Just like any other major city in the world, you will not lack for anything if you are looking to replenish your stomach with sumptuous foods in Jo’burg, as the locals fondly refer to this city. A cosmopolitan city that does not shy away from experimenting and inculcating cultures in their food, you will definitely find something to fit your palette. Let us look at some of the best places to eat in Johannesburg.
Go for the unusual
1. Pablo Eggs Go Bar
One might think that this eatery is all about eggs, which in part it is, but they have an array of dishes in their bar menu. Artfully decorated, this is an artsy-souled person’s dream. Indulge in their shakshouka or hummus with chopped salsa. This place is so famous you will need to make a booking, especially in the weekend if you want to find a seat.
Pablo Eggs Go Bar
Address: 2 7th St, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109, South Africa
Facebook: Pablo Eggs Go Bar
2. EB Social Kitchen and Bar
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This is every booklover’s haven. What better way to sample the books in a place than when you are waiting for your dish to be served? With a killer view and a cozy ambience, their food is made with all the perfection there is and served exquisitely for your enjoyment, both visually and tastefully.
EB Social Kitchen and Bar
Address: 156 Hyde Ln, Hyde Park, Sandton, 2196, South Africa
Website: EB Social Kitchen and Bar
Conventional white linen eating
3. Marble Restaurant
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Just because it is a fine dining place does not mean it has to be stiff and boring, on the contrary, Marble Restaurant does not shy away from exciting ways of preparing their food, as any meat loving person who has been to Marble will attest. Their menu is varied to include scrumptious meals from starters to desserts. The meals can be washed down with great wines from their expansive wine list.
Address: Corner Jan Smuts and Jellicoe Street Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng
Website: Marble Restaurant
4. Signature Restaurant
Its name suggests how unique your eating experience will be when you visit this restaurant in Sandton, Johannesburg. Make a booking before rocking up at their doors; that is how popular they are. Their cocktails are a must and their ingenious menu includes vegetarian dishes, meat and poultry dishes, sushi, seafood and dishes that set them apart from the rest.
Address: U13, Morningside Shopping Centre, Outspan Rd, Morningside, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
Website: Signature Restaurant
Taste of Africa
5. Roving Bantu Kitchen
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Think about it, a place that allows you to bring your own drinks and that serves you authentic African food but with a unique twist. The foods are sourced locally according to what is available seasonally. If you want to have the true treatment of a visitor in a South African house, come to Roving Bantu Kitchen. The staff is friendly and they take time to know you. While you wait for your food, let your eyes rove around the restaurant and read the newspaper posters on a section of the wall. Make a reservation or you will miss getting a table!
Roving Bantu Kitchen
Address: Caroline St, Brixton, Johannesburg, 2019, South Africa
Facebook: Roving Bantu Kitchen
This is where you go to if you want to have a rather wild eating experience. A menu that features a lot of other African dishes, you will be spoilt for choice and flavors. Sample dishes from countries such as Namibia, Somalia, Nigeria, South Africa and many others. Let their mixologist shake up a true African cocktail for you. Their bar is amply filled from their wines to their hard liquor; they will not disappoint.
With its popularity, make a booking for a table, which they always confirm on the day by sending an SMS. It gets quite busy which might cause a lag in service but the servers make up for it with enthusiasm and friendly service. Moyo is adorned with décor that screams African. And if you are with kids (they have a kids menu), you can all have your faces painted to sum up the eating experience.
7. Ciro Umberto Restaurant
This family friendly restaurant serves a combination of Mediterranean, Italian and Portuguese dishes loved by kids. Conducive all year round, thanks to their ingenious plan of having a fire running during winter and an open terrace during summer. Choose between impeccably slow-roasted meats, pizza with toppings for days or eat prawns till you’re stuffed.
Ciro Umberto Restaurant
Address: 14, Waterford Shopping Centre, Witkoppen Rd & Nerine Road, Douglasdale, Johannesburg 2153, South Africa
Facebook: Ciro Umberto Restaurant
8. The Wolf Pack Restaurant
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A restaurant where you get to see the inner workings of the city, it is modern, but has a country feel to it. Their menu is varied but they are known for their burgers more than anything else. You will be spoilt for choice as they have a grilled artichoke burger, bacon and feta burger, and chimichurri burger among many others. They also serve vegetarian burgers in the restaurant too. Beer from the taps goes down well with the burgers but if you opt for something else, their cocktails and wines are on offer too. The waiters are friendly and know their menu quite well.
The Wolf Pack Restaurant
Address: 21 4th Ave, Parkhurst, Johannesburg 2193, South Africa
Website: The Wolf Pack Restaurant
9. The Hill Café
Do not be surprised if you end up spending the whole day in this restaurant cum café, that is how inviting it is. The décor itself is open, fresh and calm. Their food is faultless and if you have company, try out their snack board. Breakfast at The Hill Café is a healthy affair as well as lunch with its warm salads such as red lentil salad with halloumi among other variants on the menu. Their drinks include freshly made juices, prosecco, wines, beers, champagne, coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice combos. The waiters are friendly and an added bonus; they have board games available to keep you and your friends competitive and entertained.
The Hill Café
Address: 16 Kotze St, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa
Facebook: The Hill Café
10. Life Grand Café
Life Grand Café is just that; grand. Their menu is a treasure trove of options from Peru, Spain, Italy and sushi delicacies. If you are in a group, opt to select from the tapas menu and enjoy one of the over 20 tapas they have. It does not end there; dessert is a sweet tooth’s dream; did anyone say Death by Chocolate? Select wine from their notable wine list or have their well trained staff suggest something to go with your dish.
Life Grand Café
Address: Jan Smuts Ave, Hyde Park, Sandton 2198, South Africa
Website: Life Grand Café
Jo’burg foodie haven
If you enjoy sampling and savoring foods from different cultures, Jo’burg will be your new favorite major city. With restaurants that serve authentic African dishes to high end restaurants that specialize in specific dishes, you will lack for nothing and your eating experience will be one to envy.
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