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Lindsay September

My Reviews

  • Havercroft’s

    Main Road (R43), Stanford

    Food The chalkboard menu includes a small selection of three or four tried and tested starters, mains and desserts. Brydon and Innes Havercroft run the intimate restaurant as if it were their home, co…

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  • Groot Phesantekraal Restaurant

    Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Road (R302), Durbanville, Cape Town

    Food The focus is on hearty and wholesome farmhouse fare on this historic 1698 cattle, sheep and wheat farm. The locals flock here to enjoy the full farmer breakfast with farm eggs, home-made boerewor…

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  • The Grill Room at The Oyster Box Hotel

    The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

    Executive chef Kevin Joseph emphasises the use of fresh and locally sourced ingredients for a glorious fine-dining experience inspired by classic and global trends. Food Start with the vintage hors d…

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  • Greenhouse at Babylonstoren

    Babylonstoren Farm, Klapmuts-Simondium Road R45, Franschhoek

    Food Unlike the refined experience at the estate’s Babel restaurant, the food – and feel – of Greenhouse is all about relaxed picnic-style dining. Dishes arrive in wooden boxes and salads fresh …

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  • Grain Mill Organic Bistro

    3 Union Street Knysna Waterfront drive

    Walking into the grain mill, you have the distinct feeling of discovering a hidden gem. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the town centre, this laid-back owner-run café is first a spelt grain mill, th…

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  • The Glenwood Bakery

    398 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, Durban

    Food The breads here, made from locally sourced, stoneground, unbleached flour, are all hand-formed and baked in a hearth oven. This means you’re guaranteed flavourful baked goods, made traditionall…

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  • Ginger The Restaurant

    1 Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

    Food This classy beachfront restaurant has seen the departure of Tim Walker, but Ginger’s new head chef, Stewart Tee, has more than ably stepped up to the plate. Starters to write home about are the…

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  • Gabrielskloof Restaurant

    N2 between Botrivier and Caledon, Western Cape

    Food Country cooking with a sprinkle of sophistication is the hallmark of Gabriëlskloof, making it well worth the drive. The inventive breakfast menu ensures this is a popular spot for both locals an…

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  • Gaaitjie Restaurant

    Off Sampson Road, Paternoster, Western Cape

    Food Chef Jaco Kruger puts a creative and subtly Asian spin on a wide-ranging menu that’ll keep everyone at the table happy. Unsurprisingly, there’s a focus on seafood. Be sure not to miss the sup…

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  • Fynboshoek Cheese

    107 Storms River Tsitsikamma 6309 South Africa

    Food Master cheesemaker Alje van Deemter uses fresh-harvested produce from the kitchen garden to accompany cheese that’s lovingly made using age-old methods. Award-winning goat’s and cow’s milk …

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  • Forti Grill & Bar

    Time Square Sun International Casino, Corner Aramist and Corobay Street, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria

    Food Chef Fortunato (Forti) Mazzone’s slick new establishment at the Time Square Sun International Casino boasts top-quality ingredients, authentic Italian dining and a welcoming atmosphere, albeit …

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  • Skye Bistro at Fordoun Hotel

    Fordoun Hotel, Nottingham Road, Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

    Food The breakfast menu is very South African, with sweetcorn pap, boerewors burger patty and chakalaka. Other dishes include Mediterranean sunrise, misty-mornings eggs (perfect for the Midlands), and…

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  • The Restaurant @ Wildekrans Wine Estate

    Wildekrans Wines Estate, R43, Botrivier, Overberg

    Food The whole experience is indulgent, with food elegantly and artistically presented using freshly plucked garden tendrils, flowers and leaves, and dotted with enticing beads of sauces and purées. …

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  • The Fat Fish (Plettenberg Bay)

    1 Hopwood Street, Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay

    Food Seafood is never more pleasurable than when it’s eaten within a stone’s throw of the sea. The Fat Fish serves only sustainable seafood and sushi lovers won’t want to miss half-price weekend…

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  • East Head Cafe

    25 George Rex Drive,The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape

    Food This bright and airy venue overlooking the Knysna lagoon mouth serves sophisticated bistro fare – the likes of café Paris steak with garlic and herb butter, gourmet burgers and a fried fish go…

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  • The Deli at Boschendal Estate

    Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, Western Cape

    Food From breakfast to dinner, enjoy dining under the oak trees in Boschendal’s werf or in the restored waenhuis. All dishes reflect the ethos of the wine estate’s executive chef Christiaan Campbe…

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  • Delfi

    386 Windermere Road (Lilian Ngoyi Road), Morningside, Durban

    Food This unassuming family-run restaurant celebrates authentic Greek cuisine with a good selection of meze dishes, making it tricky to settle on just one entrée. Order a few and dip in and out of su…

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  • De Vrije Burger

    24 Simonsplein, 61 Plein Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    Food Now this is the way all fast food should taste! Celebrated chef Bertus Basson added De Vrije Burger to his restaurant repertoire in 2018 and it has become a favourite for visitors. The feel is re…

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  • De Kloof Restaurant

    Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Road, Pretoria

    Food Choose from an à la carte menu as well as two tasting menus (depending on your appetite), with the option of paired beverages. They also serve a three-course prix fixe lunch menu from Tuesday to…

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  • De Kelder (Port Elizabeth)

    Corner of 6th Avenue and Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

    Food De Kelder is decades old, serving South African cuisine from the Protea Hotel Marine along Port Elizabeth’s main beachfront. A starter of four carpaccios – warthog, springbok, crocodile and o…

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  • The Main Conservatory at De Hoek Country Hotel

    De Hoek Country Hotel R98 Magaliesburg 1791 South Africa

    Food The à la carte menu changes daily, fusing French, Mediterranean and Asian styles. Start with octopus served with black rice, fennel salad and pea segments. Noteworthy mains are the sea bass serv…

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  • Culture Club – Bar De Tapas

    16th Street, Hazelwood, Pretoria

    Food The menu is divided into sections such as ‘skewers’, ‘pans’, ‘nibbles’, ‘sharing’, and ‘plates’. Vegetarians can choose from an entire section of vegetable tapas, such as chim…

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  • Culinary Table Restaurant, Deli & Bakery

    Shop 1, Lanseria Centre, Pelindaba Road (R512), Lanseria, Johannesburg

    Food The akuri curried eggs – fried onions and peppers with home-made curry sauce scrambled into free-range eggs, served with toast – may be the best hangover cure ever. The lunch menu includes a …

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  • Coachman on the Bay

    Brookes On The Bay, 31 Beach Road, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

    Food Established in 1978, the Coachman is one of the Bay’s oldest and most-loved restaurants. It’s been in its present location on the Port Elizabeth beachfront for about eight years, where foundi…

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  • Cowfish

    11 Hazelwood Rd, Hazelwood, Pretoria, 0081

    Food The menu ranges from to sushi poké bowls, dim sum, little plates, and burgers – the Full House burger being particularly juicy and tasty. Vietnamese calamari salad with chilli, coriander, mang…

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  • Casalinga Ristorante Italiano

    Rocky Ridge Road, off Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

    Food Expect classic Italian food with a South African twist. To start with, consider the pan-fried chicken livers with cream and a hint of chilli, or the seafood soup with prawn, shrimp and calamari. …

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  • Carnivore Restaurant

    Muldersdrift Estate, 69 Drift Boulevard, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

    Food Situated on the ‘wedding mile’ in Muldersdrift, Carnivore is one of the few restaurants that service the neighbouring hotels such as Misty Hills. The 500-seater offers only a set menu, which …

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  • Capsicum Restaurant at the Britannia Hotel

    Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban Central

    Food While Capsicum is open from 7am serving breakfast to hotel guests, the general public mostly come here for lunch and dinner. Light meals include toasted sandwiches, chicken livers, fish cakes and…

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  • Capital Craft Beer Academy

    Shop 20, Greenlyn Village Centre, Corner 12th Street East and Thomas Edison, Menlo Park, Pretoria

    Food Breakfast features options like ‘crafty omelettes’ and a Pommy Brunch, with eggs, bacon, saucy mushrooms, baked beans, grilled cherry tomatoes and toast. The exotic names on the list of hambu…

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  • Cafe Tebaldi

    Corner Voortrekker Road and Bree Street, McGregor, Western Cape

    Food Café Tebaldi is a landmark for seriously good country fare, served beneath the old rietdak and crooked beams of the thatched 1856 homestead. The venue exudes the serenity of this spiritual retre…

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  • Cafe Bloom

    Off the R103, Shop 5 Cowrie Village Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal

    Food Sally and Mick Haigh, with their son Jo, celebrate and cherish local suppliers. The menu is a bold statement – simple food cooked to perfection. Breakfast options include hot almond oats topped…

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  • Bridge Street Brewery

    1 Bridge Street, South End, Brickmakers Kloof, Port Elizabeth

    Food Enjoy hearty food and quality craft beers brewed on-site at a chilled riverbank location. The small plates menu makes for a convivial group experience – thyme-roasted bone marrow on ciabatta is…

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  • Bistro BonBon at Le Petite Dauphine

    La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek

    Food Expect honest country cooking at this charming winelands bistro, where generous portions and bold flavours are the hallmark of the kitchen. Breakfast brings a crowd-pleasing range of the usual fa…

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  • Blueberry Cafe

    Blueberry Cafe Netherwood Farm, R103 Nottingham Road 3280

    Food A small menu boasts fresh dishes of the best quality. Breakfast includes the essential yoghurt-and-blueberry terrine, eggs on toast, and a farmer’s breakfast. For lunch, the most melt-in-your-m…

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  • Blos Cafe

    Corner Olympus and Leander Road, Faerie Glen, Pretoria

    Food Featuring a smart and varied menu, Blos is open from early to late, seven days a week. The quality hamburgers with quirky toppings are a hit, and a recently installed pizza oven has expanded the …

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  • Black Oystercatcher

    Moddervlei Farm, Elim, Bredasdorp, Western Cape

    Food This family wine farm is home to a modern, casual country restaurant that makes the most of the sweeping views across the Agulhas Plain. The menu is light and refreshing, offering generous, crisp…

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  • Big Easy Wine Bar & Grill Durban by Ernie Els

    Hilton Durban, 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban

    Food Snack on the complimentary toasted cornbread and flavoured butter while you’re deciding on your meal. Served in a mini potjie, the menu celebrates the diversity of South African cuisine – bun…

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  • Creation Tasting Room

    Creation Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Road (from Hermanus), Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

    Food The Tasting Room at Creation Wines is set against the rugged beauty of the Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, but the star of the show is the pairing menu, featuring the wide selection of Creation wines and d…

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  • Copper and Coal Woodfired Grill

    Recon Park, Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein, Free State

    Food Copper and Coal’s modern take on South African food combines the traditional braai feel with a more formal sit-down dining experience – at very reasonable prices. Favourites like pumpkin frit…

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  • Coobs

    19 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Randburg

    Food Situated on Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue, Coobs is one of four restaurants, along with Il Contadino, La Stalla and Douglas + Hale, developed by chef James Diack’s The Brightside Group. The menu is …

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  • Col’Cacchio (Hyde Park)

    Shop 58, Upper Mall Hyde Park, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

