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Craft (Parkhurst)

Craft (Parkhurst)
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Burgers, Health food, Pizzas
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R100 (wine and sparkling); R200(spirits)

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food
Craft is a great spot for a group of friends, though do expect them to be indecisive, as the entire menu is so tempting. Your best bet is to start by sharing a warm salad, like the Mediterranean. It comes with mixed greens topped with falafel balls, beet-infused hummus, tahini, fat helpings of feta and avo, and basil pesto. Or, for something meatier, the sharing board is a feast of juicy rump kebabs, sticky ribs, boerewors and more, with a side of carbs and sauce.

The mac and cheese is made with fresh home-made pasta, surprisingly gluten-free – and very creamy. Pro tip: Add peppadews and chorizo or exotic mushrooms and chicken. The seafood wood-fired pizza is juicy and not soggy, and, if you’re fond of surf and turf, look no further than the sirloin. It’s topped with queen prawns, goat’s cheese and chorizo-stuffed calamari, before being drizzled with lemon and butter, and served with a dunking roll.

Burgers are not what you’d expect. The ‘Less the Bread’ beef burger is made with a grilled cauliflower rosti, a 200g beef patty and spicy pineapple coulis, and is topped with a courgette fritter. If you’re not banting, go for the pulled pork burger, which is topped with Emmental cheese, mustard aioli and tomato compote. Other options include burgers made with chicken breasts, tuna, chickpeas or lamb.

Drinks
There’s a reason why they’re called Craft. The list of ‘artisan quenchers’ is lengthy, but well worth poring over. Warm drinks are served with a welcome twist, for example, the hot chocolate comes as sliders – an indulgent trio of mini hot chocolates. You can also expect a range of interesting craft beers and ciders on tap or by the bottle, as well as artisan gin, whisky, vodka, countless cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Service
Attentive, efficient and helpful, but space is tight when the venue is full, so at some point you might feel inclined to ask the waitrons not to hover.

Ambience
Heaving, especially over the weekends. If you plan on going out with the kids, breakfast or lunchtime is best. It may not be the spot for a quiet, intimate dinner either, but is definitely the right upbeat atmosphere for a festive night out with a few friends.

And…
Don’t forget to book, otherwise you’ll be seated at the corner bar indefinitely.

(September 2017)

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  • Thulisa Martins

    Food
    Simple, homely food. Generous serving portions for all the moreish food is just what one wants for the indulgence here.

    There is not much of a starter option but the rest of the menu makes up for it, like with the homemade pasta. Also choose from ostrich mince bobotie or sticky BBQ spare ribs. The oxtail is the best, falling off the bone. It's full of flavour and lathered in a rich tomato sauce, served with mash. Notable is the pulled pork burger or their craft burger – massive 200g burgers. The smoked pulled pork is placed atop the 200g beef patty with Emmental cheese, greens and aioli. Banting guests could choose a cauliflower rosti instead of the bread bun.

    If not choosing dessert from the display of treats, a dessert shake or a freak waffle, then try something from the short list of desserts, which include cheesecakes and ice creams. The chocolate truffle, a moist flourless Belgian chocolate cake served with a soft cream or vanilla ice cream and a berry compote, is pure indulgence.

    Drinks
    This is where you can have bubbles by the glass. Try Laurent Perrier Cuveé Brut Rose NV. The extensive wine list includes organic wines from Waverley Hills wine estate in Tulbagh, where no sulphites are added. Then there is a whole host of milkshakes, which includes spiked milkshakes like Ferrero Rocher and hazelnut. Or, if it’s a winter night, try the ‘freaking Hot Chocolates’ which includes the Loaded Hot Chocolate or the Loaded Salted Caramel. Artisan cocktails are also available.

    Service
    Service is friendly, quick and edgy. Well-informed waitrons recommend meals for those who need a bit of help choosing.

    Ambience
    It's a buzzing restaurant, with dark wooden tables and chairs that gives a vintage look, yet the pizza oven offers a warm homely touch. The kitchen is semi-open and there is a display of some treats, including homemade cupcakes. A true foodie hub.

    And…
    Looking out the window, the view shows the vibrant Parkhurst vibe of people going about their days, some vintage shops and other restaurants, making you remember with surprise that you are in the midst of busy Johannesburg.

    (September 2016)

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User reviews

  • Craft has a well crafted menu of on trend food. My problem with on trend food is the sameness of it all. Despite its sameness and lack of originality, they produced a good prawn chowder. It would've been nice if the dish had some acid and a little kick and texture too, but despite this, it was comforting on a cold day. I ordered some toast on the side, it should be standard with this dish. The fish cakes were OK, but over powered by the accompanying vegetables. With fish being such a subtle flavour, it pretty much ruined the dish. I loved the cheesecake, the sweet, floral Turkish Delight perfectly balanced the creamy, dense tang of the cheesecake. The crust added lovely texture to the slice. If you're looking for a trendy spot, with average food and great service, Craft is your place to head to.
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  • My food was great, I won't lie. I've been there a number of times and I love the environment. It's chilled and relaxed. I had a great time
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  • Having only visited Craft once before for a brief stint over a year ago, it was incredibly encouraging to find that not only was it open until late on a Sunday (apparently very rare in the Johannesburg food scene!), but was also quite busy! Regardless of the many patrons however, I was welcomed and directed to a seat immediately. The ambience of the restaurant is very homey and welcoming with the indiscernible buzz of conversation actually being quite comforting. Despite the setup not having changed since the last time I had visited, I was still quite happy with the "vintage" but casual appearance. To drink the Gin-Inspired Cocktails section of the menu immediately caught my eye and I ordered the Mango and Mint G&T which did not hold back in terms of not only size but also flavours. For the main, I opted for the braised pork chops over butter mash and was not to be disappointed. The portion was incredibly generous, which I loved, especially considering how great the meal was and the flavours of all the elements of the dish came together to provide an overall tantalizing palate experience. And then of course for dessert, I had to choose from the drool-worth selection of hand-paddled dessert "freak" shakes. The Chocolate Overload was the absolute indulgence of all indulgences with all forms of chocolate goodies clambering to be noticed and working incredibly well together at the same time. A sweet and satisfying end to the hearty Sunday night feast. Throughout the evening, our lovely waitress remained attentive and was always nearby in case we needed something. Overall, One thing is clear, Craft does not shy away when it comes to presentation, whether it be in their drinks, meals, or dessert! A great experience and definitely recommended for some hearty, homey food and a vibey night out.
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  • Craft a place synonymous with over the top milkshakes and burgers.I came here for breakfast and service was so friendly, breakfast of huevos rancheros was deliciously prepared and hot chocolate was so decadent.Gets packed very easily so book ahead
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  • This place is nice and vibey. Service is excellent, ambiance is fantastic and food is absolutely DELICIOUS! 10 out of 10 if it were rated out of 10!
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  • Great service and great ambience. Desserts and milkshakes are definitely ther forte but their main course offering isn't anything out of the norm.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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