Marshalltown’s Rand Club, 115 years old and located in the centre of Joburg, is the site of much history. Though only members used to be allowed into the club, things have changed drastically, with the Rand Club Restaurant now being open to the public for breakfast and lunch.
Food type: Pub fare
Cost: R80 average main meal
Parking: On the street
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 3; Service: 4; Ambience: 5
Breakfast offers only two options: the classic egg and bacon with baked beans or slow poached fruit with almond French toast, yoghurt, honey and muesli.
The lunch menu is more expansive but still easy-going, divided into light meals and mains. Popular dishes include the simple but delicious panko-crumbed chicken wrap, lamb Rogan Josh, deep-fried hake with shoestring fries and tartare sauce. Then there’s the Philly club sandwich: a brioche loaf layered with BBQ grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms and peppers, and drenched in smoky cheese sauce. It’s crowd-pleasing food that’s affordable and tasty.
For dessert, the apple crumble pie in a sweet and buttery shortcrust pastry with vanilla ice cream or the butter scones served with farm butter and homemade jam are just the ticket. If you really want to indulge your sweet tooth, though, go for the high tea (R250 for non-members) and enjoy scones, tarts, cream horns, macarons and pastries, along with a selection of savouries. Booking is essential.
The wine list is filled with easy-drinking favourites and the odd splurge-worthy bottle. A good selection of beers, ciders and spirits are available, as well as drafts on tap. It’s a great spot for afternoon drinks!
The waiters are extremely warm and very welcoming; they aim to please and always carry a smile on their dial.
The Rand Club bar is exquisite. It actually boasts the longest bar in Africa: a hand-carved marvel that runs from far left to right in one beautiful U shape. The wallpaper, stained glass windows, parquet floors, sumptuous leather chairs and handsomely sized tables all add to the grandeur of the space. It’s seriously old school, but also seriously gorgeous.
Relaxed lunches, business lunches and afternoon drinks.
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