Think sublime, mouthwatering, delicious, decadent, fresh, tantalizing, to die for, wonderful – go back for more – food: this is what Urbanologi offers. The cuisine is incredible. Enjoy the sultry plates of food as an a la carte experience or better yet, order multiple plates and share them with the table as a tapas experience and have the opportunity to experience a little bite of many more wonderful plates.
The menu is broken down into six categories, defined by the cooking methods used for the key ingredient in the dish: raw, fried, Kushiyaki, steamed, cured and frozen. Try to select plates from each category to experience a well-rounded meal.
Think venison tataki served with Sriracha emulsion, salted cucumber and kumquat ponzu, tempura Shimejii mushroom with tamarind dressing and butternut puree, or lamb rump with rose geranium poached quince, baby spinach and apple blossom. Flavour combinations are fun and trendy, but extremely well thought out and not over complicated or confusing. Each plate is utterly unique and phenomenal in its own way.
Progress to pork dumplings, pickled chokka wings with turnip spaghetti, and don’t miss the Yakatori Chicken with Urbanolgi chimichurri – a signature dish and a must have.
Finish with candy floss with peach salsa, lemongrass and pineapple sorbet.
The chef changes the dishes seasonally, using unusual cuts of meat and seasonal, quality vegetables to ensure perfection of flavour. Each plate is as pretty as a picture and will entice you to dig in.
Urbanologi boasts an exceptional beverage menu, with a vast selection of unusual wines and craft beers. The restaurant is set in a brewery, so there is a great selection of house craft ale on offer, as well as quite an unusual array of lesser known wines. There’s MCC, fabulous craft gin, whiskey, hard tack and soft drinks for the those who prefer something lighter. The bar is gorgeous, so arrive a touch early and enjoy a drink at the bar before your meal.
Set at the original Fox Street Brewery, Urbanologi has an amazing energy and ambience, which hard to find anywhere else in Johannesburg. A sense of history flows through the restaurant, making diners want to pick up their shoulders a little bit and to tap their feet to the music. The open plan kitchen buzzes, adding to the buzz on the floor. The restaurant recently won an international décor award.
The service staff are friendly, kind and match this fun, trendy establishment and cuisine. They know the menu extremely well and will not overwhelm you, but ensure your comfort at all times. Booking at Urbanologi is very easy and may be done on the website or telephonically and one shall receive an SMS to verify your booking.
Although located right in the middle of Johannesburg, which is quite a distance for some, the drive is well worth it, and there is safe parking. Do not miss out on this one!