The Bannister Hotel Bistro & Sushi Bar

At the hip budget hotel perfectly located in busy, buzzy Braamfontein The Bannister Hotel’s Bistro and Sushi Bar offers an eclectic menu featuring dishes from around the world. The atmosphere conjures a beach bar (if it was located in a busy urban district), with overhead lamps made from recycled mason jars, abundant palms and succulents and a long counter opening onto the street (perfect for watching Braamfontein’s colourful street life).

On the bistro menu expect plenty of fun takes on local and global street food favourites with a strong focus on African dishes. Try Maputo-style Peri-Peri chicken, a Moroccan Kebab Trio or Nigerian-inspired Jollof rice with chicken. Keep it local with a Durban chicken curry served with rice or as a 'street choice' in a bunny chow (a hollowed out 1/4 loaf of bread) and for dessert there's cinnamon vetkoek and ice cream.

In addition to the signature African-inspired dishes you can also find burgers, pizzas, ribs, wings and calamari on the menu. For something lighter The Bannister's sushi bar offers all the usual favourites like maki, rainbow rolls and California rolls plus some quirky vegetarian options like the strawberry and cream cheese fashion sandwiches.

After dinner head downstairs to enjoy a comedy show at the Goliath Comedy Club. Run by highly-regarded South African comedy team Goliath and Goliath, who also have a comedy club in Melrose Arch, here you can catch edgy stand-up comedy from up-coming and established South African comedians.

Night owls will rejoice as The Bannister has one of the latest opening kitchens in the city. On Fridays and Saturdays the hotel kitchen closes at 2am (the sushi bars closes at half past midnight!) giving you plenty of time to catch a comedy show and then stay on for dinner after.

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The Bannister Bistro is open 06:30–21:30, Thu 06:30–23:30, Fri, Sat 06:30–02:00. Sushi Bar open 12:00–21:30, Thu 12:00–23:00, Fri, Sat 12:30–02:00.

The Goliath Comedy Club is open Wed-Sat, doors open at 19:00 and gigs starts at 20:00. Tickets cost R80 and include a bottle of Savanna cider.


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