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The Green Peppercorn Bistro

The Green Peppercorn Bistro
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Cost
R150
Ambience
Classic elegance
Food
Asian, Bistro fare, Modern
Payment
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Critic's review

Rupesh Kassen

Food
An African experience with an Asian flair, dishes at the Green Peppercorn are conceived with strong eastern flavours using local and seasonal ingredients. It’s a pleasant surprise to find in a shopping centre, with slick service, unique combinations and a constantly refreshed menu. This restaurant takes the fuss out of fine dining but still ensures superb service and excellent food.

Breakfast is served until noon with options like the Brekkie Stack, with zucchini corn fritters stacked with avocado, smoked salmon trout, a poached egg and basil pesto. Another interesting combination is the smoked ostrich Benedict with salmon trout, or ham for the less adventurous.
Casual meals, served until 5pm, include lamb curry and rice, pork belly bun, vegetable lasagne, a prawn or chicken wrap, and a hunger-busting fillet steak sandwich with a mustard béarnaise sauce.

The main menu for lunch and dinner offers a more formal experience, with a variety of dishes to enjoy. Whether you’re a regular or a first timer, a good choice is one of the tasting plates, which might include starters like chilli-dusted squid with a perfumed cardamon mayo, spicy Thai fish cakes with braised cabbage, ostrich carpaccio maki, and pulled pork with tomato atchar. Each item is meticulously plated and packed with flavour.

Mains include a veritable party of tastes. These, too, can also be enjoyed on a tasting plate with a choice of pairing with wine or craft beer. The menu offers items like Asian pork belly with roasted vegetables, or a chorizo, monkfish and prawn paella. Smoky and rich, the combination of chorizo and notes of paprika with delicately cooked monkfish and prawns works perfectly.

Customers rave about the mushroom velouté fillet with chorizo arancini balls and the lamb panzerotti filled with rich, slow-cooked lamb and creamy rosemary sauce. Vegetarians will always find interesting and exiting options on the menu, too.

The desserts are glorious. The chocolate bon bons in wonton wrappers, fried until crispy and served with a chilled white-chocolate dipping sauce, are an absolute must. Popcorn panna cotta with pear and white-chocolate crumble will make your decision a bit harder. If you simply can’t decide, try the dessert tasting plate to get a small taste of it all.

Drinks
As with the food, the wine list is constantly updated to keep up to speed with South African wine trends. You are welcome to browse the wine rack and the manager will assist you in making a choice to pair with your meal. Fresh fruit cocktails are a refreshing change from the pre-made syrupy ones; enjoy a kiwi mojito or mango margarita.

Service
As the menu changes almost weekly, professional and quirky wait staff bring you a tablet to peruse the current menu. Dishes are explained carefully and with informed detail, without being intrusive. Your dedicated waiter and server will ensure your evening is an experience to be remembered.

Ambience
The restaurant is split into two sections: a cosy indoor section and a large outdoor patio. Every effort has been made to ensure the large space feels cosy, with plants and comfortable seating, which distracts from the fact that you’re in a shopping mall with a view of the parking lot.

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Do note this establishment does not serve alcohol to guests who haven’t also ordered food.

(September 2016)

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  • Claire Hu

    Food
    This fashionable restaurant fuses flavours from around the world, focusing on Africa and Asia via the Middle East. Some of the daring combinations are more successful than others – even wraps and sandwiches don’t escape the experimental theme, with fillings such as tempura veggies with tahini and tabouleh. Starters and side dishes are some of the tempting and moreish items on the menu: order a starter sharing plate for the table with the likes of salt and pepper squid with lime; kudu tataki with goats cheese and sour cherry dressing; chargrilled aubergine salad and sweet potato croquettes. Ginger and lemongrass gnocchi with tofu tempura and tom yum broth, ostrich cured in balsamic teriyaki, and five spice-braised pork belly are some of the most popular dishes. For dessert, the Lindt bon bons with Amarula custard are simply heavenly.

