This chic new addition to the ever-evolving row of restaurants and bars along Benmore’s busy 11th Street is easy to miss, perched above one of Sandton's most popular fine dining restaurants Eatery JHB.
A rooftop gastropub with a serious focus on food, the relatively small bar has been well-designed to make the most of the outdoor space. One side of the pub is dominated by a long open balcony with seats gazing directly over the street while the other is given over to a long curved bar and high tables made for sharing. It’s an ideal setup for after work drinks in an upmarket atmosphere and you’ll find no shortage of suits propping up the bar during rush hour.
Craft brews on the menu range from the ubiquitous Darling Slow beer to some more unusual local beers well worth investigating such as the litchi blossom honey and rooibos pale ale Hillbrow Honey from Maboneng’s Smack! Republic brewery.
The small food menu changes monthly, as does the bespoke music playlist. Food is divided into ‘mains for you’ and ‘mains for the table’. You’ll want a big crowd to tackle the 1kg T-bone steak or whole butterflied leg of lamb. From the generously portioned mains the tender steaks are excellent and the beer braised brisket seems to already have earned a permanent place on the ever-changing menu. Our only gripe has to be the impossibly small plates, which make eating it all a whole lot messier than necessary.
Not the sort of place to knock back shooters late into the night, Parliament closes relatively early, which is perhaps for the best considering the tricky steep spiral staircase you have to navigate to get up there, and more importantly down again a few pints later.