Adding some sass to the prime casual dining corner of Bolton Road and Jan Smuts Avenue in Parkwood, Johannesburg, is new spot The Peeping Tom. It launched in August by the team behind Morning Glory next door and is about a bistro-inspired, easy-eating experience that is fun and comforting.
The name of the joint already hints at a team that does not take itself too seriously. This, however, does not apply to what they offer. The bistro positions itself as “anti-fancy”, which means it doesn’t do fine dining, but there’s plenty of exciting innovation to be found in the dishes.
Expect artfully served meals to share, light bites and refined mains that satisfy in a chic and understated environment alive with colour and life. Picture a flamingo with monocles, sexy art and tongue-in-cheek menus. The spot is perfect for casual group get-togethers.
Food highlights include Prawns Gone Wild, a kitsch prawn and avo cocktail; Boozy Cock, a bourbon-infused pulled chicken bun; and the Fillet Dianne with butterbean mash, which is one of their most popular dishes.
The Sultry Salmon with creamed cauli-mash, pomegranate pearls and toasted coconut served with a flatbread is also a must-have plate.
“Our vision was to create a space that is vibrant and fun without any pretenses. Our identity relies on the risqué movement that will hopefully challenge the dining experience in the Johannesburg casual food scene. Our bar is a collaborative effort with Sin+Tax, who have built (and are continuously building) our cocktail and bar offering,” says owner Chad Paul.
Non-alcoholic cocktails are also available. The Peeping Tom is available for sit-in and takeaways from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 2pm to 9pm, and on Sundays from 2pm to 6pm. Booking is essential, although walk-ins are accommodated.