    Drinks
    The wine list is quite commercial and lacks imagination, but they do have a changing stand of boutique wines from which you can handpick your own wine.

    Service
    The service here is generally friendly and very professional, but you can sometimes feel a bit judged on how many designer labels you’re wearing, this being Morningside Shopping Mall.

    Ambience
    Unfortunately the outlook is another shopping centre car park, but it’s the kind of restaurant where ladies lunch and high-powered business meeting places take place. Try to get a booth inside the restaurant for a more cosy feel.

    And ...
    The three-course set menus at R250-R300 offer good value.

    (October 2015)

  • Claire Hu

    Food
    Popular mall restaurant The Green Peppercorn fuses flavours from around the world, focusing on Africa and Asia via the Middle East.

    Some of the daring combinations are more successful than others – even wraps and sandwiches don’t escape the experimental theme, with fillings such as prawn tempura with coconut mayo and sweet chilli jam.

    Starters and side dishes are some of the tempting and moreish items on the menu. Order a starter sharing plate for the table with the likes of chilli-dusted squid with cardamom mayo; rooibos-smoked ostrich carpaccio maki style with mature parmesan, fresh rocket and toasted pine nuts; gorgonzola mousse with onion marmelade and beetroot chutney inside a bouche cup.

    Roasted hog's rib with coriander and fennel seed pork belly on the bone, topped with jackalas mango mojo served on butternut purée; apricot-masala baby chicken served with Cape Malay stuffing; and the fillet béarnaise are some of the most popular dishes.

    For dessert, the Lindt bon bons with Amarula custard are simply heavenly.

    Drinks
    The wine list is quite commercial and lacks imagination, but they do have a changing stand of boutique wines from which you can handpick your tipple.

    Service
    The service here is generally friendly and very professional, but you can sometimes feel a bit judged on how many designer labels you’re wearing, this being Morningside Shopping Mall after all.

    Ambience
    Unfortunately, the outlook is another shopping-centre car park, but it’s the kind of restaurant where ladies lunch and high-powered business meetings take place. Try to get a booth inside the restaurant for a more cosy feel.

    And...
    The three-course set menus from R250 to R300 offer good value for money.

    (July 2015)

  • Gwynne Conlyn

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    There’s a surprise in store in the suburbs if you consider shopping centre restaurants to be pedestrian. This is sophisticated, hip and appeals to the urbanite with taste. Upmarket and trendy, it’s for people who understand food. Expect an abundance of flavours and portions.

    The menu is so lip-smacking that we welcome the waiter’s suggestion of ordering a platter of starters to share. We’re treated to a professionally plated array of starters, each more appealing than the other. The wildly popular salt and pepper squid with lime and sweet chili mayo is a treat. There’s wonderfully complex-flavoured crab and white fish fishcakes, prawns tempura with slow-roasted artichoke and fennel purée, and the Kuku Tutaki (with goat's cheese, sour cherry dressing, sun-dried dates and dukkah) is a flavourful knockout.

    For mains, the retro, buttery and soft beef wellington (back in fashion) is coated in pâté and wrapped in puff pastry. The dish arrives with the pastry beautifully crisp and oozing heavenly juices.

    The beef burgers are gargantuan, there are a couple of lamb dishes (burgers, herb-crusted chops), and, of course, chicken and fish. Notable, too, is the five-spice braised pork belly and the tea-smoked duck breast.

    Drinks 
    The wine list is tight, but well-chosen with medium to good options. Prices are palatable. Their freshly pressed fruit juices are fabulous, especially served with a splash of vodka. And as for cocktails, they feature the ubiquitous martini, but in five options.

    Service
    If you haven’t fallen for the food by now, the service will convince you. No wonder the staff wear T-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘I heart GP’ (I love Green Peppercorn). They’re just about the best in Jozi: friendly, informed and on the ball.

    Ambience 
    Do not underestimate shopping centre restaurants: this is superb on all levels, and the staff members go out of their way to create a good vibe.

