While fast food abounds, Joburg now has an increasing number of destinations such as Sanza Sandile's bookings-only supper club in pan-African Yeoville, the Roving Bantu Kitchen in bohemian Brixton or Sandton's flashy small plates restaurant Epicure, where African ingredients are treated with a special kind of reverence and dinner is a culinary journey through the continent. Meanwhile at Lucky Bean in Melville or Lebo's Open Air Restaurant in Soweto a tradition of supporting local suppliers and sticking to time-honoured South African recipes has ensured that both locals and visitors keep on coming back for more.
Whether you are looking for a classic South African braai and beer garden or are seeking out flavours from other far flung corners of the continent like Ethiopia or Congo, here's our round-up of some of the best places to find delicious and authentic South African and African food in Joburg.
James XVI Ethiopian
Maverick Corner, cnr Commissioner and Maritzburg Sts, Maboneng, City Centre
Lebo's Open Air Restaurant
10823A Pooe St (cnr Ramushu St), Orlando West, Soweto
Imbizo Shisa Nyama
Cnr Main and 29 September Rds, Extension 1, Ebony Park, Midrand
Come to this homely Afrikaans 'plaaskombuis' or 'farm kitchen' in Northcliff for bulging plates of traditional tuisgebakte (homemade) bobotie, kaas jaffel, …
Orlando Towers, cnr Kingsley Sithole St and Nicholas St, Orlando East, Soweto