Linger Longer’s beautiful surroundings and international reputation belies its very humble beginnings in downtown Johannesburg. Established as a tearoom on the ground floor front rooms of a pre-war rooming house, Linger Longer served its first guests in 1961.
Toward the end of 1964, two German restaurateurs acquired the quaint tearoom and set about converting it into a restaurant. Little did they know that this little restaurant they so lovingly nurtured would become one of South Africa’s longest surviving and favourite fine dining restaurants. Regrettably, both these enthusiastic entrepreneurs were killed in a motor accident in 1968 and Linger Longer’s future hung in the balance.
Fortunately Bill Jackson, a regular, came to the rescue and once again Linger Longer had found a loving patron. Under Peg and Bill Jackson’s supervision the restaurant flourished and grew.
In 1979 the Jackson’s retired to Natal and the restaurant was acquired by brothers John and Ben Filmalter who are the present owners.
Linger Longer is well known for it’s high culinary standards, the highlights are these signature dishes – Walter’s Foie Gras, Porcini mushroom in olive oil and fresh basil. Try the Salmon and Scampi Ceviche on rocket or the Ostrich khibi with roasted peppers or perhaps the Guinea Fowl in red wine with juniper berry sauce. Rock Cod and fresh Chilean Salmon, burned lemon cream or wild berries mousse.
For that special occasion reserve a table in the private garden under the trees.
For bookings, contact the number alongside.