce.
The Hussar Grill
Since opening its doors in 1964, The Hussar Grill is still regarded as one of South Africa’s premier grill rooms. Serving the best perfectly aged steaks, a full menu of delectable house specialities and an award-winning wine selection, it’s no wonder they’re still a favourite after 53 years.
Situated in Sunninghill, Ghazal offers authentic North Indian cuisine that features sensational spice balance and a wide variety of curries. A highlight is the prawn masala, which has a delicate, mild blend of spices that complements the sweet prawns perfectly. And don’t miss out on their comprehensive wine list and the best puffed garlic naan in Jozi.
Being an Italian family-run restaurant means Pomodoro stays true to its roots and serves only the most authentic dishes from the Mediterranean country. With starters, salads, pasta, pizza, fish, meat and desserts, their menu is wide-ranging and offers something for everyone, so best you come hungry.
Freshly prepared by trained Thai chefs, the cuisine – made from only the freshest locally sourced ingredients – is taste-nuanced with lemongrass, sweet chilli and tamarind. There are many curries to choose from and the noodles, spring rolls, chicken and duck are all highly recommended.