Joburg's dining scene is always changing, reflecting the city's love of all things new. In our #FreshlyPlated local restaurant news round-up we bring you the lowdown on Joburg's latest new restaurants and trends so you can stay ahead of the crowd.
Here's a look at the latest local foodie news you need to know about in Joburg this month.
The super-stylish new Italian restaurant Sotto Sopra (meaning Upside Down) is now open at Keyes Art Mile serving contemporary and classic Italian cuisine in incredibly chic surroundings. The custom design aesthetic is inspired by iconic Italian architect Carlo Scarpa so make sure to do a walkaround to check out all the interesting features. Also at Keyes Art Mile Marble restaurant has just scooped the best restaurant award at the RASA Awards (Restaurant Awards of South Africa). Make sure to book for both.
The team from Joburg's top gay club Babylon have opened a casual new bar, The Greenhouse, located in the BP building on Oxford Road in Rosebank. The interiors are a lush indoor garden with the most impressive vertical gardens and the food and cocktail menu focuses on celebrating organic produce and sustainably sourced ingredients. Look out for lively Saturday brunch events with DJs and bubbly to kickstart the weekend.
Fourways Farmers Market is moving to Modderfontein
The hugely popular Fourways Farmers Market announced this month that from March 2020 they will no longer be trading from the Earth Outdoor Living Nursery in Fourways, having outgrown the space located opposite Montecasino. The market's new location (as of March 2020) is at the old Val Bonne Estate in the Modderfontein Reserve. Happily for those who do not want to travel too far from Fourways, the farmers market now also has a second market, the Waterfall Market, located at Waterfall Park next to Mall of Africa.
Soul Souvlaki opens a Rosebank branch
Our favourite casual Greek street food cafe Soul Souvlaki, which started life as a Market on Main market stall in Maboneng, has opened its sixth branch in Rosebank. The new Soul Souvlaki Rosebank is located at the corner of Bath and Baker streets (opposite the Shell garage) in a leafy corner courtyard space that enjoys the shade of a grand plane tree.
Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient wins at La Liste in Paris
Top chef Chantal Dartnell's fine dining restaurant Mosaic at The Orient has been honoured as the highest-ranking South African restaurant at this year's LaListe1000 World Restaurant Awards in Paris and also wins a place in the prestigious La Liste 200 Best Restaurants in the World list.
New at The Firs in Rosebank
The Firs in Rosebank has been undergoing a major makeover the past few months and joining the centre's long-running anchor tenants like The Fishmonger andThe Grillhouse, come newcomers including Nikos Coalgrill Greek, Kitchen Grill and Nonna Mia's Italian Kitchen.
A sister to the fabulous Greek restaurant Kolonaki on Parkhurst's always lively 4th Avenue, Modenais a new Italian restaurant that has taken over the space once occupied by the Vovo Telo cafe. The restaurant describes itself as "celebrating the three pillars of Italian cuisine – life, family and culture" with a beautiful menu of elegantly plated Mediterranean cuisine.
Ferndale Village Shopping Centre's 1920 Portuguese restaurant has new owners and is now known as Aureos 2019. With the new ownership comes an overhaul of the interiors, while the dishes on the menu remain much the same including saucy plates of spicy peri-peri chicken, beef espetada (on a skewer), prawns, Portuguese sardines and calamari. The 1920 Portuguese restaurant at Hutton Court in Hyde Park remains under the same original ownership and retains its focus on traditional Madeiran cuisine.