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The ultimate Fourways foodie guide

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Joburg’s northern suburbs often get overlooked as foodie destinations, but we went exploring and found some delectable offerings in Fourways. From outdoor markets to fine dining tapas and cocktail bars; smoked brisket and ribs in backyards to highbrow high teas in rose gardens, Fourways has something for every taste and every pocket.

For enjoying the great outdoors

Buitengeluk

Buitengeluk at the Broadacres Shopping Centre is set in a beautiful rose garden, creating for a relaxed upmarket environment. The restaurant itself is in an old Cape-Dutch style building, which also serves as a beautiful wedding venue (so make sure you book ahead). Buitengeluk is open for breakfast and lunch, serving deliciously moreish farm-style fare. Also important: the chicken pie is unmissable.

 

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Fourways Farmers Market

Open every Sunday from 9am to 4pm and every Friday from 3.30pm to 10pm, the Fourways Farmers Market is a relaxing way to start, or round-off, your weekend. Edibles range from Thai chicken money pockets to pulled pork rolls and lamb on a spit. Walk around the stalls, sample great food and sip on everything from craft beers and cocktails to coconut milk and organic teas. Get there early to grab parking, and meet up with a group of friends to make the most of the log and hay bale seating under the massive Jacarandas.

 

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Smokin’ Joes Rib Shack

This is an absolute hidden gem. You’ll be made to feel right at home, even more so because there aren’t any waiters. Enjoy seriously good 13-hour smoked beef brisket, marinated and slow-cooked ribs with signature homemade crisps and classic Southern fried chicken. Booking is essential.

 

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For the best coffee

Carmella’s On the Square

This is a daily necessity for local coffee addicts. The creamiest cappuccinos in town are paired with wholesome breakfasts, making for the perfect start to any morning. Or kick the afternoon blues to the curb with a slice of one of the scrumptious cakes alongside a chai latte.

 

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For great burgers, steaks and ribs

The Braai Room

Attached to its own butchery, The Braai Room is unapologetically meat-centric and offers seriously good value-for-money steaks and burgers in a laidback setting. Start with crispy fried pork nuggets with mango chutney then move onto one of the fantastic cuts cooked on the open grill: a 250g sirloin for R90 or a Wagyu beef burger for R100.

Harlem Kitchen

If you’re looking for deliciously good burgers and ribs then this is the place. 100% beef burgers are smashed on the grill and laden with toppings of your choice (the maple-glazed bacon is a must). The ribs are basted and cooked over wood coals, giving a slight char for added flavour. It’s best for a quick bite rather than a full sit-down meal, but it’s great nonetheless.

For the best vibes

Salsa Mexican Grill

It’s a fiesta: tequila, margaritas, signature cocktails, chilli poppers, nachos, quesadillas, burritos and bowls! They put a modern twist on traditional Tex Mex, giving it a fresh and vibrant slant. They have an awesome build-your-own base or bowl so you can go as healthy or as decadent as your heart desires.

For some sophistication

Carnelian at The Rock

If it’s something special you’re after, look no further. This sophisticated tapas restaurant and bar has a great wine list with superb cocktails. The setting is chic and elegant, with menu highlights including braised short rib with creamy parmesan samp and parsley gremolata, as well as seared lamb chops with mango atchar and yoghurt labneh. If that’s not enough reason to go, perhaps the prosecco on tap will convince you.

 

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For Greek cuisine

Mythos

Consistency in both food and service has made this a favourite amongst locals. The vegetarian offering is delicious and diverse: the deep-fried feta parcels drizzled in honey and dolmades are legendary. They’ve also got a superb selection of fish and meat mains, as well as more casual yiro and pitas for those looking for a quick bite.

 

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Nikos

Nikos is renowned for its extensive selection of traditional Greek dishes given the occasional modern twist. The crispy zucchini fries are a must, as are the sweet and succulent king prawns in lemon butter or Nikos signature spicy sauce. Vegetarians can enjoy delicious chickpea or falafel yiros lathered in tahini and hummus and stuffed with fresh tomato, rocket, aubergine and other delights.

 

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For Indian-inspired fare

Thava

Enjoy a showcase of classically prepared dishes from the Kerala region. Expect fragrant South Indian cuisine that celebrates fresh ingredients and a delicate touch. Expect fantastic chicken kadai and kerala, beautiful lamb and paneer curries and dhals. Add to that some Kashmiri naan and you’re in for a feast.

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For a knockout high tea

Medeo

Medeo is known for making one of the best high teas Joburg has to offer: the most exquisite opera cakes, sandwiches, mini quiches, butter scones and freshly infused teas are available for R305 per person. This picturesque setting also offers fine-dining lunches and dinners, with five-star service and a superb wine list.

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For comforting Italian

Lupa Osteria Design Quarter

This is a neighbourhood Italian eatery where you can enjoy fantastic wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas and delicious secondi. Consistency is king here, so you’re guaranteed top-notch service and superb food. If pizza and pasta aren’t your thing, the signature calamari or wood-roasted king prawns will definitely hit the spot.

 

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Punchinello’s

Punchinello’s offers guests an award-winning Mediterranean mezze and Venetian-inspiration dining. Portions are generous and the presentation is beautiful. The menu is a simple one-page affair and includes gems like the grilled salmon trout with Sardinian artichoke pasta and parmesan sauce and the chef’s signature dish: braised short-rib in a Guinness-infused jus served with colcannon, minted crushed peas and root vegetables. Plus they offer a gorgeous Mediterranean Sunday lunch buffet at R295 per person, accompanied by live music.

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For something a little eclectic

Mon Petit Throbb

This spots prides itself on serving up the kind of food that South African palates love: hearty, rich and flavourful. The menu is seriously diverse and eclectic: classic French meets Italian, with a dash of Asian. Added to that is a warm and welcoming atmosphere, great indoor and outdoor seating, consistently excellent service and a lovely wine list.

 

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Sushi

Yamakado Sushi

Wanting all-you-can-eat sushi? You’re in luck. Yamakado has a great daily special where you can get a rice and noodle dish plus as many starters and red, orange and black sushi plates as you like (plus one purple and yellow plate per person) for R175.

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