Where are you eating out tonight? Luckily for you (and your taste buds), Joburg is constantly welcoming new restaurants to its foodie scene. Whether you’re craving an artful yet affordable menu, a soul-satisfying platter of the city’s best tapas, or world-class Mexican food, there’s a Jozi restaurant that will satisfy.
Tucked away inside 27 Boxes in the eclectic suburb of Melville is The Countess, a charming steampunk meets American smokehouse-style restaurant. The industrial decor and vibrant atmosphere are sure to thrill you, but then again, so will the Countess Burger, or the Truffle Mac & Cheese. After scoffing down your generously-sized main meal, you may think you have no space left for the Pot de Crème, but carry on — this decadent dessert is an interesting twist on your standard crème brûlée that you simply have to try.
The Fat Zebra
Whether it’s a quality cup of coffee and a stack of buttermilk crumpets, or a glass of fine wine and tapas, The Fat Zebra has that and more. The upmarket Linden eatery offers a moreish menu of breakfasts, lunches and dinners and an impressive list of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages options. No matter what time of day you decide to visit, make sure you don’t leave without indulging in a slice of their flourless lemon and almond cake slice.
Joshua Tree Restaurant & Bar
For pub grub, craft beer and great cocktails, Joshua Tree Restaurant & Bar is the place. This vibey spot has an extensive menu of simple fare done well, with a background of live music on certain days. Enjoy a platter of appetisers with a bunch of friends or tuck into one of the hearty mains. For their happy hour specials, we suggest you try the Tequila Daiquiri or Hazelnut Colada. Cheers!
You may associate the trendy, well-loved Mexican joint that is Perron with the bustling suburb of Illovo, but the Bryanston version is just as much of a foodie hotspot. Perched in the culinary hub that the Hobart Centre has become, we know you'll love everything about Perron from the wonderfully loud interior and festive atmosphere to the moreish churros and potent tequilas.
Another great Mexican eatery in the city, Baha Taco is a quaint and quirky little place that serves up some very tempting dishes, such as the halloumi-filled taco, which I just can’t seem to get enough of right now. I’m also a huge fan of their decor — think a pink pizza oven (yes, a pizza oven in a Mexican spot, and it's pink, don’t ask questions), mosaicked tabletops and cacti displays. This all makes for a cosy, comfortable setting to enjoy simple and delicious Mexican street food made with locally grown, organic produce.
From a classic lasagne to a thin-crust pizza loaded with gourmet toppings, The Eatalian caters to your every craving. All the dishes at this modern Italian spot are handmade from scratch, and the cosy atmosphere lends itself to both intimate dinners and fun, rowdy tables of friends. Be sure to end your meal off with one of their speciality coffees — it’ll be love at first sip.
Want to treat yourself and your loved one to a special meal? There’s nowhere more intimate to go than the luxurious establishment that is Piccolo Mondo at the Michelangelo Hotel. Once a month, the fine-dining eatery brings you their renowned Gourmet Dinner, which offers the ultimate culinary experience paired with some of the Cape’s finest wines. On any other night, the restaurant has an excellent à la carte menu.
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Gemelli Cucina Bar
This fine-dining Italian restaurant in Bryanston offers a menu that couples modern, playful cooking styles with solid, classic flavours. Must-tries include the Penne Alessandro, created by the restaurant’s founder, with smoked chicken, prawn tails and prosecco-mustard cream, as well as the pork belly braised in white wine.
This restaurant offers an international dining experience with a variety of French, Mauritian and Asian cuisine on the menu. Designed to tantalise any palate from sushi to sizzling grills, there are also two notable traditional classics with modern twists — the Cajun chicken alfredo and the seafood tagine that serves two. An exceptional dessert is the chocolate parfait with pistachio crust.
Are there any other restaurants you think we should try, Joburgers? Leave your suggestions in the comment box down below.