Baha Taco

We know it says 'taco' in their name, but don't be fooled - Baha Taco serves up some of the most delicious nachos around. This authentic Tex-Mex eatery is known as Norwood's best. Plus, their portions are generous to the tummy and the pocket. Baha's wood-roasted nachos come in three flavours - The Classic; melted cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo (fresh salsa), Beef Chili or The Californian; bacon, black beans and sweetcorn. Order a side of guac for only R20 extra. Heavenly!

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Tiger's Milk

According to our resident food writer, Tiger's Milk is the unofficial home of 'dude-food' in Jozi. What better dude-food could there be than cheesy, moreish nachos to share? Tiger's Milk stay pretty true to the original recipe invented by Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya in 1943. Fully loaded with enchilada sauce, cheese, guacamole, jalapeños and sour cream, these nachos are a dream come true. Enjoy them vegetarian or add a portion of shredded chicken to bulk up the protein content.

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Salsa Mexican Grill

Salsa Mexican Grill delivers a vibe unlike any other. You will always find happy foodies here. Whether this is the result of the copious amounts of tequila they serve, the food or the atmosphere. However, one thing is clear - the nachos are a hit. Upon your next visit to Salsa, watch how smiles and eyes widen as the nachos hit the table. These oven baked tortilla chips are piled high, dripping with melted cheddar cheese, spicy salsa and classic guacamole. Order a plate for the table to share, or pig out on your own. Either way, it's sure to be a treat.

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Mama Mexicana

If you ever find yourself hungry in Maboneng, stop by Mama Mexicana. The precinct's resident Tex-Mex restaurant is welcoming, vibey and the perfect place to indulge yourself. Mama's classic nachos are served chip-and-dip style, so there will be no more fighting over ratios of sour cream to salsa to guac. But, if you want something more indulgent, try out the BBQ pork nachos - stringy cheese, pulled barbecue pork and pineapple. Is your mouth watering yet? Wash it all down with one of Mama Mexicana's signature Mexican beers.

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Hudsons The Burger Joint

A burger joint? Bear with us. Hudsons are the cool kids on the block when it comes to Insta-worthy grub. While their burgers are impressive, they also cater to those of us who would rather not have our faces, shirts and hands covered in meat and pickle drippings. Instead, unhinge your jaw for the House Nachos - tortilla chips smothered in sour cream, salsa, cheddar, mozzarella, jalapeño and fresh avo. Vegan foodies, Hudsons has spared a thought for you, too. Their Vacon Nachos are topped with cashew cream, salsa, vegan mozzarella, sweetcorn, jalapeño, pepperdew and optional avocado.

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Perron

Perron proudly dubs themselves the 'Mexican Appreciation Society'. Once you have sampled a taste of their Tex-Mex fare, it isn't hard to understand why they deserve this title. Perron's nachos are abundant and super cheesy. Order yours with a choice of chipotle chicken, pork pibil (pulled pork marinated in citrus) or black beans. Top it all off with pungent cheddar, sour cream, pico de gallo, jalapeño and guacamole. This is definitely a job for your stretchy jeans and a mean craving that won't be denied!

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La Rosa Mexican Grille

La Rosa won the Best New Restaurant in the Best of Joburg awards 2017. If you haven't paid them a visit yet, this is the time to do so. When your next nacho tummy rumble comes calling, La Rosa is certain to have the answer. You can order the Nachos Grande - a sharing plate for two or more; or go it alone with the Nachos Pequeno (a 'small' plate for one). La Rosa doesn't skimp on the cheese - their nachos come with melted cheese sauce, shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese! Order yours plain or fully loaded with Mexican chorizo, chili con carne or skirt steak. Don't blame us if you end up in a cheesy food coma.

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Jamie's Italian

Now for something totally out of the park - Italian nachos! Jamie's Italian serves up crispy fried ravioli, stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta and veggie Parmesan, ladled over with spicy Silican tomato sauce. Break the rules a little and give these a try. No judgement from our side, we promise.

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Do you know of any other great restaurants that serve nachos in Joburg? Let us know about them!

