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#FreshlyPlated Joburg restaurant news June 2021

29 Jun 2021
Every month we bring you our round-up of the latest updates to the local dining scene. From new restaurant openings and guest chef residences to cool pop-ups and tasty specials, our #FreshlyPlated news round-up is a must-read for anyone interested in eating out in Joburg.

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

New cafe and patisserie Coppa opens on Parkhurst's 4th Avenue

The new Coppa Cafe in Parkhurst. Photo by coppa.co.za

Founded by Brazilian chef and master patissier Mirlene Souza, Coppa is a cafe, catering and pâtisserie company based in Honeydew. In May 2021 Souza launched the first Coppa Cafe in the parks suburbs on Parkhurst's chic 4th Avenue. Drop by their super pretty cafe and try spectacular-looking freshly-baked cakes, pastries and tray bakes or a light lunch from their cafe menu. Find Coppa at 24 4th Ave, Parkhurst.

Troyeville Hotel gets a makeover 

The Troyeville Hotel has long been one of Joburg's most iconic destinations for traditional Portuguese cuisine. Now under new owners, the hotel restaurant has recently been given a new lick of paint although the great value menu of delicious grilled prawns, espetadas and peri peri chicken remains unchanged. In the coming months the new owners are also investing in adding a rooftop bar, coffee shop and revamped banqueting facilities. 

Mediterranean restaurant Ethos is moving to Rosebank

Plans for the new Ethos restaurant in Rosebank
Opened in spring 2020 above a flashy fast car dealership in Morningside, the extravagant Mediterranean restaurant Ethos has from the outset sought to attract Joburg's rich and beautiful. In 2021 Ethos is taking things to the next level and bringing in acclaimed Cape Town chef Luke Dale Roberts as a consultant and new executive chef Ken Phuduhudu (an alumni of Luke Dale Robert's award-winning The Test Kitchen) to revamp the food menu. They're also busy plotting a relocation to the Oxford Parks development in Rosebank, where the new Ethos will have outdoor seating, a larger bar, plus a private dining room and chef's table. Due to open in Rosebank in July. 

James Diack's new wine bar Antonym

Chef James Diack, known for his consistent dedication to farm to fork cuisine, has launched a small wine bar called Antonymn inside his flasghip Coobs restaurant at the corner of 7th and 4th Avenue in Parktown North. The small and casual wine cellar bar occupies half of the Coobs space and promises an accessible fine wine drinking experience with a great range of wines available by the glass, plus a small plates food menu to pair them with.  

The Wild Side opens in Craighall Park

Gourmet burgers at The Wild Side in Craighall Park
What was once the garden restaurant Possum's in Craighall Park (just off Jan Smuts Ave behind The Valley Centre) has been taken over by new owners and has reopened as The Wild Side. The Wild Side is a restaurant-bar with a neon-bright tropical theme and a delicious menu of casual-contemporary fare (the brioche bun burgers do not disappoint) plus cocktails and Saturday afternoon DJ sets. The restaurant opens out onto a courtyard garden, with the majority of tables out in the open. 

Home of the Bean is moving to Arts on Main

Founded by husband and wife duo Leroy Kgopa and Itumeleng Manamela, Home of the Bean is arguably Maboneng's finest coffee shop. This month the tiny coffee shop based in the courtyard garden at The Cosmopolitan is on the move and will be reopening in a bigger and brighter space in Arts on Main at the corner of Fox Street and Berea Road (next to the David Krut Projects workshop). 

Bem Bom bakery and deli opens in Linden

The new Bem Bom bakery and deli in Linden

Local Portuguese deli and bakery chain Bem Bom, known for their freshly-based traditional Portuguese breads, pasteis de nata and pregos, has opened a new branch in Linden at the corner of 7th Street and 4th Avenue. With the addition of the Linden branch, Bem Bom now has 10 locations including in Northcliff, Bruma, Boksburg and Bedfordview.

Coming soon to Park Corner in Parkwood

Two new venues are moving in soon to the prime spot at the corner of Bolton Road and Jam Smuts Avenue that was once Social Parkwood. Taking up half of the space is The Peeping Tom, a new spot led by the owners of Morning Glory cafe next door. The new venue is an easy eating bistro billed as "Fancy AF", a play on not offering fine dining. Expect sharing platters artfully served in a setting worthy of an interior design feature, alongside bottomless bubbles and a limited cocktail menu designed by the maestros at Sin + Tax bar, opening mid-late July. The other half of the corner spot will be home to a new tiki bar from the same team who launched The Anti Social Social Club in Melville.

JoburgPlaces launches Town Treasure

JoburgPlaces is downscaling its beautiful Thunderwalker venue on Gandhi Square and launching a new venture called Town Treasure. The Thunderwalker's arcade and banqueting hall closes as of June 30 and Town Treasure launches next door on July 6. The new venue opens six days a week (closed Mon) for breakfast, lunch and dinner walk-ins. JoburgPlaces' popular One Table dinners and storytelling dinners will now be served in Zwipi Underground, an incredible venue in the building's Edwardian bank vault. To book email gerald@joburgplaces.com or send a whatsapp to +27 82 894 5216.

Launching an exciting new Joburg restaurant, cafe or bar? Get in touch and let us know what you've got planned at johannesburg@inyourpocket.com.

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