A “Mexican Grille and Tequileria,” La Rosa kicked off with an unrivaled flair, demonstrated by its scooping the 2017 Best of Joburg’s Best New Restaurant award. If Mexican still presents as a relative unknown, this is the place to pick up on the genuine experience. No half-baked fare here. Located at Time Square, this is a must!
Aiming for a “a true Mexican experience,” they’ve succeeded. For the vibrant colours, copious tequila and incredibly yummy tacos and churros of a Mexican party, pop in once. It’s guaranteed you’ll want to pop in again.
Tapas are cheeky – they’re assorted Spanish snacks that have assembled into an entire culinary genre – and that spice of life is captured eloquently by Culture Club in The Village, Hazelwood. Another whole culinary experience still often eluding citizens, if a diversity of tastes with good friends and a lively atmosphere sounds appealing, this is the venue to practise it.
Culture Club is all about the clearly Spanish and wholly enjoyable “perfect marriage of food, drink and conversation,” and here the food really is a journey. A myriad of tastes to sample and share dot your table, and this is restaurant gesseligheid at its very best. Reminiscent of Turkish food habits or the Italian antipasto approach, if nibbling on a variety of exquisite tastes is your ideal meal, this is the venue.
Geet Indian Restaurant
An establishment that has been unwavering in its dedication to Indian cuisine presented at its best since inception, Geet has always had an exceptional eye for delicious food. Unashamedly Indian and unashamedly yummy, the venue also offers a Whiskey Lounge, as well as the Chef’s Table and Chef’s Corner, where intoxicating traditional Indian cuisine is sculpted to suit modern cosmopolitan palates.
A tour de force, this is not bunny chow at the street café, but rather Indian cuisine presented with the skill and attention of a top culinary destination that remains true to its roots, while pioneering tastes and experiences that will spoil any Pretorian on any night out. Whiskey lovers will find a seat at the bar hard to leave.
Weird name, awesome food – that’s Cowfish in Hazelwood. In a cheeky but sensationally successful marriage of red meat burgers, steak and ribs, sushi and Cantonese dim sum, Cowfish has earned a reputation as a truly tasty venue. Shrewdly compiling three incredibly appealing types of cuisine, their success lies in not compromising any of them.
Here, the steaks are memorable, the sushi is benchmark and the dim sum has converted many people to a new appreciation of Chinese cuisine. Dim sum is essentially a range of dumplings, made tiny and stuffed with everything from green leaves to seafood. Copious standalone seafood offerings dot the menu too, just in case you’d like to snack on some grilled prawns between sushi and the next pile of ribs. Sporting a menu that can only be described as exquisitely tasty, attendance should be mandatory for everyone within a 50 kilometer radius.
A restaurant that has made yummy food and bubbling conversation its mainstay, Crawdaddy’s has succeeded in beguiling Pretorians since 1995. Best known for their seafood and meat offerings, this is the local neighbourhood restaurant blinged with solid decor, modern understanding and a spot-on menu.
The restaurant says that “word of mouth and value for money” are its “strongest advertisements,” and that about sums it up. Super conscious of customer service satisfaction and very savvy in their menu, Crawdaddy’s is also a fusion venue of a different sort. Try their chowder or combo offerings, and if you’d like to splice your table with a touch of Portuguese, Mediterranean or even Thai, they’ll lay it on with flair.
In the words of the owners, MooMoo “aims to fill the ‘meat-lover’s gap’ in more ways than one.” If you’ve ever wanted to feel the pinnacle moment of beef over fire, this is the place. That might sound too dreamy, but there’s no denying that MooMoo lay on phenomenal steaks and burgers like few other venues.
An unashamedly meat-eating paradise, meat here is the centre of the universe. As the website says, “… meat is not our ‘main focus’, it’s our only focus.” But wait, there’s more. A hugely complementary wine list accompanies an incredibly tasty selection of meat plates, and the vote is still out as to whether it’s the great ribs and steaks or the chardonnay and merlot that keeps patrons coming back for more.
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