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The Countess

The Countess
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Cost
R80 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Burgers, Café fare, Food from the Americas, Light meals, Steak
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Snapscan, Visa, Zapper
Corkage
R60

Owners description

The Countess brings authentic American Smokehouse, well thought-out, fabulously fresh artisanal food that offers something for everyone. The handpicked staff are friendly, engaging, informed and efficient and the resident barista and mixologist are supremely talented.

User reviews

  • I reckon The Countess deserves to be called the steampunkiest joint in Jozi. Nicely decorated interior and menu, very pleasant waiters and manager/manageress, an excellent drinks menu, and interesting food. I had the French dipping sandwich + chips, and my girlfriend the beer battered fish + salad. (There are about 8 different sides to choose from!) Our only criticism would be the oiliness of the food; a little too heavy for our taste.
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  • The Countess has become my happy place. Get messy with their Sticky Pork Ribs. Or feast your eyes and tastebuds on the insane Countess burger. Great value for money. Friendly peeps and the venue is a double-storey showpiece with a spacious umrella-ed deck. Happiness right there!
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  • Housed inside an enticing shipping container precinct in Joburg; is this absolutely grand and hip hangout I highly recommend, with a defined and utterly superb menu, that will offer you a real genuine feel good gastronomic adventure. Steampunk’d most stylishly, the venue will surely intrigue your eyes to every corner which ultimately creates a relaxed sublime atmosphere. Fully equipped with a Barrista and an award wining Mixologist you’re sure to have a complete and unique dinning experience.
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  • Wonderful afternoon, that became a late evening, spent at the Countess. With her steampunk decor inside and inviting sunny deck outside, the day was spent soaking up the late winter sun to be greeted with a cosy fire as the evening chill set in. Certainly a huge asset for Melville and 27 Boxes. The menu offered a great selection of vegetarian dishes with a must try comfort dish of mac and cheese with the Countess adding her own delicious twist. Of course the extensive list of craft gins available cemented the uniqueness of the restaurant! Friendly staff and great atmosphere made for a delightful visit - we will certainly be returning to the grande dame of Melville.
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  • My weekly visit to my favorite lady is indeed to The Countess , a somewhat seductively large , yet intimate atmospheric diner and smokehouse restaurant in 27Boxes , 4 th ave Melville. And I've never left without feeling that wonderful emotion of compete satisfaction! From the welcome ( we are at hugs! ) and being whisked to the Prussian blue steam punk seat of the lady herself, the savouring of the aromas of that freshlyused smoker and a great outdoor area , it's really a wind down and enjoy experience! Seductive G&T's ( WOW! their selection of local gins is amazing, as is the choice of tonic waters ) to an almost overwhelming choice & combination of starters through mains to dessert and incredible coffee sets the scene for " Choices, choices , choices " in the most appetising way possible. From a combo of starters ( try the artichoke patè, add a baked Camembert but don't dare skip the wonderful chicken liver patè drizzled with organic honey, one wonders if there will be space for mains! There lies the true strength of The Countess , amazing smokey ribs, smoked brisket lasagne and the best chilli burger in Jozi are my favorites, but having worked my way through the menu ( as one does!) fish lovers and vegetarians will also be well looked after from the vast choices of mains and sides! Well done to all at this great restaurant, where the passion is felt on the palate!
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  • What a great experience. Having lunch at the Countess. Friendly service and super tasty food. Well prepared and tasty to the eye. Will definately be returning for more.
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  • To go to The Countess is like having an outing for your taste buds. Friendly staff and great atmosphere add to the deliciously unique food experience. If you love smokey, slow cooked and delectable flavors, then The Countess is the place to be.
