As the silly season approaches, restaurant traffic soars. Here are the restaurants that had the most hits on our site in the past month.
James Diack’s fourth restaurant is pulling the crowds with rustic dishes inspired by Italian, Spanish and French country-style food. Think roasted pork belly, confit duck thigh on a bed of truffle-infused parsnip mash, and home-made ice creams. Scrumptious stuff.
Styling itself as an Asian barbecue and rock ‘n’ roll bar, this brand-new restaurant and karaoke spot opened up in Rosebank’s buzzing stretch in November. The menu runs the gamut of cuisine from Thailand, Vietnam, China, Korea and Japan, and dishes are fusion-inspired rather than authentic. The tiramisu, for instance, features mascarpone, Italian finger biscuits soaked in soju, and Vietnamese coffee.
This spot took the title of Best Tapas Eatery in Gauteng at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries in October. The vast menu also offers pizzas, pasta, steak, pork belly and Woodview Wagyu sirloin, but it’s the tapas that pulls the crowds.
Chantel Dartnall’s magnificent fine-dining restaurant came in at number two in this year’s Top 10. The Grande Degustation menu (R1250) is bucket-list stuff.
This rooftop bar has one of the best locations in the Mother City. Set atop the brand-new Zeitz MOCAA museum, it offers unmatched views of the city, mountain and harbour. Pop in to check out the art first, but you’ll need a reservation to access the 11th-floor bar.
The unstoppable Luke Dale-Roberts has just taken the number-one spot in our Top 10 for the sixth year running. The 10-course Gourmand Menu (R1600 or R2250 with wine pairing) might feature pork scratchings with milk stout foam; sweetbreads with asparagus, morels and porcini Hollandaise; and a toasted turmeric marshmallow, still hot from the flames.
Liam Tomlin’s Constantia outpost is headed up by chef Ivor Jones, who executes the tapas for two concept with exemplary skill. Expect big flavours and lots of little flourishes. Humble-sounding carrot risotto is served in a little copper saucepan, glossy with beurre noisette and silky carrot purée, crispy sage leaves, raisins and roasted walnuts. The wild-honey-and-lavender crème is an extra, but worthy, ending.
In the shadow of the Zeitz MOCAA, this stylish new drinks-and-dinner spot is popular for curries as well as platters. There’s been some controversy around the name, which has no doubt increased its notoriety. (There’s another Yard on Roodehek Street in town.)
Liam Tomlin’s Indian tapas concept is headed up here by spice master John van Zyl. Expect a tapas-for-two menu featuring succulent smoky meat from the tandoor oven, unctuous lamb curry, and all the sambals and poppadoms your heart desires. The restaurant doesn’t take bookings, so go early. There’s a lovely courtyard out back.
Aadil Mayat and Tim and Lawrence Lai’s modern take on Asian street food is an absolute hit in Jozi. Tuck into bao, tapas bowls and plates and skewers (soko).