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Glenda’s

Glenda’s
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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine

Food
Glenda Lederle, best known for The Patisserie in Illovo, has recently opened up another gem in Hyde Park. The café-style eatery offers a seasonal menu, from delicious lunches to breakfast and bar snacks for after-work drinks. Brunch on smashed avocado toast garnished with chilli flakes and lemon or your choice of scrambled, poached or fried eggs.

If you’re lunching in a group, the rotisserie chicken (for two or four) is always a good idea. It’s served with stuffing, roast potatoes, gravy and salad. A jug of mimosa or Bloody Mary is always a good idea. And if you’re on a solo mid-week session and hungry, try the duck and waffles, which almost looks too pretty to eat and is served with a fresh slaw.

The salt and pepper calamari is crispy perfection and just the right sized starter portion for the peckish. A pineapple-chilli sauce complements the dish rather nicely. Other notable menu options include the artichoke gratiné, salmon fishcakes and Stilton leek tart. Bar snacks on offer: potato fries with umami mayo, cheesy choux puffs, crispy chicken wings and more.

Drinks
The concept of creating bar snacks for those afternoon drinks sessions makes Glenda’s a great addition to the popular commute route that is Jan Smuts. For those who aren’t imbibing, there’s a selection of teas, coconut water, hot drinks and cold drinks, which can be enjoying on the outdoor patio or in the Choux Choux Lounge indoors. Highly recommended on the cocktail menu: the pink tiki, comprising dark and light rum, pineapple and orange syrup and five spice.

Service
Prompt and friendly service whether you’re seated inside or outside. You’ll recognise quite a few familiar faces from neighbourhood restaurants.

Ambience
From the moment you set foot into the restaurant, you are immediately transported into what feels like a mad hatter’s wonderland. There are murals of birds and bright flowers, counter tops filled with glass-encased baked goods and a lounge where patrons enjoy flutes of bubbly.

And...
Get your sweet treats to go – the takeaway patisserie counter is called “Dotty Choux” and, of course, specialises in choux pastry.

(September 2016)

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  • Thando Ndabezitha

    Glenda Lederle has waved her culinary magic wand once again to enchant Joburgers in Hyde Corner on Jan Smuts Avenue. Many years ago, Glenda ran the beloved Patisserie in Illovo before opening up Katerina’s restaurant at Kurland Estate outside of Plettenberg Bay. In the last few years she’s been travelling and working through Europe and America, with her adventures culminating in the opening of Glenda's.

    Food
    It's really quite an enchanting space – but what makes it even more difficult to leave is the delicious food. The breakfast menu delivers the goods, with traditional dishes like poached eggs, ‘eggs in purgatory’ (eggs poached in spicy tomato sauce with sourdough toast and coriander), and All-Bran served with a jug of milk and sliced bananas, as well as signature dishes like the grapefruit carpaccio with pistachio, labne, pomegranate and rose syrup. All breads, tarts, pies, croissants, muffins and desserts are made on the premises, and taste fresh and original.

    The stilton leek tart (R65) makes for a pleasant starter and the portion is just the right size, leaving some room to indulge in a main course afterwards. There’s some kale in the tart, making the flavour combination quite delightful for those who love their greens, which I do.

    Another recommended item is the unusual salt-and-pepper calamari with pineapple chilli (R65). For mains, I love the salmon cake (R150), which is served with spinach, capers and rocket mayo. The mayo makes the meal unique in taste and presentation; it tastes as good as it looks, with the various flavours perfectly complementing each other.

    I also try the wonderful artichoke gratin with French bread and rocket (R95). It’s quite rich in flavour, with the artichokes beautifully cooked and complemented by the strong cheese flavour. Prices overall are quite reasonable with mains ranging from R95 to R170 (steak and chips, or rotisserie chicken for two). There are also bar snacks such as crispy chicken wings and cheesy choux puffs for those who just feel peckish. Dessert is R65 and includes options like orange trifle, vanilla flan and chocolate parfait with homemade ice cream, amongst other delicious-sounding treats.

    Drinks
    There's a wide selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks, with the traditional range of hot caffeinated beverages, teas and cold drinks. I have a cappuccino (R22), which was perfect for the June Joburg weather. They also offer a selection of red and white wine, rosé, cocktails, draughts, and some sauvignon blancs and chenin blanc available by the glass.

    While the closing times for the kitchen (2pm) may be somewhat limiting for those who would prefer a much later lunch, the establishment does open for supper later on in the week from 6pm. Also, although the kitchen may be closed, the restaurant remains open for drinks at Choux Choux lounge, where you can quaff champagne and indulge in the type of melt-in-your-mouth pastries that made Glenda one of Joburg’s most loved pastry queens.

    Service
    Glenda and her team are warm and friendly, and treat all guests like regulars.

    Ambience
    Entering the high-tea-themed restaurant feels like being transported to one of Enid Blyton’s magical faraway lands, thanks to the fantasy-garden-themed décor of with mural paintings of flowers and birds, teal-coloured couches, pink sofas and white tablecloth-covered square tables with their dainty cutlery and glass vases bearing real roses. Large windows, skylights and mirrors welcome plenty of light inside. While the great décor, music, and delicious, lovingly prepared food make this an appealing spot, it’s the overall warm atmosphere and hospitality that will keep you coming back.

    And...
    Stopping to grab some pastries after work at the Dotty Choux, the restaurant’s takeaway counter, is not a bad idea. The eatery is open 7am to 5pm Monday and Tuesday, 7am to 10pm Wednesday to Saturday, and 8.30am to 1.30pm on Sunday.

    (July 2016)

User reviews

  • This place looks fancier than their food tastes. Total disappointment with their food. Their cakes look great though but I didn't try them out.
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  • Truly the best breakfast in Johannesburg. The quality of every aspect is outstanding. Not to be missed!
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  • Went to Glenda's on Saturday as the kids wanted to do the Colour Cafe ... I arrived earlier the my friends with my daughter and 6month old baby in tow and requested a table for five.. The waitress totally ignored me so we made our way to the main restaurant through the car park as there was no way to get through the tables outside .. I then asked the Manager for a table who promptly left us in front of the restaurant and continued about his business ... Frustrated I went out side to a table for two to feed my daughter ... The waitress eventually came to serve us and when I complained about being ignored she went to call the manager who continued to ignore us - needless to say the worst restaurant by far - a ham and cheese sandwich is R70? Really? Ridiculous - don't waist your time or money! Just go somewhere else you will get better service and much better food! Anywhere is better then there! I also find it interesting that following every bad review is a great one with photos? Suspicious much?
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  • We were delighted when on a visit to Johannesburg, friends invited us for lunch at Glenda Lederle's restaurant in Hyde Park. Knowing her skills from old, it proved to be a fresh enjoyable lunch venue, with predictably good food, a contemporary, bright and light space, with staff (including wonderful 'oldies' like Viv, well known to many of us, and adored, plus a great new team), and a great addition to the dining options in the area. A compact menu of seasonal specials, well executed and good wines (also great options for those not wanting wine). Easy parking and happily not hidden in a shopping mall, we look forward to returning.
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Menu

Set menu - Glenda - Updated 2017

Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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