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  • I am lucky, I get to eat out often and experience some of the best restaurants that Jozi has to offer. My hubby and I are always on the look out for great food and a happy vibe that is not going to break the bank (and you may have noticed that restaurant prices are steadily going up - so value for money can be a challenge). We have eaten at The Countess a few times and honestly, each visit is better than the last. Its good ol' fashioned food, served lovingly and with great care by a service oriented team. The menu & style of the restaurant is the brainchild of the owner Leon and all I can say is watch this space. His ideas are fresh; he is not afraid to experiment with interesting ingredients and no expense is spared... each meal is a luxurious treat. The wings; the ribs; the truffle mac & cheese; the beer battered fish... are just a few of my favourites. Now that they have a license - my favourite restaurant just got cooler... they are selling a bottle of Veuve Cliquot (PINK nogal) at the lowest price I have seen, ever!! Do your self a favour, book a table outside... watch the world go by and love love love the food.... and that hard earned bottle of French bubbly - you wont regret it.
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  • The Countess in Melville is our favorite place to eat at. We visit this spot as often as we can and have never been disappointed with the service or food. The ambiance is relaxing and very stylish and chic. Their burgers are absolutely just delicious and the patty is perfectly prepared, the chips are perfect too. Their beer battered fish is an absolute classic and one of my favorite dishes to have at the Countess. Another absolute winner is their Ribs. Honestly the best I have ever had, definitely a must try. Would definitely recommend the Countess to all who is after good food, friendly service and a great time.
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  • I regularly eat out at The Countess when I am on business in Johannesburg. This happens at least once a month since they have opened their doors less than a year ago. In fact, I don't even bother to go elsewhere anymore, as I am totally in love with everything this restaurant has to offer. The way in which the food is served is in itself is a gastronomic experience. It is plated in beautiful ceramics or in small copper pots on wooden planks with a wide variety of condiments. Really quite outstandingly done and the total presentation of the food, the compilation and taste make every meal a wonderful remembrance. There is always something new added to the menu, and it never fails to please. I love the smoky, barbecued style of the food - definitely not the usual type of menu as served in other restaurants. The beer-battered fish is out of this world, as is anything else on the menu. I don't drink alcohol but have been offered some fantastic mock tails and milkshakes with a difference. The owner Leon also acquires the best coffee beans available and every cuppa is done with utmost care to satisfy even connoisseurs. Also well worth mentioning is the attention to detail in service and décor. I just love the relaxed, cosy atmosphere. I never leave there with even the slighted bit of disappointment and I am always surprised that they serve such excellent food at yester-yesterdays prices. Keep it up Leon, manager Mandy and team Countess!
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  • The Countess is an incredible find. The philosophy of excellent food at reasonable prices is evident in every dish they have on their menu. The starter planks offer the ability to taste most of the menu items and promotes sharing with the other friend at your table. The burgers are awesome and the ribs are the best I have tasted. All sauces and pickles are all exclusively made by a small company in Henley just for the Countess and the flavours lifts every bite. The owner takes great pride in every dish that leaves the kitchen and ensures that customers are happy - if you are not, just talk to him and he will assist you quickly and always with a smile. The restaurant is definitely my favourite.
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  • Whether you are with a group of friends or you want to eat on your own, this is the place to be. The ambience and detail in the decor sets the type of mood that makes you feel as if you are one of those lucky bastards that stuck gold. Sitting outside with a group of friends will leave you feeling as if passers by envy you. The upstairs area is really nice for parties or intimate meetings. Burgers burgers burgers! Bring me more! If only my stomach could take more than one of these humongous meat-filled saucy ensembles. Best. Chicken wings. In. Town. No jokes! Ooh, and the truffle Mac-n-cheese is a show stopper. The wine list is impressive yet unpretentious. Wines from Demiersdal Wineries has my mouth watering! Yessss! I love this place!
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  • We took the whole family (including grandparents and kids) to The Countess and a great time was had by all. The friendly and efficient staff made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in. We loved the decor, ambiance and attention to detail. The highlight was the food and what a feast we had! As everyone started sharing their mouthwatering dishes around the table more starters, planks, condiments and amazing milkshakes were ordered! I can highly recommend The Countess. It ticks all the boxes and will not disappoint!
