Article updated on 31 May 2021
Highveld winters are no joke. It’s dry, icy and, quite frankly, intense. If you’re going to leave the warmth of your home, it better be worth your while. Luckily, these restaurants will warm you up on the inside and the outside with their comfort food and fireplaces.
This venue boasts not just one but two fireplaces – one indoors and the other on an enclosed terrace. Whether you are enjoying the hearty chicken livers with a dash of the special piri-piri sauce or a garlic pizza bread, find a drink such as bottomless coffee, a delicious hot chocolate or beer on tap to complement your meal. The indoor fireplace has a cosy couch that is great for enjoying the Sunday papers.
This small and chic restaurant has soft lighting and gentle colour, making it cosy and inviting. Enjoy a cognac in the deep leather chairs in the comfy library and lounge across the foyer before – or after – dinner.
Wonderful Mediterranean flavours from the kitchen and cosy warmth from their dining room with a fireplace makes this an intimate experience that is well worth sharing with someone special. Order delicious meze or a generous portion of moussaka. This truly is “as greek as it gets”!
The large hearth is a feature in La Madeleine’s main dining room. Daniel and Anne Leusch make some nostalgic forays into the food of bygone days, but always with a touch of modernism. The restaurant doesn’t have a set menu, but you can expect dishes like springbok braised in red wine for mains and crème brûlée for dessert.
This is a hidden gem, situated on one of the last remaining agricultural holdings in the city. Here, art and nature coexist in a harmonious secret garden tended by the warm and welcoming matriarch that is Thea Negrini. Her Norwegian baked cheesecake is legendary! Her architect son, Rex Negrini, has created a series of exhibition spaces that makes for vibrant gallery openings filled with light and beauty, but the restaurant also boasts one of the quaintest fireside dining experiences in the city. Book a spot here to enjoy wine and the “gezelligheid” that is created by food, art and delightful conversation.
This Greek restaurant might be white, modern and streamlined, but the very large open fireplace makes the whole restaurant glitter and glow at night.
Expect French cuisine and cosy spaces in this traditionally styled eatery. The waiters have been around for some time, the wine list is respectable, and the food is delicious and authentic. An evening here is a journey back in time to a cosy space with a wood fireplace. Nostalgia and good memories are evoked with every visit.
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