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10 hot new restaurants in Pretoria

There’s plenty happening in the Capital City’s dining scene! From fine dining to toasties, West African to Asian, here are 10 new restaurants to try out.

Heritage Lifestyle Restaurant (Arcadia)

Heritage has a small but well thought-out menu with a traditional South African focus. Mains – served with options of pap, umngqusho, dumplings, savoury rice or mashed potato – include red wine beef stew, mogodu (tripe), pork trotters (tlhakwana) or butter and curry chicken. Starters are primarily salads, but they also have pasta dishes, such as wild mushroom and asparagus pasta and a Heritage macaroni and cheese. Desserts include a chocolate fondant with vanilla ice cream. A small wine list includes some of South Africa’s finest wineries as well as some serious champagnes.

Inside Heritage Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Jukes (Menlo Park)

Situated across the road from a university residency, this is a typical drinking hole. There’s also a small menu offering delights like mac and cheese rolls, and a section just for loaded fries. The menu also features burgers and pizza. The F.A.B pizza is topped with feta, avocado and bacon. A small cocktail menu features cocktails like Jeepers, Pimms n Proper, and a Lekker Melon mojito. A service hatch supplies takeaways for those not wanting to brave the younger crowd.

Latino’s Bistro (Menlo Park)

Latino’s has over 40 different wood-fired and well-made pizzas available in medium and large. Other menu sections include sandwiches, tramezzini, burgers, subs, rolls and even a main course section that includes lamb shank. Don’t be fooled by the kiddies section – this is not at all a family-oriented spot. Masses of young people pump in and out with the loud music for excessively inexpensive drinks.

Miss Cake (Groenkloof)

This shop has recently opened on the corner of a very busy crossing of two major streets of the Groekloof/Brooklyn/Waterkloof area. The breakfast menu offers dishes like almond crème French toast and a paleo granola bowl. Lunch is served from 12 onwards and the menu includes a brie, bacon, fig and rocket sandwich; an array of salads; and puff pastry tarts. Mains include beef ravioli with Napolitana sauce. Cakes are on display and cake tastings can be arranged by appointment for those in need of bespoke baking. The décor is a mix of pink, black and white stripes and a floral wallpaper.

Miss Cake. Photo supplied.

MOOI Tapas and Wine Bar (Bronberg)

This is a tapas and wine bar with an extensive wine, gin and craft beer menu, beautiful branding and stylish crockery. Think ‘braaibroodjies’ served in small triangles with fresh chutney; corn fritters with cream cheese and onion marmalade; salt and pepper squid; bobotie spring rolls with an apricot, mint and chilli dressing; onion rings; and pork and mozzarella croquettes with a blueberry BBQ dipping sauce. End your tapas journey with a delicious little ganache tartlet.

A dish at Mooi. Photo supplied.

Moonshot Café (Waterkloof Glen)

Don’t be deterred by this spot’s exclusively daytime trading hours. This is a beautifully situated restaurant with large bench tables and chairs, and massive black metal windows that bring the view and outside right into the restaurant. The food is creative and celebrates different South Africa culinary heritages. In addition, Moonshot seems to be quickly gaining a reputation as an events venue, with a good number of weddings under its belt.

The Royal Page Restaurant (Groenkloof)

This brand spanking new African restaurant has loads of presence and a modern, tasteful interior. The West African-inspired menu features dishes like abula-style stew made from beef, goat, mackerel or croaker fish. There’s also banga, a type of palm fruit stew made from oxtail, kingklip or hake. Jollof rice can be had with salmon or prawns, and ewa agoyin or ofada rice with a wide selection of proteins.

A mural in the Royal Page Restaurant. Photo supplied.

Toast (Hillcrest)

This is a new little daytime eatery with a very small private parking area right in front of the shop, on which the owners soon want to start a weekend food market. With an unassuming interior and modest view, this is a typical eatery for business meetings. From banana and chai spice smoothies to miso, peanut butter and chocolate milkshake and The Duchess virgin G&Ts, the drinks menu is innovative and interesting. Try a pasteis de nata or a chocolate coffee brownie with a well-made coffee for a mid-morning break. But they serve full menu items as well, such as carbonara or a beetroot veggie burger. Sandwiches include the pork belly open sandwich and the smoked trout toasted sandwich. There are also some nice breakfast options for early risers.

Wok n Roll (Pretoria East)

This delightful new addition to Pretoria’s evolving culinary scene is a small Asian-inspired eatery with a functional but not austere interior. The food is innovative, creative and utterly delicious. Small plates include Bang Bang prawns, teriyaki duck, potstickers and Asian fries. There are proper main course portions such as the Beef Flaming Plate or spicy salt prawns, and then some adapted sushi interpretations such as the Out of Control plate or a Rock ‘n Roll plate. The latter features crab salad, sweet tofu and cucumber and is served with seared tuna, crispy onion, sesame seeds, mayo, Sriracha and a seared tuna sauce. But there are also more classical options such as prawn gao, shanghai xiaolong bao and siu mai dim sum.

A salad at Wok n Roll. Photo supplied.

Wood & Fire (Nieuw Muckleneuk)

The innovative and utterly delicious food here is presented on creative and modern crockery and tableware. The food is largely influenced by Asian flavours and the combinations are well thought-out. Though service can be improved, this is definitely some of the best food Pretoria has seen. The interior comprises a mix of styles that makes it inviting, but you may not even notice. If you manage to drag your eyes way from the sumptuous fare, it will probably be to people-watch those in the Brooklyn Design Quarter.

A dish at Wood & Fire. Photo supplied.

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