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Perron (Illovo)

Perron (Illovo)
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  • Phone Number 0118807296
  • Location Illovo Junction, Corner of Oxford Road and Corlett Drive, Johannesburg, Gauteng
  • email info@perron.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.perron.co.za/
  • Opening Hours

    Mondays closed; Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 4pm then 6pm to 2am; Sundays 12noon to 4pm

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Cost
R75 - R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Comfy & casual
Food
Mexican
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Leila Saffarian

Only a few weeks after opening, Joburg seems to have already fallen in love with the new Mexican eatery Perron in Illovo – and with good reason. If you’re after something other than the average Tex-Mex classic, Perron’s the place to be.

With Cape Town enjoying a wave of enthusiasm for Mexican cuisine for a few years now – led by the success and popularity of El Burro – it was only a matter of time before Joburgers began lusting after authentic Mexican fare. So when the news filtered through Twitter that Perron: Mexican Appreciation Society had opened their doors, food lovers far and wide took note.

Co-owned by Thomas and Martin of The Griffin upstairs, along with Martin’s sister Christa and her husband Grant, the name Perron means “big dog” or “cool” in Mexican slang. With a name like that, a location in Illovo and a market hungry for good Mexican food, it’s no wonder that it’s already tricky trying to secure a table.

The Food

The idea at Perron is to order a selection of smaller plates or “little ones” known as Los mas Pequenos for the table and to dive in. Think sweet potato tacos, Kingklip ceviche, black mushroom quesadillas, beef tacos and an excellent guacamole. If sharing isn’t quite your game, perhaps give the “nibbles” section a go – pork scratchings and chilli poppers are a must, as are the Popeye Espanadas.

If you’ve managed to show some restraint, “The Classics” or mains should be calling your name by now. The Chancho Muncho (slow-cooked pork on steamed rice with a delicious creamy sauce and a garnish of pickled onions) is a great choice – hearty, filling and very satisfying in its simplicity.

The dessert menu includes the usual options – try the churros for a scrumptious dark chocolate and pastry fix.

The Drinks
Perron offers a short but sweet wine list, but of course the wine isn’t the star of the show here. That would be the Tequila, without which no authentic Mexican restaurant can do. You’ll find a variety of 16 brands here (most of which you might never have heard of before) served with a spicy tomato juice that really adds a punch to the evening. There are also beers present, with the classic Corona with a slice of lime a good option to banish some of that chilli induced heat. And save room for a margarita – their jalapeno and coriander version might surprise the taste buds at first but you’ll be ready for a second round in no time.

The service
If there were an award for “Friendly and Enthusiastic” service, the Perron crew would win gold.

The ambience
The décor is bright and flashy – statement walls come in tones of pink, turquoise and florals, offset by neutral wooden counters. Wacky lampshades add to an overall quirky feel.

The verdict
Long live Perron! It’s clear why Joburg has embraced this new spot in all its Mexican food glory.

(July 2014)

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User reviews

  • Loved the food here! Went with a large group of friends and ordered off the tapas style menu. We ordered 2 or 3 plates each. The most memorable was the fish taco (flaky battered fish in a soft taco) and the pulled pork taco. The Adobe prawns were good, but not amaze. Dessert was great! The chocolate tart was really indulgent, the arancini was crisp and flavorful, the churro was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. On average, we spent R250 per person, including two pitchers of alcoholic cocktails for the table.
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  • Exellent food and great experience
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  • This place is a unique and great restaurant is you want to have a great time. The food is original but with a twist. It remains to keep its core of mexican food and the staff were very good!
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  • Fantastic food, fast, friendly service and the best margaritas in town! Definitely my favourite Mexican joint in Joburg.
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  • My brother and I decided to try Perron (Ilovo). Not only did our waiter get our order wrong and was unapologetic about it, we got ignored throughout, even though the restaurant wasn't busy till we were offered the bill. I personally wouldn't recommend Perron the food wasn't at all that great and the customer service was appalling. Personally I felt the place was very unwelcoming and ostracized us.
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  • The frozen margarita's were divine! Only complain was hat our 7 layer dip didn't have so much dip, but was still very tasty!!
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  • Everything was super amazing. I like how they pay attenthin to detail.. from their decor to the kitChen. .. I'm only giving them 4stars for food because one can always aim for better... but it was an overall great experience..