    And… 
    Sundays are their special rib nights, so be sure to book. Breakfast, served daily until 12pm, boasts out-of-the-ordinary choices. Bacon and smoked mozzarella filled French toast with pesto mousse and toasted pine nuts is at the top of the list, as it should be.

    (August 2014)

  • A reliable restaurant that serves quality ingredients, with good service and a great atmosphere. A fitting spot for a romantic week-night dinner. Highlights: salt-and-pepper squid; chorizo-crusted sirloin; Lindt bon bons. (EO mag 2014)

User reviews

  • Warm Welcome, Friendly Staff nice setup. Meal was heavenly, I don't think they have anything on their menu that is not wonderfully presented. Will go back!!!
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  • Hey guys, my boyfriend and I were invited to The Green Peppercorn restaurant by Franco De Beer which is the owner of the restaurant in Morningside Sandton. We got there on Saturday and my reservation was booked. We had the most friendliest waiter Mandla. I ordered a Mustard Rump which came with pea and parmesan potato croquettes served in a condense milk mustard sauce which was absolutely to die for! My boyfriend ordered the Chicken Panzerotti which he didn't really like and asked if he could order a beef burger instead which looked amazing and tasted just as good! There were no complaints about returning the Chicken Panzerotti and they didn't even add it to the bill. The manager Eddy, apologised for the Chicken Panzerotti and was very friendly. Overall I would definitely give The Green Peppercorn a 5/5 even though the Panzerotti wasn't to my boyfriend's taste everything else was impeccable and so was the staff! The bill was reasonably as well. I will definitely be going back there!
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  • My husband and I had a fantastic valentine's dinner at The Green Peppercorn! Food recommendations from our waiter was spot on, modern, visually Wow and tasted amazing. Receiving the menus on tablets...really cool idea! Great experience in our Jozi
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  • A bistro with a difference... I LOVED ALL OF IT... So as a surprise and first date, not knowing where I was being taken, butterflies and excitement and an appetite (I mean who we kidding I love food, date or no date I'm going to come hungry) I was so excited when we drove into Morningside Shopping Centre, having been to Signature, I knew all the restaurants were good. As we approached the Green Pepper Corn, I was nervous that my heels may not fit the vibe, but hey when in Morningside anything goes. We were greeted by the friendly waiter who seated us and told us Mike would be our waiter.... I'm going to get back to the food in a bit but first I have to complement Mike, or "magic mike" he was amazing!!! he knew the wines he had me listening to every word when he was describing the chef's recommendations of the evening, at one stage I think a little drool came out as he made it all sound so mouth watering. We also had "squirrel" (he told us his real name to, but said we would not be able to pronounce it due to the clicks) who made sure our wine glasses were never empty and to be honest our entertainment for the evening.. Also hats off :) Then the food.... We shared the prawn tampurer that had a fennel puree and roasted artichokes, my mouth begins to water all over again... it was so delicious, the fennel gave it a sweet taste, and replaced the generic sweet chilli vibe, which I loved. Main's I had the Duck, on a GIANT ravioli, that was filled with poached pear and more duck, there was duck liver pate which was as creamy as anything and a jus, that just brought the entire thing together. the duck was cooked to perfection. My date had the Beef Wellington with smoked cream cheese (who would have thought to smoke cream cheese) genius. I had a small taste but my duck I think still took first prize. The food was presented so beautifully that it was tough to eat it and then when you do and all the flavours come together, you just mmmmmmmm. Dessert, well all the dessert looked amazing and I will have to go back to try the basil ice cream, my eyes were bigger than my stomach and so we decided to share the lindt bon bons (first date you don't want to look like you can eat a horse, maybe date 6) but oh my goodness I woke up this morning still thinking of the phyllo pastry deep fried lindt bon bons with vanilla dipping sauce, really out of this world!!!! This place made me realise why I am so happy to be in this industry, because although it is as simple as a bistro their food, their service, their setting, their wine selection... It all comes together just right.
