Possum’s has become renowned for adventurous salad. The plate offered for the table easily sustains more than two diners. With all the usual leaves present, it contains a few hidden but welcome surprises in the form of strawberries, Cape gooseberries, sweet potato, avocado and beetroot (R58).
The Portuguese rump espatada with a cabernet and pear reduction and frites will certainly keep the meat lovers well satisfied (R130). The beef fillet with porcini mushroom sauce is equally delicious (R135), and be sure to order extra frites to mop up that sauce – the calories are well worth it.
The Portuguese sardines (R110) and mussels in a tomato and wine broth (R70) looked and smelt superb as they headed to a nearby table.
As for dessert, ask for a slice of the red velvet cheesecake: it’s smooth, creamy and moreish. One slice is more than enough to share, especially after all those meaty delights.
There's a small but concise wine list, with favourites such as Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir. You’ll also find a few beers and spirits on offer.
It’s a small restaurant, where it's always easy to get the attention of a waiter. Staff members are attentive and knowledgeable. The menu is written on a chalkboard, which might leave you feeling a bit like an intruder if you have to have to read it over another patron’s shoulder.
Possum’s, situated in what used to be a much-loved second-hand furniture shop, has held onto some of that charm, with plates hanging on the wall as well as artwork for sale. A cluster of mismatched décor offers a relaxed and intimate dining experience. Receiving plenty of winter sunshine, it makes for a great lunch spot.
As the name suggests, Possum’s is more than a simple eatery, it also acts as a deli, with numerous products on offer to buy for home enjoyment.
Jacquie MyburghPossums is one of Joburg's special restaurants which is owner run and the menu is interesting and evolving. Their pork belly and caesar salad are some of the best in the city. Their wine selection is also remarkable.
I always wanted to try Possum's and was then quite disappointed. We wanted to sit at an empty table inside and were told that we couldn't because they needed to set up for a private function, by the time the 2 of us had left no set up had begun. The ambience is very nice but I cannot say that the food was fantastic at all.
What a night out - fab food, excellent wine, and a magnificent ambience. Possum's is a special unique place, there pate is worth traveling for on a daily basis alone but all our meals were all wonderful - duck breast a must here! Then to top it all off they have the world's best waiter - a knowledgeable guy who will enlighten you all night about wine and food! My wife and I have travelled the world and yet we are so
lucky to have found this gem! Thanks for a wonderful evening!
A room with some fancy faux French bistro decor does not amount to a good restaurant. Possums' food is average at best and the service is more akin to a Karoo petrol station at 2am - lacking.
Where on earth does a restaurant have a dog loitering around the inside amongst the tables and sleeping next to the kitchen? The dog may bre cute or even charming but really!
In my view the ambience is its only saviour, that is if you value ambience over decent food and service. Better places to frequent within a 5 minute walk.
Great food and ambience, especially for a Saturday night out with friends. Food was sublime - Caesar salad to start that I could eat at least once a week, and really good burgers. Highly recommended. Food great, service excellent (thanks Karen) and ambience also great.
On my last trip to Johannesburg, I was fortunate enough to be treated to a meal at Possum's. We received great service, four incredible courses, which included one of the most exceptional lamb shanks I've had to date and a great selection of imported wines chosen for us by our waiter. I was really impressed and will be returning on my next trip to Parkhurst.
Went to Possum's today for lunch. Had fantastic veal meat balls with ricotta pasta. Service was good, Laren very attentive. Great food experience, will go back.
We had the most disgusting experience at Possum's last night. That morning I had phoned and made a reservation for 9, but more friends wanted to join us and we decided it would be better if they rather booked a separate table and so I reduced our reservation to 5 people. From the moment I walked in I was given attitude over the booking changes by the man that seated us. At some point a blonde woman came up to us to explain the menu, however she was unable to take our order as she was clearly intoxicated. I'm not sure if she was the owner or manager. The waitress came and took our order. The food arrived and we started eating when suddenly this woman appeared at the table again and started harassing us about the booking being changed. She was extremely rude and aggressive, stating that she ran a very busy shop and that she doesn't like "being messed around" (using a harsher word than that). She was clearly intoxicated and unreasonable. We decided to get up and leave the restaurant, at which stage she tried to detain one of my friends against his will. When he insisted on leaving, she screamed after him. Needless to say, we will never consider going to Possum's again.
The food was fab and the ambience even better! I was just a little surprised by the service after reading the rave reviews on this page. But I'd like to think last night was an unusual one. Our waiter went missing in the middle of service. Only once we had flagged down a different waiter, were we told rather sheepishly that our original waiter would "no longer be with us". There was an untidy scurry to take our dessert order and huge confusion about our bill but thankfully Thoko (our "new" waitress) was eventually able to pick up the slack with the utmost aplomb. Thanks to her we will definitely be back. But just a note to the owner - in an unusual situation like that, just pop by the affected tables and inform the clientele.
Possum's is my new favourite restaurant in Johannesburg! Fantastic service with an edge that seperates it from the rest! Perfect venue!
Love this bistro! Food was outstanding - try the veal and ricotta pasta. Service wasn't quite up to it's usual standard but forgiveable due to the lovely fresh food.
I'm with Hendre and his review - we had a reunion dinner with a colleague from the UK - great service from Miles, and regular check-ins from the owner. Interesting menu, good food. But the clincher is the setting, the candles, the fresh flowers on the tables, the art on the walls - what a memorable evening!
The negative comments on this page are quite strange really. We had a lovely dinner at Possum's last night! Great bistro fare, a good waiter and attention from the owner. Also a wonderful vibe, in and outside. Well done!
Ordered a salad and it had oily veggies in it and was tiny. Nice atmosphere but food really average.
Bad service leaves a bad taste in our mouths, we had breakfast at Possum's a few days ago and while the food was good, the poor service has put us off, Our waitress made a mistake with our order and although she was apologetic about it, when we pointed the mistake out to the person who looked as if they were in charge, they brushed it off. Here is what we would have liked, 1. Once the waitress was aware of the mistake, it would have been great if she had pointed it out the manager. 2. When the manager was aware of the situation, we would have liked it if they would have tried to rescue the situation by offering alternatives and not simply blaming the waitress - especially as we don't believe it was fully her fault. 3. An offer of not charging us for the mistake or offering a discount or at least an apology from the managing staff would have been nice.
Although I mentioned that I am allergic to onion at ordering, both my dishes had plenty of onion. When I made the waitress aware of this, no apologies were received while answers like we thought it was only for the main course and our dishes are made like this, etc. were given. The manager was far too busy talking with friends not giving any attention to our table. Sorry, but extremely disappointed.
I would love to tell you about the food, but we couldn't make it past the cracked crockery and the filthy cutlery. We left - shocked! I wish I could give a no star rating.
Fantastic... everything. You just have to visit this place!