The Secret Garden
Tucked away at Uncle Tim’s centre, The Secret Garden is an eatery offering vegan, vegetarian and meat options. Shrouded by green shrubbery, a kaleidoscope of flowers and delicate water features, this is a must-visit garden restaurant. The menu features a range of savoury waffles, platters and breakfasts that are customised to your diet.
Top pick: The Breakfast Waffle, topped with creamy spinach, mushrooms and tofu for vegans; egg, mushroom and welsh rarebit for vegetarians and bacon, eggs and welsh rarebit for omnivores.
Shed & Silo
Located on the outskirts of Benoni, Shed & Silo offers country-style dining made with love. This eatery promotes eco-sustainability by growing their own produce, ensuring you get the freshest ingredients. While surrounded by the farmlands, you can indulge in country fresh breakfasts, cakes and a harvest table.
Top pick: Shed & Silo’s cakes are a definite must-try. Try the decadent Red Velvet cake or the Chocolate Top Deck Cheesecake.
Contact details: 063 294 6157 | 77 Thomas Road, Norton Home Estates, Benoni | www.theshednsilo.co.za
In the mood for some delicious waffles? Then head to Little Belgium at Flamingo’s Nest Boutique Hotel in Rynfield. This eatery has a waffle for every palate, from indulgent sweet to gourmet savoury pastries. With plenty of space for the kids to play, this is the perfect spot for an outing with the family.
Top pick: The Chocolate Brownie – a golden waffle topped with a rich dark chocolate brownie, vanilla ice cream and ruby-red strawberries.
The Victorian Secret
The Victorian Secret is the ideal spot for delicate dining, whether it be brunch or a high tea. Dine like royalty, surrounded by magnificent trees, flower beds and Victorian-style architecture. With a bakery and a tea garden onsite, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Diners can tantalise their taste buds with a range of elegant breakfasts, gourmet sandwiches and exquisite baked delights.
Top pick: The Victorian Secret is famed for their macarons. The raspberry and granadilla options are delicate, light and chewy while packing a flavour punch.
The Vegan Chef
The Vegan Chef is one of the many great vegan restaurants in the East. Offering a range of wholesome, hearty and delicious vegan soul food, this restaurant is a must for anyone interested in a plant-based diet. Hidden away at the Green Thumb nursery, this is a great spot to bring the family (including those with four legs) for a yummy day out.
Top pick: It’s difficult to choose a favourite between the Southern Fried Chickn and the Sticky Wings. But, why compromise? Get both and a selection of other tasty treats with a generous platter.
What’s better on a warm afternoon than expertly crafted Greek food? If this sounds good, then head to Nikos to dine on your fill of tasty and satisfying Greek delicacies on their deck. Serving up a range of mezes, traditional dips, souvlaki, yiros and sweet treats, this is one restaurant you won’t leave hungry.
Top pick: We are obsessed with their yiros! Whether you choose your flat bread stuffed with halloumi, falafels, chicken, beef, lamb or pork, you won’t be disappointed.
Craving traditional Italian fare? Then Del Forno is the place for you. Located at Farramere Shopping Centre, this spot offers delectable pastas and mouthwatering pizzas. And what’s more, they welcome your furry friends. Offering a wide array of Mediterranean meals, this eatery is your go-to for hearty dining.
Top pick: There is nothing more satisfying than a warm bowl of pasta. And Del Forno’s Red Pepper Pesto sauce poured over fettuccine with creamy spinach, mushroom, sundried tomato, cherry tomato and halloumi bits does not disappoint.
Have you ever tried Dutch-Indonesian cuisine before? Well, now is your chance to try this unusual combination. Lemongrass’s menu expertly combines these two cuisines with the flavours and meals familiar to a South African palate, crafting delectable pastas, pancakes, salads, sandwiches and desserts.
Top pick: The 9-Dish Rijstafel is a fan favourite, offering diners the chance to explore nine different dishes with unique flavours.
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