To start off, I should mention that I was at Jamie's Italian because I managed to score some vouchers after having won a competition. I was advised by my fellow colleagues to keep the voucher for myself but elected to take my partner along instead. And, being the commoners we are, we completely forgot that a stylish place like Jamie's probably requires a reservation. We managed to get a last minute booking and two hours later, we were exploring the British Italian flare.

Date Night

 

Jamie's is hidden down a cobble-bricked street in Melrose Boulevard, it can be easy to miss with nothing but the glass paneled doors, wooden nuances and a simplistic blue sign to indicate it is even there. This is a good indication of their food and service. Simplistic - but done well. At the time, the Melrose Arch Christmas lights were shining in all their glory, setting the scene of glamour and enchantment. Almost as soon as we stepped over the threshold of the restaurant, we were ushered upstairs and given a comfortable booth to be our spot for the evening. Our seating were in the corner or the room that had a substantial window, giving us a great view of the twinkling lights.

light Display

 

We ordered uncomplicated Americanos for drinks. As is, our coffees were excellent, a perfectly dark cup of liquid magic. We decided that we were going to splurge, as much as our stomach would allow, and went for starters, mains and dessert. We ordered our starters and while we waited, we poked fun at the descriptions of wine on the menu that can only be described as odd.

wine

 

For starters we had the Italian Nachos. No, this is not Mexican food served at an Italian restaurant started by a British guy (that's a mouthful!). This was delightfully crispy triple cheese stuffed ravioli, deep-fried and served with a side of spicy tomato sauce.

Ravioli

 

For mains, we tried the creamy Carbonara with salty bacon bits. We also tried the Ravioli Mezzaluna, which is a fancy way of saying spinach and ricotta packed into crescent shaped pasta. These were served in a tomato sauce with blobs of mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil. I have never had cooking, especially not tomatoes, that has been salted enough, except perhaps my own. This was the first time that I did not have to reach for those salt crystals. Now, hearing that food is perfectly salty from someone who would salt a marmite sandwich doesn't sound that great. But keep in mind that my partner in crime, who doesn't like salt at all, also loved it.

Cabonara

 

We were too full to order separate desserts and opted for the Molten Praline Pudding. A dark and luscious chocolate cake with a runny centre, served with caramel ice cream and praline. It was a good thing we decided to share as this was so rich. The ice cream was just sweet enough to cut that bitter dark chocolate and the praline added some crunchiness to all the smooth textures.

Molten Chocolate cake

 

This lovely dinner for two was finished off with a leisurely stroll through the light display.

Find more information about Jamie's Italian here.

To start off, I should mention that I was at Jamie's Italian because I managed to score some vouchers after having won a competition. I was advised by my fellow colleagues to keep the voucher for myself but elected to take my partner along instead. And, being the commoners we are, we completely forgot that a stylish place like Jamie's probably requires a reservation. We managed to get a last minute booking and two hours later, we were exploring the British Italian flare.

Date Night

Jamie's is hidden down a cobble-bricked street in Melrose Boulevard, it can be easy to miss with nothing but the glass paneled doors, wooden nuances and a simplistic blue sign to indicate it is even there. This is a good indication of their food and service. Simplistic - but done well. At the time, the Melrose Arch Christmas lights were shining in all their glory, setting the scene of glamour and enchantment. Almost as soon as we stepped over the threshold of the restaurant, we were ushered upstairs and given a comfortable booth to be our spot for the evening. Our seating were in the corner or the room that had a substantial window, giving us a great view of the twinkling lights.

light display

We ordered uncomplicated Americanos for drinks. As is, our coffees were excellent, a perfectly dark cup of liquid magic. We decided that we were going to splurge, as much as our stomach would allow, and went for starters, mains and dessert. We ordered our starters and while we waited, we poked fun at the descriptions of wine on the menu that can only be described as odd.

Wine

For starters we had the Italian Nachos. No, this is not Mexican food served at an Italian restaurant started by a British guy (that's a mouthful!). This was delightfully crispy triple cheese stuffed ravioli, deep-fried and served with a side of spicy tomato sauce.

