In our monthly #FreshlyPlated restaurant news round-up, we share a sneak peek of the newest cafés, trends, and eateries that Joburg diners should know about.
Catch up on our April #FreshlyPlated blog here. In this month's edition, The Pot Luck hits Joburg, WhiskyBrother wins big, Mzanzi hosts its first Tavern Chef Cook-Off, and we take a visit to Joburg's most exciting new Deli in the heart of Sandton. Keep reading.
The Pot Luck Club Johannesburg is here!
The much-anticipated Luke Dale Roberts' establishment opened their doors with a bang at the start of May. You can expect a mix of old favourites from the Cape Town menu such as their famous Taco 2.0 and Smoked Fillet & Cafe Au Lait alongside a selection of new and exciting dishes from head Chef Jason Kosmas such as Line Fish with a laksa broth, pickled mussels and tamarind Sambal. The atmosphere is lively and the signature cocktails are impeccable.
Clico Boutique Hotel has welcomed in a new head chef as well as a new restaurant space. Chef Dario Angeli (Chef-Owner of the award-winning Cube Tasting Kitchen & Est Est Alea) announced his residency at the opening of 400 Degrees at Clico: a casual Italian pizza, pasta and antipasti offering served on the terrace area of the hotel. Head over there for bubble crusted Neapolitan-style pizzas and gin and tonics from their Hendrick's gin bar. It's a great spot for quick work lunches, afterwork drinks and laid-back dinners. (The fine dining offering from Clico is still available for lunch and dinner in the formal interior of the hotel.)
WhiskyBrother wins their second global award
The specialist whisky retailer just beat Scotland, Ireland, Europe, Japan and America to win the coveted ‘Global Multiple Outlet Retailed of the Year’ at the 2023 Icons of Whisky. You can get your hands on a bottle from their carefully curated selection of whiskies and spirits at any one of their three stores across Joburg: Hyde Park Corner, Nicolway Bryanston and Bedford Centre. You can also get a taste of over 1500 of their select tipples at their dedicated whisky bar, aptly named WhiskyBrother Bar in Sandton.
The Harvesting Heritage Culinary Competition and Market
On Saturday 27 May, Brooklyn Bridge in Pretoria will welcome a host of heritage food offerings alongside lifestyle, fashion, and art stalls, and even some live entertainment (including book readings for your little ones). The Heritage Culinary Competition involves ten top Gauteng-based chefs preparing delicious tasting plates with indigenous ingredients from the Strydkraal community, paired with Nederburg wines. Entrance into the Market and kiddies area is FREE; tickets for the competition can be purchased through Quicket
Morning coffee? Rotisserie chicken and pap? Fresh oysters? Pizzas? Truffles and caviar? They've got it all and more, @Deli at the @Sandton Hotel on Benmore Road is a foodie treasure trove of high-end local and imported culinary delights as well as affordable everyday deli goods. Carolina Rasenti took us on an exclusive tour and had us giddy with all they had to offer.
Aurum launches their new winter menus
The spectacular restaurant located on the 7th floor of The Leonardo just launched their new lunch and dinner menus. The focus of the restaurant has always been on seasonal, sustainably-sourced ingredients, served with swish sophistication. The crisp and fresh flavours of summer have been replaced with rich sauces, earthy tones and more indulgent ingredients. The Aglio e Olio with prawns, chilli and lashings of parmesan is a must.
Something DifferentA Mzansi Tavern Chef cook-off. Yes, you heard right. On May 23, The Chefs Training and Innovation Academy in Centurion will host the top tavern chefs from Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West in a competition designed to combat binge drinking by promoting the serving of food in taverns. It's not open to the public as it's the first year of the event, but we'll be sure to share pics of what went down in our June edition.
Newly openedBesos at The Woods Shopping Centre just opened offering contemporary, classic bistro fare in a very cute, rather fancy setting. Watch this space.
YardBird Deli is the newbie on 4th Avenue, Parktown North serving up artisanal cured meats, cheeses and other deli goods.
Opening SoonThe 80's style diner serving up dough sticks and dipping sauces, meat ball subs, Neapolitan-style pizzas, slushies and cocktails, all backlit with pink neon is about to land in Parkhurst. Yes I Love that Dough is about to drop!
Word on the street is that Grub Club is coming to Delta Central in Blairgowrie.
We'll keep you posted, so watch this space!