There has never been a better time than the present to be a foodie in Joburg, says Eat Out critic Thando Ndabezitha. The new and established restaurants in town keep pushing the envelope further and further, and That Spot on 4th is no exception.
Best for: A long, indulgent meal of immensely satisfying food and drinks
Cost: Average price main course R100
Serves: Continental and café fare
Corkage: R70 for sparkling wine and R60 for wine
Star rating: Food 5, ambience 5, service 5
The Hangover Cure savoury waffle will most certainly gratify anyone longing for a hunger buster. Topped with Spanish chorizo, caramelised onion, mozzarella cheese, roasted rosa tomatoes and a fried egg, it’s for the woman (or man) on a mission.
In addition to a breakfast flatbread with the same toppings as the above (when a formula works, it works!), there is a number of varieties, each sounding as mouthwatering as next. The most popular is the harissa chicken flatbread with crème fraîche, avocado, roasted cherry tomatoes and red onion. It does seem irresistible, but so do the lamb meatballs (with tzatziki, red onion and pickled cucumber) and the shredded beef short rib (with corn, mushroom pâté, tomatoes, mozzarella and coriander) options. I settle on the latter, given my bias towards anything with coriander, and I do not regret it. The beef is tender, and the whole combination so perfect, I intemperately snarf it all up, without much chewing or breathing.
Although That Spot on 4th serves freshly baked cakes (there are brownies, traditional baked cheesecake and carrot cake on display), my dessert choice is very much influenced by my earlier waffle experience. The Belgian dark choc-chip waffle, with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream, sounds compelling, and so does the lemon meringue one with homemade curd, toasted marshmallow and coconut. However, my eye is caught by the waffle ice-cream sandwich filled not with any old ice cream, but with vanilla peanut-brittle ice cream. Needless to say, I now know where to go when my next craving hits.
That Spot on 4th has a respectable wine list with a number of good wines available by the bottle or glass, including the likes of Kleine Zalze, Creation and Reyneke. With sparkling wines, beers, ciders and gins also part of the offering, there’s quite enough choice for a long, indulgent lunch of satisfying food and drinks. If you’re a tea drinker, you’ll be taken by the speciality herbal and fruit infusions on offer. The pot of Fireside Tea, a combination of cinnamon, orange, apple pieces and spices, and a slice of freshly baked cake is enough to see me being a regular, although I might add that the proper dark hot chocolate is probably its own ensnarer of souls.
With warm and effusively friendly waiters at the ready to welcome you, guide you through the menu, seat you at the table of your preference, and ensure the enjoyment of your meal, the service cannot be faulted on any point.
A perfectly charming street-side café with the comfortable character of an old familiar favourite in the neighbourhood, the spot casually entrenches itself in the eclectic cultural milieu of the area, enhanced by understated and cheerful blue-and-white décor and pleasantly wholesome and original menu.
Frozen meals can be ordered here for your family supper or small dinner party.
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