When searching for a restaurant when exploring a new city, the best, and perhaps most obvious, place to start is the mall. And Eastrand Mall is no exception. Whether it's lunch with the ladies, a sweet treat, family night out or a lunch time rush, you'll find what you're looking for at one of the eateries at this mall. Options range from pub grub, baked confectionery, Italian and middle eastern fare and even a little something to satisfy that sweet tooth.
This eatery has become a fast hit among Joburg residents for their huge juicy smash burgers, thick milkshakes and checkerboard waffles. Stop by for an expertly crafted burger, or build your own. Alternatively get a combo meal, hotdog, chicken wings, ribs, chips, nachos, salad or waffle.
For the best rack of sticky, flavourful and messy ribs, House of Ribs is the place to be. This Boksburg restaurant offers steak house style cuisine that Joburgers know and love. Menu items include burgers, grills, breakfasts, starters, kids meals, sushi and buffets.
Little Nero's is a hidden treasure serving delicious pasta, pizza, calzones and carveries. The menu offers Italian classics with a grill house flair. Try the Mushroom Florentino for starters and the Putenesca pasta with a side of garlic and herb facaccia for mains. End the feasting with a strong espresso.
Head over to News Cafe for the best cocktails in Joburg, as voted for by Best of Joburg. With classics like Mai Tai, Mojito and Margarita to originals like Miss-Behave, Off Tropic and Black Bottle Rocket, there's something for everyone. And they have a food menu to satisfy any hunger pangs later in the night.
One of our favourite Indian restaurants is tucked away right on Northrand Road. Here, you can get some of the best curry, naan, vindaloo, tandoori and butter chicken in the east. But their Aloo Paratha alone, is worth the trip. Warm spiced potatoes loaded into a mouthwatering flat bread, the perfect bread accompaniment to any dish.
Also located on Northrand Road, at the Tudor Rose Centre, is Zorbas Taverna. This family owned restaurant serves authentic Greek food that is simply scrumptious. Their chicken and halloumi yiros are some of the best in Joburg. Patrons can also experience traditional Greek dancing and plate breaking at this venue.
Established in 1997, Neptune has been serving tantalising seafood for over 20 years. They have plentiful dishes which include snails, calamari, oysters, prawns, mussels, salmon, hake, sole, linefish, lobster and other grilled meat with a Mozambican flair. There are also a few option for vegetarians and a delectable dessert range.
For authentic Mexican cuisine and craft tequila, head over to this eatery. Feast on platitos, burritos, tacos, enchiladas, quesadillas, nachos or build your own meal from their selection of base, protein, gains, dairy, veg and salsas. Finish off your meal with an expertly crafted gin, tequila or cocktail.
An article about restuarants in Boksburg would not be complete without at least one mention of a road house. This road house on Northrand Road has a menu of kotas, milkshakes, waffles, toasties and pizzas. The milkshakes at this joint are legendary. Flavours include Black Forest, Milk Tart, Malva and Smores, among many others.
For tasty Chinese dishes and sushi, try Kung Fu Kitchen on the corner of Northrand Road and Anchor Street. With flavourful soup, curry, Chow Faan, Chow Mein, Foo Yong and Chop Suey, they offer something for every one. Sushi lovers will adore the Maki, California Rolls, Fashion Sandwiches, Nigri, Sashimi and hand rolls.
Tucked away in Tudors Rose Centre in Beyers Park, is a little gem of a Greek restaurant. Zorbas Taverna is a small family owned eatery serving up delicious and fabulous Greek fare to residents of Boksburg and surrounds.
This charming restaurant exudes the feel of Greece with the blue and white touches, scenic portraits and Greek souvenirs. The sky blue walls are decorated with huge portraits of the Greek sea and the tables are lined with blue and white seating and topped with checkered table clothes that make you feel right at home. This feeling is accentuated by the welcoming attitudes of the staff there.
The food also makes one feel at home, as if we have gone to Grandma's for lunch - if Grandma is a talented chef specialising in Greek cuisine, that is. Expect anything from delectable mezes to the best yiros and everything in between, all with a surprisingly low impact on the wallet.
Their menu is small but provides ample choices. Their Souvlaki, whether chicken, lamb or beef, comes highly recommended. However, our favourite is definitely the Yiros. Available in haloumi, feta, falafel, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, Sheftalia, Kefte, calamari and squid heads. While all of these are wonderful in their own right, we are suckers for the Haloumi Yiro - crispy cheese morsels, with fresh tomato and onion, and rich and creamy tzatziki wrapped up in a chewy flat bread.
