#FreshlyPlated Joburg restaurant news – April 2024

17 Apr 2024
In our monthly #FreshlyPlated restaurant news round-up, we share a glimpse of all the new cafés, bars, and restaurants that Joburg should know about. This month we also bring you the lowdown on foodie events around town and take a look at what you can look forward to.

If you missed it, catch up on our previous edition of #FreshlyPlated here.

Studio H still loves Joburg

Describing themselves as a “culinary-minded design team”, it was no wonder that the Studio H team sunk their teeth into Joburg’s culinary scene on an extended visit to the city two years ago (they shared the full list of their favourite Joburg food spots with The Sunday Times). Having returned to create The House of Suntory pop-up in Hyde Park Corner over March and April, the team has rediscovered old favourites and found new ones – and they share their latest list of favourite Studio H-approved food spots. It’s a list we approve of!

Delta Central is a neighbourhood feast

Bagels from the Bird's Bagels pop-up at Mr Pants in Delta Central. Photo: Delta Central.

With our #CosmosInYourPocket photo competition in full swing, we thought we’d bring you all the latest on where to eat and drink in Delta Central – and our list is long! From bagels and wine to pizzas, healthy food, evening drinks, and ice-cream, this corner of Blairgowrie is a watering hole and for walkers, cyclists, families, and residents. Pop in when you're done scouting for cosmos pics – and remember to tag us on Instagram to enter the competition. 

A new, hyperlocal grocery store in Soweto

Shopping at the Neighborly Lifestyle Grocer. Photo: Neighborly Lifestyle Grocer via Instagram.

If you missed the opening of the Neighborly Lifestyle Grocer in Mofolo North earlier this year, it’s time to check it out. First opened on Machaba Drive in Mofolo Central, this Soweto-born, hyperlocal grocery store is a go-to for fresh, organic produce, groceries, and a cup of coffee (they stock a Soweto bean blend) or tea.

Foodie events to diarise

Grab a Toasted sandwich at the next Bookish x Toasted event at Mamakashaka and Friends. Photo: Toasted via Instagram.

If you love a good toastie and have been craving those crisp, cheesy creations from Toasted after they sadly closed their permanent space in Parkwood last year, head over to Mamakashaka and Friends for their Bookish x Toasted events on the first Sun of every month at 11:00. Take a book and enjoy a toastie while catching up on your reading. It makes for pure, simple, delicious enjoyment.

Come through for some gourmet kotas at the Jozi Kota Festival. Photo: Jozi Kota Festival via Instagram.

The annual Jozi Kota Festival is back on Sat, Apr 27 at The Station in Newtown to showcase kasi kota flavours from around the city in one central location. If you're looking for a fun way to spend your Freedom Day, this is it.

Settle in for a glass of bubbles and delicious goodies at the Maslow Sunday Society Picnic. Photo: Sanet Oberholzer.

If you prefer spending your Sundays sipping bubbly on the lush lawns of The Maslow, catch the last Sunday Society Picnic before winter sets in. A lovely event for friends or couples, grab your picnic basket, pop your bottle of Graham Beck Cap Classique, and enjoy live music as you enjoy Sundays as they are meant to be enjoyed – relaxed, enjoying good food. The last picnic takes place on Sun, May 5 with the theme “nautical fashion” before returning with the start of spring in September.

The Mzanzi Food and Drink Show brings a five-in-one culinary expo experience to Joburg for the first time. Combining Fire & Feast, Coffee & Chocolate, Food & Wine, Bar & Good Spirits, and a Food Market, the event takes place from Fri, Jun 15 – Sun, Jun 17 for a weekend of delicious food and drinks.

Book your tickets soonest for the inaugural Owlswood Long Table Experience. Photo: Supplied.

Long-table lunches are the “it” thing as far as foodie experiences go at the moment and the latest comes in the form of the inaugural Owlswood Long Table Experience on Sat, May 25. Set at the foothills of the Magaliesburg mountains outside Mooinooi, this beautifully restored farmhouse on 275 hectares of land. crisscrossed with hiking, walking, and biking trails. is the perfect setting for just such an occasion. Prepared by cookbook author Patricia Van der Nest and York Tonkin, the menu will be cooked mostly over an open fire and each dish paired with a South African wine.

A red velvet cupcake as part of the Devil Wears Prada Taste the Movie experience. Photo: Sanet Oberholzer.

