Butcheries

Meat Empire — Benoni

Meat Empire offers spit braais as well as meat specials and packages for when you need to beef up your supply. They've got a range of mixed meat hampers that include lean mince, pork chops, lamb chops, stew beef, steak, wors and chicken... so why not stock up now?

Find more information here.

Braeside Butchery — Greenside

For the best free-range and grass-fed meat money can buy, head down to the Braeside Butchery and buy great quality veal, lamb, beef, bacon and boerewors... they have it all! Their beef is lean, their veal is tender and their lamb, succulent!

Find more information here. 

The Butcher Shop and Grill — Sandton

Cutting steak, chops and leg of lamb to your order, the Butcher Shop and Grill in Nelson Mandela Square offers you a great selection of cuts from their finest quality meats, whether you want pork, beef, lamb, chicken or even fish from their deli. And, if you wish, sit down and order yourself a juicy steak at their restaurant!

Find more information here.

Country Meat — Fourways

This wholesale family butcher and deli brings out the freshest and best quality meats straight from their farm and abattoir. Choose from their fresh cuts of beef, lamb and pork, portioned and packed to your requirements. All their meat are brine-free and, since they grow their own animal feed, the meat is also GMO-free.

Find more information here. 

Sloane Meat market — Bryanston

For some of the best biltong in town, your favourite cuts of lamb and beef, poultry and spit braai catering, visit Sloane Meat Market and see what they have on offer! There is a huge selection of prime cut and quality meats to choose from, no matter what you are planning on preparing for dinner. And be sure to check out their bulk specials!

Find more information here.

Meat Etc. — Rosebank

Pick up some great and braai packs from Meat Etc. before your next get together with friends for the rugby. They have a range of specials that'll cater to every meat lover (and budget) out there! They've got it all, from chicken sosaties and steaks to boerewors and everything in-between!

Find more information here. 

Rembrandt Butchery — Linden

For all your braaiing needs, stock up on Rembrandt Butchery's delicious boerewors, sosaties, kebabs and their legendary and moreish biltong! They have a great selection of fresh red meat to choose from and free-range chicken, too.

Find more information here.

Meat on Grant — Norwood

This traditional family butcher and deli has it all. Stock up on the finest beef, pork, mutton, lamb, chicken and venison from this little spot in Norwood. For your biltong treats for rugby season, be sure to check out what they have on offer. They also offer spit braai hire and services.

Find more information here.

Kings Meat Deli — Lynnwood Pretoria

With everything from beef, lamb, pork, chicken, boerewors, game and cold meats, this is the place for all of your meat needs, no matter what cut you are after! And if you want a great biltong treat, choose your own perfect whole piece from the selection they have hanging from their ceiling!

Find more information here.

Alma German Butchery — Murray, Pretoria

Looking for some of the finest authentic German meats in town? Then why not head down to Alma Butchery and check out their extensive range of meats, fine brawns, liver pates and terrines? Alma Butchery is also said to have the best smoked eisbein... try it for yourself!

Details: Corner of and, Rossouw St &, Natalie Ave, Pretoria

Gourmet Butcher — Online

If you're all about being healthy, order the healthiest type of meat you can find  grass-fed, free-range – from Gourmet Butcher. And the best part is that you don't even have to get up from the couch to place your order! If you're on the lookout for more than meat, they also offer a range of ready-made meals such as creamed spinach and cottage pie... sounds like they'd both work pretty well with a nice, juicy fillet steak if you ask me!

Find more information here.

By Kim Brown

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

The Pigalle brand is one that Joburgers have come to love, cherish and trust over the years. It was started by passionate individuals who have instilled that same drive in their staff. From kitchen to front desk, visitors are treated with respect golden-rimmed by excellent service. Any past and present patron of this classy establishment can tell you that Pigalle has set the bar quite high when it comes to upmarket dining. This can be seen in the Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot champagnes that dress the bar fridges or the wine racks and walk-ins that house bottles of vino brought in from Spain, France, New Zealand and the Cape... but before I race off on a poetic tangent, let's digress and take a closer look at two of my favourite Pigalle branches.

Pigalle Sandton

Nestled in a comfortable corner at the end of Sandton City's illustrious Diamond Walk, Pigalle Sandton is a popular lunch and dinner rendezvous for politicians, surgeons, and business men and women alike. The decor and interior design is reminiscent of a romantic movie scene where they guy pulls out a ring and proposes to the girl of his dreams. The use of dark wood, marble and borderline Baroque furniture is brought full circle by gold framed oil paintings that flank the restaurant's interior. The dining hall is lit by art deco inspired lamps and chandeliers that amplify themes of grandeur.