    Food Quality pizzas and a constantly evolving menu ensure that Col’Cacchio remains an inviting dining spot. In addition to a wide selection of salads, pizzas and pastas, as well as a long list of de…

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  • Coalition (Park Corner)

    Corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts Roads, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food For starters, the house salad includes burrata, prosciutto, artichokes, and rocket. Other options are a simple Caprese salad, and a small celery salad with white anchovies, parmesan and red onion…

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  • Clico Restaurant

    27 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Winter menu starters include wild mushroom soup served with basil curd, mushroom chips and pickled shimeji, and quail with butternut, couscous and rooibos. For mains, the golden-brown pork belly …

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  • Savages Fine Food

    70 Park Drive, St George's Park Area, Port Elizabeth

    The restored homestead in PE’s historic heart is a classy choice for breakfast and bistro-style lunches. Owners Cindy and Dr Konrad Hoekstra named it after William Savage, who built it in 1885, and …

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  • Zest Bistro

    Greenlyn Village centre Shop 18 C/o Thomas Edison & 13th Street Menlopark Pretoria

    Food As a retro starter redux, the spinach tart with blue cheese, snails, and bacon onion in a cream emulsion with microgreens is as pretty as it is tasty. Or try the textures and flavours of a caulif…

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  • Zest at Kavinga

    Zest Restaurant Sabie South Africa, R37, Nelspruit Central, Nelspruit, 1201, South Africa

    Food To start, try a salad of carpaccio, cream cheese, apple, celery and balsamic crème. Other recommended starters are the tuna carpaccio, oxtail risotto, and a delicious gorgonzola tartlet with roa…

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  • Yamazaki Sushi (Waterkloof)

    16, 270 Main Str & Crown St, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0145

    Food Apart from the water-driven conveyor belt for the ‘grab your choice’ colour-coded sushi plates, you can order pieces of sushi from the menu, such as spicy salmon tuna sushi, or tofu pouches. …

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  • Wood & Fire

    Shop 23, Brooklyn Design Square, Corner Veale and Fehrsen Street, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria

    Food From the outside, Wood & Fire is so discreetly signposted you could easily miss it. That would be a mistake. This relative newcomer on Brooklyn Square is fast making a name for itself with it…

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  • The Wing Republic

    6 de Beer Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

    Food Wings, wings and more wings. As the name suggests, The Wing Republic is all about chicken wings. They’re offered ‘buffalo’-style (battered, fried and then sauced or salted) or grilled – …

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  • Willoughby & Co. (V&A Waterfront)

    Shop 6130 and 6132, Lower Level, Victoria Wharf, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

    Good ingredients and skilled cooking make up for the shopping-mall ambience of this dependable Cape Town institution. Food A shopping-mall restaurant, with most of its seating in the concourse with a …

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  • Villa San Giovanni Ristorante

    Wonderboom National Airport, Main Terminal Building, Linvelt Road, Pretoria

    Food Hearty Italian fare served in generous portions have been the hallmarks of Giovanni Maiorana’s kitchen since the restaurant first opened in 1981. Located inside Wonderboom Airport, the eatery i…

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  • View Restaurant at Four Seasons

    Four Seasons Hotel, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff, Johannesburg

    It’s a journey – via golf cart, glass lift and stairs – to get into chef Daniel Payne’s sophisticated domain high on the side of the Westcliff Ridge, overlooking some of Johannesburg’s prici…

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  • Viande Restaurant

    Grande Roche Hotel, 1 Plantasie Street, Paarl

    Celebrity chef Pete Goffe-Wood is leading the culinary charge after the transformation at Grande Roche Hotel. The all-new Viande signals the major changes in store since Hansie and Theresa Britz acqui…

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  • The VegTable Private Dining Room

    Motherearthworm Farm, Rheenendal Road, Knysna

    Food Start your meal with slow-roasted honey and mustard pears on a bed of legumes, crisp baby lettuce leaves and feta drizzled with a sweet vinaigrette. This could be followed by a trio of vegetarian…

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  • Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

    Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch

    Food Once a leading light in the city’s fine-dining scene, chef-patron PJ Vadas has become the baron of barbecue, the sultan of sticky-fingered smokehouse. And there’s plenty of it on the extensiv…

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  • The Turkish Table

    520 Duncan Street, Hatfield, Pretoria

    Food A place to stop off for an authentic Turkish takeaway on your way home from the office. The menu lets you play around with meze options to share, complemented by main meal dishes, depending on th…

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  • True Italic Restaurant

    15 Bree Street, Cape Town, City Centre

    Food Run by a brother and sister team, True Italic boasts traditional Italian food made from family recipes, without fuss or overt flair. The menu changes daily according to seasonality, and the heart…

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  • Trattoria da Vinci

    N2 Sedgefield, Garden Route; Woodpecker Mall, Main Road, next to the Alpha Pharmacy

    Owners Steve and Leah Baleta put their heart and soul into their Italian cuisine. This humble trattoria has grown in popularity over the years, delighting the senses of local and international diners.…

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  • Tortellino d’oro

    Shop 9, Oaklands Shopping Centre, Corner Pretoria and Victoria Streets, Oaklands, Johannesburg

    Food Caterina Bollini, who owns and manages the popular family-run restaurant with her parents, continues a tradition of best-quality eating that will turn anyone into a regular. If you manage to avoi…

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  • Tonic

    Shop 509, 32 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food This dusty-pink bar with gold and dark grey accents features a neon sign, a portrait of the Queen and greenery everywhere. It’s owned by Caitlin and Dennis Human, who started Tonic after runnin…

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  • Toni’s Fully Furnished Pizza Company (Rietfontein)

    676 Chamberlain Street, Rietfontein, Pretoria

    Food Some of Pretoria’s best pizza comes to the table in an authentic less-than-perfectly-round shape. Try great flavour combinations such as pizza alla pera, with pears, walnuts and gorgonzola. Als…

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  • Tjing Tjing Torii

    165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre

    Food The laid-back sister to Momiji, the chic fine-dining space one floor up, Torii is focused on Japanese street food, with head chef Christi Semczyszyn turning out colourful, flavour-packed plates …

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  • Tiger’s Milk (Bryanston)

    Shop 1, Cornerr of Saint James and Bryanston Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food Tiger’s Milk is a Cape Town export that’s found a home in Bryanston. Offering breakfast, wood-fired pizza, Tex-Mex, salads, steaks and wings, the gastropub is arguably best known for its towe…

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  • Thunder Gun Steakhouse & Gun

    Shop 5, Palala Centre, Beyers Naude, Northcliff, Johannesburg

    Food Starter options include spinach-filled black mushrooms topped with cheese, and tempura prawns with sweet pepper jelly. The sirloin steak – one of a number of cuts on offer – comes with a side…

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  • Three Wise Monkeys

    Shop 1, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food A bao and ramen noodle bar with sushi on the side. The eclectic menu tempts with a selection of bao buns, ramen noodle broths and sushi poke bowls. No Asian chefs or staff in sight – but the ri…

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  • Thief Restaurant

    110 Victoria Avenue Parkmore, Sandton

    Food With a small, well-curated menu that changes to suit the season, Thief Restaurant offers a selection of simple but delicious meals that are well-executed and presented with creative flair. Try th…

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  • Tashas (Rosebank)

    Shop G28, The Zone Rosebank, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food There’s a certain cool factor associated with the Tashas brand, and the Rosebank branch is no different. All Tashas branches share a similar layout, décor and a classic menu but what different…

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  • El Burro Taqueria

    1, New Church Street & Kloof Nek Road Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

    Food Known for their authentic Mexican fare, pretty much everything on El Burro’s menu is fantastic. The snacks to start are perfect for sharing, such as the fresh fish ceviche, the chips and guaca…

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  • Swan Cafe

    Corner Buitenkant and Barrack Street, Cape Town

    Food The beautiful interior and décor of this crêperie, coupled with the fact that it has arguably the best crêpes in town, makes it a must-visit for anyone with a fondness for the thin pancakes in…

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  • Sundoo

    Shop 6 La Rhone, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point

    Food Restaurateur and chef Seelan Naidoo goes back to his South Indian roots. Sample authentic Indian street food from Durban to Mauritius and Kerala by sharing a spicy selection of tapas. The lighter…

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  • Sumting Fresh

    79 Grant Avenue, Johannesburg

    Food Deep-fried yet fresh, these quick meals are tasty, crunchy and packed with aioli or sweet chilli, other sauces, or parmesan. For something healthier, ask them to go easy on the condiments. From t…

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  • A Streetbar Named Desire

    144 Jan Smuts Avenue, Unit 2 Parkwood Mansions, Parkwood, Johannesburg, 2193

    Food A variety of exciting tapas makes for a relaxed and joyfully interactive experience. Sharing is key. Seafood and meat must-haves are cured trout tartare elegantly coloured with pickled onions, ta…

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  • The Stack

    Leinster Hall, 7 Weltevreden Street, Gardens

    Food A choice of sourdough bread or baguette sets the scene for a French inspired meal with a South African twist. For starters, the beef tartare is fresh and tasty with a touch of truffle, paired wit…

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  • South China Dim Sum Bar

    289 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food A constantly refreshed street food menu ensures you’re always in for a surprise – and each dish hits the nail on the head. The set menu is straightforward: Dim sum, noodles and rice bowls, st…

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  • Sotano (Bree Street)

    199 Bree Street, Cape Town

    Food The urban sister restaurant of seaside Sotano in Mouille Point brings a winning formula of playful Spanish tapas and pintxos (pronounced ‘peen-chos’ – small bites from the evening tapas buf…

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  • So Yum (Hyde Park)

    Shop 24, Middle Mall, Hyde Park Corner, Cnr Smuts Ave and William Nicol Dr, Hyde Park, JHB

    Food Catch a quick snack when out shopping or meet a few friends and enjoy a selection of steamed dim sum filled with chicken and Chinese mushroom, or crab and cream cheese. For mains try the peppered…

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  • Skotnes Restaurant

    4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town

    Food A tribute to legendary South African artist Cecil Skotnes, the restaurant’s focus is on creating contemporary local cuisine to match the state-of-the-art architectural showpiece. The menu is in…

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  • The Secret Tea Garden

    16B Penguin Avenue, Norscot Manor Recreation Centre Fourways, Sandton

    Food The generous breakfast portions, such as a filled croissant with mushroom and scrambled eggs, could easily be shared between two people – but get your order in quickly as breakfast ends at 11am…

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  • Seabreeze Fish & Shell

    213 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

    Food As the name suggests, SeaBreeze is known for its fresh local and sustainable seafood. Since being opened in Bree Street by husband-and-wife team Alex and Ruth Grahame in 2015, the establishment h…

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  • Scheckter’s RAW Gourmet

    98 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food A vegetarian and vegan haven, this trendy Sea Point eatery is constantly bustling with fresh, healthy options to be enjoyed by all. With a core focus of using the best-quality ingredients and pre…

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  • Saint Restaurant

    Corner Rivonia and Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food Saint, like its brother restaurant Marble, is an opulent concept restaurant. At Marble the focus is on live fire cooking, while here it’s centred on Italian cuisine with a bit of an edge or, in…

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  • Royale Eatery & Royale Kitchen

    273 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food This legendary spot has been known for its gourmet burgers before they were even a trend. With over 50 variations, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy. Beef, chicken, fish, vege…

