EB Social Kitchen and Bar

Take one of Joburg’s most popular book shops, two visionary architects and a new chain bookstore owner, Benjamin Trisk of Exclusive Books, who loves selling books. It’s a recipe for a show-stopping space that includes a bookstore, coffee house, bar and restaurant with expansive views across the treed suburbs, bringing together two of life’s greatest comforts - books and food.

The books flow into the restaurant, a lively semi-industrial space clawed back from the Hyde Park Corner shopping centre’s parking lot. The impressive interiors are inviting with Moroccan tiles and parquet, mismatched furniture pieces and a luxury lounge, all put together with a meticulous attention to detail. The menu is sophisticated but utterly comforting. Highlights include panzanella and slow-cooked 72-hour short ribs, a feather-light salmon mousse and creamy mushroom risotto.

The brass-and-tile bar comes with books scattered across it for your reading pleasure and a view of the urban forest of the northern suburbs. The literary-inspired cocktail menu offers drinks such as The Catcher in the Rye (Bulleit Bourbon, mint, apple and cinnamon) and Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. There are two ways to choose, according to your favourite spirits or your favourite authors. New creations continue to be added to the menu but the long and summery The Secret Garden (Tanqueray Ten, rose, chamomile and lemon) remains a staple. The wine list, carefully chosen with the expert help of Carrie Adams of Norman Goodfellows Wine and Spirits Merchants, is also excellent.

Breakfast is served from 08:00-11:00 every day. Expect simple classic that make use of the best availlable ingredients, such as banana bread with creamed cheese, lemon and blueberries; shaskshuka; eggs Benedict with spinach and smoked salmon; and, ricotta crumpets with white chocolate mascarpone, honey and nuts. Wash it down with a freshly made smoothie, Legardo coffee, hand-crafted Rennefeldt Tea or a breakfast cocktail such as a Bellini or mimosa.
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Open 07:00-21:30, Sun 08:00-15:00.

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