Review: The Pot Luck Club’s enchanting global tapas

Fast facts 

Restaurant name: The Pot Luck Club (JHB)

Address: Shop 14 ground floor, 6 Parks Boulevard, Oxford Parks, Dunkeld

Phone number: 010 745 3999

Opening times: Lunch – Tuesday to Saturday 12h30 to 14h00; Dinner – Monday to Saturday 18h00 to 21h00; Sunday Brunch 11h00 to 12h30

Average price of each plate: R200

Corkage fee: R200 (per 750ml)

Parking situation: Access to underground parking conveniently located within Oxford Parks

Food type: Tapas-style dishes

Nestled within the prestigious Oxford Parks development of Rosebank, The Pot Luck Club has breathed new life into the space that was once home to The Test Kitchen Carbon. Renowned for its delightful global tapas menu, Luke Dale Roberts’ eatery has not only inherited its predecessor’s culinary prowess but also infused the space with its own unique charm. As you step foot into this culinary haven, prepare to be enchanted by an array of delectable dishes, served with passion and flair, and complemented by a selection of imaginative cocktails.


The menu boasts over 20 tapas-style dishes meticulously crafted to encourage diners to forge connections through the art of sharing.

The dining experience begins with the delightful vegetarian Bean Taco 2.0 – presented on a beautifully crisp and golden taco shell and boasting an array of flavours that dance harmoniously on the palate. A luscious black bean puree serves as the foundation, imparting a rich and creamy texture that perfectly complemented the pickled shiitake mushrooms, charrred corn, avocado and the zesty chipotle dressing, adding a delightful kick of spiciness.

Next up is the Lobster Tom Yum. Served with cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, mung bean vermicelli, and basil, the lobster is a masterpiece of culinary art, cooked to perfection and leaves you savouring every succulent bite! While the dish is undoubtedly delicious, it has an elevated level of acidity, which overshadows the delicate taste of the lobster and accompanying ingredients.

Now you move on to the Smoked Beef Fillet with Black Pepper and Truffle Café au Lait. The beef fillet is cooked to perfection, and its smoky aroma fills the air. Paired with a velvety café au lait infused with the essence of truffle, the dish offers a harmonious blend of richness and depth. Alongside the family favourite Smoked Beef Fillet dish, you’re served soft and creamy chickpea, goat’s cheese, and parmesan fries, boasting a golden-brown hue. The fries come with a truffle aioli and smoked ketchup, which offer an exciting twist to the classic side dish – though, you find yourself wishing for a bit more of the flavourful accompaniments provided. The waitress suggests something unexpected: dipping the chickpea fries into the café au lait sauce from the smoked beef fillet dish – a surprising combination that proves to be a game-changer!

Amidst the limited dessert options, the Vanilla Panna Cotta stands out with its velvety texture and rich flavours. A dessert not to be missed!


First on the list is the Thai Green Curry cocktail, skilfully crafted with Absolut vodka, lemongrass syrup, litchi, and a touch of chili puree. The result is a harmonious blend of flavours, where the lemongrass and chili provided a subtle heat that complemented the vodka.

One other standout creation is the Pineapple and Elderflower Margarita, featuring Olmeca Blanco and a pineapple puree which offers a refreshing and tropical twist to the classic Margarita.

For those who appreciate the classics, The Potluck Club’s Old Fashioned does not disappoint. Made with bourbon, rooibos syrup, and bitters, this rendition of the timeless cocktail is testament to the restaurant’s commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail.

In addition to their impressive cocktail offerings, The Potluck Club also boasts an extensive wine list as well as an array of beers and spirits to cater to every palate.


As you savour the delectable dishes at the Potluck Club, you’ll quickly notice that the impeccable service is a true standout, with attentive and knowledgeable staff readily available to address any queries you may have about the menu and offer delightful recommendations.


As you step into The Potluck Club, you instantly feel invigorated by its vibrant and modern ambiance, which enhances the overall enjoyment of your meal. The combination of a cosy and chic setting creates the perfect environment for any occasion, be it a casual get-together or a special celebration.

As you settle into your seat, the open kitchen becomes a captivating focal point, where chefs move with bustling activity, and the sizzling of dishes adds an exciting energy to the entire space. Along the walls, you notice a carefully placed sculptured artwork that Luke Dale Roberts brought from the original Test Kitchen in Cape Town, creating a sense of history and nostalgia.

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