#FreshlyPlated Joburg restaurant news – September 2023

21 Sep 2023
In our monthly #FreshlyPlated restaurant news round-up, we share a glimpse of the new cafés, bars and restaurants that Joburg food fans should know about. This month we're brunching and enjoying a host of new spring menus, along with some fantastic markets, and food and wine events. We've also got the inside scoop on three exciting new restaurants that are opening soon. As were finishing off, we got word of what sounds like an exciting new opening in Maboneng this week, The Social Table. More about that soon.  If you missed it, catch up on our August #FreshlyPlated blog here.

Carnivores’ carnival At SetteBello

Serious about steak at SetteBello. Photo: SetteBelloCaption

Once a month from September, SetteBello, the popular Italian restaurant at The Italian Club in Bedfordview, hosts a series of dinners centred around traditional Italian meat dishes. Patrons will partake in a nine-course ‘Carne Diem’ feast that showcases diverse cuts and preparations of grass-fed beef from the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. It all takes place around an enormous 40-seater table, and includes wine and dessert, at R900 p.p. Booking is essential and can be done via or by calling +27 10 035 5207.

Three new Joburg restaurants on the cards

All eyes on Chef Moses Moloi. Photo: Gourmet Guide.

Chef Moses Moloi (@chef_moses_moloi), previously the executive chef of Zioux, has spread his wings and will be opening his own restaurant, Gigi, in late 2023. Whilst Chef Moloi is being cagey about the details, he’s promised to reveal all, including the location, on social media very soon. What he has told us, is that his contemporary menu has been inspired by his culinary voyages around the world and has a strong emphasis on South African ingredients.
Gloria da Cunha, co-owner of Parreirinha, stands in one of the original brick archways of the Melrose building they are renovating. Photo: Kate Liquorish.

We got an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at the new Restaurante Parreirinha, which will soon make the last remaining original house in Melrose Arch its next home. First opened in the south of Joburg in 1975, they're set to open doors in the north in mid-November. Until then, visit them in their historic home, in La Rochelle.
Chef Freddie Dias took a moment to show us around what looks to be a very exciting new space. Photo: Kate Liquorish.

Chef Freddie Dias (of Séjour at The Houghton Hotel) gave us the inside scoop on his brand-new restaurant, a second one for this chef. We can't say when or where it's opening just yet. What we can say is it's going to be soon, and it's very central. Watch this space! 

The Halaal Goods Market has the goods

Burgers and loaded fries galore at The Halaal Goods Market. Photo: Halaal Goods Market.

The Halaal Goods Market, Joburg’s original artisanal halaal, food and design market, takes over 1 Fox Precinct on Sat, Sep 30, and Sun, Oct 1. Expect a culinary crescendo of fried, rolled and loaded gelato, braai burgers, curries, samoosas, mouth-watering Korean and Kenyan cuisine, craft drinks, sweets, treats, and a host of live entertainment. Admission is R30 at the door,  or R20 online. Kids under 12 enter free, and it's a strictly no-alcohol venue. Read about what you can expect at the latest Halaal Goods Market.

Speaking of markets...

Rise and dine at The Foodie's Feast Market. Photo: Morning Glen Mall.

There's a new kid on the block in Gallo Manor at The Morning Glen Mall. The Foodie's Feast Market is an indoor food market that runs every Thu – Sun offering everything from Mexican, Peruvian and Korean cuisine, to Pakistani and Mozambican street food. There's also sushi, chicken wings, doughnuts, cocktails, mocktails, bubble teas and a range of halaal food vendors. Our advice: go hungry!

Olives & Plates at Donald Gordon Hospital

The new Olives & Plates Express at Donald Gordon. Photo: Olives & Plates.

No need for hospital food thanks to Olives & Plates. They just opened their latest express branch at The Donald Gordon Hospital offering a wide range of confectionery and gifting, great coffee, and a selection of delicious grab-and-go meals.

New menus galore

Spring is in the air and with it an abundance of vibrant, exciting new menus from some of our favourite chefs.
Killer hand-cut carbonara with wild boar pancetta at Basalt. Photo: Basalt.

Chef James Diack’s ‘farm-to-fork' tasting menu at Basalt at The Peech Hotel is a stellar celebration of seasonal, organic ingredients sourced from his family farm in the Magaliesburg. Chef Diack’s signature, approachable ‘refined dining’ style is elevated by the elegant setting and fantastic boutique hotel service.

Embarc introduced Joburg to the ‘build your own’ tasting menu: offering every dish in starter-sized portions so you can taste more without having to share. You’ll still find one or two stalwarts like the kataifi prawns with tom yum and coconut, but you can look forward to a whole new selection of contemporary dishes such as their tongue-in-cheek 'Sandton braai broodjie’ and their fresh and vibrant seared tuna with harissa, radish, olive and asparagus.

Brunch is a thing

Lobster and prawn rolls, arancini and killer views at Pablo House. Photo: Kate Liquorish.

‘From Amalfi with love’ at Pablo House
Pablo House is now offering a phenomenal Amalfi-inspired brunch. They’ve gone all out with a decadent set menu that’s burgeoning with truffles and items such as an eye-bulgingly good prawn and lobster roll, and a fior de latte pizza with vodka sauce. Swill away the day with Aperol spritz, crazy-delicious limoncello cocktails and bottomless bubbly and mimosas. Needless to say, booking is essential. Find out about your next weekend brunch date at Pablo House here.

Proud Mary hosts a Laurent Perrier Champagne Masterclass and Brunch
On Sat, Sep 30, indulge in a luxurious tasting of five Laurent Perrier Champagnes with Rosebank's swanky Proud Mary, including some of their vintage 2012 bottles, alongside flamboyant brunch plates by the talented Chef Marc Robert. This is hopefully the first in a series of Laurent Perrier Masterclasses so watch this space. Tickets cost R1,200 p.p. and booking is essential; email

Exciting events

The best Greek street food in a fantastic setting at Soul Souvlaki Rosebank. Photo: Soul Souvlaki.

Soul Souvlaki Rosebank hosts Souvla Saturdays
Our favourite Soul Souvlaki hosts Souvla Saturdays in the courtyard one Saturday a month, with the next planned for Sat, Oct 14. Look forward to live music, Greek lamb and chicken grilled over the coals and served with tzatziki, Aegean slaw, roast potatoes and warm pita bread. Wash it all down with mimosas and Aperol spritz at great prices. Each dish costs around R169 and cocktails are around R50. Booking is essential. Call or WhatsApp +27731263992 to secure your spot.
Crisp, green Sauvignon Blancs are a dime a dozen at WineX. Photo: WineX.

Start practising your swilling and sipping as South Africa's biggest and most anticipated wine show, Standard Bank WineX, is back in Joburg from Wed, Oct 25 – Fri, Oct 27. Over 150 exhibitors are set to take over the Sandton Convention Centre, showcasing a mammoth 800 wines, Champagnes, Cap Classiques, ports and pot-still brandies. Get your tickets here.


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