Best Christmas Lunch Spots In Town, 2016

Food is always on our minds, it is perhaps the most festive ingredient of all, the tool that brings it all together. If you’ll be spending your Christmas in the city of bright lights we’ve got you covered with the selection of restaurants to choose from and indulge – in Christmas cheer.

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Walnut Grove

Sandton City Shopping Centre, Corner of Sandton Drive & Alice Lane, Sandton Dr, Sandton, 2146

Situated in one of Africa’s biggest, buzzing malls Sandton City, Walnut Grove is a special Greek family restaurant that offers great meals with a South African twist. Walnut Grove is known as a ‘360° dining experience grounded in family tradition and heritage’. And if you’re Christmas meal is sorted, it is a must-stop for one of their awesome burgers. And on’t leave without trying their rainbow cake – it’s an Instagram-worthy dessert! Open Monday – Sunday 07:00 am to 10:00 pm.


Trumpet on Keyes, Corner Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue Rosebank

A restaurant so pretty, it looks – and feels – like an art gallery. If you’re feeling keen for an upper echelon ‘hit me up on my Snapchat’, worldly, meaty lunch – look no further, this is your place. All the hip and happening Joburgers’ flock to this new food hub situated at the leafy corner of Keyes and Jellicoe – so reservations are essential. It also boasts one of the best views of Johannesburg. Open Monday – Sunday 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Morrells Boutique Hotel Bistro

Corner Weltevreden Road & Scott Street Northcliff

Find Christmas magic and a scrumptious menu in the heart of Northcliff. Try their roast apple cider pork belly served with garlic sweet potato mash, baby vegetables & orange glaze. Morrells is also favoured by fashion publications for events. A good option for you and your family’s Christmas treat. Operating times 12:00 pm – 09:30 pm

Woolworths Café

Rosebank Mall, Cradock Ave, Johannesburg, 2196

If you’ll be hosting family members, or running errands for the braai whihc you’re hosting on the 26th of December, give Woolies’ Café a swing for your Christmas lunch shopping break. They have a filling budget buffet menu, with grains, proteins and heavenly carbs. Open Monday – Sunday 09:00 am to 18:00 pm.


Illovo Unit 1, Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Rd, Johannesburg, 2196

A great eatery tucked away in the heart of Illovo. Casual, yet chic, try Bellagio’s Lobster Tempura complemented by a crisp white wine from their considered wine list. Times: Monday – Sunday 10:00 am to 12:00 am.

Bolton Road Collection

2 Bolton Road, Unit 1 Park Corner, Corner Bolton Road & Jan Smuts, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2193

A quaint new eatery, Bolton Road serves up generous helpings of tasty delights like mussels and the usual meat dishes. A fantastic option if you are keen for a more indie lunch with peers. Operational times Monday – Sunday 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Christmas is a time of cheer, jubilation, laughing, eating, drinking, family and friends. With Christmas this year falling on a Sunday, one has all the more reason to indulge in fine dining, Jozi style.

By Dineo Monareng

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