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  • Restaurante Parreirinha

    9 Sixth Street, La-Rochelle, Johannesburg

    Don’t be put off by the narrow, unprepossessing exterior in a suburb that’s seen better days. Inside is a warm, lively and expansive Portuguese family restaurant that’s been famous for good time…

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  • Rare Grill

    Shop 3 166 2nd Avenue Harfield Village Kenilworth

    Food Greg Bax is the master behind the grill, as well as owner and conversation starter at Rare Grill, a neighbourhood institution in Kenilworth. His expertise and passion come from his experience as …

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  • The Raptor Room

    Shop 2, 79 Roeland Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

    Food Everything about the Raptor Room is a little tongue-in-cheek, including the menu. The food is described as traditional blended with quirky, and so you can find dishes such as the Benebagel (eggs …

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  • Qunu Restaurant

    Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

    Food The mouthwatering menu includes dishes that sound like performance art on a plate. Consider sharing your main portions to get the best out of the experience. Only vegetarians could resist a duck …

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  • PRON Restaurant

    69 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food Owner Emma Chen was inspired by the use of simple ingredients such as spring onion, coriander, garlic, chilli and Sichuan peppercorns in traditional Northern Chinese cooking. The food isn’t abu…

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  • Pigalle (Sandton)

    Shop U09 Michelangelo Tower, Fourth Floor, Maude Street, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food Upmarket and exclusive, with a great selection of generous dishes, Pigalle is especially famous for its perfectly cooked seafood. Enjoy a complimentary amuse-bouche of creamy butternut soup befor…

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  • Osteria Tarantino

    125A Waterkant Street De Waterkant, Cape Town

    Food A blackboard menu highlights the hero dishes that have made this venue a neighbourhood gem that draws the regulars back. Expect rich, robust Italian flavours in classic dishes that deliver lip-sm…

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  • Ons Huisie

    18 General Jansen Road, Bloubergstand, Cape Town

    Food There’s no shortage of seafood – or value for money – at this much-loved local eatery. Portions are generous across the board, with platters and plates piled with battered line fish, calama…

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  • Nonna Lina (Sea Point)

    148 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food Nonna Lina in Gardens, the Italian eatery that chef Antonello Scamuzzi launched over 15 years ago to honour his late grandmother Lina, has become a local foodie landmark, so to no one’s surpris…

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  • Momo &O

    124 Ivy Road, Norwood, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Food Even though the Momo group was a pioneer of the ‘bowl’ movement in Johannesburg, we’d have to argue it’s the tapas that really stand out. The Momos all share the same menu, with the excep…

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  • Momo Soko

    198 Oxford Road, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food A bowl of fresh shrimp-flavoured rice chips welcomes you while you make your difficult choice of food types. The slew of tapas dishes includes salmon ceviche tacos served with a delicious combo s…

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  • Momo Baohaus

    139 Greenway, Greenside, Johannesburg

    Food Start off your Momo street food experience with Asian tapas. The Firecracker Prawns, perfectly butterflied and crispy, served with puffed vermicelli, sriracha, togarashi spice and wasabi mayo, wi…

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  • Mink & Trout

    127 Bree Street, Cape Town

    Food A culinary collaboration, named after owner chefs Leigh Trout and Kevin Mink (in case you were wondering), who formerly ran Birds in this grand old heritage building. Inspired by fresh seasonal i…

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  • Mastrantonio

    Illovo Square, 3 Rivonia Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Food The antipasti menu is divided between freddo, for lovers of cold meat, and caldo, for those who prefer their starters hot. For the latter, a good place to start is the oven-baked brinjals with mo…

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  • Maria’s Greek Restaurant

    31 Barnet Street, Gardens, Cape Town 8001

    Food Maria’s has stood the test of time since 1955, thanks to the delicious, authentic Greek food served here. For starters, create your own platter from the myriad fresh meze on offer, such as dolm…

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  • Marble by David Higgs

    Corner 19 Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank

    Marble, by famed chef David Higgs, has become an icon of fine dining in Johannesburg, with its killer location at the swanky Keyes Art Mile. Food Wood-fired rib eye with smoked bone marrow and grilled…

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  • Maharajah South Indian Restaurant

    1 Kloof Nek Road and Woodside Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

    Food Surrounded by cool-kid hangout spots on Kloof Nek, Maharajah is as popular as ever – a testament to how good their food is. When that curry craving hits, there’s no better meal to be had. Set…

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  • Magica Roma

    8 Central Square, Pinelands, Cape Town

    Food An old favourite that’s been around for many years, Magica Roma is busy even on a Monday night. To start off, choose from a wide selection of hot and cold antipasti, featuring Italian classics…

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  • Lucky Bean (Melville)

    16 Seventh Street, Melville, Johannesburg

    Food Enjoy generous, satisfying portions from a menu featuring South African-inspired dishes as well as wild meat. For starters, try the snoek with cumin-baked apricot, steamed coriander, garlic lemon…

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  • The Local Grill (Parktown North)

    40 7th & 3rd Avenues, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food For starters, you’re spoilt for choice, from venison skewers to the kudu platter with venison salami, and marrow on the bone. The creamy, delicious biltong soup with marrow broth is a worthy st…

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  • Life Grand Cafe (V&A Waterfront)

    Shop 2, Harbour Café Building, Old Pierhead, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

    Food Choose from a wide variety of breakfast options to start the day, including the basics and classics such as eggs Benedict. For lunch or dinner, share small plates from the tapas menu or a charcut…

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  • LBV

    Shop 26, Cramerview Village Centre, 277 Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food LBV is known for merging classic and progressive flavours using seasonal ingredients in a variety of light and gourmet meals. Standout starters are the crispy duck with condensed chilli mayo and …

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  • La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

    341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food La Boheme is known for its simple, ever-changing menu, which has helped establish it as a reliable neighbourhood gem. As the name and vibe imply, you can expect hearty bistro-inspired fare here, …

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  • KCC – La Vie en Rose

    Killarney Country Club, 60 Fifth Street, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg

    Food Tucked away in the lush gardens of the picturesque Killarney Country Club, KCC La Vie en Rose is reminiscent of old Houghton charm, complemented by 21st-century nuances. Each dish has a touch o…

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  • Jarryds (Sea Point)

    90 Regent Road Sea Point, Cape Town

    A classy yet vibey spot to hang out with friends, the little ones or for a business lunch, Jarryds is also a great place for those who are particular about their coffee and bread. Food From fruit smoo…

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  • J. Rabbit Tequileria

    Enter through the Drop Out, Shop 5 Illovo Junction, Cnr. Corlett Dr. & Oxford Rd., Illovo, Sandton

    Food If you’re looking for a quick bite and love tapas, you’re in for a treat. Vegetarians can go for the tostones – crispy pressed plantains served with chimichurri sauce. Though a bit bland, t…

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  • Il Leone Mastrantonio

    22 Cobern Street, Corner of Cobern and Prestwich Streets, Green Point, Cape Town

    Food Starting off, the calamari grigliati is exceptional – perfectly cooked, with a slight chargrilled flavour and a touch of lemon – as are the beautifully presented mussels, served in a light wh…

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  • The Hussar Grill (Morningside)

    Shop U51 Corner Rivonia Road and Outspan Road, Morningside Rivonia Road Morningside, Johannesburg

    The Hussar franchise was started 55 years ago in Cape Town. The Rivonia branch continues the tradition of providing classic grilled steaks in old-world comfort. Food For starters, try spicy bites of b…

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  • The Hussar Grill (Mouille Point)

    163 Beach Road Mouille Point, Cape Town

    Food Everything about The Hussar Grill says steakhouse throwback – from sixties standards such as a carpetbagger steak, a prawn cocktail (served here without irony) and traditional steakhouse sides …

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  • Hesheng Chinese Restaurant

    269 Main Road Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food Located among the array of Chinese restaurants in Sea Point is Hesheng, a dumpling haven that’s gained a strong following. While the menu offers a vast number of options, dumplings are the star…

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  • Hemelhuijs

    71 Waterkant Street, City Bowl, Cape Town

    Food Acclaimed chef Jacques Erasmus has made this downtown café a gastronomic destination for fine seasonal fare. Every dish is plated with great attention to detail, from composition to colour and c…

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  • Haru

    92 Campground Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town

    Food Locals keep ‘discovering’ Haru even though it’s been around a couple of years – perhaps because of its unassuming frontage, low-key ambience and the fact that finding such authentic and p…

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  • The Great Eastern Food Bar

    The Post Office Centre, 30 Rudd Rd, Illovo, Johannesburg, 2001

    Food The go-to starter are the sashimi tacos with trout ceviche – the combination of wasabi and pickled lemon is sure to wake you up for the night ahead. Sharing is encouraged, allowing you to enjoy…

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  • Glenda’s

    Hyde Square, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and North Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

    Food A simple menu with tasty, light meals makes it easy to decide what to order. Owner Glenda, who was trained in fine restaurants in Europe and America, is hands-on – it’s not uncommon for her t…

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  • Giulio’s Cafe

    16 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre

    Bring a big appetite to properly enjoy this downtown Italian eatery, and then take the afternoon off. Food This is no ordinary corner café. With natural light pouring through the windows, this airy w…

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  • Giovanni’s Deli World

    103 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town

    Food Three generations of the Esposito family run the deli and kitchen, making home-made fare ranging from fine local and imported deli products to from bagels, croissants and kitkes, Italian meatball…

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  • Gigi Rooftop

    Gorgeous George Hotel, 118 St George’s Mall, Cape Town

    Food First comes a bread plate with ciabatta, deliciously charred around the edges, and a green herb pesto and a generous dollop of anchovy aioli. From the small plates, the flavourful potato and squi…

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  • Gemelli Italian Restaurant

    Shop 13, Posthouse Link Centre, Corner Main and Posthouse Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    A sprawling Italian-themed restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge sandwiched between two main commuting routes, with a seasonal menu that ranges from snacks to hearty cosmopolitan dishes of pasta, risott…

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  • Gema Trattoria and Pizzeria

    143 Queen Street, South Kensington, Johannesburg

    Food Proving that one should never equate glamour with flavour, this unassuming establishment will not leave you disappointed. A simple list of starter options includes a salad with just tuna, lettuce…

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  • The Foundry

    Shop 7 Parktown Quarter, 3rd Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food This craft beer gastropub is for you if you prefer eccentric and sweet over classic. Serving burgers, pastas, steaks and a seriously eclectic range of pizzas, The Foundry is pretty OTT when it co…

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  • Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

    Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg

    Food Flames restaurant, at the Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff, exudes class and elegance, with copper features, walls covered in art and a view of Johannesburg as backdrop. Book for a buffet breakfa…

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  • Epicure by Chef Coco

    3-5 Lower Road, Morningside Central, Sandton, Johannesburg

    With so few spaces doing African fine dining, well-regarded chef Coco Reinharz offers a reminder of the scope for educating palates on the richness of the continent’s cuisine. Food The fragrant and …

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  • El Burro (Green Point)

    El Burro Greenpoint, 1st Floor Exhibition Building, 81 Main Road, Greenpoint, Cape Town