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Executive Chef Olaff Meintjes is the driving force behind the kitchen and plays a big part in Pigalle's success as one of the top specialists in shellfish based cuisine in South Africa. Chef Olaff was mentored by Bertus Basson of Overture, the rustic vineyard restaurant in Stellenbosch. This is subtly evident in Chef Olaff's use of local produce and play on authentic South African staples such as 28-day wet aged beef.

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Cuts of beef served at Pigalle

The Al La Carte menu sings songs of the sea garnished with attention to detail. For starters I suggest you try Chef Olaff's brainchild: crumbed and fried calamari tubes stuffed with prawn cream cheese. This is a revolutionary dish that holds an amalgamation of chewiness and creaminess in every bite.  For mains, it's always good to try a restaurant's signature dish, and at Pigalle venturing into their crayfish section earns  two thumbs up no matter the choice.

Pigalle

With that said, I highly recommend the baragoul style line fish served with seasonal vegetables, which is well portioned and powerful in taste yet tamed by a velvety carrot and white wine sauce. Other tunes on the menu include Pigalle's fan favourite prawn platters and lobster (with an option to be served thermidor style) and langoustines served with in-house created sauces.

Pigalle

For desert, patrons are in for a treat times ten. Items such as cheese and biscuits and crème brulee go well with the ports and wines on offer, and entries like lemon tart, vanilla bean ice cream and traditional malva pudding are suitable eats for the great coffee served at Pigalle. Again, there is no wrong choice when it comes to the desert menu - everything comes recommended.

Details: UO9, Michelangelo Towers, Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196 | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/sandton/ |

Pigalle Melrose Arch

Though the food may be the same across the board, the patrons differ. The brand's Melrose Arch counterpart caters to a younger, hip and vibrant audience that takes advantage of the nightlife offered by such an astonishing precinct. The decor is more relaxed and laid-back though sticking to the signature chic that Pigalle is known for.

From dedicated whisky tasting evenings to a beautiful wooden cart filled to the brim with cognacs and ports older than most of the restaurant's customers, there is something unique about this space. The entrance is decorated with a a big and beautiful glass chandelier that lights up to resemble the African sun.

Pigalle

Pigalle Melrose Arch also has a private dining area which can seat 35+ guests. This space is ideal for private parties and celebrations, and offers seating on the balcony which overlooks the piazza below. The walls are covered in original prints of sought-after artists which adds to the overall mood of the room. It also features a flat screen TV ideal for business lunches and presentations.

Pigalle

All in all, both Pigalle Sandton and Melrose Arch are restaurants that come well recommended, with the key difference between the two being mood. If you would like an intimate dinner with a loved one or family, then book a table at the Sandton brunch; if you want to sit back and have a drink with friends, then give Melrose Arch a try. Either way, you are in for an all-round sensory experience. Besides, isn't that what dining out is all about?

Details: Shop HL48 Level 05/Orange (High Level Street) Melrose Arch, Corlett Dr, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2076  | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/melrose-arch/

By Shawn Greyling

The Pigalle brand is one that Joburgers have come to love, cherish and trust over the years. It was started by passionate individuals who have instilled that same drive in their staff. From kitchen to front desk, visitors are treated with respect golden-rimmed by excellent service. Any past and present patron of this classy establishment can tell you that Pigalle has set the bar quite high when it comes to upmarket dining. This can be seen in the Dom Perignon and Veuve Clicquot champagnes that dress the bar fridges or the wine racks and walk-ins that house bottles of vino brought in from Spain, France, New Zealand and the Cape... but before I race off on a poetic tangent, let's digress and take a closer look at two of my favourite Pigalle branches.

Pigalle Sandton

Nestled in a comfortable corner at the end of Sandton City's illustrious Diamond Walk, Pigalle Sandton is a popular lunch and dinner rendezvous for politicians, surgeons, and business men and women alike. The decor and interior design is reminiscent of a romantic movie scene where they guy pulls out a ring and proposes to the girl of his dreams. The use of dark wood, marble and borderline Baroque furniture is brought full circle by gold framed oil paintings that flank the restaurant's interior. The dining hall is lit by art deco inspired lamps and chandeliers that amplify themes of grandeur.

