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7 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.

Brik Café (Rosebank)

Brik is a restaurant built on the philosophy of using only locally sourced, ethical ingredients cooked in a way that allows for little to no waste. The food offering is simple, wholesome and caters to vegans, vegetarians and the gluten-free crowd. Amongst other gems, you’ll find kneidlach and chicken soup for the soul; cabbage rolls filled with braised beef cheeks in bone broth; and sweet potato gnocchi served with corn, leek and preserved lemon.

 

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One of our dinner favorites – sweet potato gnocchi/corn/leek/preserved lemon/ labne

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Dassler’s (Braamfontein)

Named after one of Puma’s founders, this social café courtyard and eatery is hidden behind the Puma concept store in Braamfontein. It’s open for breakfast and lunch, serving up simple and well-priced deli café fare: great toasted cheeses, salads, bacon and egg on toast (the latter for only R20!) and an array of other tasty toast (like avo, salmon and Nutella).

 

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Hello Dassler’s.

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La Petite Maison (Melville)

This French-inspired bistro offers an eclectic refined-dining experience alongside boutique wines. Seating a maximum of 20 patrons, La Petite Maison is an intimate and unique space that brims with charm. The menu is a one-page affair and highlights include gorgeous squid-ink risotto offset with prawn and calamari. There’s also a must-try rack of lamb rack with yoghurt and harissa.

 

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Magaliesburg Pork belly with scallops, Bok Choi , star anise and onion. Served with a honey and soy reduction.

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Mix Cocktail Bar (Rosebank)

Yes, it’s an awesome bar, but did you know that it also operates as a restaurant? On offer is a punchy and concise selection of sharing plates: fish and chips with chipotle remoulade; pulled pork sliders with apple slaw; salt and pepper squid; and chicken tenders with a coriander-and-plum sauce. With sumptuous views and a buzzing atmosphere, it’s a great spot for a working lunch or a casual first date.

 

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Pizza Mezza (Bryanston)

Pizza Mezza is a Mediterranean fusion experience. Traditional and fusion pizzas come from the wood-burning oven, as well as sharing plates with Lebanese flavours. Go for the tabbouleh, the baba ghanoush, the moussaka, the pies, the fusion platters, the Lebanese wraps and, of course, the pizzas. There’s something for everyone, as well as something for every pocket.

 

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Shucked (Craighall)

It’s an oyster bar in Joburg – as strange as that may sound, the oysters are as fresh as they come (brought in from Saldanha) and eccentrically prepared with 14 different dressings options for the fresh oysters and 6 styles of grilled. They’re superb. To pair, there’s a seriously good selection of cocktails and wines. But, if you’re not one for oysters, there’s also a great gastro-pub style menu inclusive of a gourmet beef Sunday roast, kingklip fish and chips, beef tataki, rib-eye steak with marrow bone butter and a host of other treats.

Urban Moyo (Sandton)

Expect contemporary African flavours cultivated with live fire. It’s a plush and urbane setting in the heart of Sandton that offers up great cocktails and a refined-dining menu. Think exquisite plating and bold flavours: slow-cooked tagines, curries and potjies, sumptuous steaks and fish dishes, as well as an assortment of vibrant salads and contemporary sharing plates. (Crocodile happens to be on the list too.)

 

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