    Enjoy beautifully plated Mexican cuisine in a relaxed setting, thoughtfully decorated with objets d’art that each has a story to tell. Food Chilli renellos – El Burro’s version of chilli popper…

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  • DW Eleven-13

    Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, 2193

    Food South African flavours and textures are the playground of Marthinus Ferreira, DW Eleven-13’s owner and chef. Pre-pairing menu snacks include skhokho (the crust of a pot of pap) with drops of ch…

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  • Douglas + Hale

    9 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Chef James Diack has become known as the restaurateur in and around Parkhurst. His ethos of organic, free range and hormone-free keeps patrons’ happy, while his delectable comfort-driven offerings k…

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  • Don Armando (Green Point)

    20 Cobern Street, Green Point, Cape Town

    Food Inspired by a traditional Argentine parrilla, steaks are unsurprisingly the star of the menu here. Though the steaks are hefty, consider girding your loins and ordering a starter or two – you…

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  • Dolci Cafe

    28 Clarence Avenue, Shop 6 Lancaster Village, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

    Food Close your eyes, and you’ll think you’re dining in the home of an Italian matriarch in Napoli. Start with the prosciutto and gorgonzola salad with toasted walnuts and crunchy mixed lettuce, o…

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  • The Dog’s Bollocks at YARD

    6 Roodehek Street, Gardens, Cape Town

    Gigantic juicy burgers served with a side of profanity will make you want to go back for more. Food Most burgers come with chips. At the Dog’s Bollocks they come with stupendous chips and a large …

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  • Devil’s Peak Taproom (Salt River)

    150 Cecil Road Entrance, Salt River, Cape Town

    Food Expect beer-friendly fare without pretension, much of it edible with one hand while the other holds your craft brew. Start with a few bar snacks – think pok pok chicken wings, crispy calamari, …

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  • De Grendel Restaurant

    Plattekloof Road, Panorama, Cape Town

    A classic fine-dining experience where local flavours meet classic French techniques. Food For lunch, choose from the two- or three-course options, with optional wine pairings. First comes the bread c…

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  • The Cousins

    3b Barrack Street, Cape Town

    This warm and cosy trattoria is a slice of authentic Italian cuisine heaven made simply and with love, telling the story of generations of the proprietors’ way of cooking where they grew up in Romag…

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  • Clarke’s Bar and Dining Room

    133 Bree Street Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food It seems like just the other day that Clarke’s was a cheeky newcomer serving all-day breakfasts amid car workshops and battery centres. Now Bree Street has become one of the city’s trendiest …

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  • Chefs

    81 St Johns Street Gardens, Cape Town

    Food Chefs is not a place to pore over the menu for hours. A dine-in offshoot of the popular meal-delivery and catering business, the sit-down menu offers a choice of just three plates and one dessert…

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  • Cafe del Sol Classico

    Olivedale Corner, Corner Olive and President Fouche Roads, Olivedale, Randburg

    Food The bistro-style menu caters for a range of palates. Start with a contemporary take on avocado ritz – prawns dressed in basil pesto with lemon panna cotta and rocket salad – or try the thinly…

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  • Cafe Blouberg

    20 Stadler Road, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town 7448 South Africa

    Food Yeasty aromas of freshly baked goodies behind the glass counter entice the locals back again and again. Some of the regulars also come from a long way to indulge in signature breakfasts with all …

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  • The Butcher Shop & Grill (Sandton)

    Shop 30, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food Located in the heart of Sandton, the Butcher Shop displays its craftsmanship with a view of the on-site butcher at the entrance. Choose from a variety of meat and non-meat dishes to start – the…

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  • Buitenverwachting Restaurant

    37 Klein Constantia Road, Nova Constantia, Cape Town

    Food Chef Edgar Osojnik blends European flair with local produce and seasonal inspiration at this fine-dining stalwart of the Constantia winelands. With complimentary amuse-bouche, palate cleanser and…

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  • Buitengeluk Restaurant

    Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Valley Road and Cedar Road Fourways, Sandton 2055, South Africa

    Food Diners flock to this gorgeous lunch and brunch venue for homely, farm-style cuisine that reflects the quaint country setting. Weekend lunches in their exquisite gardens are particularly popular. …

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  • Breezeblock

    29 Chiswick Street, Brixton, 2092

    Food Breezeblock is the ideal place for a relaxed brunch, with an all-day breakfast menu that includes a beans-and-bangers dish of grilled, herby free-range pork sausage on a bed of South Indian-style…

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  • Bread Basket (Sandton City)

    Shop No. BC28 Banking Court Level, Fifth Street, Sandown, Sandton City, Johannesburg

    Food The Bread Basket was one of the first delis in Johannesburg and this Sandton City incarnation also offers a sit-down menu of light meals. Build your own takeaway sandwich with a choice of temptin…

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  • Bouchon Bistro

    95 Hout Street, Cape Town

    Food The menu is made up of simple, hearty dishes, intended to be shared as tapas. Risotto is a no-brainer – soft-cooked rice with flecks of mushroom and hints of tarragon and roasted garlic – as …

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  • Cafe Del Sol Botanico

    Bryanston Shopping Centre, Corner William Nicol and Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    You’ll find both classic and innovative Italian dishes using fresh ingredients at this glamorous offshoot of the original family-run Café del Sol in Olivedale. Food Start with crisp, deep-fried s…

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  • Boston Coffee

    5 Park Court Bellville, Cleveland Street, 12 Avenue, Bellville, Cape Town

    Food Boston Coffee serves a limited menu of sourdough toasted sandwiches and all-day breakfast to its diverse clientele. You’ll find hipsters comfortably sharing a table with an uncle fresh from the…

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  • Black Sheep

    104 Kloof Street Gardens, Cape Town

    Food Black Sheep is something of a best-kept secret that’s perhaps not so well kept after all. This busy brasserie is known for its daily blackboard menu of interesting dishes using seasonal ingredi…

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  • The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill

    Shops 13 and 14, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Corner of Maude and 5th Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food At the marble sushi bar alongside the main restaurant, start with The Big Mouth’s Signature Sushi, or just-as-fresh California rolls or prawn fashion sandwiches. The small plates menu, which fe…

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  • Big Dog Cafe

    191 Main Road, Franschhoek

    Food What child wouldn’t want to dive straight into brioche French toast with local honey and berries? Or a red velvet waffle with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup, matched with a frothy ‘puppycc…

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  • BGR Burger Restaurant

    19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food BGR offers a fresh spin on the fast-food franchise concept of basic burgers paired with fries and a soft drink – a sort of grown-up high school cafeteria. Meat eaters can select either a single…

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  • Bellevue Cafe

    5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, Durban

    Food Start the day with steel-cut oats, a freshly baked croissant, or a bowl of muesli, seeds, oats, walnuts, cranberries, apricot and double cream chia pudding topped with fresh fruit. Skip the carbs…

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  • Bellagio

    Unit 1 Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Food Bellagio is a firm Joburg favourite. It’s a little pricy but the delicious food and great service make it worth every penny. The pasta and steaks are spectacular, perfectly cooked to melt in yo…

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  • Baobab Cafe & grill (Menlyn)

    Shop 53 & 55, Menlyn Shopping Centre, Corner Attebury Road and Lois Avenue, Menlo Park, Pretoria

    Food Starters include firm favourites such as biltong and mushroom soup and an appetising-looking springbok carpaccio (which, perplexingly, is served with ordinary brown bread). The menu lists some in…

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  • Babel @ Babylonstoren

    Klapmuts, Simondium Road Simondium, paarl

    Food It’s all about homegrown, seasonal produce here, with the menu dictated by what the garden is producing. Starters are themed by colour and might include a ‘red’ salad of lightly smoked trou…

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  • AtholPlace Restaurant

    90 Pretoria Avenue, Atholl, Sandton

    Food For starters and mains, you have several seasonal options, including a vegetarian dish. Ingredients are fresh and beautifully presented, but not pretentious. You could start with crispy squid in …

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  • Asta Italian Restaurant

    95 Dorp Street, La Gratitude Stellenbosch, Cape Town

    Food Expect unpretentious plates of Italian classics. Begin with a panzanella or a few of the delicious vegetarian-friendly bruschettas. With starters dispatched, your choice is simple: pizza or pasta…

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  • Thali (Gardens)

    3 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town

    Food The concept of Thali, a platter of small bowls and bites of humble street food, is turned on its head at this mini-getaway of a restaurant. A meal at Thali is like a fever dream of the best kind,…

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  • Arthur’s Mini Super

    15 Arthur's Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food The menu, while simple to some, will make any toast-loving foodie swoon – there's even a section for "Things on Toast". If you're here for an early brekkie, check out the blackboard for hearty …

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  • Pizza Proper

    135 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

    Food When your restaurant is called Pizza Proper, there has to be no doubt that your pizza is the real deal. Luckily, Pizza Proper does what it says on the door, serving up some of the best pizzas in …

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  • Mahā Café (Point Waterfront)

    5 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Point Waterfront, Durban

    Food A breakfast menu is available from 6am and features a variety of hot and cold dishes, including various iterations of egg, as well as vegan offerings. Enjoy a delicately fragrant cup of layered h…

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  • Mary & Joe

    Shop 9, Lighthouse Quarter, 14 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks

    Food The usual iteration of eggs Benedict hits all the right notes, but it’s a vegetarian version that leaves a lasting impression – steamed asparagus and long-stem broccoli sit atop toasted ciaba…

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  • BamBoo Plant Power

    210 Loop Street Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town 8000

    Food Despite everything on the menu being plant-based, there’s no lack of options. If you’re there at breakfast time, the lox (cured carrot) muffin comes with cashew cream cheese, and the blueberr…

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  • Pizza Box

    Plot 14, Leeuwfontein Estate, Pretoria

    Food It’s of course all about pizzas here, toppings served on deliciously healthy and thin bases made with wholegrain sourdough and stoneground flour. The base is essential, made by sourdough specia…

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  • The Rock (Kyalami)

    Kyalami Corner, Kyalami Blvd, Witpoort (Beaulieu), Midrand

    Food This casual dining restaurant with a traditional menu has a variety of meat, seafood and vegetarian options from which to choose. The Excalibur is one of their signature dishes – deboned chicke…

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  • 9th Avenue Waterside

    2 Maritime Place, Harbour, Durban

    Food With a setting that locals will now proclaim suits the offering much better, it’s great to see that all the favourites are still there, with the addition of an array of new seafood dishes that …

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  • The Godfather Restaurant

    Shop No. 8 Shopping on Ridgeway Ridgeway Avenue Midstream

    Food The formula behind this family-run business has been fine-tuned over close to four decades. Before relocating to Midstream in 2018, The Godfather was something of a landmark in Centurion, where i…

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  • Wolfgat

    10 Sampson Street, Paternoster

    Food That the World Restaurant of the Year can start its tasting menu with a basic iron skillet of bokkom butter and a hessian bag of sourdough sticks is testament to the assured ease of Kobus van der…

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  • The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

    R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680

    Food Diners are urged to choose from three to five plates across four self-explanatory categories: Garden, Ocean, Pasture and Sweet. Needless to say, there are irresistible winners in each category. F…

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  • Tjing Tjing Momiji

    165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

    Food Chef Christina Semczyszyn offers an eight-course set menu that kicks off with sakizuke – amuse bouche. Three small bites encapsulate the flavour and precision with which this cuisine is often a…

