Kempton Park is one of the largest suburbs on the East Rand. As such, it boasts a number of restaurants, bakeries and fast food outlets. The area is also home to O.R. Tambo International Airport and Emperors Palace Casino, each of which offer a wide variety of dining options. Let’s take a closer look to find the best restaurants in Kempton Park.
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Tribes Restaurant at Emperors Palace offers diners a modern, ethnic African theme paired with traditional fusion cuisine complete with a unique “Tribal touch”. Come and enjoy a fine selection of African-inspired steaks and grills in the restaurant’s boma area. Alternatively, book out your own private corner of the restaurant for a romantic dinner.
Quills Restaurant is situated at the popular InterContinental Johannesburg Hotel at O.R. Tambo Airport. The restaurant exudes African culture and the spirit of the continent in its decor and menu offerings. Specialising in local delicacies such as springbok, warthog, kudu and crocodile, paired with outstanding South African wines, Quills Restaurant offers diners a truly unique taste adventure.
Rosetta’s is a buffet restaurant at Emperors Palace. The restaurant pays homage to Egyptian architecture and African cuisine in its decor and generous food offerings. With a 290 seating capacity, Rosetta’s is a popular family-friendly eatery for Easter, Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations. However, you can visit all year round for fabulous dining at the restaurant’s 24-hour bistro. There is a DIY waffle and milkshake station famous for its massive selection of yummy toppings!
Aurelia’s is one of Emperors Palace’s most popular restaurants. Situated at the five-star Peermont D’Oreale Grande Hotel, Aurelia’s offers a fusion of the latest international food trends expertly blended with bold African flavours. This is the perfect destination for special occasions, a casual meal or Sunday lunch with the family. Come and enjoy five-star dining right in the heart of Kempton Park or risk missing out on a meal to remember.
American and Fast Food
Hooters is well known for its all-American and Tex Mex-style menu. Their branch at Emperors Palace upholds the restaurant chain’s reputation for being one of the best spots to tuck into hamburgers and wings. Come and enjoy fine service with a smile, paired with delectable gourmet fast food and ice cold beer.
News Café is far more than just a nightclub. Their branch at Emperors Palace serves up great American and fusion breakfasts, coffees, snack platters, burgers, sandwiches and grills. Try their All American Burger- premium beef patty, fried egg, bacon, cheese, onion rings, tomato salsa and lettuce served on a toasted bun. Paired with a classic News Café cocktail, this is a meal worth savouring.
Sky Chinese Restaurant and Sushi
Sky Chinese Restaurant and Sushi is a firm favourite among Kempton Park residents for stir fry noodles, fried rice dishes, dumplings and hand rolled sushi. Their menu specialty however, is deep fried ribs! Served on a steaming bed of jasmine rice, these sticky, sweet ribs will have you headed back to Sky Chinese Restaurant on a weekly basis!
Taste of Mumbai
If you’re after a fiery curry, pop by Taste of Mumbai Restaurant at Emperors Palace. They serve up all you can eat curry dinners, seven days a week. Tuck into a delicious array of vegetable starters, hearty curry mains and an assortment of traditional sides. Finish off your feast with one of the chef’s divine desserts. We’ve heard rave reviews about the blueberry cheesecake.
Platia Greek Restaurant at Emperors Palace offers diners a taste of the Mediterranean, paired with traditional South African flavours. Take a seat on the outdoor patio or in the more secluded restaurant interior. Platia’s menu features an array of well known Greek starters, mains and desserts to delight your taste buds. Read our review of the restaurant to find out which dishes we thought were simply divine.
Villa Bianca Mediterranean Cuisine & Sushi
What do sushi and Mediterranean fare have in common? Not much. However, Villa Bianca Mediterranean Cuisine and Sushi has crafted a wonderful amalgamation of these two very different food styles to bring you a one-of-a-kind eating experience. Their menu specialty is the Tuna Espatada – Tuna steaks grilled and skewered with haloumi cheese, red peppers, green peppers and onions served with rice or chips and Japanese style stir fried vegetables. Give them a visit to go on a cross continental taste journey right in the heart of Kempton Park!
Jose’s Taverna and Oyster Bar
If you’re in Kempton Park and have a hankering for premium seafood, check yourself into Jose’s Taverna and Oyster Bar. This Portuguese restaurant serves up the best buttered prawns, oysters and calamari in the area. Besides the food, Jose’s also boasts a unique atmosphere. Calling themselves a “vibey casual fine dining restaurant”, they set themselves apart from other eateries by combining fine dining food with a warm, welcoming ambiance.
Braza combines the flavours and cuisine styles of Portugal, Mozambique, Angola and Brazil, delivering a flavour explosion on every plate. Situated at Emperors Palace, Braza is the ideal spot for large celebrations, corporate functions and special events of all kinds. Join them for an unforgettable dining experience.
Steak & Grill
Italian Kitchen and Grill
Wood-fired pizzas, succulent steaks and hearty pastas await you at Italian Kitchen and Grill. This Italian fusion restaurant is situated at Emperors Palace, welcoming in guests from around the city to enjoy its generous menu offerings. Bring the kids along to share a pizza or let them enjoy a creamy alfredo while you dive into a platter of grilled garlic and parsley King prawns served with butter sauce. Yum!
House of Ribs
How about an all you can eat ribs and steak dinner? House of Ribs has firmly established itself as one of the very best buffet restaurants in Gauteng. While their specialty is ribs and premium cut steaks, they also serve an array of other cuisines including salads, burgers and seafood platters. Stop by on a Sunday for all you can eat buffet-style lunch, complete with roast beef and pork, ribs, crispy potatoes, rice and four vegetable sides.
Coffee Shops & Cafés
Ask any Kempton Park resident where to find the best freshly baked breads, cupcakes and pastries and they’ll tell you to visit Croydon Bakery. However, you must get there early or risk missing out. Take a trip through early on a Saturday morning to get your hands on just baked bread and the best pies on the east rand. It’s well worth getting up at the crack of dawn for. Croydon Bakery also offers sit down coffee and gourmet sandwiches to enjoy while you wait for your baked goodies to be packed up.
The Bean Bar
The Bean Bar is an artisanal coffee bar, cakery and cafe situated Cavendish Glen Shopping Centre. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee by yourself or to catch up with friends. You’ll feel right at home here, as the cafe’s interior resembles your favourite aunt’s kitsch living room, complete with mismatched dining chairs and quirky paintings. Order one of their traditional English scones served with strawberry jam and fresh cream to be transported directly back to your childhood.