In our monthly #FreshlyPlated restaurant news round-up, we share a sneak peek of the newest bars, cafés, trends, and eateries that Joburg diners should know about. Catch up on our March #FreshlyPlated blog here. In this month's edition, a seafood extravaganza in Hartebeestpoort, Luke Dale Roberts makes his mark on Joy Jozi, and the most hotly anticipated patisserie in Joburg is finally open. Keep reading.
Seaside delights at the dam – De Vette Mossel
Our favourite hiker Tanya Pembroke’s recent excursion to De Vette Mossel had us salivating as we swiped – a beach bar setting that's all about kicking off your shoes and dipping your toes in the sand. You can enjoy a quaint seven-course set menu of South African seafood favourites, all cooked over the coal fire and served over a three-hour period, for R320 per adult. Think mussels with freshly baked Potbrood and butter, snoek and sweet potato, a slow-cooked seafood potjie, and coffee and koeksisters to finish. They’re open every weekend and most public holidays for lunch from 12 (in summer for dinner). Booking is a must.
Did someone say ‘upmarket, child-friendly restaurant’? Joburg can’t get enough of Joy Jozi. With a menu designed by famed chef Luke Dale Roberts this hotspot adjoining Oxford Parks is delighting parents and kiddies in equal measure with its simple yet refined menu: Neapolitan pizzas, signature burgers, steaks and salads are paired with an enchanting selection of swish cocktails and delicious milkshakes. A playground for the senses that will please even the fussiest of eaters (both big and small). We'll be sharing a full food review soon.
The Brixton-based, retro-styled Breezeblock Café recently welcomed Chef Mantis Shabane into residency. With a strong focus on nutrition and dietetics, Chef Mantis is shaking things up with an accommodating and adaptable menu that celebrates every kind of eater: the vegan, the gluten-intolerant, the meat-lover, and even those on a tight budget. You’ll find a new range of fresh and vibrant juices, pastas, burgers and bakes utilising quality, sustainably sourced ingredients. She’s also pushing the envelope by adding more live music events and will in inviting over edgy guest chefs from May.
Market Kokoro, the speciality Asian grocery store in Rivonia is now serving up a seriously good selection of street food from Monday to Saturday. Everything from Korean Tteokbokki to dumplings, corndogs to gimbap (Korean sushi rolls). The setting is relaxed, but then so are the prices: R40-R90 per dish. Also the place to stock up those often hard to find ingredients for cooking up an Asian feast.
Dayne Levinrad, founder of the Getbird coffee kiosk in Birdhaven has partnered with Lebanese Chef Daniella Zoghby to bring Middle Eastern flavours to the Blubird Centre. True to its name ‘Shuk’, meaning deli or market in Hebrew and Arabic, showcases a tantalising spread of freshly prepared mezze, bagels, flatbreads, Turkish rolls, dips and bakes. If building your own isn’t your thing, there’s a great selection of Ottolenghi-style dishes to tickle your fancy.
Negroni? Aperol Spritz? If either floats your boat you’ll love Amaro: the cute Spritz and Negroni bar inside Coalition at Delta Central, where you’ll be able to taste every iteration of each (the limoncello spritz sounds pretty damn tasty.)
Soak up the sunset with great views over the city and Bottomless Bubbles between 16:00-18:00 every Thursday (Cost R399 per person which includes appetisers) and indulge in Seven Colour Sunday lunches and live entertainment every Sunday (R220 per person) at The Radisson RED Rosebank. Booking is essential.
We are always sad to hear this kind of news – visitors to 44 Stanley have their last taste of the proudly South African, deliciously Belgian chocolates from Chocoloza. They’ve closed up shop for now, but they assure us they’ll be opening their doors somewhere else around Jozi very soon. Watch this space.
If those walls could talk! Great Dane, the bar in Braam where many tequilas have been drunk and memories made, also announced they’re closing for now and relocating. But don’t worry party people, we’ll keep you posted on their new location.
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