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  • After reading some awesome reviews of The Green Peppercorn, we decided to try it out ourselves. Upon arrival we were treated like royalty! The staff is the most energetic bunch of people I have come across in my life, creating such an enthusiastic vibe in the restaurant. With tablets as their Menu's and seeing pictures of the actual meals (trust me, what you see on the Menu is exactly what you get) it was almost impossible to choose what we wanted to order, so we decided to order a starter platter - it was absolutely out of this world. Ostrich Carpaccio maki styled, Chilli Dusted Squid, Salmon Springrolls and a Fish Cake it left us truly speechless. Its a great idea having a starter platter as we all were in discussion which was our favourite - we all agreed to disagree that every starter was so well presented and full of flavour that there wasn't a winner. For mains I had the Fillet tasting plate, paired with wine as an extra bonus. It didn't disappoint at all! Now for the truly AMAZING part!! The Dessert! Oh my word, again couldn't decide what we wanted, so yet again we ordered a Dessert platter! I am still having sweet dreams about their Dark Chocolate Fondant, I will not even mention anything about the Lindt Chocolate Bon Bon's served with Amarula Custard - SUBLIME!! AMAZING!! OUT OF THIS WORLD!! DELISH!!! SPECTACULAR!! Total experience - priceless! We will be back
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  • The best breakfast in all the land! The smoked salmon potato rösti is a game changer.
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  • I had a early dinner at Green peppercorn on Saturday and my experience was just amazing. It was my second time at the restaurant and from when we walked in service was immaculate. The waiter greeted us, and seated us at our table that we had reserved. The restaurant manager checked up on us from time time time, but was not over whelming - which was great. The food was to die for! Chef's recommendation - a selection of 4 starters, 4 mains, and 4 desserts was served to perfection. The flavors, textures, and aromas was spot on! Thank you for attention to detail, good food and excellent wines to choose from! i will be back!
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  • Rajespree Naidoo. Most impressive. Owner/chef Was at our table to recommend the starter platter which burst with unique flavours. I would recommend anyone wanting to taste awesome food to visit. 5 star all round with friendly staff. Great experience.
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  • Breakfast at the Green Peppercorn Bistro in Morningside Shopping Centre has the potential to be a wonderful location, because it is open and airy and quiet (although I am not sure the management of the restuarant feels the same). It is also quiet in comparison to the major competition in the center, Tashas (although Woolworths Cafe just opened today). The brand new breakfast menu is superbly balanced between regular dishes with a twist, like the scrambed eggs with salsa and a dash of hollandaise and standard or mini versions of the full English breakfast. The Green Peppercorn's menu is now presented in a novel way - literally! Within the covers of a novel, as opposed to the previous specially printed menu paper. The novelty is somewhat dampened by the fact that the menu is actually photocopied, cut, skew, and glued over a few pages of the book. The aforementioned scrambed eggs were tasty. However, the fact that the accompanying brown toast was the standard 'Government' loaf was a little disappointing. To add insult to injury the jam was mixed fruit jam, which I remember while growing up as being the cheapest jam. Forgive me for being such a snob. My full enjoyment of the meal was hampered by the overpowering odour of garlic exuding from the pesto on my dining companion's fritata, at 8am nogal! My other companion struggled to eat her health breakfast off the rectangular flat dishes that all the meals were served on. She could only scoop up her granola by using both a fork and spoon. The fourth diner complained of her Illy Capacino being weakened by too much milk. Our friendly waiter took our orders for ice water with alacrity. It was also uber trendy to watch him place the orders on a version of a tablet. Worth a revisit but this would be more regular if some of these issues were tweaked.
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  • Having read the reviews above, I can only conclude they had an "off" night last night. The noise was absolutely appalling from other diners - certainly not conducive to a romantic evening, or a dinner with friends. Service was attentive enough, but the food underwhelming. I have been to the Bistro before, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Last night was an ordeal, and it was nowhere near full. We had to shout at our guests to be heard, and eventually had to give up. When I checked out the website to read the menu, I must have seen an old one, which really appealed. The new one I found rather boring, apart from the squid. My salmon was cooked medium, but on the well, rather than the rare side. There was far too much sauce, which overwhelmed the dish. I chose to have shoestring potatoes rather than the sweet potato croquettes which accompany the dish. The chips, which also accompanied my husband's, and his friend's steaks, were frankly horrible: greasy, completely bendy, and grey, and nearly cold. They'll have to do better than this.
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  • Whilst not a fine dining restaurant, the Green Peppercorn will give some top restaurants a run for their money. I've eaten there several times and never been disappointed with the food. Service is good, and the vibe and atmosphere are good as there are several popular restaurants next to it in this upmarket shopping centre. Great place for lunch or dinner.