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  • The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts

    The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

    Food The journey begins in The Darkroom, an intimate space with low seating and small tables – where aperitifs are served in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. The mood is mysterious and seductive …

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  • The Shortmarket Club

    88 Shortmarket Street Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food Head chef Wesley Randles has a deft hand around the skillet and a gleaming reputation to back it up – patrons flock here to sample his modernist take on ‘progressive cuisine’. Dishes such a…

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  • The Restaurant at Waterkloof

    Sir Lowry's Pass, Village Street, Somerset West

    Food Chef Gregory Czarnecki presents technique-driven four-course tasting and eight-course degustation menus inspired by his French heritage. The menu changes regularly and begins with canapés and a …

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  • Salsify at The Roundhouse

    The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

    Food Salsify is the kind of restaurant where it’s not out of the ordinary to be told your amuse bouche of limpets poached in dashi were harvested by chef Ryan Cole himself, a man clearly at home in …

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  • Rust en Vrede Restaurant

    Rust en Vrede Wine Estate, Annandale Road, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    Food Chef David Higgs opened Rust en Vrede and took it to giddy heights (which in 2010 included Eat Out Restaurant of the Year). Chef Fabio Daniel, who has been cooking here since those glory days, is…

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  • Restaurant Mosaic at the Orient

    R104 - Church Street Francolin Ave Elandsfontein PTA West, 0001

    Food This is pure escapism; a world of tiny forks, whimsy and beauty just for the sake of it. Chantel Dartnall’s dishes are inspired by Mother Nature, with thoughtful missives penned by the chef on …

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  • Protégé

    Le Quartier Français, Huguenot Street, Franschhoek

    Food Protégé is billed as a showcase of young talented chefs, with Cameron Smith at the head of the kitchen, under the guidance of Scot Kirton and James Gaag. This restaurant is the embodiment of th…

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  • Pierneef à La Motte

    La Motte Wine Estate, R45, Main Road, Franschhoek

    Food Renowned winelands chef Eric Bulpitt dips into the diverse cultural heritage of the Cape to create an authentic melting pot of culinary flavours. Share a family-style starter platter of breads, s…

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  • Overture Restaurant

    Hidden Valley Wine Estate, Annandale Road, Raithby, Stellenbosch

    Food Chef Bertus Basson is known for his South African take on fine dining, in which he showcases traditional flavours through sophisticated, yet accessible, dishes. Diners can opt for either a season…

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  • LivingRoom at Summerhill Estate

    9 Belvedale Road, Cowies Hill, Durban

    Food The tasting menu (of four, five or seven courses) is a must. The menu is sparse – all of the talking is done on the plate, and the food doesn’t disappoint. Starters might include delicately p…

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  • Le Coin Français

    17 Huguenot Road Franschhoek

    Food Chef Darren Bardenhorst is one of the most detail-oriented chefs in the country – every pearl, blob, cube of jelly and leaf has been placed with tweezer precision and every dish commands you to…

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  • La Tête

    17 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    There was a time when comparing La Tête to the famed St John in London was a compliment – that time is no longer. A bona fide purist and devoted ‘nose-to-tail’ chef, Giles Edwards is cooking th…

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  • La Petite Colombe

    Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

    Food As part of the La Colombe group, it comes as no surprise that the food at little sister La Petite Colombe is of the same exceptional standard. There’s a choice between a grand chef’s experien…

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  • Jordan Restaurant

    Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

    Food It’s always a privilege to sample celebrated chef George Jardine’s menu at the acclaimed Jordan Restaurant, tucked away at the end of Stellenbosch Kloof Road. Patrons are welcomed with a comp…

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  • Jardine Restaurant

    1 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

    Food Jardine ticks so many of the boxes that make it a cleverly positioned restaurant of the times. Everything about it speaks to astute editing. The menu is short but inextricably offers enough varie…

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  • La Colombe

    Silvermist Wine Estate Main Road Constantia Nek, Cape Town

    Food La Colombe’s reputation for sophisticated fine dining and beautiful foliage-inspired presentation is well-deserved. Set high above the Constantia wine valley, its lofty location adds to the fee…

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  • Janse & Co

    75 Kloof Street Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    It feels like just yesterday that maverick chef Arno Janse van Rensburg left The Kitchen at Maison (a 2016 Eat Out Top 10 restaurant) to bring his boundary-pushing cooking closer to food-loving city-d…

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  • FYN Restaurant

    5th Floor Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town 8000

    Food Ashley Moss is at the helm in the kitchen here after his stint at Greenhouse, where he and Pete Tempelhoff impressed the southern suburbs for many years. You can tell the shift to the city mood a…

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  • Greenhouse (Constantia)

    The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town

    Food Since taking over the kitchen in late-2018, head chef Farrel Hirsch has done an admirable job of stepping into Peter Tempelhoff’s shoes, delivering a menu brimming with provenance, sustainabili…

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  • Grei at Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

    Grei is a restaurant that puts food at its core, using fresh ingredients (some of which are sourced at the restaurant’s very own garden) and carefully tinkering with classic recipes to put an elevat…

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  • Foxcroft

    Shop 8&9 High Constantia Centre, corner of Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Road

    Food Chef-proprietor Glen Foxcroft Williams brings a welcome informality to the realm of fine dining, from the minimalist table décor to the simple wood-backed menus. And there’s little pretence on…

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  • Fermier Restaurant

    141 Lynnwood Road The Willows 340-Jr Pretoria South Africa

    Food Chef Adriaan Maree may be on the shy side, but get him talking about sustainability and he’ll have you in a verbal headlock about his passion and future plans for Fermier. “I hope Fermier can…

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  • FABER

    Avondale Wine Farm, Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl 7642

    Food The menu draws heavily from ingredients produced and harvested on the farm, whether it’s herbs and vegetables from the Avondale garden or the chickens, ducks and Black Angus cattle. The menu is…

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  • Eike

    50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

    Bertus Basson is a chef long ennobled for his ardent celebration of South African heritage cuisine. As he’s done it successfully at many of his other haunts, most notably Overture, it’s no surpris…

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  • Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

    Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

    Food As with all Liam Tomlin restaurants, Beau Constantia serves an inspired tapas-style menu, but the dishes have head chef Ivor Jones’ unmistakable signature on them. Besides the fixed eight-cours…

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  • GÅTE

    Quoin Rock, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

    Food The Quoin Rock estate has seen its fair share of drama in the past, but since it was purchased in 2012 by the Ukranian Gaiduk family, it has experienced an undisputed and magnificent rebirth. It …

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  • Camphors at Vergelegen

    Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

    Camphors may only be 40 minutes from Cape Town, but it is truly a destination restaurant. Situated in a vast and lush property, the Vergelegen grounds are a thriving well of inspiration for chef Micha…

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  • Chefs Warehouse at Maison

    Maison Estate, R45 Franschhoek 7690

    Food The youngest addition to the Chefs Warehouse stable of restaurants is a baby no more, but has adapted the sharing menu model to its home in Franschhoek, giving the diner a true sense of place. Th…

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  • Chef Micky’s Private Dining

    102 Corlett Drive, Johannesburg

    Food The menu is divided into starters, soups, stir-fries, seafood, curries, noodles and specials. Everything is made from scratch – you won’t find any store-bought pastes or concentrates in Micky…

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  • Mint Restaurant

    Taj Cape Town, Corner Wale and St George's Streets, Cape Town

    Food As the all-day dining restaurant for the adjoining Taj Cape Town hotel, the menu here ranges widely to cater for all manner of hunger pangs. There’s a lengthy breakfast menu for al fresco week…

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  • Bao Down Restaurant

    79 Main Road, First Floor, Green Point, Cape Town

    Food This tiny hole in the wall in Gardens has garnered a loyal following since its opening in June 2018. Chef-owners Graham Oldfield (former head chef at Chefs Warehouse and Canteen) and his wife Phi…

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  • The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy

    9 Marine Circle Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

    Food What you’ll find at The Indian Chapter is a little slice of North India in Blouberg. Owner Prim Reddy has built a real neighbourhood gem that’s cosy and inviting. When she’s at the restaura…

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  • The Shop

    2 Main Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

    Food The ethos behind this restaurant is a simple one – cook beautiful ingredients well and let them do the talking. Kyle and Gabi work closely with local farmers and producers, sourcing all their i…

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  • ChiCha Wine and Tapas Bar

    Food ChiCha Wine and Tapas Bar, a quaint local favourite nestled in the heart of Sea Point, has an impressive tapas menu fit for sharing, with décor to suit any occasion. The menu is fully inclusive,…

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  • Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant

    30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale

    Food It’s an eclectic and authentic Klein Karoo bistro serving up delectable, honest food that’s made with care and served with love. It’s delicious, yet unpretentious. The Klein Karoo springbok…

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  • Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs

    157 Breakwater Boulevard, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

    Food A word of advice: come hungry. Come looking for generous portions of sticky-fingered, lip-licking juicy grills. Come for the insane range of milkshakes. And come here ready to make choices. For …

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  • The Fat Butcher

    No.1 Van Riebeeck Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    Food The Fat Butcher represents the epitome of humankind’s culinary fascination with flame-grilled meat. Open since 2016, this steakhouse is situated in the picturesque centre of historical, leafy S…

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  • Pajamas & Jam Eatery

    32 Van Zyl Street, Strand, Cape Town

    Food The ever-changing menu offers a vast variety of breakfast options and a two-part ‘afternoon’ section with inventive sandwiches, rotis, quesadillas and wraps, and a range of bowl foods (salads…

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  • De Vrije Burger

    24 Simonsplein, 61 Plein Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    Food This is the way all fast food should taste. It reminds you of a New York-style hole-in-the-wall burger joint, but the flavour is quirky South African. Celebrated chef Bertus Basson added De Vrije…

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  • Rare Grill

    Shop 3 166 2nd Avenue Harfield Village Kenilworth

    Food Greg Bax – the master behind the grill, owner and conversation-starter at Rare Grill – makes this a neighborhood institution in Kenilworth. His expertise and passion come from his experience …

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  • Boston Coffee

    5 Park Court Bellville, Cleveland Street, 12 Avenue, Bellville, Cape Town

    Food Boston Coffee serves a limited menu of sourdough toasted sandwiches and all-day breakfast to its all-sorts clientele. Look out for special offers such as their Pulled Pork Fridays, when they serv…

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  • Groot Phesantekraal Restaurant

    Groot Phesantekraal Farm, Klipheuwel Road (R302), Durbanville, Cape Town

    Food The focus is on hearty and wholesome farmhouse fare on this historic 1698 cattle, sheep and wheat farm. Locals flock here to enjoy the full farmer’s breakfast with farm eggs, homemade boerewors…

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  • Tjing Tjing Torii

    165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town City Centre

    Food The laid-back sister to Momji, Torii is the quirky space one floor down that’s focused on Japanese street food, with head chef Christi Semczyszyn turning out colourful flavour-packed plates in…

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  • Momo Kuro

    Secret Stairway, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Tim Lai, Lawrence Lai and Aadil Mayat’s chain of Momo restaurants are centred around doing modern Asian food differently and experimenting with new concepts and recipes. This popular restaurant…

