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Possums on Burnside

Possums on Burnside
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Cost
R120 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Views
Food
Burgers, French, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Pizzas, Tapas, Vegetarian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R100

Critic's review

Sandiso Ngubane

Food
Food embroidered in imagination is Possums on Burnside’s pay-off line, with a menu that offers a variety of dishes to tickle your taste buds, even just while you’re reading about them. For starters, tapas, or small dishes, Possums offers options like beef skewers marinated in Asian sesame sauce, and smoked salmon carpaccio with capers and citrus. The sesame tempura mushrooms with soya are a delightful treat, and the chicken livers with a hint of orange and chilli is a dish that fantastically balances the flavor of the ingredients, making for a satisfying starter. It’s best enjoyed with the perfectly crispy crostini.

Salad-lovers have a wide variety to choose from, including roasted butternut, gorgonzola, citrus and nuts with herb salad; the crispy pork belly salad with leaves and nuts sounds divine. For mains, there’s plenty on offer for the meat-lover. The oxtail – slow cooked with a hint of whiskey and orange, served with mash – is a tasty, hearty option. Also try the deconstructed sirloin with roasted butternut, sage butter, caramelised onions, pepper sauce and pomme frites for lip-smacking flavour. The four-bone lamb rack with a mint-and-mustard crust, new roasted potatoes, green beans and plum glaze sounds great, and presentation is on point, but the promise of the flavours – the crust especially – fails to meet expectations.

Drinks
Possums has a fully stocked bar with a few wine cocktails – a rosé Cosmopolitan and a chenin blanc martini, among others – with craft and draft beers, cocktails and mocktails.

Service
While the staff at Possums are abundantly friendly, they don’t really come across as knowledgeable about the menu. When there are items on the menu that are not available, the expectation is that the waiting staff should know this, instead, they let you order before coming back to inform you they are out of stock, and it seems there’s a lot that’s often out of stock. This could be disheartening. The restaurant could also do with a little more consistency on the taste of its dishes.

Ambience
The location, away from the business of the nearby Jan Smut Avenue, makes Possums a delightful setting for long brunches, lunches and even dinners under a starry summer sky in the well-manicured garden.

Best for…
Lunch meetings, big outings with friends or family and intimate dates.

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(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • I have always enjoyed this restaurant. Unfortunately today I feel they have let themselves down. It started off well. They have a small but excellent wine list. The starters were enjoyable. My dissatisfaction startet with the main dishes. I ordered the Samon and my partner ordered the duck. The presentation and taste of the duck was excellent. My meal unfortunately was the opposite. On a very bare plate a tiny piece of about 100g of over grilled tastless samon was served with a spoon of mash. The samon had a distinct old oil taste. How disappointing as I had this before, and the portion was previously generous and tasty. What was more disappointing not once did our waitress during or after the meal ask us if we enjoyed our meals. I left with a feeling of great disappointment.
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  • THE WORST MANAGED RESTAURANT IN TOWN We were invited for my best friend’s birthday to eat at Possum’s on Burnside today. While I’m not one to post on-line reviews, Possum’s on Burnside CALLS FOR AN EXCEPTION. This is THE ONE PLACE IN JOBURG I WOULD URGE WHOEVER IS READING THIS TO NEVER VISIT! THEIR SERVICE IS EXCEPTIONALLY APPALLING! We started with an unwelcoming and hugely inadequate parking situation that none of the attendants would address or help sort out when we needed to park our vehicle. Once we entered the premises and asked to be directed to the table booked for our party of 8, we were shown to two different tables with people already seated and not belonging to our party. Nobody seemed to know who, what, where. The waiter seemed to think it wise to engage into an argument with us when we expressed our frustration at being dragged about the restaurant from table to table lagging a fairly heavy and cumbersome parcel (gift)! Once we eventually spotted our table, sat down and ordered drinks, we were informed that we could only have that table for about 30 minutes and that thereafter, our table was actually elsewhere and we would have to move. Clearly annoyed by the unheard-of treatment we asked to speak to the manager. An older woman, probably in her mid-seventies, with no manners, uncouth and all-round unable to manage her demeanour, never mind a restaurant, showed up and…..lo and behold….instead of apologising for the shocking service, she decided to enter into an argument with us. We were then moved to a filthy table with no table cloth nor settings. After two bottles of bubbly we were informed that they had run out of both bubbly and water………the waitress herself was mortified at the manager’s lack of professionalism and manners. If the owners of or investors in this establishment (since the old woman clearly doesn’t own it) care to build a decent reputation, we strongly suggest they consider getting rid of manager and some of the staff. Thank you for the disgracefully dismal experience. We will not be back. Massimo & party
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  • What a load of crap! The worse way to spend my birthday. Overpriced and average food. Go elsewhere to spend time with your family and friends.
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  • Ambience: sucked because of our bad seating Service: very very bad Food: I did not enjoy my food Possums owners dog pooping next to our table: I thought I was the only one with a negative view of Possums but after friends shared the same opinion and read about other people also had negative experiences, I think it is my duty to share my bad experience there. Have eaten there three times and were not really impressed and the last time I was very very disappointed and will never go back. I made prior reservations with Khumalo who assured me he had a table available in a nice spot for us. On arrival the manager Sydney said the only table that was available for us was adjacent and overlooking the car entrance and parking area, and the seating arrangement was up to him, and not Khumalo. The restaurant was very empty. Only 4 or 5 tables out of around 30 tables, I could see, were occupied. We were well behaved, well dressed, came in two cars of over R1m each. No reason to treat us like peasants putting us at the gate of a very empty restaurant at the time. After sitting at the table for an hour staring at the car guard and my own car, the owner’s medium sized overweight dog walked lazily from further within the restaurant, stopped within a meter from our table, bent his back making ready to poop. I firstly tried to chase the dog away but when I saw it was not discouraging him, I threw an ice cube at him. Softly, not to hurt the dog. I don’t want to visit a restaurant spending R500/R600 for two on food and wine and having the owners dog pooping next to us. After the dog backed off he came back after 5 minutes and did the same after which I had to drive him off with an ice cube again. After the waiter came I asked him why can he not move us to one of the other many empty tables, especially after they promised us a good table, and that Caren’s dog is obviously using our table area as his regular toilet. Possums was relay making things challenging for well intended customers. After about 15 minutes the owner, Caren, appeared and chased us out of her restaurant for throwing ice cubes at her dog pooping at our table. Wow…(Not good) My friend suggested that perhaps she did not know what happened and to explain politely the circumstances in her office. So I walked to her office but Caren did not even wanted to listen and insisted we leave. I couldn’t believe her impudence. I wanted to record it but three waiters including Sydney grabbed me from behind to take my phone from me. I never raised my voice, not threatening or disturbing anybody. Thank you Possums for ruining a good time.
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Facilities

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  • Breakfast
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  • Licensed
  • Lunch
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  • Smoking
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