The Fat Zebra
Linden is the perfect brunch spot for any suburb dweller. Escape from the ups and down of big city vibes and pull in to The Fat Zebra for a relaxed bite to eat and a great cup of coffee or tea. The pastries and cakes on display are wonderful too. Our favourite would be the eggs bennie – their hollandaise sauce is out of this world.
The brand new Steyn City has a lot to offer, and one of its most prized possessions would be the five star Nineteen Restaurant. Nineteen is set on the golf resort and boasts a modern African-inspired design. The food and service are on par with the ambience of the eatery as a whole. Be sure to check out their lamb potjie for a traditional kick to the tastebuds.
Salsa Mexican Grill
Who would have thought that Parkhurst would be the home of Latin American cuisine. Salsa Mexican Grill brings its own twist to traditional Mexican food by allowing patrons to construct their own food from items off the menu. All ingredients are sourced locally and made sure to be of the best quality. Salsa prides itself in being a health-conscious restaurant.
We’re sticking to fine Aztec inspired food and heading to Perron in Bryanston which opened in March 2016. Perron prides itself in having a wide variety of Mexican food and don’t concentrate only on the usual tacos, nachos and enchiladas. Perron is an alternative route to good food, which should be topped off with a shot or two of agave tequila.
Town – Tappas Bar & Restaurant
Newtown’s latest tappas and dim sum spot is beautiful. Its greenhouse style interior is perfectly set against the backdrop of Joburg’s urban jungle vibe. Welcome to Town where the food is Asian fusion and conjured up by Zimbabwean chef, Canaan “Sbu” Msongelwa who is a master at Afro-Asian cuisine.
Just off Gleneagles Road in Greenside, where Bob Rocks used to be, Pop Champagne has set up shop. Pop serves bubbly by the glass and its menu is filled with bistro-styled food. Your best bet would be to order a lomo el trapo (beef tenderloin in a towel) and pair it with some of South Africa’s best Methode Cap Classique.
The top restaurant in the northern suburbs deserves your attention. For quite some time now Gemeli has been feeding flocks of people the best food we’ve had in ages. The vibe is awesome, the wine is good and the food is even better. Check out their Wagyu beef – best, buttery meat out there.
AJ’s In The Park
Feel like kicking a picnic without actually doing the whole picnic vibe? Then AJ’s In The Park is just the place for you. Their pizzas and other comfort food is off the hook and will be a hit with the whole family. Our top pick would be the prosciutto covered pizza – absolute brilliance.
In Ferreirasdorp next to Newtown, there’s a restaurant that brings art, design and food together not only within the confines of its walls but also in its food creations too. Urbanologi is the inner city’s avant garde street food joint, set inside a local brewery. Our favourite would be the marjoram cured lamb rib kushiyaki and french oak wood teriyaki and roast apple. Sold? We thought so!
Mugg & Bean’s Smoked Menu
Chipotle rump, Korean ribs and honey ginger wings? Yes, you read that correctly. Mugg & Bean just dealt a stiff hand with their new smoky menu. We urge you to swing by your local M&B and try out these menu additions… you won’t be sorry.
The Griffin Gastropub Menu
Good beer was made to go down with good food. Thanks to The Griffin we get to combine the two with their Gastropub menu. Dishes to look out for would be the goats cheese gnocchi and the dry-aged rump.
The National’s Winter Menu
Don’t be left out in the cold this winter with salads and cold cuts. Pop in to The National and spice up the with season with free range chicken gumbo, veg biryani and lamb tajine.
By Shawn Greyling
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