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  • Café Mayfair

    Highbury Road, Hillcrest, Durban

    Food There’s something for everyone on the menu here. The breakfasts, which are a huge hit with locals, are top notch. Think smoked trout and scrambled egg on rye with chives, or hearty French toast…

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  • Café Billi Bi

    Shop 23A Stoneridge Shopping Centre, Cnr Hereford and Modderfontein

    Food Café Billi Bi is best known for its cosy café cuisine, offering a well-crafted menu for breakfast and lunch. The menu is superb, offering well thought-out and unique dishes. Order off the speci…

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  • Butcher Block (Umhlanga)

    Holiday Inn, Umhlanga, 2 Ncondo Place Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

    Food Red meat is the hero here: grain-fed and wet-aged for a minimum of 21 days then chargrilled to your liking. But there’s a good choice of other dishes on offer, catering to a variety of tastes w…

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  • Smokin’ Joe’s (Durban)

    54 Problem Mkhize Rd, Essenwood, Berea, 4001, South Africa

    Food Serving up a variety of ‘knockout’ burgers, served roadhouse or brasserie style, Smokin Joe’s menu is themed to give a nod to famous boxers, and thankfully it all packs a delicious punch. S…

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  • Afro-boer

    1 Meerlust Avenue, Corner of Lynnwood Road and Meerlust Avenue, Die Wilgers, Pretoria, Gauteng

    Food Laughter, it is said, is the best medicine for the soul. Afro-boer seems to have taken that saying to heart. From the quirky menu listings to the funny yet informative signs and notices all aroun…

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  • Tin Roof Cafe

    Plot 198, Mooiplaats, (off the Boschkop Road), Pretoria East

    Food Located on a plot off the Boschkop Road to the east of Pretoria, Tin Roof Café is not the kind of place that you just accidentally stumble across – you kind of have to know where you’re goin…

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  • Mix Cocktail Bar

    2nd Floor, Trumpet on Keyes, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Think seriously delicious sharing plates designed to be eaten at the bar or on the balcony at sunset… You’ll find a mix of Asian-inspired dishes and a hearty selection of comfort favourites. …

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  • Che Argentine Grill

    128 Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Johannesburg

    Food The well-known empanadas (Argentinian homemade pies), which could easily make a whole meal, offer a variety of fillings: 100% beef and red peppers; free-range chicken and spices; ham and mozzarel…

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  • Casa Bella (Montecasino)

    Shop 58 Monte Casino Building, Corner Witkoppen and William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg

    Food There’s no shortage of restaurants in Monte Casino, but it’s great to find a spot with good-quality food and options to please all palates. Some fantastic antipasti sharing platters are a gre…

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  • The Countess

    27 Boxes, 75 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

    Food It’s quintessential American smokehouse fare: burgers, ribs, wings and Southern fried chicken. The burgers, especially, are what people keep coming back for: the chilli burger with fresh chilli…

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  • LBV

    Shop 26, Cramerview Village Centre, 277 Main Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food LBV is known for merging classic and progressive flavours using seasonal ingredients. Standout starters include the crispy duck with condensed chilli mayo and orange gel and the sesame seared tun…

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  • Oaklands Country Manor

    Schaapdrift Road, 7km from Van Reenen, KwaZulu-Natal

    Food Lady Caroline Bruce and her siblings have extended their passion for sustainability, health, food, entertainment and style into Oaklands Country Manor, situated seven kilometres from the N3 highw…

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  • J. Rabbit Tequileria

    Enter through the Drop Out, Shop 5 Illovo Junction, Cnr. Corlett Dr. & Oxford Rd., Illovo, Sandton

    Food This is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a quick bite and love tapas. If you’re vegetarian, try the tostsones – crispy pressed plantains served with chimichurri sauce. Though a bit bl…

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  • NGC

    75 Barkston Drive, Blairgowrie, Randburg 2194

    This quaint little neighbourhood eatery is loved by locals; a feel-good spot that buzzes nightly. Eclectic and fun, it serves up delectable, honest food made with care and served with love. It’s del…

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  • Douglas + Hale

    9 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food The menu is an ode to delicious comfort food: bangers and parmesan mash, chicken pot pie, roast pork belly with apple mash and crackling, and an array of seriously good handmade pastas all guaran…

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  • Truffles on the Park

    At Mushroom Farm Park Cnr. Rivonia & Daisy Rd. Sandown, Sandton 2196

    Food To start, there’s a range of finger foods – spicy hot wings, chargrilled halloumi and predominantly Asian-inspired fish dishes. Thai-spiced salmon fish cakes come with a vibrant salsa; tempur…

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  • The Table Restaurant and Bar

    9 Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

    Food This landmark restaurant sustains its popularity by delivering its promise of simple food with serious taste. It attributes its success to always preparing their food with care and utilising the …

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  • Henri’s Restaurant & Pub

    Corner Lourensford and Main Road, Somerset West, Cape Town

    Food The menu at Henri’s is so comprehensive and diverse that you can invite your pickiest collection of friends (and their children) and they’re all sure to find something they like. It’s also …

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  • Rand Club Restaurant

    33 Loveday Street and Fox Street, Marshalltown, Johannesburg

    Food 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…

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  • Sea Grill by La Boheme

    49 2nd Avenue, Claremont, Cape Town

    Food Share tasty and colourful tapas; tender calamari tubes; buttery, garlicky mussels and grilled sardines; spicy crumbed prawns dynamite; and tuna tataki marinated in soya and ginger. The preparatio…

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  • The Restaurant at Grande Provence

    Grande Provence Estate, Main Road, R45, Franschhoek

    Food First to arrive is a serving of melt-in-your-mouth Middle Eastern lavash flatbread with new-bean hummus, followed by two complimentary canapés. The bobotie samoosa and cheese churros kick off th…

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  • Momo Kuro

    Secret Stairway, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Momo Kuro is no different from its other siblings in that it also delivers a flavour explosion. The attention to detail on the plates is fantastic and each plate takes the diner on a little adven…

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  • Thali (Gardens)

    3 Park Road, Gardens, Cape Town

    Thali, the Indian establishment in award-winning chef Liam Tomlin’s restaurant stable, offers diners a veritable feast of spectacular modern Indian cuisine. Food The food served at Thali is, quite s…

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  • Atasca (Westville)

  • Sepial’s Kitchen

    A1 Salt Orchard, Briar Road, Salt River, Cape Town

    Food The menu is divided into two parts: the a la carte section, which is recommended for lunch or a light dinner, and two dinner tasting menus that both include a welcome drink. From the a la carte m…

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  • Bella Anima

    Food Bella Anima, which means ‘beautiful soul’, was born out of the owner’s passion for vegetarian and vegan food. The restaurant offers healthy vegetarian and vegan breakfasts, lunches and dinn…

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  • The Grill Room at The Oyster Box Hotel

    The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

    Food Chef Kevin Joseph aims to incorporate fresh local ingredients with global appeal, while catering to a clientele that expects refined elegance. Once you’ve settled into your pillowy seat, nibble…

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  • The Hussar Grill (Stellenbosch)

    23 Plein Street, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    There’s something very old school and cool about this grillhouse. From the library-esque decor to the great wine selection, it feels like it’s a born and bred Stellies establishment, even though i…

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  • The Lavender Barn

    64 Bushy Park, New Seaview Road, Port Elizabeth

    Food The menu reminds you of farm food and consists of fresh, natural ingredients. For those ravenous after a morning cycle or run, try the full Florentine, which is basically eggs and bacon on toast,…

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  • Lingela at Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani

    Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, 63 Snell Parade, Durban

    Holding a well-earned reputation for being among the top buffets in Durban, Lingela Restaurant is a favourite with both hotel guests and locals, and offers patrons the opportunity to interact with the…

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  • Lord Nelson Restaurant

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange Street, Cape Town

    The former writing room of this landmark hotel hosts an elegant culinary experience. Food With two-, three- or four-course options, plus extras such as six or 12 oysters, caviar with potato blinis (wi…

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  • Nineteen Restaurant at Steyn City

    Steyn City Luxury Resort, 1 Clubhouse Lane, William Nicol Drive, Midrand, Johannesburg

    Food Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to meet your friends for an elegant lunch, a place to host a business meal, a spectacular Sunday luncheon spot or a romantic dinner venue, Nineteen …

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  • S43 Home to That Brewing Co.

    43 Station Dr, Morningside, Berea, 4001

    Located on Station Drive, this restaurant, bar and brewery from the team behind Cafe 1999 and Unity Brasserie makes for the perfect weekend haunt. Food The Durban-inspired tapas and street-food offeri…

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  • Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery

    Spier Wine Farm, Baden Powell Drive, Stellenbosch

    Food While you’re definitely here for the meat, what sets Vadas Smokehouse apart from any other barbecue joint is the snack offering. It features delicate dishes like whipped hake served with a boil…

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  • Bones Kitchen & Bar

    The Palms Design Centre, 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town

    Food The food sticks to a tried and tested formula wherein high-quality ingredients are treated with respect and prepared simply. The ethically sourced meat (supplied by Ryan Boon) is used in dishes …

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  • NIKOS Coalgrill Greek (Durban North)

  • Brik Café

    The Firestation, 16 Baker Street, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Brik is where some of the tastiest food in town comes to life. If you’re visiting for breakfast or just fancy dessert, go for the scrumptiously rustic banana bread served simply with a smear of…

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  • Café 1999

    Shop 2, Silvervause Centre, 117 Vause Road, Musgrave, Durban

    Chef patron Marcelle Roberts’ inspired Mediterranean food is designed with the spirit of sharing in mind. Food With exciting flavours that awaken the senses, the seasonal menu boasts inventive dishe…

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  • Old Town Italy (Umhlanga Rocks)

    39 Meridian Drive Umhlanga Rocks, Durban 4319

    Umhlanga’s answer to little Italy continues to be one of the hotspots for lazy brunches, comforting lunches and gourmet shopping. Food The food here is relaxed Italian fare partnered with glorious b…

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  • Lupa Osteria (Hillcrest)

    14 Old Main Road, Hillcrest

    Food With homemade pasta and wood-fired pizza made using only imported Italian flour (and a gluten-free option), you get to appreciate the real Italian food experience at Lupa. Relish on antipasti suc…

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  • La Casa Nostra

    White Sands Shopping Centre, 1 Main Road, Umdloti, Kwazulu-Natal

    This laid-back Umdloti eatery is consistently winning with locals. The warm atmosphere and comforting Italian classics make this spot a hit for the whole family. Food Antipasti entices as a starter, w…

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  • The Ocean Terrace at the Oyster Box Hotel

    The Oyster Box Hotel, 2 Lighthouse Road, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

    The Oyster Box Hotel is among a handful of five-star rated Durban hotels and the experience demonstrates why. The Ocean Terrace restaurant on the hotel veranda embraces a 180° view of the Indian Ocea…

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  • Mali’s Indian Restaurant

    77 Smiso Nkwanyana Road (Old Goble Road), Morningside, Durban

    An old Berea house sets the scene for a comforting Indian feast at this local gem, with dishes influenced by both northern and southern parts of India. Food Tiny bowls of softly stewed chickpeas and f…

