So, you’re in the mood for snackies but not too sure where to go? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Come with us as we take a look at the top Tapas Restaurants in Joburg. Come hungry because we’re going to be eating all over the show in this one.
Cafe Sofia – Greenside
Everything’s groovy at this 70s decorated tapas and meze bar, with its retro colour scheme and top spot along the Greenside strip. Think fusion tapas that borrow from European, North African and Middle Eastern cuisine, and you can round the meal off with one of their sweet tapas desserts. Café Sofia offers a host of drink and food specials. Good spot to continue sipping your sangria into the night.
Mythos At Design Quarter – Fourways
Mythos brings you delicious Greek cuisine served in an elegantly stylish atmosphere, making it the perfect spot if you want to have an intimate dinner for two or just a relaxed lunch with friends and family. There is a lovely selection of mezes to choose from and share, giving you a variety of flavour to indulge in.
Plaka – Eastgate
This is definitely one of my favourite spots when I am looking for some great Greek food! They have a delicious selection of tapas for you to choose from, which goes along just perfectly with their delicious selection of dips to add a little more zest! My absolute favourite are the keftethes (homemade meatballs) and the calamari stuffed with feta and peppers!
La Boqueria – Parktown North
For a celebration of all things Hispanic, visit La Boqueria. Their tapas menu includes artichoke and fennel croquettas, lamb empanada, braised short rib and wood-fired goats cheese with tomato salsa and green olive pesto. Pair this with a sustainably farmed, rare wine. All the wines are categorised according to their personality. You can have fun choosing between “solid, hearty, generous” or “fruit-laden, floral, sunny.” It’s a charming touch — ideal for the wine connoisseur and newbie alike. The decor is intricately artistic. Step into this world and be lost in food and beauty.
Thava Indian Restaurant – Norwood
I have been to this spot a number of times over the years, and all I can say is that I cannot get enough! They have a great selection of curries that come in nice little pots, perfect for sharing if you what to have a bit of variety among your table.They are also known for their Northern India inspired, tapas-style dining. I definitely love the lamb khorma!
The Grazing Room At DW13 Eleven – Dunkeld West
For some fine dining, DW 13 Eleven is the place to be for delights that will tantalise your taste buds. But, if you are looking for something to snack on or want something to share among the group, be sure to head to their Grazing Room and take a look at their selection of tapas. Their Italian spring rolls have my mouth watering and I love the sound of the smoked mozzarella, parma ham and rocket with a white cream sauce! Yum!
Lonely Hearts Club – Melville
Step into an atmosphere of retro music, dark wood, marble and barefaced brick. This is a restaurant and tapas bar devoted to food as a space for the community. If you’re looking to share food with a couple of great friends, pop into this unique spot. Enjoy delicious Spanish-style smokey food prepared in an imported charcoal oven. Lonely Hearts Club is a gem by far and you should go check them out.
Salsa Mexican Grill – Bedfordview
Who doesn’t love a little taste of Mexico? This edgy, vibrant and quirky restaurant sets the stage for all the roaring fun a group of friends can have. Gather around a table of spicy eats, including Mexican meatballs and jalapeno poppers. Grab some cocktails and jugs and enjoy a mad, colourful time.
Mezepoli – Melrose Arch
Greek with a dash of Mediterranean, Mezepoli offers you a meze based menu, which means all of their dishes are designed to be shared amongst you and your dining companions. You can choose from a great selection of tapas and sushi that will not bust the bank! Perfect for a girls get-together!
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. If we haven’t included your favorite spot in our list, please share below!