Article updated on 28 May 2021
As the mercury dips and sweaters pop out, there’s nothing better than getting toasty warm in front of a roaring fireplace. Check out these restaurants in Joburg promising a cozy ambience with comfort food to tide over this chilly weather.
Renowned as a brunch favourite by Jozi regulars who enjoy dining in the sunny courtyard, Salvation Café offers indoor seating around a warm fireplace when the temperature outside proves too cold for comfort. Besides its breakfast and brunch staples, the restaurant also offers heartwarming soups, gourmet burgers, cheesecakes, coffees and hot chocolate to beat the wintry chill. For lunch reservations on busy weekends, call 011 482 7795.
Make your way to the hot seat(s) around the fireplace in the dining room or lounge and prepare for a wintry feast at Winehouse at Ten Bompas. With an upcoming winter menu next month, get ready to indulge in sumptuous delights starting off with the Bompas garden soup, mains such as ossobuco, comprising of mushroom risotto, sesame gremolata and parmesan cheese, or lentil curry served with asparagus, cauliflower, grapefruit gel and poppadum, and round it all off with a rooibos and orange brulée with almond biscotti for dessert.
With two blazing fireplaces in the dining room and seasonal favourites like butternut and minestrone soup and comforting seafood pasta, Casalinga Ristorante Italiano is perfect for a hearty Italian meal on a bleak wintry day. On weekends, the restaurant offers a seasonal set menu which changes on a weekly basis.
With two fireplaces inside the dining area, this cozy restaurant is ideal for a family meal with comfort food adding to the warmth. Take your pick from the range of soups, curries, Moroccan lamb and other hearty dishes with winter favourites like malva pudding for dessert, accompanied by foamy cappuccinos or a steaming cup of tea. The restaurant does not accept reservations and seating is on a first come-first serve basis.
This popular Jozi restaurant exudes warmth from the name itself, which extends to the seating around the cozy fireplace indoors. Some of its winter specials guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart include Spanish-style oxtail with sherry and saffron, butternut and gorgonzola soup, and roasted tomato soup with crumbled feta, as well as an exciting range of pizzas and pastas. Be sure to keep your glass of red wine handy as the indulgence continues with desserts such as chocolate brownie, crème brulée and a delectable cake table selection.
Warm yourself at the fireplace in the Fireroom as you get ready to indulge in hearty winter fare like fillet on the bone, Kingclip Village (grilled kingclip with prawns in white wine), deep fried California sushi roll and Bar One sliders for dessert, accompanied by a glass of red or a cup of coffee. Fireroom has another branch in Montecasino and a third in Castle Gate in Pretoria.
This family restaurant with a fireplace right in the centre of the dining area excels in homestyle comforting meals, with winter specials such as the prawn curry, chicken curry, oxtail in blue wine and homemade soups sure to pique your palate. Paputzis also offers a sizeable wine list, as well as piping hot cappuccinos and hot chocolate for the little ones. Call 011 782 9393 for lunch reservations from Thursday to Saturday when the restaurant is at its busiest best.
This steakhouse that is managed by the Protea Hotel by Marriott Balalaika Sandton promises to offer you comforting meals by its indoor fireplace this winter. Specials include the slow-cooked lamb shank topped with red wine reduction jus and served with pesto mash potatoes and seasonal vegetables, accompanied by a complimentary glass of red wine or beer. This promotional offer on winter specials is valid till the end of June 2021 and can be checked out on The Bull Run’s Facebook page.
Spicy Thai food may be just the thing to warm your body and soul this winter, and with two fireplaces in the dining room, there is nothing more comforting you could ask for. Start off with the tangy Tom Yum Goong soup and proceed to the fiery Panang curry, Thai red prawn curry or spicy chicken with basil and chilly for mains.
While Amuse-Bouche is usually popular for its terrace dining area, come chilly weather and the crowd shifts indoors to revel in the warmth by the fireplace. Oxtail, soups, salmon and steak are popular winter favourites at this restaurant, which is also due to release a winter menu in the coming week.
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