#FreshlyPlated Joburg restaurant news - February 2021

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Every month we bring you our round-up of the latest updates to the local dining scene. From new restaurant openings to cool pop-ups, our #FreshlyPlated news round-up is a must-read to help you stay ahead of the crowd.

Here's this month's dose of the latest local restaurant news (catch up on last month's edition here).

Proud Mary and Proud Coffee open in Rosebank

The bar at Proud Mary in Rosebank

One of Rosebank's most visually impressive new venues, Proud Mary has just opened at the eye-catching new voco Hotel The Bank (corner Tyrwhitt and Sturdee Avenues in The Zone@Rosebank). The bar and 'modern day eatery' has one of the sexiest bar counters in the neighbourhood and an impressive wine and cocktail menu to match. The food menu boasts an extensive breakfast and lunch selection, a 'seafood raw bar', picanha steaks, salads and a variety of small plates and 'cafe plates'. The huge terrace is prime people-watching territory and the facade opens onto the street, bringing in lots of air and light. There's also great takeaway coffee at their coffee bar Proud Coffee.

Istanbul Kebab coming to Melrose Arch

Turkish kebabs on the coals at Istanbul Kebab

Istanbul Kebab, a super-authentic Turkish restaurant that first launched in a Fordsburg, is opening its third Joburg restaurant soon, taking over the space that was once Moyo on Melrose Square in Melrose Arch. A family-friendly and very competitively priced Turkish restaurant, Istanbul Kebab is known for its dizzying array of traditionally prepared halaal kebabs cooked the authentic way over a coal fire. In addition to the original Fordsburg venue, they also have a branch at Sunninghill Village in Sunninghill.​​​​​

Pizza-making classes with SoDo at Victoria Yards

SoDo, a small pizzeria in Victoria Yards specialising in sourdough pizzas, is running a series of pizza-making masterclasses. The class is a 'cheese, wine and beer tasting and pairing experience' where you also learn everything you need to know about the exquisite art of sourdough pizza-making. Classes run for the next two weeks on Fridays (from 18:30) and Saturdays (from 16:30). Book your spot online here.

Pop-up dining at Mr Pants in Blairgowrie

Mr Pants wine bar at Delta Central in Blairgowrie

Mr Pants is a new wine bar coming soon to the Delta Central complex in Blairgowrie, launched by Shane Holt (of Thief fame). While Mr Pants waits to be officially granted a liquor licence (often a long wait for new venues in this town), they are running weekend pop-ups in partnership with other small local brands. The latest pop-up with Birds Bagels has just launched, operating for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays (from 08:00-12:00) Follow them on Instagram for the latest update.

At8Plate, a new pop-up restaurant in Northcliff

Alex Torrão, food truck entrepreneur and finalist in SABC3's The Taste Master SA show, has launched a new gourmet pop-up restaurant experience at his home in Northcliff. The secret restaurant experience, At8Plate, is open to eight guests only (seated at one table) on Thursdays and Fridays. The dinner is an exclusive and intimate eight-course tasting menu meal, including drinks, that promises 'experimental' cuisine and the most unique presentation. Find out more and book your seat at the table at

Date Night Tuesdays at The Hussar Grill

Chocolate vodka martinis at The Hussar Grill

The Hussar Grill (find them in Waterfall, Morningside, Montecasino and Silverstar) believes romance isn't something that ends in February so they're bringing back their popular Date Night Tuesdays offer. Book a date night for two on Tuesday, and for R350 per couple you can both enjoy a starter, main, a complimentary bottle of The Hussar Grill 50th Red wine and for dessert signature, chocolate vodka martinis. Running until March 31, 2021, the summer special offer is available for couples every Tuesday, book your table here.

Jazz Sunday lunch is back at Clico Restaurant

Clico Hotel
Clico Hotel in Rosebank

Clico Restaurant's delightful jazz Sunday lunch is back. The next Jazz Sunday event is coming up on Saturday February 28 with a special Sunday lunch wine tasting by Alvi's Drift Wines, paired with mellow notes from jazz duo Roy & Oscar. Call +27 11 252 3300 to book.

Cremalat moves North 

Cremelat mozarella
Cremalat Italian deli now in Sandton

One of our favourite Italian delis has added a Sandton branch! Cremalat, known for its brilliant cheeses: (we can't get enough of their handmade silken burrata, creamy fior di latte and the best ricotta we have tasted in South Africa) now has a store on 61 Rivonia Road, Acorn Lane, tucked into the same complex as Stelle restaurant. Open Wed-Sat. 

Enjoy Poolside dining and a splash at Aurum at The Leonardo 

Aurum poolside
Poolside at Aurum 

Book a lunch at Aurum at Sandton's tallest building, and you can also spend the day at the pool. Better yet, the Spa is on the pool deck, so make an occasion of it. We love this idea! To book, call +27 76 471 1489.


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