A delectable meal like this needs to be paired with something sweet and bitter. How does a yummy dessert and a specialty coffee sound? Zorbas' range of desserts includes the Honey Delight, Baklava and Rizogalo. All three are incredibly decadent but we always opt for the Baklava, layers of phyllo pastry and nuts drenched in honeyed syrup - absolutely scrumptious. The sweetness is matched perfectly with a Greek Coffee. This tar-like substance might not be for everyone but true caffeine lovers should give it a try. It makes for a strong, bitter and rich drink that's sure to keep you up and about for the night's festivities.
The festivities include song, dance and good old plate breaking. On Saturdays, Zorbas hosts Greek Night with live musical performances and traditional Greek dancing. If you're more in the mood for relaxed dining with the family, head on over on any other night of the week when the atmosphere allows one to unwind while enjoying great food and drink, even during load shedding. If you'd rather stay in, you're welcome to get a take-away or have it delivered to your door through Mr D.
This Greek eatery has become one of our favourite go-to restaurants when we are hungry and can't decide where to go. This is because the service is always good and the food, even better. We can't wait to go back.
Find out more about Zorbas Taverna here.
This Greek eatery is based in the popular mixed-use precinct of Melrose Arch. They specialise in Mediterranean fare perfectly paired with sweet wines. Their menu boasts a wide selection of olives, cheeses, dips, salads, seafood, vegetarian and meat options. But it is their yiros that keep us coming back for more. Their yiros come in several options, but the halloumi version is a favourite. The cheese is crispy and golden and somehow more flavourful than regular halloumi. It is served with the creamiest tzatziki and a lovely array of fresh ingredients adding the perfect crunch.
This little eatery is tucked away in the heart of Boksburg, down Northrand Road. They are a small family-owned business that makes great Greek food. What is great about this restaurant is that they have Greek Evenings featuring music, dance and, of course, plate breaking. What would any Greek night be without a bit of plate breaking? For those less destructive than us, the food is reason enough to visit. Their yiros are available in beef, kefte (meatballs), lamb, pork, sheftalia (pork kebabs), chicken, calamari, squid, halloumi or feta and falafel. Pro tip - when in doubt, go for the chicken. This succulent spiced chicken will always be a winner. And delicious. If you're up for it, try their Greek coffee. But be warned, this miracle drink is not for everyone.
This restaurant has several locations throughout Joburg. They offer Greek specialty food that will make you feel like you're on the white sandy beaches of Greece. Their selection of olives and feta options are definitely worth a try. Their yiro comes in one option - beef, but they do it well. Fresh bread stuffed with tender cuts of marinated beef, followed by the slight crunch of the vegetables, all coming together with a scrumptious sauce. Yum!
Mythos is one of the largest and most popular Greek restaurants in Joburg with eight locations in all four corners of our city. They offer authentic Greek cuisine such as souvlaki, meze and, of course, yiros. They have a variety of yiros including chicken, halloumi and beef. The Chicken & Halloumi yiro is a must try, as it combines the best of both worlds - meat and cheese. The yiros are served with tzatziki, tomato and red onion. Just be sure to try a slice of their sweet and rich Baklava Cheesecake before you leave.
Nikos also has several locations scattered across Joburg. Their menu, though small, is filled with ample choices from meze to desserts. Out of all the places on this list, their yiro options are the most extensive with 13 choices in chicken, beef, pork, lamb and vegetarian. We can't recommend any particular yiro, we rather suggest you try them all and pick your favourite. This way, you'll get a chance to try their meats, vegetables and dips as well as all the combinations of the three.
This café is located in Cresta Shopping Centre in the northern suburbs. Their menu is stacked with plentiful options from stuffed waffles to gourmet sandwiches. None of these items are yiros though. What they do have are zivas, which are naan-like flat breads folded around delectable stuffings. In essence, a ziva is a yiro. Or at least they're similar enough to warrant a ziva making this list. They have a few options to choose from but the Halloumi, Avo and Tomato Ziva is close to the best thing since sliced bread. If Greek food is lacking anything, it's the creaminess of fresh avocado. This ziva brings the lusciousness of avocado to the almost perfect yiro, giving us perfection.