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  • Indian Summer

    35 Newport Avenue, Glenashley, Durban

    Serving a range of traditional North and South Indian dishes, as well as a few Indo Chinese ones, Indian Summer offers a feast of flavours. Food You could start off with one of the spicy soups or sala…

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  • Two Acres Tearoom

    1 Country Lane, Hillcrest, Durban

    Food Focus falls on freshness and quality, with owner Kathleen Hornby guaranteeing 90% of the meat and chicken dishes are free from hormones and antibiotics, and the eggs are free-range. Subject to se…

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  • Surf Riders Food Shack

    17 Erskine Terrace South Beach, Durban

    You can’t get closer to the beach in Durban – this restaurant and coffee shop is just metres from the sand, with a killer 180-degree view of the promenade and the Indian Ocean.   Food All-day…

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  • Parc

    Shop 2A, Oslo Buildings, 394 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, Durban

    Food Combining practicality with charm is Parc’s black wall, and hanged black surfboards of their creative seasonal menu boasting enticing choices of their all-day breakfast and light meals. Their c…

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  • The Glenwood Bakery

    398 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, Durban

    Food This is a working bakery and that takes precedence over the restaurant, which has strict menu times and days. And for good reason – this popular artisanal bakery keeps the city well-fed, supply…

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  • Bellevue Café

    5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, Durban

    There’s an arty feel to Bellevue Café – a spacious, contemporary eatery with its industrial brick and ironwork that is consistently lively regardless of the time of day. Screens break up the larg…

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  • Antique Café at Churchill House

    Churchill House, 90 Churchill Road, Windermere, Durban

    This quirky café has changed ownership over the years, but still remains a popular spot for locals to catch up over breakfast or lunch. Owned and managed by a lovely Muslim family, the café is now f…

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  • St. Clements

    191 Musgrave Road, Durban

    Food Breakfast or brunch covers sandwich options like cheese, cheese and tomato/ham, egg and bacon, chicken mayo and Welsh rarebit with bacon and mushrooms. Or go with a freshly made bowl of crunchy h…

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  • Market Restaurant

    40 Gladys Mazibuko Road Essenwood, Durban

    Situated in a quiet courtyard behind a classic 1930s colonial building on Durban’s Berea, Market Restaurant is an award-winning garden café and restaurant serving simple seasonal cuisine produced f…

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  • The Lighthouse Café (Umhlanga Rocks)

    Located on the promenade in front of the Cabana Beach Resort, Lighthouse Café is an ideal venue for unwinding over a casual meal. Food The food is holiday fare – there aren’t any fancy frills and…

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  • The Lawns

    Round House Road (off Kloof Road), The Glen, Camps Bay, Cape Town

    Food The starter menu has only three options: chicken wings, which were deliciously saucy and come with an option of a peri-peri or bbq dipping sauce; grilled calamari; and grilled halloumi. For large…

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  • Circus Circus (Gateway)

    G020, Gateway Theatre Of Shopping Umhlanga, Durban North 4319 South Africa

    Food The hearty meals brim with comfort, from the Cape Malay mussel pot with fresh mussels in a traditional West Coast creamy curry sauce and crostini to the peri peri chicken livers for starters. In …

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  • D’urban Burger Co.

    Shop R26, Park Square , 5&9 Park Avenue, Umhlanga Ridge, Durban, 4319

    Bringing Moroccan flavours and street food together is a winning combo for Chef Khutso Nhlanhla Masethe. With no starters or dessert options, this is strictly a burger joint and a street-food delight.…

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  • Johnny’s Place

    1 The Valley Family Centre, Broadacres Dr, Sandton, 2055

    If delicious family-style fare is what you’re after then Jonny’s is where you need to be. Jonny’s has a very diverse menu, but what runs through the entire theme is flavour and quality. Whether …

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  • Tonic

    Shop 509, 32 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food The drunk olives in warm gin and citrus are as outrageously popular and moreish as ever. Tonic’s flatbreads with smoked butter are another must, perhaps as a starter. Then there are the small p…

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  • Roxanne’s Rum Eatery

    Although questionably themed, this eatery boasts a range of dishes broad enough to satisfy most palates. Food Caged and marked with a red neon sign that reads ‘food porn studio’, the kitchen churn…

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  • Parea Taverna

    3D Corlett Drive, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Food A Joburg stalwart, Parea continues to serve up no-fuss, good and tasty traditional cuisine from its quintessentially Greek taverna. Begin with a selection of their dips – think hummus, taramasa…

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  • Nikos (Pineslopes)

    Shop 33, Pineslopes Shopping Centre, Corner The Straights and Witkoppen Road, Johannesburg

    Food The menu offers up an extensive selection of traditional Greek dishes with the occasional modern twist. Start with a selection of meze – the fried halloumi arrives crunchy on the outside and so…

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  • Mezepoli (Melrose Arch)

    Shop SL26 Whitley Road, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

    Food Mezepoli at Melrose Arch offers a fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine with a wide variety of meze delights, seafood, salads and meat dishes. To kick off your dining experience, the…

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  • Bread Basket (Sandton City)

    Shop No. BC28 Banking Court Level, Fifth Street, Sandown, Sandton City, Johannesburg

    Step over the threshold and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve just walked into a deli somewhere in Europe. The one-stop concept for freshly baked goods and high-end deli items was started by …

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  • BBQ Workshop (Rivonia)

    Mutual Road, Edenburg, Sandton

    Food Either you’re going to BBQ Workshop because you’re a dedicated carnivore or because you’re a lover of Greek food. A quick word of advice: stick to the Greek-inspired dishes. Although it won…

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  • Trabella Pizzeria

    Illovo Junction, Corner Corlett Drive and Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Food A series of blackboards showcase a range of classic pizzas and characterful pasta dishes. To start, tuck into a seasonal salad such as the artichoke, avocado and nut salad topped with mozzarella,…

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  • Tortellino d’oro

    Shop 9, Oaklands Shopping Centre, Corner Pretoria and Victoria Streets, Oaklands, Johannesburg

    Food Whilst breakfasts see an abundance of homemade breads, croissants, crostinis, panino and great coffee on offer, lunch and dinner are the main events. The menu is a celebration of old-fashioned It…

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  • Pronto Italian Deli, Restaurant and Foodstore

    Shop 18, The Colony Shopping Centre, 345 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

    Food Pronto has a big, primarily (but not exclusively) Italian menu. The portions are generous and the flavours sensational. They serve a breakfast, lunch and dinner, so the menu is appropriately lar…

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  • Moda’ Ristorante

    339 Jan Smuts Avenue, Shephard Market, Craighall Park, Craighall

    Food Moda’ Ristorante has made an exception to its traditional Italian fare by including one of South Africa’s favourite pizza combinations – avo, bacon and feta – but that’s about as far as…

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  • Mastrantonio

    Illovo Square, 3 Rivonia Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    The first of its name in the Mastrantonio group, this owner-operated trattoria remains a local favourite for fine Italian fare. Food Authentic Italian cooking is what Mastrantonio is all about. The me…

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  • Luca’s Ristorante Italiano

    3 Achter Road, Corner Witkoppen Road, Sunninghill, Johannesburg

    This restaurant is the place to go for authentic Tuscan-inspired dishes. Owner Luca is always there to talk you through the menu and the specials, adding to the truly authentic Italian hospitality exp…

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  • La Cucina di Ciro

    43 Seventh Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food A well-timed small bowl of gorgonzola snails, not too rich, combined with perfectly heated rooms set the right tone and pace. You don’t wait long for dishes to arrive after ordering and a smoki…

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  • Gemelli Italian Restaurant

    Shop 13, Posthouse Link Centre, Corner Main and Posthouse Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food For starters your taste buds will excited by the Gamberetti – prawn tails prepared in a smoked tomato-and-basil salsa and accompanied by an avocado mousse and lemon aïoli – and the beetroot,…

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  • Gema Trattoria and Pizzeria

    143 Queen Street, South Kensington, Johannesburg

    Food Traditional, home-style Italian cooking is what Gema is all about. The food is homely, warm and comforting, and what it may lack in pedantic plating it more than makes up for in flavour. Start wi…

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  • Col’Cacchio (Hyde Park)

    Shop 58, Upper Mall Hyde Park, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

    Food Everyone is catered for at Col’Cacchio. There’s a value-for-money, extensive menu of pizzas ranging from classic and gourmet to sweet; several popular pastas; a long list of individually pric…

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  • Coalition (Park Corner)

    Corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts Roads, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food You won’t find Hawaiian pizzas on this one-page menu. Instead it’s sensibly divided into Rosso (with tomato and home-made mozzarella) and Bianco (without tomato) sections. The Rosso Holtini f…

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  • Café del Sol TRE

    Number Tre in the sequence of family-owned Café del Sols, this one is the edgy one, the wild child where executive chef for the group, Jonathon Duiker, plays with tastes outside of the Italian box. F…

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  • Café del Sol Classico

    Olivedale Corner, Corner Olive and President Fouche Roads, Olivedale, Randburg

    The Café Del Sol brand is renowned for its eclectic Italian cuisine that’s bold on flavour and generous on portions, and Café Del Sol Classico is where it all started 11 years ago. Food Expect com…

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  • Café del Sol Botanico

    Bryanston Shopping Centre, Corner William Nicol and Ballyclare Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food The cuisine is inspired from Café del Sol Classico in Olivedale, where the brand first sunk its roots into the hearts of Johannesburg diners. Daily specials include tender pasta pockets of ravio…

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  • Antonnio’s Italian Kitchen (Lonehill)

    Shop 34 Lower Level, Lonehill Shopping Centre, Lonehill, Lone Hill, Sandton

    Located on the familiar Lonehill park and accessed from within the Lonehill Shopping Centre, this casual eatery offers an even more simplistic approach to the pizza pasta offering. A popular spot with…

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  • Qunu Restaurant at Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

    Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

    Prepare for contemporary fine dining that celebrates African flavours (with the added benefit of a new and lavish vegetarian/vegan menu dedicated to exquisite plant-based starters, mains and desserts)…

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  • NCW Restaurant

    46 Main Road, Melville, Johannesburg

    Set in a gorgeous Edwardian house in the middle of Melville, NCW’s gorgeous cuisine really is a cut above the rest, showing off chef Ence Willemse’s background from his experience at Roots restaur…

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  • Kream Restaurant (Mall of Africa)

    Mall of Africa, Waterfall City, Magwa Crescent, Midrand, Johannesburg

    Book well in advance, especially for weekend dining and, once you secure a booking, you can look forward to a dazzling dining experience that’s well worth the wait and bill. Food Gather here to enjo…

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  • The Whippet

    34 Seventh Street, Linden Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Food A Whippet morning begins with a selection of reasonably priced breakfasts that include a French omelette, a mango berry smoothie bowl, a pork belly bao Benedict and their signature Linden Breakfa…

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  • That Spot on 4th

    17 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Tucked between some of Parktown North’s most well-known restaurants, That Spot on 4th is a charming, unassuming café that’s perfect for work and play. Food That Spot on 4th serves up wholesome di…

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  • Tashas (Rosebank)

    Shop G28, The Zone Rosebank, Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food The NYC-style breakfasts include chilli eggs and hashbrowns, eggs Benedict and maple-bacon blapjacks. The signature menu also includes tacos – either fish or mince – with salsa, while the Upp…

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  • Tashas (Morningside)

