It's always great to go out and enjoy a lovely breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert every once in a while. If you love  food, nothing makes your heart smile more than being fed. Better yet, being fed delicious food.

We have just the places you need to visit for an amazing meal along with a genuinely good ambiance. These restaurants all ooze with a unique factor to suit whatever you want.

Here is an interesting fact about our list, all these restaurants have the word milk in them. Even if you are lactose intolerant, you will love them to bits.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Milk Bar

Let's take a quick trip to explore our tasteful African continent all in one restaurant, Milk Bar. If you want to experience something that is African-inspired, then this is the spot to visit.

Milk Bar began with the with story of three friends, who by their globe trotting nature, explore Africa and found themselves falling in love with the Motherland and becoming coffee connoisseurs. Along their travels, they saw and share memories that sparked something, and here we are at their vibrant restaurant.

You can feast your eyes (and stomach) on their generous menus, offering a wide variety of food and drinks. So, do indulge in unique meals such as sweet potato toast, sweet chickpea curry and many more. To finish off a good meal, one must enjoy a good dessert - they have cake and Paul's Ice-Cream. Need we say more.

We do have more - they have live music from time to time. That is a definite cherry on top.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Spilt Milk

Want to pair good food with a groovy live performance? Perhaps a electric ambiance? Spilt Milk is the place for you.

This social cafe situated in bustling Melville is a gem like you've never seen before. Spilt Milk has it's little quirks that draw you in. Boasting with a warm and almost nostalgic feeling, you can enjoy delicious meal to give you warm feeling inside as well.

Spilt Milk hosts Sunday Jazz so you can enjoy some sultry jazzy tunes while indulging. May we add that they have a very generous offering, from breakfast right through to dinner (and depends on what you make of dessert)? They have lovely eats that you can also order for take out.

Personal favourite: has to be their bright coloured 'Fountain Of Youth' menu.

Milk Restaurants Johannesburg

Tiger's Milk

If you want to be left satisfied and filled to the brim, Tiger's Milk is where you need to find yourself eating and drinking.

Ever heard the term, 'dude food'? That is what they have to offer, so expect generous portions and menu accompanied by mouthwatering options. Plus, you can grab a friend to enjoy their 2-for-1 Monday special (just check website to see availability). Definitely something to look at.

Tiger's Milk has ample options on their menu, ranging from morning kicks, sharing options, meaty and much more. Honestly, the list is endless.

You can find all this goodness in their Johannesburg branches - Cedar Square, Bryanston and Melrose Arch.

What Is It?

This is the perfect event to spend your Sunday. Make sure you head over to Milk Bar for a day of Jazz music, drinks and the atmosphere. The event will feature jazz music for all the jazz lovers and some contemporary music afterwards. You can enjoy the event with friends or family. Do not miss out.

When Is It?

Sunday, 20 May 2018 from 10:00 - 13:00.

Where Is It?

Milk Bar, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are free.  

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Random Harvest Country Cottages

I've been living in the West Rand my entire life. From the coffee shops of Krugersdorp, to the craft breweries of Magaliesburg, I've seen it all. Well, that was until I stumbled across Random Harvest Country Cottages in Muldersdrift.

Hidden on a dirt road just off of the infamous Magalies Wedding Mile, Random Harvest is a nursery, tea garden and bed and breakfast. It is a popular hangout spot for those living in the northern and western suburbs of Johannesburg. Random Harvest serves as the perfect escape from the city that's just down the road from town.

Random Harvest

My Stay

I was fortunate enough to spend some time with the owner, Linda. She took me on a tour of the 21Ha farm and showed me the grassland which she is quite proud of. Random Harvest is home to 159 bird species (confirmed by an ornithologist) and is a great place to walk around. Here you can rekindle your love for nature or ponder whether or not you should sell your house and move to the countryside (if only it were that easy, right?).

The food

Breakfast was a pleasure. In fact, their entire menu is stuffed with amazing delights, most of which are made in-house. For instance, the toast served with breakfast is freshly baked by the Random Harvest kitchen. The butter that accompanies breakfast is also freshly made from their very own cow's milk. Food is served al fresco under a spread of monkey thorn acacias which provide shade and serenity for the dining experience. Menu items range from farmhouse style breakfasts to delicate homemade Guinness pies. As a side note, they serve the most delicious chocolate milkshakes.

Be it a quick brunch with friends, breakfast with family or an overnight stay, Random Harvest offers that simple farm living we've all been yearning for.

Details

Contact Random Harvest Country Cottages on their website, Facebook Page, or call them on 072 562 3396

Click here for more information.

By Shawn Greyling

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There are a few things people can't live without. Oxygen, water, the latest copy of your favourite mag... You know, the things that keep us going. For me it's a good Scotch and a great paneer palak with garlic naan. Because of that, I can, with all confidence, tell you where to find the best North Indian food in Joburg.

