You’ll still find Sumting Fresh selling fresh and fried gourmet street food at some of Joburg’s most popular weekend markets, but now you no longer have to wait for a certain day of the week to taste their fare. On weekends, they offer a special Asian meets American-style brunch menu of waffles and chicken, dim sum, biscuits and gravy and churros. The rest of the week, it’s the best of everything fried and most dishes revolve around chicken. Have a thing for chicken wings? Head straight for Winging it – a basket of four plump, crispy and succulent deep-fried buttermilk wings dripping in sriracha mayo, served with a side of parmesan-caked corn on the cob and skinny fries. For extra heat, try the Nashville hot wings with hot oil and a hot rub.
Fancy a fat burger? Choose between two 100% beef burgers: the Bugatti, stuffed with avocado and mozzarella, or the super-cheesy juicy Lucy, with cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan, topped with Napoletana sauce. Sides at Sumting Fresh are hard to ignore – think deep-fried mac-and-cheese balls and skinny fries topped with parmesan and Napoletana sauce
Make sure to try a Sumting Fresh bao, which come served in pairs. There’s the slightly sweet gua bao with crumbed, deep-fried and deboned chicken thigh, sweet chilli and sriracha mayo, and the duck’in bao, a panko-crumbed and pan-fried thick duck breast with lettuce and pickled red onion. Side note: if tomato sauce is essential with your fries, bring your own… they only serve hot sauce here.
Pop in between 4pm and 7pm for happy hour, when you can buy one drink and get another drink free. A young-ish crowd likes to gather for their popular jam jars, available as cocktails or mocktails, with flavours such as kiwi apple, watermelon crush, elderflower and granadilla passion.
The restaurant space is quite tight and tables are few. There’s little room for your waitron’s attention to wander, so service is speedy. Tables run parallel to the open-plan kitchen, which keeps kitchen staff on their toes too. You’re welcome to watch your food being prepared while you wait and whet your appetite.
Relaxed and informal. The large and bright graffiti-like mural running across the interior wall of the restaurant sets a playful, easy tone. There are a few tables outside the restaurant on a very busy Grant Avenue for some street action.
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