Nevertheless, Joburg is the epicentre for Coronavirus cases in South Africa and it is important that we all take collective responsibility for the vulnerable people of our city by doing the best we can to slow down the spread of this virus.
It is also important than we continue to find ways to keep supporting the city's many small businesses like restaurants and cafes through these rough times by eating out what you might ordinarily have eaten in. You can keep eating restaurant quality food, you'll just be doing it at home!
Some restaurants have instigated a 'call and collect' system where you can call the restaurant to make your order and come collect at the restaurant - this also gives you the chance to tip any waitstaff working at the restaurant. Most places in the city are also on the Uber Eats and Mr Delivery apps. Both apps also have a functionality whereby you can indicate to your delivery person that they must leave your takeaways outside your gate (essential if you are in self-quarantine).
Here are some recommendations for small businesses offering delivery services, ready-meals and curbside collections that we encourage you to support. This list is not exhaustive and we are continually trying to keep updating as soon as we receive new information.
The Hussar Grill
Nobody should miss out on a good steak, especially at times like these. For traditional steaks with classic sides The Hussar Grill is always a go-to. They have branches at Morningside Shopping Centre, Montecasino, Silverstar and Waterfall City all of them offering call and collect services, or alternatively find them on Mr D and UberEats. Call +27 11 326 9330 for the Morningside branch.
Bryanston Organic Market online shop
Find a fine selection of wholesome, nutritious and additive-free deli foods made by Joburg producers whose foodstuffs are all sourced from small local organic farmers.
The Leopard at 44 Stanley
Order some delicious hearty meals for the family to heat and eat at home. Pick up at their store at 44 Stanley or have it directly delivered to your home. Order via direct message on their Instagram.
A perfect way to comfort a friend or family member in distress. Order a box of the most delicious artisanal chocolates from this 44 Stanley-based chocolatier who will deliver to anywhere in Joburg. Order via their WhatsApp line at +27 63 403 5913.
IL Contadino – Curbside, Call and Collect
Check out this Italian restaurant in Parktown North. Call to order and collect at +27 10 900 1363.
Che Argentine Grill
Joburg’s favourite for excellent Argentinean-style steaks cooked on a live fire, Che Argentine is now organising deliveries. Order by phone at +27 11 268 2509. Deliveries are done between 12:00–21:00.
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 on Fridays and Saturdays, where you can order in their fantastic pan-African dinners to enjoy at home. Place orders before 13:00 on Fri and Sat via WhatsApp at +27 82 894 5216.
Roving Bantu Kitchen
Brixton's 'centre for memory and friendship, the Roving Bantu Kitchen has now made their delicious homemade African dishes available for takeaway and delivery. Call WhatsApp at +27 83 235 3076 or +27 72 223 2648 to place an order.
Pre-order to pick up and collect from Workshop 55's innovative and exciting small plates menu that highlights a range of cuisines. Place orders via phone at +27 11 442 6252.
You can now have frozen meals delivered to your door as made by the team at The Troyeville Hotel's celebrated Portuguese restaurant. Think hearty stews and curries packed with healthy veggies, great things to stock your freezer up with if you're worried you might told to isolate at home. You can also get fresh meals prepared daily which can be delivered chilled or hot ready for the table. Place your orders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cool coffee bar and store at Arts On Main in Maboneng has some of the best coffee in town and is still open for take out and collection. Times like these, there's nothing you need more than good coffee. The expansive Arts On Main courtyard is a good place to sit and drink your coffee at a healthy distance from others. Check out their menu here.
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 if you are feeling nervous. Call +27 11 268 0022 to order your cakes.