Some restaurants and cafes have taken the decision that operating on a delivery-only basis is not financially feasible, while others have taken a leap of faith and are planning to launch full delivery service in the start of May.
There are now a number of apps from which you can order your takeaways including – UberEats, Mr Delivery and OrderIn. Many restaurants are also currently working on delivery methods that would allow their own staff to deliver meals (and hence have a chance to also get tips).
Everything you can do to help small businesses through this crisis is important and while we definitely advocate for also fitting in some exercise during your isolation at home, we wholeheartedly recommend supporting Joburg's many excellent restaurants during this crisis by ordering some food in this month.
*Please note this list is not exhaustive and we are continually trying to update it with more restaurants and cafes which we have previously reviewed and recommended on this website. To assist small businesses, we have also especially selected restaurants whose food is not available on delivery apps but only via direct orders.
WHERE TO ORDER IN FROM IN LOCKDOWN
Andiccio 24 (Pizza)
Joburg's 24-hour pizza chain may only be now opening for 10 hours a day, but still after so many weeks without a good pizza delivery, we'll happily take it! Andiccio has branches all over Joburg and its own extensive delivery service. Find your nearest branch and order and pay online.
Aurum (Fine Dining)
Aurum restaurant at The Leonardo is offering deliveries. Expect a fine dining menu ready for daily delivery with 40% of the sale proceeds going directly to the restaurant's wage bill. See the menu here and place an order by emailing email@example.com.
With every order over R500 you'll get delicious bread served with it. Order from their regular menu – daily specials also available. SMS or call to place your order. Click on the Bellagio title link for contact details.
Brik (Vegan and Vegetarian)
Get a coffee or food and coffee delivery within Rosebank Central and Parkwood (1km radius) by calling the store or order from UberEats.
Buns Out (Burgers)
Maps Maponyane's famous burgers are back in Linden, available for delivery via Mr Delivery from May 1.
Chalkboard Pizza Parlour (Pizza)
The Maboneng-pizza parlour adjoining The Bioscope independent cinema is back up and running. You can now order their delicious pizzas for delivery in the surrounding neighbourhoods on UberEats!
As of May 1 one of Joburg's top Neapolitan pizza joints reopens for delivery with two delivery options – oven-fresh pizza or a make-your-own Coalition pizza kit. Available on UberEats.
Cafe 28 at Inanda (Pizza)
Loyal patrons of this pizzeria next door to the Inanda Polo Club say that Cafe 28's pizzas are the best in the northern suburbs. Order on UberEats or call +27 11 083 7873 for locations beyond a 5km radius.
Che Argentine Grill (Meat)
Joburg’s favourite for excellent Argentinean-style steaks cooked on a live fire, Che Argentine is now delivering via UberEats.
Curry and All (Indian)
Sandton's famous curry takeout spot will be reopening for deliveries. Menus will change regularly as usual and will be posted on their Facebook page. Order via UberEats and Mr Delivery or call +27 72 282 2793 or +27 84 504 6997 for any special pre-orders (note delivery for these will cost extra). In order to safely accommodate staff and transport Curry and All will be operating from 11:30-17:00.
Dolci Cafe (Italian)
Chef Jackie Righi-Boyd's delightful Italian bistro and pizzeria in Craighall are planning an exciting return to the kitchen with a limited menu of their most popular dishes including the excellent pizzas from their new pizzeria. Check out the menu and find out how to order on their Facebook page.
DW eleven-13 (Fine Dining)
Chef Marthinus Ferreira is back in the kitchen, to the delight of fine dining fans, serving up dishes like cauliflower veloute and pulled lamb shoulder, finished off with pear and dark chocolate ripple gelato. A real treat. Order direct from the restaurant for delivery.
Joburg Places (Home-style cooking/South African/Vegan)
While JoburgPlaces' tours and events at their venue Thunderwalker are on ice for this month, the JoburgPlaces team will be running a special dinner delivery service where you can order in their fantastic pan-African dinners to enjoy at home. Lunch orders must be received by 22:00 the previous evening, lunch is then delivered between 12:00 and 15:00 the following day. View the menu and find out where they deliver online here. Oder via WhatsApp at +27 82 894 5216.