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  • I had the pleasure of eating here with friends on my recent trip to Joburg. Brilliant food and service. Will definitely recommend
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  • As an avid foodie and Cape-Tonian that is generally spoil't for choice, it was super cool to find a spot away from home that left me utterly impressed!!! Big ups to Perron for flavorful food, an enjoyable atmosphere and diligent service with a smile. Absolutely making Joburg a happier place...just be sure that you are able to stomach the huge tequila selection which is a plus!! Thanks a lot guys!!! You can count on me to be a returning customer :)
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  • Thank you for the unintended weight loss! After dining at Perron my friends and I spent the following day close to our bathrooms. We had different meat dishes for dinner at Perron- (beef, pork and chicken) and we all suffered from food poisoning. We seem to not be the only ones to have had this happen to them. After scrutinizing other reviews on the Perron Facebook page, our experience is not an isolated occurrence. This is very alarming as there is clearly an issue with food preparation/storage/hygiene. I would definitely not recommend Perron to anyone.
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  • Critic's review:Leila Frankly speaking, you were either blind or drunk when you wrote this review. Food well below average, the "Perron Crew' are slow, not attentive and not THAT friendly. Give this a miss, a wate of moeny
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  • After much anticipation, I finally made it to Perron for dinner. I was excited to have a delicious Mexican dinner with friends over margaritas...but instead what we received were greasy plates of over-priced tex-mex food. With a name like Perron there is a level of integrity that needs to be upheld, and trying to pass tex-mex food for real Mexican fare is insulting. I've eaten real Mexican food, cooked by Mexicans - it's simple, fresh, flavourful and exciting. I cannot say any of this for the dishes I ordered and ate which were; crispy fish tacos (not even on real corn tacos, as the menu states and smothered in melted cheese), spicy chicken quesadillas (with maybe a small handful of chicken inside), their house salad (R75 for a pile of leaves, half an avo and a boiled egg...?!), pepitas (basically a bowl of dried chilly and salt), jalapeno poppers (ok) and spicy corn (which was the only redeeming thing we ate). And I'm not even going to get started on the indifferent, inattentive servers! Overall disappointing, over-priced, not recommendable and frankly not worth all the fuss! Sorry.
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  • The point was to have a great boozy farewell lunch with old friends -- a lingering fun foodie time. I booked a table for 8. We anticipated a fantastic afternoon. -We ordered salsa and chips and guacamole. The waiter brought diced salty tomatoes in a tiny bowl and presented it as "salsa". The waiter also explained that they didn't have avocados and couldn't make guacamole. (I booked a table for 8 in advance, can they not plan?). -The jug of margaritas was devoid of taste (and tequila for that matter). I complained. And then the waiter brought ME- just me, a supposedly improved version. (I sent it back and asked him if I should drink it while my 7 friends watched me drink a 'proper' one). It is easy to make a margarita. How can you get it this wrong? -We had to ask to tap water 3 times; and only got it when one of us went to the bar and asked AGAIN. -We decide not to order much because the salsa was not salsa and the ritas were not ritas. We didn't want to be disappointed again. And the management was ridiculously blasé about the poor service. Instead of a fabulous afternoon, we were stunned by the dismal service and food. Please Johannesburg. Raise the bar. This is not Mexican food. Trying to pass it off as such is an insult.
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  • This restaurant welcomes pop in customers, but I would advise that you make reservations, we have friends who waited for 4 weeks.

    To start with service, there was bit of confusion who does what, drinks came along, although we waited for 15 mins for someone to realize we were "neglected" by first waiter in food ordering.

