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9 hot new restaurants in Joburg

From cool new tapas spots to bars, tequilerias and pizza joints, Jozi is busy popping up new foodie spots all the time. These are the hottest new ones to try.

Artivist (Braamfontein)

Artivist is a modern art gallery, eatery and bar wrapped into one. Stop by for a leisurely breakfast, lunch or dinner and while you’re there, be sure to sip on some coffee or wine while admiring the art pieces.

 

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A Streetbar Named Desire (Parkwood)

The same team that brought us The Griffin and Perron opened A Streetbar Named Desire in July – a cool tapas restaurant combined with a cocktail bar and awesome views across Rosebank. Even better? This isn’t one of those tapas spots where you’re left underfed and out of pocket. Expect a menu that’s divided into seafood and meat tapas and vegetarian tapas. It’s a flavour explosion with a clear Middle Eastern/Ottolenghi influence featuring dishes like harissa-marinated sirloin with preserved lemon chimichurri; Iraqi spiced chicken breast with an almond-and-parsley relish and chicken crackling; and burrata with artichokes, fennel, lemon and parsley.

 

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Ba-Pita (Melville)

This new kid on the Melville block specialises in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean foods. The extensive menu features small plates such as hummus and pita, kebabs and koftas, a shawarma menu with five different kinds of fillings, laffa (flatbread) topped with everything from falafel to desert lamb, and vibrant salads and platters.

Coalition (Pineslopes)

The team from Coalition, the Best Italian Eatery at the 2017 Best Everyday Eateries, opened their second restaurant in Pineslopes, Joburg, in November. The Pineslopes space is twice as big as the flagship branch in Rosebank. It’s been designed around the central show kitchen, which features a gorgeous stone pizza oven, allowing patrons to witness the making of authentic Neapolitan pizza first hand.

 

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Douglas + Hale (Parktown North)

From the owners of Coobs comes this casual wine bar and eatery. A large range of fine wines, cocktails and a small, simple food menu keep the locals happy. Think potstickers, Brightside farm halloumi with charred lemon, salt-and-pepper squid with fennel aioli and beetroot falafel with baba ghanoush.

 

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J. Rabbit (Sandton)

J. Rabbit Tequileria launched in December 2018, taking over the space formerly occupied by Griffin Bar. Located in an unassuming spot behind a laundromat, the bar also features one of the largest selections of tequila in South Africa. On the food front, expect South American-style eats.

Kolonaki (Parkhurst)

There’s an abundance of Greek dishes to choose from at this stylish Mediterranean tapas spot: mezedes, salads, yiro, souvlaki, fish and various steak, lamb and pork mains prepared over a charcoal grill. Think cured ouzo and beetroot salmon with diced cucumber, dill oil, hung yoghurt and katai or  sirloin with a beef jus, homemade skordalia (potato-and-garlic spread) and charred onion. Dessert must-tries are the baklava and the freshly baked baklava cheesecake with a Greek butter biscuit base.

La Parada (Waterfall Corner)

The lively La Parada tapas eatery has made its way to Gauteng. Tuck into vibrant shareable plates such as prawn croquetas, mini toasties with cheese and gypsy ham, fried calamari with aïoli and lemon, and tuna tacos with rainbow salsa. Mains will also please, with a crunchy chicken burger on brioche bun; 500g rib-eye on the bone; and a platter of whole baby kingklip, fried prawns, calamari and mussels.

 

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Saint Restaurant (August)

The latest venture of the team behind Marble, chef David Higgs and Gary Kyriacou, has taken Jozi by storm with its award-winning décor and quirky Italian menu. Start off with antipasti dishes like arancini with saffron aïoli; smoked provolone with cherry tomato and olive bread sticks; or carpaccio with caper mayonnaise, pickled red onion and fried capers. Mains consist of seriously good wood-fired pizza topped with everything from fresh mozzarella to lamb shoulder and confit garlic. There are also pasta, risotto and gnocchi options on offer, as well as some meats from the grill.

Brought to you by Retail Capital, sponsors of the Eat Out Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year Award. 

 

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