Just Teddy patisserie High Tea (Patisserie)
Yes, you read that right, Just Teddy patisserie at Hyde Park is spreading some much-needed happiness with a new delivery menu that includes a fully kitted out High Tea spread (you just need to make the tea). Perfect for a Mother's Day treat.
Lexi's Healthy Eatery (Vegetarian & Vegan)
Vegans and vegetarians will be very familiar with this fantastic homegrown chain of vegetarian cafes with branches in Sandton Central, Rosebank and Modderfontein. From May 1 Lexi's are planning to reopen for delivery. Follow their Instagram for the latest on what's on the menu and how to order.
Love Me So (Asian)
Melville's pan-Asian restaurant Love Me So is taking delivery orders from May 1 with a slightly pared-down menu that focuses mainly on izakaya and ramen. Available on UberEats.
Mama Mexicana (Mexican-inspired)
This cute eatery at Arts on Main in Maboneng is now available via UberEats within the Maboneng radius.
Punjabi Tadka (Indian)
Both branches of the Indian curry house – in Parkmore and Illovo – will be reopening for deliveries. Order on UberEats or Mr Delivery.
Ribs & Burgers
Mouthwatering racks of ribs and great burgers and milkshakes available for order from UberEats or Mr Delivery.
Richmond Studio Cafe (Cafe menu, includes pizza and toasties)
From 09:00-12:00 delivering coffee and food orders (pizza also on the menu) within a 1m radius. Daily for 09:00-19:00 order from their menu from Mr Delivery or UberEats.
Roving Bantu Kitchen (Afro-soul food)
Brixton's Roving Bantu Kitchen has now made their delicious homemade African dishes available for delivery in the Brixton area. Call WhatsApp at +27 83 235 3076 or +27 72 223 2648 to place an order.
Soul Souvlaki (Greek Street Food)
One of our favourite Greek street food takeout spots is reopening for deliveries. The Bedfordview and Dowerglen branches open from May 1. Their other branches in Rosebank, Parktown North and Craighall will open from May 4 or 5. Order on Mr D or UberEats.
Teta Mari (Middle Eastern/Mediterranean)
This delicious middle Eastern cafe in Illovo opens from Mon May 4 operating deliveries between 11:00 and 17:00. They are available on UberEats and also have their own driver – call +27 11 268 5019 to order from their driver.
The Dark Kitchen at Voodoo Lily and Arbour Cafe (Mediterranean)
A few weeks before the Coronavirus crisis started Voodoo Lily and Arbour Cafe in Birdhaven launched their own 'Dark Kitchen' that already operates on a delivery only basis. The Dark Kitchen will be making pizza, Tex Mex, Mediterranean dishes and galettes, salads and sandwiches are also available from the neighbouring Arbour Cafe. Free delivery if ordered directly. Orders can also be done through Uber Eats and Mr Delivery. See Thedarkkitchen.co.za for details
The Greenhouse (Sushi)
Rosebank's newest bar The Greenhouse will be delivering sushi during the lockdown! Order on UberEats or Mr Delivery.
The Fat Zebra (Casual eatery)
Linden's The Fat Zebra, always a popular neighbourhood brunch favourite will be reopening for deliveries from Saturday May 2 with a reduced menu featuring many of their most famous classics. Check out the menu at www.thefatzebra.co.za orders can be taken via whatsapp +27 67 403 1896 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Delivery within a 3km radius is free, thereafter R10 per additional km.
Pamper your sweet tooth with awesome cakes, as well as hot meals from The Patisserie in Illovo. The cafe offers a 'cakes in the car park' service which means you don't even need to step in the building or deliveries to your home. Call, SMS or What's App. See details in title link.
The Troyeville Hotel (Portuguese)
Delivering directly – cooked or frozen meals – you can't beat The Troyeville Hotel's classic dishes such as prawn curry, beef espetada and calamari stew. Request the menu and order from Manny via What's App. See details at the link above.
The Leopard at 44 Stanley (Mediterranean)
Order some delicious hearty meals for the family to heat and eat at home. Order via direct message on their Instagram. Ready-meals can also be collected at the Rand Steam store.
Workshop 55 (Mediterranean/Tapas)
Pre-order to pick up and collect from Workshop 55's innovative and exciting small plates menu that highlights a range of cuisines. Call to order.