Order your breakfast items in advance
Even though On Escombe is a self-catering cottage, we do provide you with some basic breakfast items. However, you can also send us a message with your list of desired food and you will find your order in the fridge upon your arrival (these would be provided to you at cost).
In the fully-equipped kitchen you will always find complimentary tea and coffee, milk, sugar, sweetener and biscuits.
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.
Our favourite 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 relaxed lunch.
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 Coco
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, Rosebank.
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, Rosebank.
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 Centre
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 generous portions.
And then, of course, there is Mr Delivery...