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A Streetbar Named Desire

A Streetbar Named Desire
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Light meals, Seafood
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Kate Liquorish

From the team that brought us The Griffin and Perron comes A Streetbar Named Desire. And whilst they call themselves a bar, they’re more of a cool tapas-restaurant-cum-cocktail-bar with awesome views across Rosebank.

Best for
Sundowners, dinner with friends and weekend partying.

Food
Just when you thought the tapas revolution was over, another eccentric offering emerges. Restaurants specialising in ‘sharing plates’ have been getting a bad rap for leaving patrons underfed and out of pocket, but I’m happy to say this is not the case at Streetbar.

The menu is divided up into seafood and meat tapas and vegetarian tapas. It’s a flavour explosion with a clear Middle Eastern/Ottolenghi influence: dishes are awash with paprika, za’atar, mint, lemon, pomegranate, tahini and zhoug. Streetbar is zesty, tangy and spicy. It’s not exactly cheap: you’re looking at about R180 per person for food (three plates), but it’s definitely worth it. Dishes are delectable, bold and beautifully plated.

Stand-outs include the harissa-marinated sirloin with preserved lemon and chimichurri, which features succulent steak given a citrus and chilli punch, and the Iraqi-spiced chicken breast with an almond-and-parsley relish and chicken crackling, with deep and earthy flavours enrobing tender chicken with the crispiest of skin. Vegetarians should opt for the burrata with artichokes, fennel, lemon and parsley – a dish that’s all elegance – or the roasted cauliflower with green tahini, za’atar and pomegranate: delicate, vibrant and delicious.

Dessert welcomes a feast of fusion: think ginger cake with hibiscus-poached pear, rum syrup and crème patissiere, and a chocolate délice with miso ice cream and sesame brittle.

Drinks
Streebar has a refreshingly affordable wine list with a good selection by the glass; mark-ups are reasonable and you’ll find few bottles over R400. Cocktails are the main attraction, with a good balance of in-house signatures and classics.

Ambience
The plush interior, decked out in dapper shades of emerald, is chic and striking – perfect for an intimate dinner or drinks – but the upstairs deck is what really pulls in the crowds. You’ll find city views similar to Marble, although not as high up and without the pretence. Great music and a great vibe.

Service
It’s cool and collected, informal and friendly. Waiters could do with knowing the menu a little better, but no doubt that will come with time.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • Lovely food, setting and decor! We shared several tapas dishes between the 2 of us and finished off with a yummy dessert each. The tapas dishes included the squid, pork fillet skewer (don’t usually love pork but this was a winner hands down!), the chorizo and cheese croquettes, marinated sirloin (perfectly grilled), fried artichoke, cougette fritters and finally the ginger cake and baklava (out-of-this-world). The upstairs bar area is definitely the place to be, it was unfortunately full upon our arrival but we’ll be sure to book in advance next time. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
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  • The best tapas meal I have had in joburg. Stunning cocktail menu too. I’m looking forward to summer sundowners on the deck, snacking on fish cakes, deep fried olives and chorizo/manchego croquettes. YUM!
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  • The food was great! Delicious middle eastern tapas. Best I’ve had in a while. Would definitely recommend the fillet, the chickpeas and the Iraqi chicken. As a bonus, Yolanda is a great, enthusiastic waitress.
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Facilities

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  • Dinner
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