Ravioli

For mains, my beau ordered himself the Carbonara which looked so good and lustrous I was almost tempted to steal some and would have had my hands not been on the line. I had the Ravioli Mezzaluna, which is a fancy way of saying spinach and ricotta packed into crescent shaped pasta. These were served in a tomato sauce with blobs of mozzarella and basil, drizzled with olive oil. I have never had cooking, especially not tomatoes, that has been salted enough, except perhaps my own. This was the first time that I did not have to reach for those salt crystals. Now, hearing that food is perfectly salty from someone who would salt a marmite sandwich doesn't sound that great. But keep in mind that my partner in crime, who doesn't like salt at all, also loved it.

Cabonara

We were too full to order separate desserts and opted for the Molten Praline Pudding. A dark and luscious chocolate cake with a runny centre, served with caramel ice cream and praline. It was a good thing we decided to share as this was so rich. The ice cream was just sweet enough to cut that bitter dark chocolate and the praline added some crunchiness to all the smooth textures.

Molten Chocolate Cake

This lovely dinner for two was finished off with a leisurely stroll through the light display.

Find more information about Jamie's Italian here.

Section 12 J of the Income Tax Act was introduced in 2008 to stimulate much-needed equity funding for small and medium-sized enterprises. What makes this attractive for investors is that they get a 100% tax deduction against their investment into a Section 12 J venture capital company. This has a positive impact on the South African economy as small businesses are the future. One of the leaders in the Section 12 J arena is Lucid Ventures. Its investment committee reads like a fantasy rugby league draft: Gidon Novick (founder of Kulula.com), Alon Apteker (ex-director of Dimension Data), Leor Atie (Exec. Director of Saicom Voice), Rowan Williams (head of co-founder of iCapital), Neil Eppel (Executive at Sasfin Capital), and Jordin Borer as the investment hunter.

We met up with Jordin Borer to chat about their latest endeavours. Our meeting place was at Lucid's latest baby – Jamie's Italian in Melrose Arch. What makes Lucid so attractive is not only the financial capital they invest into SMEs, but the human capital that comes with every venture they take. As evident, the board of this Section 12 J company is jam-packed with years upon years of experience. This allows Lucid to guide business owners in the right direction.

Lucid Ventures raised money from a very select group of investors to curate and harbour its own pool of human capital. This group of 15 investors are all brilliant in their own right. Lucid Ventures initially set out to invest in technology but soon realised that the South African tech market is not yet developed enough to be seen as a stable avenue to venture down. Instead, the committee had a look at the hospitality and food industry in the country, which is booming. The principles of a Lucid deal is an initial investment of R2-million to R10-million for a minority stake in any given SME. Investee companies need to be driven by successful and ambitious entrepreneurs. This deployment of capital is intended to accelerate business growth and assist companies in dominating their individual markets.

The Lucid Ventures Portfolio (as at the time of writing):

Jamie's Italian

Lucid Ventures has invested in Jamie Oliver's signature restaurant, “Jamie’s Italian”. Jamie’s is operated by highly experienced and successful restaurateurs. The first store was opened in Melrose Arch in December 2016, with further plans to roll out stores nationally.

Tented Adventures

Lucid has acquired a significant stake in Tented Adventures. Tented Adventures owns and operates tented camps along popular tourist routes throughout Southern Africa. Its existing locations include the Kruger National Park and Pilanesberg Game Reserves. The innovative model and attractive hospitality ecosystem will allow for substantial growth with a very favourable outlook.

Radisson Blu

Lucid Ventures has acquired a number of apartments in the Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence Cape Town.  The iconic former Safmarine House has been redeveloped into a five-star hotel with the addition of luxury sectional title apartments. The Radisson Blu Hotel and Residence is situated in Cape Town’s Waterside precinct, the financial and legal centre of Cape Town, where the CBD and the docklands meet.