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  • While this is a very nice restaurant, and the service is very good, this place is all about flavour. The food has bold, enthusiastic flavour! You will not be disappointed if you want really great food. The night we were there it was filled to capacity and they may have turned some away! Interesting - the chef was at every table several times making sure everything was right - impressive!

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  • I would rate The Green Peppercorn as the most amazing food experience ever!

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  • Be prepared to fork out R65 for a simple strawberry daquiri. I'm still in shock.

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  • It was my first visit last night to The Green Peppercorn in Morningside last night. From the moment we set foot into the restaurant, the service received, attention to detail and constant assistance by all waiters was phenomenal and outstanding!! I was so impressed with the food and the portion. The sheer quality and presentation of the meal is one I will always remember. Each of your staff members I commend you for the excellent service that you provide. May your passion for serving customers with such pride never cease. God Bless you. Heres to the first of many more visits to come.
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  • We went to Green Peppercorn for brunch. We had a mince omelet, poached egg and salmon on potato cakes. Lovely food, great coffee, brilliant service. Ill be back.
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  • We had supper here on Monday evening, 7 Feb, and I have to just say how incredibly impressed I was with Chef Jacques Fourie. I ordered the porcini-encrusted rump, medium rare, but it ended up being a bit overcooked. He personally came out to ask whether he could cook me a replacement meal, but due to their generous portions, I was more than satisfied, picking on everyone elses food. After the meal, he came back to our table and he told me that he had removed my item from the bill AND cooked me a replacement meal to take home. Service like this is definitely worth writing about and I have been telling everyone how impressed I was - well done! Everyone elses food was excellent and the service great!
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  • The food at the Green Peppercorn is absolutely outstanding! The service is efficient and friendly and I will return again and again! Well done to the chef and the staff!
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  • I eat at the green peppercorn at least 3 times a week and have only enjoyed the outstanding food and service ,no wonder they have come second in the best new resturant cat for best of JHB.Well done guys everyone I know talks highly of Peppercorn.
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  • I also had a food poisoning at Green Peppercorn in Morningside!!
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  • I had a terrible food poisoning after visiting the Green Peppercorn restaurant on Friday 12th of November 2010. I strongly suggest never to go to this restaurant!
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  • The Green Peppercorn is my absolute favourite restaurant and have been a huge fan from the beginning. The service is impeccable; the food amazing and the vibe is just perfect. Thank you very much to Franco, Spencer and the rest of the guys for an exceptional restaurant.
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  • I eat at Green Peppercorn almost every weekend! I simply love the food there and the waiters are friendly and accommodating. The buttermilk flapjacks are our breakfast treat but I have never heard any negative comments about the place from anyone who has been there!
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  • I was a winner of a dinner voucher at The Green Peppercorn - what a great experience. The warm welcome and services from chef Jacques and our waiter Alex was wonderful. But most important of all...the food was delicious!! I loved all everything we ordered and would especially recommend the Salmon carpaccio and the Lindt balls dessert.

    Thanks for a great evening!
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Cocktails
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Wheelchair

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