Deciding where to eat in Joburg is as hard, if not more, as choosing the perfect gift, or where to go for your next vacation. The options are endless–literally–and from fine dining to casual eateries, the city is brimming with some of the best bites you’re likely to ever have in your life.
To narrow down your search for new spots to dine at this season, we’ve put together a list of the hottest new restaurants in the Jozi right now.
Il Contadino (Parktown North)
If you’re an avid follower of the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene, you’ll probably know that Chef James Diack owns three other popular eateries in Joburg. But with this farm-inspired restaurant in Parktown, Diack has definitely consolidated his position as one of the city’s favourite foodies.
Il Contadino features starters like grilled spring onions in bacon with beef cheek and trotter, and mains like roast pork belly with aniseed pear puree, sherried carrots, duck-fat chips and fennel. Though very different from the rest, Il Contadino in its own league is simply outstanding. Their food is quite delicious.
19 4th Ave, Parktown North, Randburg, 2193
@Kate’s Kitchen (Parktown North)
For those who are looking to enjoy a delicious meal in a luxurious setting that still has you feeling like you’re over at your mother’s house – then @Kate’s Kitchen is the definitely go-to place. The Parktown restaurant serves different cultural homely foods, including vegan ones, vegetarian ones, the meaty ones and fish ones. The desserts here are also becoming infamous among the local businessmen.
17 4th Ave, Johannesburg, 2193
Ciao – The Little Eatery
Ciao is a cute and unpretentious deli which is known to serve the most divine waffles and deserts. We’re talking old school bagels stuffed with salmon and cream cheese, brand spanking new bubble waffles topped with ice cream or chocolate, and a wide range of delicious smoothies. Not only that, but they’re also big on salads. The little eatery is perfect for breakfast or lunch with friends, and is definitely worth a visit the next time you’re in the Arch.
High St, Melrose North, Johannesburg, 2196
The Royale (Craighall Park)
This is basically everyone’s new local, but so much better looking than the pub down the road.
The tropical haven boasts a relaxed friendly atmosphere with sultry Latin music playing to set the mood. The chefs at The Royale have put together some magic and their prawn curry, mojo-rubbed pork belly and Cuban sandwiches are winners. The bar and its rum are prominent contenders for your attention. You’ll want to try one of the cocktails.
357 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall Park, Randburg, 2196
Hashtag Kitchen and Bar (Craighall Park)
Hashtag Kitchen and Bar has become a great party spot and, with three bars, it’s no surprise. The food here is appropriate and exceptionally fine: there’s the popular ‘pizzzza’ Frutti di Mare, their sweet and sticky pork ribs and their luxurious gourmet dessert shakes with a naughty hit of liquor. Their emphasis is on cocktails, hanging out at the bar and whatever tunes the DJ is spinning out.
345 Jan Smuts Ave, Craighall, Randburg, 2196
Épicure by Chef Coco (Morningside)
Coco Reinarhz is the seasoned chef of many great restaurants like Sel et Poivre and Petit Sel, but now he’s poised to open a new place in Central Square called Épicure. Chef Coco is originally from Burundi with much experience in Africa and Europe. His food signature is elegant, modern African-French dishes that are perfect in presentation and deliciousness. Épicure’s emphasis is on fresh, healthy eating. This includes breakfasts, which will start at 8am every day of the week. Also within the space is a cigar bar with its own humidor; Épic, the bar specialising in rum; and the appropriately named Cure, a deli.
Located at Central Square, Corner West Road South and Lower Road, 2196
Lonely Hearts Club (Melville)
Jono and Malcolm of Hell’s Kitchen and Santa Muerte have developed their new slightly smarter restaurant a bit further downhill in Melville’s 7th Street, on a rather classy property they’ve restored. The menu has been developed with the wonderful new Spanish charcoal oven in mind, featuring Basque and Spanish influences. The food comes as tapas, though non-sharing dishes are also on offer. The excellent food is to be enjoyed with the wonderful wines to the tune of pre-1980s music.
9 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg
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