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Lonely Hearts Club

Lonely Hearts Club
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Cost
R65 avg main meal
Ambience
Bar scene, Quick meals
Food
Tapas
Payment
Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Jess Spiro

While most of Johannesburg’s suburbs have undergone independent revamps that have taken them from sleepy to vibey, Melville has always been an area you can rely on for a good time. There are, however, more restaurants taking their food seriously, and Lonely Hearts is one such spot. The concept is simple, a tapas bar, with interesting cocktails and a convivial vibe.

Food
The menu is divided up into vegetarian, seafood, poultry and meaty dishes, and is rounded off with dessert. The dishes that fall under each section, which are designed to be shared, are an interesting mix of failsafe crowd pleasers – like the crispy squid heads with an accompanying lime aioli-type sauce perfect for dipping or thr fried haloumi with punchy mago atchar– and unusual tempting dishes like the three cheese fondue with goat’s cheese croquette and crispy poppadoms, where a melty mix of blue cheese, mozzarella and emmenthal reminds you why it’s good to break away from the norm. The only criticism here is that there aren’t enough poppadoms to lap up all the fondue, but I strongly suggest you order a side of truffle fries for this exact purpose. On the poultry offering, you can look out for the duck cigar, with slow cooked duck wrapped in phyllo, and a miniature bunny chow, which was tasty albeit a little dry.

Drinks
It’s clear from the unimaginative wine list that the focus here is the cocktails, which include classic Negronis, Martinis and French 75s, as well as some inventive concoctions like the Hey Jude, with orange juice, Caperitif, gin and bubbly.

Service
The front of house staff are all working to the collective goal of ensuring you have a fun time, so are really laid-back and chatty, while still getting the job done.

Ambience
The moody, speakeasy-like interior is the ideal place to enjoy a little tete-a-tete with a special someone, while the fairy-lit courtyard is dreamy for a bigger crowd. They host a number of events every month, plus a weekend brunch with a great-looking menu.

Best for...
Best for tapas dishes designed for sharing with innovative cocktails and a convivial vibe.

(2018)

 

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User reviews

  • The fancier sister spot to its big brother Hell’s Kitchen, this is a beautiful old restaurant stunningly decorated to represent an old school gentleman’s bar. Tapas are really well priced and delicious, and they offer some great cocktail specials to wind down the week. Love this spot
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  • As someone who is not easily impressed, i was pleasently suprised by this new restaurant. After sundowners with friends at a nearby bar, we headed to this little known establishment for some food. As we were a fairly big group we just ordered about 15 tapas to share. From the first bite to the last EVERYTHING was delicious. From the artichoke hearts to the bunny chow (I ended up asking for seconds of this) to even the tofu (did I mention I HATE tofu) the food was a treat. It was a bit quite for a Friday night but we didn’t need much as were enjoying ourselves. If you are looking for some goooooood tapas I’d suggest trying this place out. Honestly still day dreaming about the food and will probably keep going every week from now on.
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  • Arrived at restaurant only to find they did not have my reservation but the head chef, Duncan, was quick to jump in and assist us. Due to a party we had to sit out in the cold, but the manager and waitre tried their best to make the rest of our evening enjoyable, which they did. The cocktails were great (incl the copious amounts of hell fire). The tapas were all delicious, well seasoned and flavoursome. Front of house were personable though a bit ditzy at times. Overall it was a good experience and we will definitely be back.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Takeaways

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