    When ordering, most of the "Los mas pequenos" they were out of fish taco, no sweet potato, no banana n'bean, no Popeyes, no jalapeno peppers. Basically, anything fried.

    Desserts, no churros. Again, nothing fried because of an "electricity shortage." So in the end Eskom is to blame.

    In general, not a good Mexican food expression (excessive use of cumin), though nice try as food quality is not bad at all. If ingredients were ready available then no doubt they may get it right.

    Again, my personal rule of no Mexican food outside of Mexico still applies and has been understood by my family.
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  • wont be able to write a review as I'll unlikely be able to go to this place. They completely messed up my booking (by a month!) and are fully booked on the day I originally booked for..thanks guys.
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  • Great place as it is central and just the spice of life Jozi was lacking. The People are great along with the Staff and owners too. It is always busy ,which goes to prove the Quality and Standard of good Mexican food that was needed around town.
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  • Most importantly the tequila is amazing, so is the food, the decor is original and comfortable.
    A great edition to the Illovo neighbourhood.
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  • Great service, great ambience, great decor.The margaritas are divine and so is the chocolate fulanas.And props to them for serving Sol beer.

    However, the rest of the food leaves much to be desired.As a Mexican, it really bothers me that every single non-Mexican owner of "Mexican Restaurants" in South Africa insists on infusing every single dish with cumin.This is a travesty.We don't do cumin.

    Mexican cuisine is extremely unique, full of complex flavours.Unlike many other cuisines, you can't just download "authentic" recipes from the internet or copy it word-for-word from a recipe book and expect to create the real thing..An owner or chef cannot hope to replicate it authentically if :a) you have never been to Mexico or b)you have never eaten at a Mexican's house.It just doesn't work. and sadly,this is the case with almost all the owners of the purportedly Mexican restaurants here.This is especially true when trying to make a dish such as ceviche.You better get it right.If i's not right, it is horribly, horribly wrong.It is also way overpriced.Especially since almost all of the ingredients are locally sourced.We are talking about things like corn and scallops, we're not talking about nopales or huitlacoche.Charging R40 for half a cob of stock-standard grilled corn with a dollop of cream is unjustifiable.And to charge R40 for literally a tablespoon of ceviche is inexcusable. Customers aren't stupid.

    And lastly "Jalapeno" isn't pronounced:"DJA-luh-PEE-no", it"s "KHA-la-PEH-nyo".

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  • Fun restaurant with excellent service. The vegetarian dishes are delicious! But unfortunately the meat dishes were not that great and the ceviche was inedible. Smelt and tasted like old stinking fish. They were kind enough to remove it from the bill though.
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  • Fantastic! What a gem of a spot. Will definitely be back and spread the word!
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  • Objectively this is the best Mexican food i have had in JHB so far, and i am pretty sure i have been to all of them.

    Very nice food and ambience
    Specifically, best chill popper in SA right now in my opinion. This includes all the CT Mexican joints, such as El Burro, Fat Cactus and Ponchos

    Honestly, it is a bit overpriced, as traditionally Mexican food isn't exactly fine-dining, but its not unbelievably expensive.

    Burritos are nice, Tacos very good, as were Quesadillas.

    We didn't have their Churros for dessert, but i suspect they will be good.

    Ice cream terrible though. Description said "vanilla bean and dulce de leche ice cream" - It was however Country Fresh or something similar and they charged R60 for it.

    Im just being specific though. All in all it was a very good meal, and i would recommend it.
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  • All was great. The food and the vibe... they need more resources though... like proper nacho holders/ stands.

    :)

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  • "Mexican ripoff society"!!

    Extremely expensive food and drinks menu for Mexican. Portions are RIDICUlOUS and the food is just not that good!! I left with a hefty bill and a feeling of resentment!

    There is no proper nacho dish unless a small glass filled with gaucomole and beans with 7/8 chips is what you call nachos! Also main dishes are so tiny in portion that they are serve on side plates!

    Needless to say I will not be returning!
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