Bikaner

In the heart of Linden sits the jewel of Taj Mahal country. For the past five years I have obsessed over Bikaner. Indian cuisine reflects a 5 000-year history of various groups and cultures interacting with a wide variety of herbs and spices. This all boils down to what Bikaner is about: the best of the Far East. I have personally never ventured further than their vegetarian mains selection simply because it’s just that good. The curries on offer are rich, creamy and filled to the brim with paneer made in-house – paneer is an Indian cheese made from separating the curds of whole milk from the whey by adding a food acid such as lemon juice or vinegar to the boiling pot (it's pretty much compressed ricotta cheese.)

Bikaner

The food

My favourite dish on offer would be the paneer makhani, which is a gravy made from puréed tomato, ginger and green chilli, topped with paneer. This is served with fine grain basmati rice. As a tradition, I always order butter naan bread to dip into the gravy. Trust me, you have not lived until you’ve experienced Bikaner’s curries. Another winner on the menu would be paneer palak, a dish consisting of spinach, tomato gravy sauce and paneer in a thick paste made from puréed spinach and seasoned with garlic, garam masala and other spices.

The best way to visit Bikaner would be to go in a big group and order four or five different curries with garlic and butter naan for everyone to share. Crack open a couple of beers, have some good curry and thank me in the morning.

The list of good food goes on and on. For those of you who do eat meat, don’t worry – the kitchen has you covered. All dishes can be prepared to whichever level of heat you prefer. I enjoy my food to be quite spicy and the hot option has always left me satisfied.

Bikaner does takeaways as well, which is good for an evening of Call of Duty with the guys, or a Netflix session with the girls.

Click here for more information about Bikaner. 

By Shawn Greyling

CoffeeSpots

For all the coffee addicts and tea lovers in Joburg, I went out and about in the city and tested some great cuppa Joes to bring you this list of Top 10 Coffee Spots in Joburg. From great lattés and aromatic teas to freshly brewed coffees, these spots are definitely worth a visit!

coffee-spots

Cramers Coffee

If you want some good quality coffee on the go, or to sit back and catch up on the latest gossip with your bestie, then head down to Cramers coffee in Marshalltown. This little spot is definitely worth a stop if you are in the middle of the CBD. They have great snacks to nibble on and I just loved their Gingerbread Latté.

For more information, visit their website.

Bean There Coffee Company

With fair-trade coffee that is rich in flavour and a great space for you to sit out in the sun, Bean There at 44 Stanley is the perfect spot to sit back and chill. They roast their own coffee and you are sure to be welcomed with freshly brewed aromas of coffee from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi. I will definitely be back!

For more information, visit their website.

Lattélicious

With everything from espressos, frappés, and chilled cappuccinos to flavoured and gourmet lattés, Lattélicious in Nelson Mandela Square definitely has a great selection of coffee beverages to choose from. The medium roast Lattélicious Brazilian is perfect if you are looking for something different with a bit of a sweet flavour and the Choc Mint Cookie Latté is divine!

For more information, visit their website.

Walnut Grove

This has always been one of my favourite spots in Sandton City when I need a break from shopping. Walnut Grove near the Food Court has a nice selection of Artisanal coffees for you to choose from to get your caffeine fix. I absolutely love the moreish Sinful Cappuccino drizzled with condensed milk. Definitely one for those who have a sweet tooth!

For more information, visit their website.

Motherland Coffee Company

Motherland Coffee Company is the perfect place for all coffee addicts! At Motherland, you can get your favourite coffee fix in either small, tall or the Mother Cuppa sizes, and there is a good selection of coffees (hot or iced), hot chocolates, teas and smoothies to choose from. Be sure to try the Dictator – condensed milk, double espresso, whipped cream all topped with chocolate shavings ... too yummy! Tip: Try the cheesecake!

For more information, visit their website.

Doubleshot Coffee and Tea

A great coffee hot spot in Braamies is Doubleshot Coffee and Tea. With a welcoming roasted coffee aroma and tasty baked goods to go with your aromatic coffee, this is a great place to just relax. And, if you want to take some great coffee home with you, you can buy some stock to take home and enjoy. Their double shot flat white is so good!

For more information, visit their website.

The Fat Zebra

A perfect cosy spot for some great breakfast and even greater coffee is this Linden-based gem. Only the creamiest cappuccinos come out of The Fat Zebra and be sure to order some tasty eggs to go with your cuppa ... it's the only way to start the day!

For more information, visit their website.

Father Coffee

Another fab spot in Braamfontein to grab a hot cup of coffee is Father Coffee. You will feel as if you have just walked into a wooden cabin filled with the delicious aroma of coffee everywhere! You can sit back and relax with a cuppa or get one on the go. Their own secret blend is so rich and delicious!

For more information, visit their website.

The Whippet

Perfect for a Sunday morning outing with the family, the Whippet out in Linden is a cosy little spot for you to sit back and relax. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and indulge in a tasty baked treat to get your day started. Try their boutique teas that include flavours such as strawberry-hibiscus and pineapple-ginger. And for the coffee addicts, enjoy their Linden blend made from a balance of creamy Costa Rican and rich chocolate Malawian beans.

For more information, visit their website.

Warm & Glad

One of Joburg’s favourite coffee spots, Warm & Glad offers you the perfect spot to get comfy and indulge in some decadent treats. Their coffee is from Deluxe Coffeeworks in Cape Town, and is roasted to perfection!

For more information, visit their website.

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