Plenty of restaurant choices in the neighbourhood
There is an
abundance of excellent restaurants to suit any taste and need, we are only
listing our personal favourites.
place nearby in charming Melville, Lucky Bean offers South African bistro style fare. A
bar and small outside terrace complement the beautiful inside sitting area
famous for its mural tree. The variations on known comfort food are excellent, the
atmosphere and staff relaxed and friendly. There are regular live music
performances. 16t Seventh Street, Melville.
Il Giardino at 44 Stanley
We come here probably more for the
atmosphere in their little courtyard than the food. Entirely unexpected coming
from the rather bleak and always busy Empire street crossing, at Il Giardino you sit in an
Italian style patio under olive trees next to a little water feature. Come here
for a late lunch, sundowners or early dinner. 44 Stanley, Auckland Park.
Workshop 55 on 5th, Parktown North
Specialising on a large selection of
different gin varieties, you might be in for a taste of something different at Workshop 55. Your
entrance fee of 180 ZAR will include three tapas from the taster menu, each of
them beautifully presented and with the most interesting and often surprising compositions
of different aromas and tastes. This is complemented by an extensive gin drink selection
with unusual and fascinating combinations. The wine list is a selection of rare
bottles you might not have seen before. 55,
7th Avenue, Parktown North.
Urbanologi in collaboration with Mad Giant
Situated in relatively newly
refurbished industrial complex, the menu at Urbanologi offers Asian-fusion, tapas-style
food allowing you to taste a variety of them. They can be combined with a
selection of 'bold and audacious' craft beers from Mad Giant (you can book
tours). Very cool and relaxed place and nice for a Saturday or Sunday late long
Moyo's at Zoo Lake and Melrose
The Moyo restaurant at the lake is very
close to Escombe and has a lot of atmosphere and character. It is nicely
decorated with a small African curio shop and large outside sitting area at
different levels. Very busy for Sunday brunch or lunch. The dependence at
upmarket Melrose is entirely different, but the food is as lovely and allows
you to try a large array of different African dishes.
Epicure by Chef
Epicure in Sandton is the farthest
away restaurant we mention, but it is an African experience worth the drive. The
description by the restaurant itself is better than anything we could say: 'Multi-award-winning
chef Coco Reinarhz is African epicurean elegance personified. World citizen and
son of their soil, his work always engages with what it means to be African in
a global gourmet context.' Carefully
curated wine list. 3-5 Lower Road, Morningside Central, Sandton.
Fine Dining (you want to
book for all these options)
If you need to
impress someone, whether spouse or business partners - or simply like to eat
like grand style... Epicure features in this section, too.
A new restaurant along Jan Smuts with
a large bar and spectacular view on the city. Marble celebrates quintessential South African fare and cooking on
fire. The grand wood-fired grill serves to prepare not only meat, but all
types of ingredients cooked on coals - including fish, poultry, vegetables and
breads. Carefully composed wine list. Trumpet on Keyes, 19, Keyes Avenue,
A classic in the Joburg restaurant
scene for more than 20 years, The Grillhouse regularly receive awards for its steaks and
ribs. But the menu offers a variety of options down to their legendary'
brownies with icecream. The interior reminds of a classic New York Steakhouse,
there is also a wine cellar and a bar with live music. The Firs, Hyatt Centre,
Pigalle at Melrose Arch
Pigalle will not disappoint you. The
food is of high quality (and price), the wine selection respectable. Seafood is
particularly recommended. They praise themselves for their seafood, but their
steaks are also excellent. At the first floor in Melrose Arch, you oversee the
piazza outside. Shop HL 48 Level 05, High Level Street, Corlett Drive, Melrose.
DW Eleven-13 at Dunkeld Shopping
In an unassuming
location, only to be found by those in the know, at the backside of Dunkeld
shopping centre is DW Eleven-13's large elegant dining space. Please don't ask us what the
name is meant to say - we just enjoy the food there which is according to the
chefs experimental and invites guests to explore the unknown. They have an
extensive list of fine wines. Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, Corner Jan
Smuts/Bompas Road. The entrance is at the back of the building, below and
behind the shops.
Vegetarian and vegan
Even if you are not vegan at all,
this beautiful restaurant just a little outside of town following Beyers-Naude Drive
is worth a visit. Situated on a big farm, you can stroll through their own
vegetable and herb garden and the coffee roastery on site, check out the
wedding venue and Italian restaurant just next door. Leafy Green offers an extensive
buffet with many interesting options to try different vegan dishes. You can
also buy healthy food options to take with you. Very nice outing for a long
late lunch. Rocky Ridge Road, Muldersdrift.
Greenside Cafe was one of the first
vegan restaurants in Johannesburg with a creative menu. The setting and
atmosphere at the restaurant and bar strip in Greenside is not spectacular, but
it is very close for a taste of something different - or, of course, if you are
vegan. 34, Gleneagles Road, Greenside.
Lucky Bean also always offers vegan options.
Good food at good prices
Just across Jam
Smuts and the M1 a few minutes away in an old heritage building with large
garden area. Cooking at Mike's Kitchen is home-style, comfort food with
And then, of course, there is Mr Delivery...