Executive Chef Olaff Meintjes is the driving force behind the kitchen and plays a big part in Pigalle's success as one of the top specialists in shellfish based cuisine in South Africa. Chef Olaff was mentored by Bertus Basson of Overture, the rustic vineyard restaurant in Stellenbosch. This is subtly evident in Chef Olaff's use of local produce and play on authentic South African staples such as 28-day wet aged beef.

Pigalle

Cuts of beef served at Pigalle

The Al La Carte menu sings songs of the sea garnished with attention to detail. For starters I suggest you try Chef Olaff's brainchild: crumbed and fried calamari tubes stuffed with prawn cream cheese. This is a revolutionary dish that holds an amalgamation of chewiness and creaminess in every bite.  For mains, it's always good to try a restaurant's signature dish, and at Pigalle venturing into their crayfish section earns  two thumbs up no matter the choice.

Pigalle

With that said, I highly recommend the baragoul style line fish served with seasonal vegetables, which is well portioned and powerful in taste yet tamed by a velvety carrot and white wine sauce. Other tunes on the menu include Pigalle's fan favourite prawn platters and lobster (with an option to be served thermidor style) and langoustines served with in-house created sauces.

Pigalle

For desert, patrons are in for a treat times ten. Items such as cheese and biscuits and crème brulee go well with the ports and wines on offer, and entries like lemon tart, vanilla bean ice cream and traditional malva pudding are suitable eats for the great coffee served at Pigalle. Again, there is no wrong choice when it comes to the desert menu - everything comes recommended.

Details: UO9, Michelangelo Towers, Maude St, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196 | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/sandton/ |

Pigalle Melrose Arch

Though the food may be the same across the board, the patrons differ. The brand's Melrose Arch counterpart caters to a younger, hip and vibrant audience that takes advantage of the nightlife offered by such an astonishing precinct. The decor is more relaxed and laid-back though sticking to the signature chic that Pigalle is known for.

From dedicated whisky tasting evenings to a beautiful wooden cart filled to the brim with cognacs and ports older than most of the restaurant's customers, there is something unique about this space. The entrance is decorated with a a big and beautiful glass chandelier that lights up to resemble the African sun.

Pigalle

Pigalle Melrose Arch also has a private dining area which can seat 35+ guests. This space is ideal for private parties and celebrations, and offers seating on the balcony which overlooks the piazza below. The walls are covered in original prints of sought-after artists which adds to the overall mood of the room. It also features a flat screen TV ideal for business lunches and presentations.

Pigalle

All in all, both Pigalle Sandton and Melrose Arch are restaurants that come well recommended, with the key difference between the two being mood. If you would like an intimate dinner with a loved one or family, then book a table at the Sandton brunch; if you want to sit back and have a drink with friends, then give Melrose Arch a try. Either way, you are in for an all-round sensory experience. Besides, isn't that what dining out is all about?

Details: Shop HL48 Level 05/Orange (High Level Street) Melrose Arch, Corlett Dr, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2076  | http://pigallerestaurants.co.za/melrose-arch/

By Shawn Greyling

The Green Craft Bar

Imagine there was a place where you could get top craft beer draughts that don't cost an arm and a leg. Meet the Green Craft Bar - the multi-location beer bar you've been waiting for. Good food, great suds, and an environment not taken over by dudes dressed as lumber jacks. Their flagship shop at the Benoni Country Club (they also have branches in Glenvista and Modderfontein), is well worth a visit the month. The menu is off the charts - think bar food but with a gourmet twist. The Green Craft Bar serves chicken wings with mash, slap chips or crisps, something called Benoni Cherries (which is pretty much mince and risotto rolled into balls), chicken and beef tacos, Haloumi wraps, a beautiful butternut and peach salad (which is off the hook, by the way), and a pulled pork pita.

More Details: http://www.thegreen.co.za/

 

Mad Nomad

By the same guy that brought Kream to Pretoria (and Midrand for that matter), comes a Turkish delight so fragrant that you don't even have to set foot outside of the country to experience it. The Mad Nomand in Midrand offers urfa kebabs, pide (flatbread) combinations, and lamb shanks that will leave you dreaming. The vibe is super sleek, so dress the part (now you can finally wear that baby blue tux of yours)!

