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Glenda’s
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Cost
R75 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Café fare, Coffee, Light meals
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R65(wine) R85(sparkling)

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food

Glenda’s caters for everything from lavish breakfasts and perfect coffee and cake, to healthy lunches and hearty dinners. You'll find people stopping in for business lunches, ladies gathering for a cake and coffee stop in a luxurious setting, and families enjoying dinners out.

The menu is seasonal and changes four times a year. Glenda's prides itself on using only fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Expect the likes of home-made, sugar-free, granola with chia seeds, fruit and coconut shavings, grapefruit carpaccio and the all-time favourite – croque monsieur. Try the lavish bacon roll or the seared breakfast tartare on the brunch menu.

For lunch, Glenda’s has a fabulous selection of salads and main courses. Be warned the portions are large, as are the flavours. Must-try dishes include gravalax, devilled eggs, grilled gem chicken salad with pistachio cream and crispy croutons, salmon fish cakes and duck and waffles, which is rich and decadent. If you're part of a hungry group, opt for the signature rotisserie chicken to share. The crispy-skinned, succulent bird is served with stuffing, roasted potatoes, rich chicken gravy and a crunchy green salad.

For dessert, try one of the home-baked pastries or cakes. If you're too full, take one home!

Drinks

Glenda’s has a small wine list with a good selection of sparkling, white and red wine available by the glass, including both South African and international offerings. The cocktail list is fun and trendy and the cocktails are well balanced and aesthetically very pleasing. A highlight is the tea and coffee selection, with many different varieties to choose from.

Ambience

One feels very relaxed and at ease. There are various sections to the eatery and all are well appointed. The décor is bright and bold with bright murals and flowers lavishly painted on the walls. The glass countertops filled with sweet goods immediately whet your appetite and the wafting scent of savoury eats drifting from the kitchen add to the atmosphere.

Service

The service lacks attention to detail and is a bit slow. Expect to wait a while for drinks and food and not to be looked after much while seated. Booking is easy and can be done online or telephonically. Generally, the staff are friendly and easygoing.

And…

Pop in for a glass of bubbly and a quick bar snack before a night out.

(October 2017)

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  • 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