Taste the Movie SA was founded locally by Inez Essop last year as her answer to the UK-based Taste the Film: a movie experience in which viewers are served food from the movie they’re watching. Based at Hyatt House Sandton, the team has created experiences with movies like Ratatouille (a classic favourite), Matilda, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Next up is Mama Mia on Sat, May 11.

New restaurants and cafés in Joburg

The Artüro team is ready to welcome you. Photo: Artüro via Instagram.

The brand-new kid on the Melville block is Artüro Tequila, the latest tequila and tapas bar on 7th Street serving up Afro and Latino flavours with a shot of tequila on the side (if that’s your kind of thing). A little birdie has told us that Artüro Fridays are happening with DJs on the decks. We hope to see you there soon.

It's official – we've seen the sign. Popular seafood restaurant The Codfather is heading to Parktown North. We'll keep our eyes and ears open with news of the official opening.

Some light reading and strong coffee at The Library Café. Photo: The Library Café via Instagram.

We’re sold on anything food and books related and love the look of The Library Café in Sandton. Opened in March 2024, it’s a spot specialising in breakfast, brunch, and lunch. The hook for us is the stocked bookshelf where you can grab a book to read over your cup of coffee or a meal. It sounds like a perfect place to escape, without having to give a reason for some me-time. We're adding it to our list of must-visit spots in Joburg.

The new Nando's casa in Barlow Park. Photo: Supplied.

There’s a new Nando’s casa in town – and it’s certainly not ordinary. This flagship Nando’s restaurant at the new Barlow Park in Sandton opened at the beginning of April 2024 and is one of four service restaurants in Gauteng where you can sit, order, and enjoy your meal. The food is as tasty as you’ve come to expect from Nando’s but the design elements are unique to this store, from an art-in-motion feature wall by Meshack “Shakes” Tembani to beautiful light displays created by Thabiso Mjo from Mash.T Design Studio. Pop in – it's a wonderful way of supporting local art and design.

Chef Dario De Angeli's menu at Sec features small plates that reflect his sense of exploration. Photo: Supplied.

Chef Dario De Angeli (chef-owner of the award-winning Cube Tasting Kitchen and Est Est Alea) started reinventing both the space and the menus at Clico Boutique Hotel in Rosebank with the opening of 400 Degrees in 2023. Deciding it’s time to create a restaurant that’s separate from the hotel, De Angeli’s newest offering comes in the form of Sec. Located in the airy courtyard and elegant restaurant space to the side of the hotel, De Angeli’s approach to his new offering is to offer guests a dining experience that speaks to his dedication to authenticity and exploration. Expect a menu that features small plates and stars ingredients like venison and Namibian crab or tuck into the tried-and-trusted pizza offering.

Patrons of Turkish Kebab House and Butchery in Mayfair can look forward to a new chapter when the family-run restaurant opens at The Tyrwhitt in Rosebank in May 2024. We’re looking forward to getting a taste of the grilled meats, flatbreads, dips, and desserts we’ve come to love in a new setting.

Our latest reviews

Fridays take on a different meaning with High Tea at Liberté. Photo: Supplied.

We discovered the best reason to support a four-day workweek at Liberté when we popped in for a Friday afternoon High Tea. Find out why we think so in our review.

An elegant setting for a jazz afternoon at Sanctuary Mandela. Photo: Sanet Oberholzer.

We paid a visit to Sanctuary Mandela, the grand Houghton home where Nelson Mandela lived from 1994 to 1999 that now serves as a boutique hotel. Read our review and find out why we think Sundays are for jazz lunches at Sanctuary Mandela.

The Troyeville offers a feast for the senses. Photo: Sanet Oberholzer.

The Troyeville has undergone a few welcome renovations since its new owners embarked on a building upgrade after taking over in 2021. On a recent visit to The Troyeville Restaurant, we found the food is as good as ever. Read our review here.

Reviews to look out for

We’re always looking to share our food experiences with you and will soon be telling you about our visit to Glory since they opened at their permanent home on Parktown North’s 4th Avenue. We also visited MiHa, the elegant halaal restaurant on the Melrose Arch piazza, and the pan-African Ethnic Restaurant in Edenvale. We're loving the croissants from De Baba Eatery in Melville and are sniffing out the coolest spots in Joburg to enjoy a drink, so watch this space… 


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