More Details: http://www.madnomad.co.za/

Épicure by Chef Coco

The great African Food Renaissance has arrived. Introducing flavours from East African, chef Coco (the guy behind Sel et Poivre), is taking on the Sandton palate with his latest offering, Épicure. At the time of writing Epicure is not yet open (they are waiting for a liquor license) but folks can expect fine a la carte dining, culinary art, Afritapas food, a rum bar, cigar space fitted with a humidor, al fresco eating and even morning-fresh and healthy dishes!

More Details: http://www.epicurerestaurant.co.za/

Angelo's Kitchen

Fresh off the block with a brand spanking menu for 2018, Angelo's Kitchen in Bryanston is the place to get your pizza and pasta on. Sure, they've been around for years but we don't need an excuse to go bananas on their black mushroom and blue cheese gnocchi (the gnocchi is made in-house) or roast lamb pizza with extra chilli! Angelo's is a family business, and you know we always recommend that you #SupportLocal.

More Details: http://angelos-kitchen-sloane.business.site/

Ciao - The Little Eatery

Ciao is a little deli type vibe in Melrose Arch that's packing a big hunger busting punch for its size. We're talking old school bagels stuffed with salmon and cream cheese, brand spanking new bubble waffles topped with ice cream and chocolate, and smoothies so soft and simple that you can't help but slurp them so loud that your mom yells at you all the way from Roodepoort. Ciao is also big on salads, so if you're in the mood for a gourmet salad then hit them up the next time you find yourself in the Arch.

More Details: https://www.facebook.com/ciaoeatery/

Kraal Restaurant

Head to the popular Thaba Eco Hotel in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve for a treat and a half. Kraal Restaurant is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. Their a la carte menu is something so pretty that it's on par with a poem Lord Byron wrote before he got kicked out of England... yeah, let's just go with that analogy, shall we? Beyond the beautiful beef, lamb and chicken burgers, toasted sandwiches and tramezzinis, there lies a kitchen that is capable, waiters that are passionate, and a venue so pretty that it is on par with a Lord Byron... wait... we've done that one already... anyway. The crux is, go check it out - we're sure you will fall in love with the place. You know, #NoRegrets2018.

More Details:http://www.thabahotel.co.za/restaurant/kraal-restaurant/

By Shawn Greyling

Sakhumzi Restaurant

The best chicken we've had in a while can be found at Sakhumzi in Orlando West. We highly recommend the flame grilled birds on offer at this unique little restaurant. The buffet is great - it's a brilliant way to explore the culinary prowess of Sakhumzi's kitchen. From stews to grills, this eatery is worth a first, second and many follow-up visits.

Details: 6980 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 536 1379 | [email protected]

Chez Alina

If you're looking for a business or buffet lunch in Soweto, check out Chez Alina. This is a popular spot for both locals and tourists. The beer is always cold and the food always flavourful, so be sure to check out this restaurant the next time you are passing through Dobsonville. The mood is chilled and the well-trained staff are friendly. Add Chez Alina to your bucket list - you won't be sorry.

Details: 33990 Masemola Street, Dobsonville, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 988 5297

Vuyo's Restaurant

Situated on the popular Vilakazi Street in the heart of Soweto, Vuyo's Restaurant is the place to be. The view is amazing and the eatery itself is within walking distance of many popular tourist attractions. It's all about modern African cuisine at Vuyo's, as they put a twist on traditional meals. It is well worth ending your meal with one of their delicious desserts. The are many cakes on display are worthy of a posting or two on Instagram, for sure!

Details: 8038 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto, Johannesburg | 011 536 1838 | [email protected]

Culinary Guide

Robby's Place

The classiest shebeen on the planet can be found in Pimville. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner inside the dining area or outside in the courtyard - all in a relaxed and friendly environment. This Soweto gem is so popular that pre-booking is essential at least a day before your visit. Robby's is also a B&B, so why not plan a weekend foodie trip to Soweto for you and a couple of friends?

Details: 5634 Mokoka Street, Zone 5, Pimville, Soweto, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 933 7965 | [email protected]

Wandies Place

In Dube Village, there's this really cool spot popular among the locals. Wandies Place is where the flavour of Soweto lives. The dishes include mutton, lamb, beef or chicken - roasted or cooked, served buffet style. While there is a set menu, you can skip straight through to the all you can eat option. Fun fact - Wandies is a personal favourite of Virgin boss Richard Branson.