  • LOCATION: Hyde Square Shopping Centre, 285 Jan Smuts Ave cnr Jan Smuts Avenue & North Rd, Hyde Park, 2196 THERES SOMETHING ABOUT GLENDA: Passionate restaurateur Glenda Linderle, at a tender age was deeply inspired by both her parents for their love of food. Glenda created the well-known Patisserie in Illovo, Joburg, over 10 years ago. Where she became renowned for her divine, delicate and exquisite cakes and pastries. Glenda then decided to sell up; and moved to start up the popular, posh, Katerina’s at The Kurland Estate, Western Cape. Thereafter, Glenda decided to explore and broaden her talents and knowledge and go abroad. She has been trained in some of worlds most acclaimed restaurants viz. The Petersham Nursery and River Café in London, The Four Seasons “Michelin Star” Restaurant in Berlin and the famous The Red Rooster in The Big Apple, New York City. Glenda Lederle’s latest venture in South Africa is located in Hyde Square, Hyde Park. Glendas Restaurant exudes class, finesse, sophistication, dedication to detail and beauty, this describes both the restaurant and restaurateur. DRINKS: There are several variations of gins, whiskeys, tequilas, beers, and wines. Don’t forget to try their Clockwork Orange (Blanco tequila, Rooibos syrup with orange and lime juices) Prosecco (this Italian sparkling wine is combined with geranium, strawberry and peach) and the Pink Tiki (a combination of dark and light rum, with five spice and pineapple and orange juices) cocktails. Glendas also offer varieties of hot drinks, teas, juices and cool drinks. APPETIZERS/HORS D’OEUVRE/STARTERS: Salt and Pepper Calamari : This starter comes in two variations. Option One: is prepared with textures of beetroot, the calamari was crumbed and seasoned well, it is accompanied with edible flowers, a beetroot mayo, charcoal mayo, then top with finely grated beetroot. This beautiful, colourful inventive dish is a signature dish of Glenda’s Restaurant and a MUST TRY. Option Two: is where the calamari was prepared perfectly succulent and tender. Calamari is soaked in salt and pepper water, and prepared with a lemon butter sauce and was served with edible flowers and fresh rocket.(This option was a customised dish; at Glendas Restaurant they always willing to make something special just for you, if requested) Mozzarella : This dish was prepared with confit lemon and served with edible flowers, fresh, juicy nectarines, cherry tomatoes and basil. At Glendas Restaurant presentation of the food, quality of ingredients used, colour, flavours all coming together, the techniques used, and textures could not be faulted ENTRÉE/MAINS: Salmon Fish Cake – This is one of the most popular dishes on the menu as per the waiters and Glenda herself. Served with fries that are perfectly seasoned with salt and herbs, the fish cake has a cover of refreshing, green rocket mayo and spinach. Crispy Pork Belly – Another popularly requested dish prepared with a tasty bacon veloute and served with delicious grilled pears. All textures worked and flavours came together perfectly. Glenda’s dedication to her presentation of food is flawless. Precision, colour, flavours, techniques and inventiveness is exhibited everywhere AMBIENCE: Airy, relaxed and with a cool energy as you walk in through the doors; and see all the bountiful, bright beautiful colours, cakes, flowers, sunlight everywhere, trimmed with gold. It’s instantly calming. The wallpaper on the main restaurant wall was intriguing, and highly relevant to her SEASONAL restaurant with edible flowers concept. A variety of soft, calming music plays in the background from jazz to pop. SEATING: The inside of the restaurant seats (+/- 60 seating). There is an outdoor seating section as well (+/- 55 people) to enjoy your afternoon tea or later in the day as the sunsets, to relax and have a tasty cocktail. HANDS: As I walked in immediately I was assisted by a friendly, extremely knowledgeable manager called Arsene, who went over and above to ensure our requests were meet. It seemed like all hands on deck at Glendas Restaurant. Everyone assisted irrespective of job title, ensuring the best customer experience. Elias, another manager and Thami a waiter was all to happy to explain the menu in detail, and some cooking methods. I have visited Glendas many times before this day, what I can say is the consistency of the staff experience is always there. They never failed to please. These guys were energetic, friendly and always give you their undivided attention. DOTTY CHOUX: ‘Dotty Choux’ is Glendas Restaurant takeaway patisserie, where they specialise in choux pastries of all shapes, colours and flavours. Their cakes are delectable and exquisite and can be made to order. A must taste is ther salted caramel popcorn cake. OTHER: Glendas Restaurant caters for a variety of occasions (business presentations, high teas, baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties...) They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner. Remember they are ever willing to customise dishes to suit your preferences. Glendas Restaurant have menu variations; Late Summer Main Menu, Late Summer Breakfast Menu, Late Summer Brunch Menu, Late Summer Dessert & Snacks Menu. P.S Mondays are BUILD YOUR BURGER night at Glendas. ART ON THE WALL PAPER : The colour turquoise is everywhere and is associated with meanings of refreshing, calming, sophistication, energy, serenity, creativity, good luck, friendship, love, joy, and tranquillity....The Grey Crowned Crane found depicted on the middle of the main wall; are described as opportunistic feeders that change their diet according to the season, availability of food and their own nutrient requirements. They feed according to the seasons. Cranes are also a symbol of love, joy and the celebration of life. The Heron is associated with rebirth and the sun. In the image both these birds have an abundance of food and can feast. Theres a chameleon on this mural which represents adaptation and transformation according to its environment, freedom, unique appearance and calm behaviour. The dragonflies also carry a meaning of wisdom of transformation and adaptability in life. Everything seems to sync together perfectly. The dragonfly is a symbol of change and light. Oranges are associated with of joy, warmth, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, enjoyment, balance, freedom, expression, and fascination. The lemon has long been a symbol of love and friendship. The edible flowers on the trees could represent The tree of life (fresh start on life, positive energy, good health and a bright future) or The flower of life (sacred geometry of the world, and enlightenment). These edible flowers also presented to us on our plates, also have certain healing properties, and each also have myriads of symbolisms from around the world. All the symbols have multiple meanings. The circle of life, yin and yang! The whole wall is thought provoking indeed with many little details visible and hidden but definitely deliberate. Next time you visit make sure to appreciation this WONDERFUL meaningful message. Tell me what you think of this wall mural? VERDICT: A must experience restaurant in Johannesburg. Its sophisticated, the precision, techniques, textures, service and beautiful presentations can’t be faulted. It’s a breath of fresh air. The edible flowers dotted on my dishes made it an amazing experience yet again.Take time out and appreciate the finer things in life. It’s perfect for business meetings, your friends and family.
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  • 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 April 2018

Facilities

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

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