City Helicopters

City Helicopters was founded by Lucid Ventures and Enzo Kuun in January 2017. Based in Cape Town, City Helicopters provides leisure and adventure helicopter flights around scenic Western Cape routes. The experienced fleet is comprised a Bell 206 Jet Ranger with registration ZS-RTT.

By Shawn Greyling

Italian restaurants in Joburg are all over the show. No matter which corner you turn, you will find pizza and pasta galore... but not all of there are worth your time or hard-earned cash. With that said, come with us as we take you on a curated tour of the best Italian restaurants in Joburg.

La Trinita

If you’re a fan of authentic Italian food, there’s no better place to get it than at Ristorante La Trinita in Kyalami. Run by a mother and daughter team, it really is a gem of a restaurant. If ever you go back more than once, both these women will recognise you immediately and Lala, the daughter, will be able to remember exactly what you ate when you first paid them a visit (even if you go back 100 times after that).

Nonna Mia's Kitchen

Nonna Mia’s Kitchen is known for their delicious pizza, so when you pay them a visit, this is your best bet. They come in various sizes – six, eight or 24 pieces – which will satisfy your craving for something warm and cheesy from the first bite.

Pronto

Situated in the Colony centre, Pronto is a wonderful Italian restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food is fantastic, so it’s definitely recommended that you go all out and order a starter, main and dessert – just be sure to arrive hungry, so that you've got room for everything!

Old Town Italy

Old Town Italy has opened up shop in Johannesburg! Situated in Jamie's Italian's old spot at Melrose Arch, Old Town Italy offers a deli-style cafe, a sit-down restaurant, and a little corner shop all in one. The Old Town values, regardless of being considered old-fashioned, are held in high regard. The brand’s foundations were built slowly; forged by skill, fortitude, passion and dedication. This celebration of Italian culture dotes on creating a close-knit, family atmosphere. Old Town Italy strives to restore the qualities of personal attention and building meaningful relationships through hearty smiles, high-level product knowledge and providing sound advice generously.

Super Sconto

Super Sconto is a family-run restaurant and supermarket where you can pick up all kinds of goodies. The upstairs deli section is where you can find what’s arguably the best sandwich in town: pick a freshly baked panini (small or large) and choose your toppings from the deli counter. Super Sconto also has daily pasta specials, so be on the lookout for those. They’re only open for breakfast and lunch, so just keep this in mind the next time you’re thinking of heading over.

Trattoria Renato Pizzeria

Trattoria Renato Pizzeria is a homely restaurant as authentically Italian as they come – it almost feels like you're in the middle of Italy. When deciding on what to devour, always start with their basic salad – it’s super-simple yet a must-have to whet your appetite. Next, check out the specials board for something different that might just catch your eye, and it'll be well worth it!

Gemelli Cuccina

Gemelli Cucina Bar is a popular spot in Bryanston where you can treat your taste buds to everything from pasta and meaty dishes to prawns, chicken and so much more. What’s great is that, when it comes to pasta, if you want to share with your table, you can order family-sized bowls. A little bit of everything sounds pretty great to us!

 Italian Restaurants In Joburg

Casalinga

Are you looking for Italian restaurants in Joburg that's not quite within the city? We've got you! Situated in the stunning Muldersdrift area, Casalinga, a fabulous Italian eatery, is perfect to visit for a long, leisurely Sunday lunch spent admiring the country scenery. Why not take the whole family along and make a day of it?

Luca's

Luca’s does real Italian, and it does it well. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza, pasta or even a main meat dish, you’ll find what you're craving for at this place. Whatever you decide to order, just be sure to leave some space for dessert – let's just say that the tiramisu comes highly recommended.

Café Del Sol And Café Del Sol Botanico

By far one of our favourite Italian restaurants in Joburg, Café Del Sol is a well-known family-run Italian establishment that only produces top-notch food – they don’t have a stellar reputation for anything, you know. It’s safe to say that, no matter what you order, you won’t be disappointed. This goes for both branches – Café Del Sol and Café Del Sol Botanico. P.S. Both restaurants are winners when it comes to celebrating special occasions.

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Know of other great Italian restaurants not mentioned above? Let us know below!

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