Nestled inside Exclusive books in Hyde Park shopping centre, EB Social Kitchen & Bar is a new addition to the dining scene in Johannesburg. The delicious menu created by Russell Armstrong, a chef who has experience in Michelin-starred restaurants, is designed for sharing.
Try the spiced ratatouille and local cheese arancini and the smoked-salmon mousse with lemon and ciabatta wafers to start; then move on to the more substantial dishes like slow-braised duck leg with grilled radicchio, Spanish onion and fondant potatoes. A lot of care has gone into the preparation and presentation of the dishes. The food is served on beautiful black plates, which allows the food to shine.
The extensive wine list, which has been carefully curated by Michael Fridjhon and Carrie Adams, includes local and imported wines and special and rare bottles. The bar offers a wide range of craft beers, ciders and cocktails named after famous works of literature like Vanity Fair and Pride and Prejudice.
The service is on point. Waiters are well versed on the menu and make very good recommendations. The maître d’ is very welcoming, friendly and accommodating.
The space is relaxed and unpretentious, with incredible views of Joburg. The décor is in a simple Nordic style with the industrial beams. The restaurant attracts trendy foodies, families and business people for lunch, but is perfect for a night out with the girls or a romantic dinner for two.
The open kitchen pulls you into the theatre of food preparation and plating. Watching the show is really exciting and adds to the culinary experience.
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