Escondido Tapas and Wine

Escondido Tapas and Wine
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R350 per person spent (includes tapas and wine)
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Critic's review

Sandiso Ngubane

Escondido’s menu is on the walls and on boards placed randomly around the restaurant, making it quite possible to miss some things, but you’re bound to walk out satisfied with this Illovo establishment’s tapas-style offerings. The menu changes often, so it makes sense that they would prefer not printing it.

The sheer variety of dishes that include Greek, Asian, American and other varieties can be daunting, but it is recommended that you mix and match to your heart’s content.

The crumbed Mexican chicken strips are fresh and tender, served with a blue-cheese sauce that makes the dish an even more delightful taste sensation. Similarly, the wild mushroom arancini with truffle cream cheese is a fantastic snack, and the ribs bucket strikes a perfectly saucy sweet-and-sour balance – you may find yourself asking for more.

Other tidbits that will have you wishing the servings were full-size portions include the salmon with lemon risotto, beer-battered fishcakes with orange-and-ginger mayo, and pumpkin fritters. Unfortunately the paella tends to be on the dry side, and the lamb tagine and couscous is nothing to write home about. Still, there is plenty on the menu that will have you coming back to this warm and welcoming establishment.

For dessert, the chocolate fondant with pistachio frozen yoghurt is a triumph. Other options include red-velvet brûlée and waffle with vanilla ice cream, among other things.

There’s an excellently priced and incredibly wide variety of wines, as well as beer and spirit options. Anyone would be able to find something to please them in this selection.

Escondido is very welcoming and well spaced out. Dim lights bring out this hidden establishment’s rustic charm. It’s a cosy and all-round great atmosphere.

On the night we visit, the warmth of the venue itself is not matched by waiting staff. On this level, Escondido could definitely do better.

Bear in mind that this is tapas-style dining with portions to match.

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(August 2017)

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User reviews

  • I visited here on a Saturday evening. We were a team of 20 people from different countries. I am a very fussy eater and have to say I was blown away by the food. Everything we ate was out of this world. I would definitely rate this as one of the best restaurants in Joburg. The atmosphere was vibrant and bustling. For a busy environment, the service was excellent. The rest of Joburg has got to try it out.
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  • One of my favourite places for tapas. Some of the stand out dishes include the paella, crispy thighs with polenta, arancini, truffle fries, pumpkin fritters, and on the sweet side, the Escondido Mess and the salted caramel were certified hits. They also have an extensive wine collection that caters to every palate.
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Set menu - Menu changes daily.


  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Fireplace
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Wheelchair

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