Where are you eating out tonight? Luckily for you (and your taste buds), Joburg is constantly welcoming new restaurants to its foodie scene, with buzzy upstarts joining the impeccable landmarks that never disappointment. Whether you’re craving an artful yet affordable tasting menu, a soul-satisfying platter of the city’s best tapas, or world-class Mexican food, there’s a Jozi restaurant that will satisfy.
Tucked away inside 27 Boxes in the eclectic suburb of Melville is The Countess; a charming steampunk meets American smokehouse-style restaurant. The industrial décor and vibrant atmosphere is sure to thrill you, but then again, so is The Countess Burger, or the Truffle Mac & Cheese. After scoffing down your generously-sized main meal, you may think you have no space left for the Pot de Crème, but carry on – the decadent dessert that is an interesting twist on your standard crème brulee is not to be missed out on.
Contact number: 011 482 7361
Address: 27 Boxes, 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.
Without complicating things, The Generator manages to bring you top-notch sarmies and wraps in a trendy space just minutes from the Sandton CBD. Sit down and relax with a beer and a custom-designed sandwich at lunch while you breathe in the hustle and bustle of the city, or simply pop in for a well-deserved drink after a long day at the office. This unpretentious, well-priced spot is always busy and bustling on any given day of the week, and is best enjoyed with a good group of mates.
Contact number: 011 326 7902
Address: 130 11th Street, Parkmore, Johannesburg.
The Fat Zebra
Whether it’s a quality cup of coffee and a stack of buttermilk crumpets, or a glass of fine wine with a board of tapas you’re craving, The Fat Zebra can help you with that. The sexy and ever so stylish Linden eatery offers patrons a moreish menu consisting of breakfasts, lunches and dinners, with a beverage list of non-alcoholic and alcoholic options just as impressive to match. Not matter what time of day you decide to visit, make sure you don’t leave without indulging in a slice of their flourless lemon and almond cake slice – you won’t regret it.
Contact number: 082 469 5757
Address: 71 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg.
Joshua Tree Restaurant & Bar
If pub grub and great cocktails is your thing, Joshua Tree Restaurant & Bar is your place. This vibey spot offers patrons an extensive menu of simple fare done well, with a cocktail list to match. Enjoy a platter of appetisers with a bunch of friends, or tuck into one of their hearty mains for a meal of your own. Feeling thirsty? Then you’ll be glad to know that they often have happy hour specials, during which you must try out their Tequila Daiquiri or Hazelnut Colada… cheers!
Contact number: 087 550 9181
Address: Northlands Corner Shopping Centre, corner of Witkoppen & New Market Roads, North Riding, Johannesburg.
You may associate the trendy, well-loved Mexican joint that is Perron with the bustling suburb of Illovo, but did you know that they’ve just opened up another restaurant in Bryanston, too? That’s right, your favourite spot for burritos and margaritas is now open in two locations. If you haven’t tried them out yet, get down to their new restaurant as soonest … everything is sure to delight you, from the wonderfully loud interior and festive atmosphere, to the moreish churros and potent tequilas.
Contact number: 011 706 7841
Address: Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, corner of Hobart & Grosvenor Roads, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
Another new Mexican eatery in the city, Baha Taco is a quaint and rather quirky little place that serves up some very tempting dishes, such as a dreamy halloumi-filled taco, which I just can’t seem to get enough of right now. I’m also a huge fan of their décor – think a pink pizza oven (yes, a pizza oven in a Mexican spot, don’t ask questions, just know that it works!), mosaicked table tops and cacti displays. This all makes for a cosy, comfortable setting to munch on simple Mexican food done well.
Contact number: 076 694 7400
Address: 38 Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg.
Whether it’s a classic lasagne or a thin-crust pizza loaded with gourmet toppings that you’re craving, The Eatalian has got you covered. Everything at this modern Italian spot is handmade from scratch, and you can bet that the fresh, flavourful ingredients shine through in every finished dish. The eatery presents a homey atmosphere, which makes it a fantastic intimate spot for a dinner with that someone special or even a group of close friends. And be sure to end your meal off with one of their specialty coffees – it’s sure to be love at first sip.
Contact number: 010 500 9306
Address: 126 11th Street, Parkmore, Johannesburg
Want to treat yourself and your loved one this month? There’s nowhere more intimate to go than the luxurious establishment that is Piccolo Mondo at The Michelangelo Hotel. Once a month, the fine dining eatery brings you their renowned Gourmet Dinner, which offers the ultimate culinary experience paired with some of the Cape’s finest wines for just R545 per head. On any other night, the restaurant offers patrons a divine à la carte menu that always makes for a memorable dining experience.
Contact number: 011 282 7000
Address: The Michelangelo Hotel, corner Rivonia Road & 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.
For Italian food with a marvellous fine dining twist to it, there’s no better place to visit than Gemelli Ristorante. This chic restaurant couples modern, playful cooking styles with solid, classic flavour pairings to bring you dishes that will make for a memorable dining experience. Must-tries include the Penne Alessandro, a fragrant penne created by the restaurant’s founder, as well as the Branzino, which is a sublime fillet of aromatic seabass served with mussels and baby potatoes.
Contact number: 010 591 4333
Address: Shop 13, Posthouse Link Centre, corner of Main Road & Posthouse Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
From a range of French, Mauritian and Asian cuisine, Parc Fermé offers top international food. The menu is both exquisite and delicious, designed to bring you a variety of dishes from sushi to hot sizzling grills that are sure to please the most discerning taste buds. You can expect traditional classics with modern twists, such as a Cajun chicken alfredo pasta and seafood tagine that serves two. Plus, for the month of April, the restaurant is offering you one free dessert with every meal purchased. The chocolate parfait with pistachio crust is sublime – just saying!
Contact number: 011 245 4846
Address: 8 Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Are there any restaurants you think we should try in the month of April, Joburgers? Leave your suggestions in the comment box down below.
by Candice May