A Culinary Guide To Melville

We ate our way through Melville just so we can tell you all about the top spots where to grab a bite to eat. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, we’ve got you covered. 

Confucius once said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It should also be said that eating your way through the best restaurants in Melville begins with a single bite. Now, it’s worth noting that we are no stranger to Melville. We’ve dined at the Leopard (which recently moved to 44 Stanley), danced at Roxy’s and got drunk at Cool Runnings. So, if there’s any one publication worthy of telling you all about the tastiest spots in Melville, look no further than us. With that said, this list is far from complete and we took the liberty of choosing our top picks on a food-to-cost ratio… if that makes sense. Anyway, feel free to let us know all about your favourites in the comments below.

Breakfast In Melville

Pablo Eggs Go Bar

Well, at the risk of being too predictable we included the uber-hipster Pablo Eggs Go Bar as one of our favourite breakfast spots in Melville. They have amazing coffee, their wide array of eggs Benedict and the overall vibe makes for a great breakfast spot. It’s also a cool place to check out for a “boozy brunch” (served from 10:00) where you can have a mimosa along with your choice of breakfast. Pablo Eggs Go Bar’s signature English muffins are topped with the best ingredients around. We recommend you try their Mervs muffin, which is topped with boerewors, fried eggs, jalapeño mayo and avo, and finished off with Parmesan and biltong shavings.

Where Is It?  2 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109

Cafe De La Creme

A local favourite, Cafe De La Creme is a bakery/cafe/ patisserie serving up breakfast and brunch just like the French folk do. Their croissants are made in-house and are the most beautiful little things that we simply enjoy stuffing our gullets with. In fact, they are so tasty that one of the writers at our office has a freezer full of Cafe De La Creme’s croissants. The breakfast menu sings a classic tune with items ranging from fruit salads to Eggs Royale (poached eggs with smoked salmon served on an English muffin smothered in hollandaise sauce). The cafe itself is decorated like something out of a home décor magazine and gives off quite a homely feeling. The service is great, though the place can get packed pretty quickly… but that just shows how good the overall experience is at Cafe De La Creme.

Where Is It? Cnr 4th Avenue & 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg, 2092

Lunch In Melville

The Federal

From the guy who brought us the National and Coobs comes the Federal – our favourite place to grab diner-style hot dogs paired with local craft beers. Restaurateur James Diack is a rock star in the northern suburbs of Jozi. With Diack at the helm, the Federal is all about “from the farm to the fork” style eating combined with American dive favourites. We highly recommend the Pork Sarmie, which is a pressed sandwich filled with pulled pork shoulder and served with apple and raisin coleslaw, pickled radish and sesame mayo. Be sure to check out their infamous footlongs; pick up one of these babies served with a beer as part of their Sunday lunch special.

Where Is It?  6 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109

Service Station

Since 1999, Service Station has been a fan favourite lunch spot in Melville for locals and visitors alike. It’s the one place on 9th Street that has stood the test of time. Through thick and thin, the Service Station kitchen has kept their ovens preheated and their griddles piping hot. Their lunch menu consists of artisanal burgers, toasted sandwiches served with crunchy salads and their infamous charcuterie platter.

Where Is It? 24 9th St, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109

Dinner In Melville

Xai Xai

We don’t care what anyone says – Xai Xai serves the best pizza in Melville. Hands down. Their Capone pizza is what dreams are made of. It’s topped with chicken, bacon, avo and tons of mozzarella. But the boat does not stop there… Named after the iconic holiday destination in Mozambique, Xai Xai’s menu is filled with exceptionally well-prepared Mozambican food. You can expect peri-peri chicken and prawn platters. The service is sometimes slow but it doesn’t retract from how cool the place is. Don’t expect the decor to be in competition with other restaurants in the area – the vibe is laid-back beach style, so kick off your sandals and enjoy the atmosphere.

Where Is It? 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg, 2072

The Great Eastern Food Bar

Feel like something a little more interesting? Then check out The Great Eastern Food Bar at the Bamboo Centre. It’s an eatery with a diverse menu, kitted out to tantalise the taste buds of even the weirdest food critics arround town. Spoilt for choice, their food items boast an eclectic mix of Asian inspired dishes from dim sum, smoked trout steamed buns to bowls of Ramen. The Great Eastern Food Bar also make full use of their balcony, where diners can enjoy their meal while overlooking the Melville skyline.

Where Is It? 53 Rustenburg Rd, Melville, Johannesburg, 2001

By Shawn Greyling

Have we left out your favourite eateries in Melville? Then let us know all about them in the comments section below. Sharing is caring, so show this to that foodie friend of yours on social media. 


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