Restaurant Week South Africa is back, with a better-than-ever list of restaurants in Joburg. From trendy newcomers to fine-dining experts, the event encourages bargain-hunting Joburgers to try out new spots and revisit old favourites, serving up cheap but, at the same time, lavish eats. Here’s our pick of the 10 best restaurants to dine at this year!
Situated in the ever-so-luxurious Michelangelo Hotel, right in the heart of Sandton, Piccolo Mondo is a fine dining establishment that offers patrons both a posh atmosphere as well as an extensive menu of hot and cold starters, salads, mains, specialities and desserts. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate dinner with your loved one, or tea and cake with the girls.
There are few Joburg restaurants that are trendier than oneNINEone, which is conveniently situated in the Hyatt Regency, in the bustling suburb of Rosebank. Specialising in grills, poultry and fish, this stylish spot is an ideal place to tuck into fine wine and food while taking in some pretty unbeatable views of the City of Gold with a group of friends.
Central One Restaurant & Bar
From the minute you enter Central One Restaurant & Bar in the chic Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, you’re sure to feel special. Arrive early for dinner and enjoy a spectacular Sandton sunset along with a complimentary glass of champagne, or book for lunch and indulge in their simple menu of tantalising fare out on their iconic terrace.
Located on the 13th floor of the vibrant Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel, Vivace Restaurant provides patrons with a luxurious setting in which they can indulge in some of the very best risottos, pastas and grills, alongside fine wines. The beautiful views only add to the fabulous ambiance, making it a great spot for a date night or dinner with good friends.
Set inside the renowned Sandton Sun Hotel, San Restaurant is a classy spot where you can tuck into extravagant cocktails as well as an exciting seasonal menu. Well-loved by Joburg’s ‘younger’ generation, this hip and happening spot never disappoints when it comes to a sumptuous meal and a festive atmosphere.
Located in Bedfordview, Melrose Arch and Sandton, Pigalle truly is a benchmark in urban chic dining. Offering patrons simply scrumptious Portuguese food as well as a stunningly-decorated setting to indulge in, you can be sure that if it’s a fun night out you’re looking for, this edgy place is sure to deliver. Best enjoyed with a large group of friends.
LBV Bistro & Wine Bar
Tucked away in a shopping centre in Bryanston, LBV Bistro & Wine Bar is an understated yet somewhat charming spot that serves up classic dishes with a modern twist. Offering both ‘relaxed’ and ‘stylish’ dishes, this vibrant spot is ideal for both a laid back meal with the family, or a romantic night out with your loved one… you decide.
Higher Ground Restaurant
Located on the property of St Stithian’s College, Higher Ground Restaurant is an unpretentious spot that’s widely known for its spectacular views of the city. On the menu, you’ll find everything from burgers and meat, to chicken and seafood, so you can be sure that they have a little bit of something for everyone. What’s more is everything is handmade, ensuring superb quality dishes every time.
Inside the Forum Homini Hotel in Krugersdorp, you’ll find Roots Restaurant; a special place that’s sure to provide you with a fine dining experience like no other. Want to broaden your culinary horizons? Then be sure to try out their sublime wine-pairing menu, which boasts some of the finest Cape wines as well as beautifully presented plates of deliciousness. You won’t regret it.
Le Sel @ The Cradle
Near the iconic World Heritage Site that is the Cradle of Humankind lies Le Sel @ The Cradle, a wonderfully relaxed contemporary eatery. Situated on a tranquil, privately-owned farm, the restaurant offers patrons a fantastic international menu, a relaxing ambiance as well as simply magnificent views. It’s just the place to go for a long, lazy lunch or a delectable dinner.
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By Candice May
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