Details: 618 Makhalemele Street, Dube, Soweto | Tel: 011 982 2796 | [email protected]

By Shawn Greyling

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Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What Is Rosetta’s About?

Inspired by the legacy of the ancient Rosetta Stone, the décor within the bistro pays tribute to this famous artefact and inspires guests with simple yet quality cooking and ingredients, generous helpings, impeccable service, and unique food and beverage offerings that will tantalise any palate.

Rosetta’s Has Three Different Areas

Area #1: The Outside Area

The outside area is a relaxed bistro space, complemented by a deli-style display featuring a wide selection of freshly made Artisanal breads, paninis and cakes, along with an ice cream station, milkshake station, and a waffle and pancake area if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.

For quick bites or snacks-on-the-go, passersby have an opportunity to savour delicious ready-to-eat items. Upon walking into Rosetta’s, early risers and late diners are met by a 24-hour bistro that serves an à la carte, quick service eating menu with a selection of down-to-earth comfort foods. Signature items include Philly Beefy Cheese, Peri-Peri Chicken Livers, Wood-Fired Pizzas and Chicken Tikka Mayonnaise Sandwiches.

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And, for those who need a coffee fix, the bistro has introduced a brand new coffee concept, BLACKSMITH Coffee. BLACKSMITH Coffee believes in transforming the youth’s potential into opportunities. It crafts beautiful coffee blends from certified Fairtrade farms in Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Uganda, and in doing so promotes social change, job creation, and skills development.

Area #2: The Central Space

The central space can be opened in four directions, and offers the flexibility to expand the outside area into a larger seating space, or can be opened up completely into the main restaurant space. Alternatively, the space can be closed off for private functions and conference groups.

Area #3: The Main Area and Kitchen Concept

This area encapsulates the buffet, the banquette seating, and the freestanding table seating. The presentation of the buffet in the kitchen area serves a variety of cuisines from around the world and gives diners the opportunity to enjoy excellent food at reasonable prices.

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The kitchen chefs prepare the majority of the dishes right in front of guests while working to present seven distinct culinary speciality sections in the restaurant. These sections include:

  1. A Harvest Table with a selection of salads, mezze’s, cold starters, sushi, soups and an Artisanal bread station.
  2. For meat lovers, the Rotisserie, Roasts and Grill section features mouthwatering ribs, boerewors, chicken wings, whole chicken and beef topside with sauces and accompaniments.
  3. The Comfort dish section will see diners tuck into venison, tripe, traditional stews and casseroles, creamed spinach and other hot vegetables.
  4. The Mediterranean Station features a bevvy of grilled prawns, deep fried calamari, island style seafood, a pasta station and pizza expertly prepared in a wood-fired oven.
  5. For something a little spicier, the Pan-Asian station showcases mouthwatering Thai curries, North Indian curries, samosas, Indian pickles, a Chinese Wok station, sweet and sour pork, Beef Chow Mein, and Chinese spring rolls.
  6. Dining at Rosetta’s is truly a family affair with a Kiddies Station that includes a mini selection of hot dogs, beef burgers, pizza, chicken burgers, cheese grillers, and macaroni and cheese.
  7. To round off the dining experience, a generous sweet selection at the Dessert Station will see diners satisfying their sweet tooth with cheesecake, bread and butter pudding, chocolate Swiss roll, freshly baked cakes, soft serve ice creams, pancakes and waffles.

Whether it’s a quick breakfast, business lunch, or family feast, Rosetta’s Bistro, Restaurant & Kitchen offers an impressive, modern dining experience that won’t break the bank.

Rosetta’s Bistro, Restaurant & Kitchen Opening Times

Rosetta’s Bistro, Restaurant & Kitchen is open at the following times:

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To book your table at Rosetta’s Bistro, Restaurant & Kitchen, you can call them on (011) 928 1367, email [email protected], or visit Emperors Palace’s website at www.emperorspalace.com.

Imbizo Shisanyama 

Also known as the Busy Corner, Imbizo Shisanyama in Midrand has been entertaining and feeding scores of open-fire fanatics with their amazing menu. Expect good food and good company at this eatery. In 2013, Imbizo won the National Small Business Champion Award. From special occasions to heritage celebrations, Imbizo can put on the spread to wow you. 