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  • My husband and me make regular trips to Johannesburg and the highlight of the day is then to visit The Countess at 27Boxes, Melville. What a delightful place - we can just not get enough of it! We love just everything about this place - the warm welcome every time we enter, the choice of seating, the hearty service, the attention to every little detail, the beautiful décor and of course, the wonderful food. We have tried just about every item on the menu and still can not decide which is best. New items are introduced regularly so their is a new culinary surprise every so often. We just love the smoky food, condiments and beautiful plating - all the senses wonderfully satisfied after every meal. Leon, the owner, went out of his way this winter to make the coldest days warm and cosy. He kept the fireplace alive with logs all day long and also offered cosy fleece blankets for our knees and shoulders as an extra warm hug. We are delighted that they are now fully licensed as well, as a good bottle of beer goes off very well with their smoky, barbecued food. To come back to the food: it is interesting and quite different from other restaurants' - definitely not the typical, average menu and priced far below the value that you get. We always order take a way's to nibble on, on our long way back home. The only thing I would like them to improve on is to supply a bed so I can roll over just there and then and die for a while! Hats off to Leon, Mandy and the rest of The Countess's team!
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  • The Countess is my absolute favourite spot in Jozie and has been for the last number of months. This funky Steampunk themed spot is very well put together and it is obvious from the moment that you walk in that a great amount of thought went into every detail, from the smells of coffee beans and smoke wafting from the kitchen, the music playing in the background and the detail in the art and decor. The staff are always very friendly and extremely well presented. The waiters never get an order wrong and you never wait to be served, any information about the menu or any ingredients are at your disposal from the knowledgeable staff. The food is glorious American diner style, smoky goodness. The starter planks are a great way to explore the menu as you can choose three starters and two pickles. I always choose the delicious beer battered fish with caper and gherkin aioli, chicken liver parfait and artichoke and Parmesan pate with toasted bread!!! For Mains: YOU CANNOT GO WRONG WITH ANYTHING ON THIS MENU, all mains come with a side of your choice and a condiment. I always have 2 sides as it is way too difficult to just choose one out of their eleven delectable options. The buttermilk marinated southern fried chicken is a firm favourite with its crispy coating and juicy chicken, I normally pair this with the smoky truffle Mac and cheese AND deep fried gherkins- Absolutely to die for!! At the Countess they will satisfy all your foodie dreams and also cater for the coffee snobs by serving possibly the best coffee in the country, they buy green beans and roast them themselves- the amount of love, care and detail that goes into every aspect of this LOVELY establishment is notable in each and everything they serve!! An all round FIVE star establishment that has stolen the hearts of each and every patron that has ever crossed its threshold.
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  • I frequently visit The Countess and immensely enjoy their unique food with Smokey flavours. I am especially excited about their recent liquor license which paved the way to their super gin selection. Add all of this to a great atmosphere and friendly service and you have a winning recipe. I highly recommend a visit if you have not yet done so.
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  • Finally a new "Chaplins" in Melville. (Took 20 years!) The venue: so much detail in the decor. This place is at the cutting edge of a modern eatery. (Visual kitchen, different spaces for different vibes, steam-punk theme) I really like the different sections - if you feel like coffee (fantastic btw) you can sit at the coffee bar, cocktails at the bar and as for the food you can pick downstairs, upstairs or outside. The food: i had smoked ribs. This was beautifully done with an amazing smoked undertone. I like that one can choose your condiment and a pickle. The beetroot is just phenomenal. The strawberry cheesecake is a MUST. They also offer a fantastic selection of gin and tonic water - too die for! Overall i love the place and will be back. The countess is on my top 5 list - in the country!
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  • What a wonderful new(ish) venue in Melville. The ambience is great and the service the best I have received in a very long time. I've ordered their Countess burger and thoroughly enjoyed the taste of the source, and the patty was of a good size and texture. I can highly recommend The Countess, it has received a liquor license recently which is very convenient. FC Basson
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Beer served
  • Breakfast
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Eat Out reviewed
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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