Chaf Pozi

Mzanzi style, that's what's going on at Chaf Pozi. Mention it to a local and they will smile from ear to ear saying, "Duuuuuuude, that place is awesome!" Cold beer and hot coals. That's what we're talking about here. Lekker steak, lekker live music and big-screen sports for days. Chaf offers a great view of the Orlando Towers and has that authentic township vibe we all love so much. It's a good excuse to explore Soweto.

E'Socialink Shisa Nyama & Car Wash

A car wash and a shisa nyama? It's one of those things we just go with over here. It works. We don't know how, but it does. Get the mags on your Beemer polished at E'socialink Shisa Nyama & Car Wash while you have a cold one and something to eat. 'When in Soweto…' is pretty much what's going on at E'Socialink. And the food is brilliant – we can't get enough.

Meat Lounge

DJs, open-flame cooking and VIP treatment — that's why we love Meat Lounge in Sunninghill so much. Treat your taste buds with a traditional twist on the South African shisha nyama experience. And as you'd expect, it's all about the meat — tasty A-grade stuff including beef, chicken and lamb, perfectly cooked at Meat Lounge. Check it out when you have a chance.

Venison Meatballs With Baby Eggplant

When the gloomy weather steps on to the plate our tummies automatically crave hearty food - that's exactly why this venison meatball recipe made the list. These babies paired with baby eggplant is sure to hit the spot when the weather takes a dip. Don't worry, we'll take any excuse to snuggle up and eat this dish any day.

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Beef & Spinach Cannelloni

The Italians perfected comfort food, so don't be too surprised if pasta makes it on to this list more than once. This creation not only boasts a perfect pairing of ground beef and spinach but calls for not one, not two but three cheeses to be used. Cheese is good, especially if it's good cheese, right?

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Pork Fillet Strips With HoSin Sauce, Beans And Broccoli

We all love Chinese food. Heck, we all need good Chinese food in our lives at least once a month. What better than sticky pork strips served with beans and broccoli? Don't you even dare pull your nose at broccoli. Those tiny trees take months to grow and they taste amazing. They are one of our favourite veggies. Besides, they are super healthy - and complement this dish tenfold.

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Classic Chilli With Apple Salsa

The legend behind the origins of chilli con carne is that during the 1700s cowboys in California would all huddle up next to the fire on cold winter nights and toss all sorts of ingredients into a big pot and hope for the best. The result is something we all love and indulge in each chance we get. This recipe goes well with a bonfire. Just saying.

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BBQ Chicken And Pineapple Grilled Cheese Sandwhich

Welcome to the best grilled cheese you have ever had. You're welcome. There's not much to say about this but WOW! Close your eyes for a moment and imagine the steam rising off that BBQ chicken and pineapple creation you just made. It smells good doesn't it? Tiny smokey scents mixed with the sweet and tangy of the pineapple. Do you notice the cheese oozing out on the sides? Yum!

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Indian Bothi Gosht

What kind of list will be complete without including some amazing Indian food, right? Here's our top pick for Indian comfort food. Pair this puppy with a blanky and maybe some hot cocoa.

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Chocolate Cake In A Cup

This recipe takes five minutes to prepare and three minutes to bake. You can literally make this in the time it takes you to run a bath. Besides, what's better than snacking on chocolate cake out of your favourite coffee mug?

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Bacon & Blue Cheese Fusilli Pasta With Roasted Baby Tomatoes

We all love blue cheese. Sure it's a bit smelly and looks weird but ooh, it goes well with pretty much anything. That is why we've paired it with bacon and roasted baby tomatoes. This goes well with red wine and cuddles. If you're single, don't worry because pillows don't judge your eating habits anyway. Besides, it's comfort food for the win. Always.

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Praline-Pecan French Toast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and thanks to this French toast recipe it's become way more important. Praline-pecans for the win. Here's your chance to win a few hearts with this gourmet recipe.

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Super Chocolate Milkshake

Yeah, yeah, technically it's not food but, chocolate, again. That's reason enough. Besides, you can warm it up and dunk rusks in it or something. There, we've just turned milkshakes into a meal.

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What are some of your favourite comfort foods? Let us know below!

Pata Pata is local café that serves a traditional African inspired cuisine. Their menu offers simple meals like burgers, wraps, salads and signature dishes including stuffed chicken breast, lamb shank, oxtail stew and crocodile wors. The restaurant is known for their live entertainment too with a regular live jazz tunes, making it a great spot for a chilled night out with friends.

Have you been here? Rate and review your experience below!