    Shop 26, Morningside Shopping Centre, Corner Rivonia and Outspan Road, Morningside, Johannesburg

    Food There’s the standard menu, which is found in all Tashas branches, then there’s the signature menu unique to each outlet. The latter at the Morningside Tashas is outstanding because of the sou…

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  • Tashas (Melrose Arch)

    Shop 14, The Piazza, Melrose Arch, Melrose, Johannesburg

    Food Though you may struggle to resist the hummus toastie with rocket, avocado, tomato, feta and poached egg for breakfast or the salmon tartare served with coriander, red onion, avocado and chilli an…

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  • The Secret Tea Garden

    16B Penguin Avenue, Norscot Manor Recreation Centre Fourways, Sandton

    Food The menu offers a delicious spread of breakfast, light meals, salads, burgers and desserts, including a kid’s menu. For breakfast, try the coastal breakfast of smoked salmon, scrambled eggs and…

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  • Salvation Café

    44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg

    This reinvigorated eatery, with a fresh new design, serves simple food made from very obviously fresh ingredients. They’ve upped their game but kept it cool, chic and honest. Food The portions are v…

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  • Plan B Dessertery Zone @ Rosebank

    177 Oxford Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food From Hong Kong comes the idea for the bubble waffle items and there are nine flavours that are quite local and current. The wrap waffles are filled with ice cream and then lots of sweet madness. …

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  • Love Food Deli

  • The Leopard: Kitchen, Larder & Can Do

    44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg

    Food Customers are able to pop into the shop, which is based in the wonderful 44 Stanley precinct, and purchased well-loved incredibly flavoursome dishes. The Forsburg chicken-and-butterbean curry is …

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  • The Greenside Café

    34 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg

    Food Those who have a hard time accepting zero meat or dairy on their plates will find items on the menu to please, like a bacon cheeseburger made with crispy tofu bacon or spaghetti bolognaise with l…

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  • Glenda’s

    Hyde Square, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and North Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

    Glenda’s is a contemporary café, with a focus on seasonal flavours and a constantly changing menu. Named after the owner, Glenda Lederle of Patisserie fame, this small yet chic café caters for bre…

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  • Gia’s on Montrose

    Montrose Nursery, 66B South Road, Morningside, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food The fare includes several inventively named meals, like the John Gotti full house breakfast with eggs, rosemary-infused mushrooms, tomato bacon or macon, sausage and toast; the Norma Jean fluffy …

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  • Galata Bakery & Coffee

    87 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

    Food Go for the cheap but generous Turkish breakfast comprising menemen (a traditional dish of peppery tomatoes, green pepper, scrambled egg and melted cheese), a platter of olives, sliced tomatoes, c…

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  • Fruits and Roots

  • Fresh Earth Cafè & Restaurant

    103 Komatie Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

    Food Consider moreish choices like various hummus-lined bowls filled with all sorts of vegetable goodness, tasty wraps, gluten-free pizzas and generous open sarmies. The burgers, though, are arguably …

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  • FotoZa Gallery Coffee Shop

    Shop 402, 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank Mall Rosebank Johannesburg 2196 South Africa (Level 4 - entrance 3 of, 50 Bath Ave, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Galleries and café fare go together like plain walls and art. This photographic fine art gallery is a cavernous yet cosy space that puts on enthralling exhibitions while offering an ideally situated …

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  • Dolci Café

    28 Clarence Avenue, Shop 6 Lancaster Village, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

    Food This is an everyday eatery offering breakfast, lunch and dinner most days of the week. Expect unpretentious but delectable dishes made with love. Breakfasts are all-encompassing: everything from …

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  • Cnr Café & Bistro (Craighall Park)

    Corner Buckingham and Rothesay Avenues, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

    Food There’s thoughtfulness to the menu because it’s accommodating to customers who might not have big appetites and the items are price sensitive, making Cnr Café & Bistro an accessible and …

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  • Cheese Gourmet

    Cnr 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg

    One of the best cheese shops in the city has an adjacent coffee shop with the cheesiest meals in the hood. Food As the name suggests, cheesy goodness is a regular feature in most of the dishes. There …

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  • Café Patisse (Greenside)

    137 Greenway, Greenside, Johannesburg

    Chef Martin Ferreira is best known for his ornate and decadent patisserie, confectionary and bespoke cakes. All products are certified halaal by the NIHT. Food This Greenside branch functions as both …

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  • Breezeblock

    29 Chiswick Street, Brixton, 2092

    Food The menu offers a selection of homely dishes for both breakfast and lunch, with the welcomed addition of a lunchtime specials menu that plays host to some slightly more eclectic dishes. For break…

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  • Van Der Linde Restaurant

    50 4th Avenue, Linden, Gauteng

    Linden, a formerly quiet neighbourhood in northern Johannesburg, has seemingly undergone quite a revival lately, with a recent crop of cool eateries and cafés setting up shop. Van der Linde is one su…

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  • Possums on Burnside

    6 Burnside Avenue, 2026 Craighall Park, Gauteng

    Food Food embroidered in imagination is Possums on Burnside’s pay-off line, with a menu that offers a variety of dishes to tickle your taste buds, even just while you’re reading about them. For st…

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  • Olives & Plates (WITS Clubhouse)

    University of the Witwatersrand, 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg

    Food Olives & Plates is open for breakfast and lunch, serving a mainly Mediterranean and Middle Eastern-inspired menu, but there really is something for everyone. Having said this, an excessively …

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  • Les Délices de France

    Food There’s a comprehensive menu of French regional dishes on offer, but seriously consider selecting from chef patron Robert Baxa’s mouthwatering rundown of the day’s specials. Perhaps a duck …

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  • KCC – La Vie en Rose

    Killarney Country Club, 60 Fifth Street, Lower Houghton, Johannesburg

    Food Breakfasts are legendary, unusual and lavishly served. Madame Carnot has just-cooked beef meatballs served on a soft bed of both hummus and tahini, with grilled aubergines piled beside subtly spi…

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  • Café Hemingways

    Kyalami Down Shopping Center, Kyalami Boulevard and Kyalami Main Road, Midrand,

    Food Café Hemingways serves up a wide range of meals for breakfast, lunch and supper. Inspired by the restaurant’s name and for an extra dose of bistro charm, each dish is named after a popular lit…

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  • Buitengeluk Restaurant

    Broadacres Lifestyle Centre, Valley Road and Cedar Road Fourways, Sandton 2055, South Africa

    Food This restaurant offers a small, well-crafted menu with a lovely variety of continental cuisine. If you’re there for lunch, basil pesto-topped grilled kingklip that’s served on a bed of vegeta…

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  • Bellagio

    Unit 1 Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Food Bellagio is one of Illovo’s hidden gems, serving fantastic, value-for-money Mediterranean food. For starters try the beef carpaccio with celery, mushroom, parmesan shavings, rocket and dijonnai…

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  • AtholPlace Restaurant

    90 Pretoria Avenue, Atholl, Sandton

    Food Starters could include a sweet potato and biltong soup and springbok carpaccio. Every single mouthful is an absolute taste sensation, with perfect balance. For mains, go for the seafood hot pot w…

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  • Yamato Japanese Restaurant

    198 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Opened in 1995, Yamato is one of the only remaining restaurants from the original Illovo Muse Centre. Tucked away in the back, it sits quietly but contentedly, opposite its boisterous and fabulous nei…

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  • Wasabi Restaurant

    15 Brabazon Road, Croydon, Kempton Park

    Food Wasabi’s extensive menu features an eclectic mix of flavours, spanning various Asian cuisines and countries. For starters, try the crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside Hong Kong pears st…

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  • Ba-Pita

    Shop 2, No. 1 7th Street, Melville, Johannesburg

    Food Ba-Pita specialises in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean street food: kebabs, shwarmas, laffas (stuffed and rolled flatbreads) with all the trimmings, hummus, tzatziki, falafel and an array of gra…

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  • Tomo Izakaya (Midrand)

    24A Kyalami on Main, cnr of Woodmead Dr &, Dytchley Rd, Plooysville AH, Midrand, 1686

    Food This restaurant is a hidden gem in the heart of Kyalami; a small, authentic Japanese hole in the wall. The cuisine is incredible, offering hand-crafted Japanese food that is sublime in every way …

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  • So Yum (Hyde Park)

    Shop 24, Middle Mall, Hyde Park Corner, Cnr Smuts Ave and William Nicol Dr, Hyde Park, JHB

    Food It’s near sacrilegious to admit out loud that you’ve never brunched at Jacques Erasmus’ City Bowl haven, Hemelhuijs. Its cult breakfast status means, that even as a Joburger, you could hard…

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  • Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant (Cape Town)

    Corner Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town

    The cuisine here is pleasant and interesting and the fact that there’s a great Asian store underneath the restaurant is the cherry on top. Once you’ve dined, you can pop downstairs, fully inspired…

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  • Red Chamber

    Shop No. 68 U, Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre, Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue & 6th Road, Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park, Sandton

    Since 1989, Emma Chen’s Red Chamber has been cooking up Authentic Asian fair in the heart of Hyde Park. Food With a commitment to MSG-free cooking, dedication to quality produce and a celebration of…

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  • PRON Restaurant (People’s Republic of Noodles)

    69 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food PRON whips up tasty Asian deliciousness you’ll want to keep coming back for in the foodie haven that is Linden, Johannesburg. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there’s something he…

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  • Momo Baohaus

    139 Greenway, Greenside, Johannesburg

    Food Begin with tapas-type starter dishes, like five little Gyoza potstickers that are Japanese ridged dumplings, pan-fried with a kimchi-and-tofu filling, served with Japanese plum sauce, a heavenly …

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  • Koi (Rosebank)

    Food Don’t expect this to be a fish restaurant because there is not a lot of that, except for the popular salmon, prawn and the sushi innards. Popularity is what is behind much of the menu, making f…

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  • Chéz Fong

    Houghton, Johannesburg

    One of Joburg’s most exciting food experiences, an entrancing sequence of delicious dishes prepared before you by the inimitable Su-yen Thornhill. Food It’s not a Chinese restaurant and it’s not…

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  • The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill

    Shops 13 and 14, Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, Corner of Maude and 5th Streets, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food The sheer variety of dishes at The Big Mouth can be quite overwhelming. Fortunately, there’s one thing this slick Jozi establishment seems to be most popular for: their sushi. You won’t be di…

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  • Sumting Fresh

    79 Grant Avenue, Johannesburg

    Food You’ll still find Sumting Fresh selling fresh and fried gourmet street food at some of Joburg’s most popular weekend markets, but now you no longer have to wait for a certain day of the week …

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  • Perron (Illovo)

    Illovo Junction, Corner of Oxford Road and Corlett Drive, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Food This is not authentic Mexican but it’s certainly not Tex-Mex either. You won’t find tamales here, but that’s not the point. A group of friends who share a love of tequila and its associated…

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  • Perron (Bryanston)

    Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, Corner Hobart and Grosvenor Roads, Bryanston

    This Mexican eatery is the second of three Perron outlets in Joburg and shows no signs of losing its popularity. Food Your best bet is to decide early on how you’d like to tackle the menu. Either st…

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  • La Boqueria

    No. 17 3rd Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food Come hungry and with friends, so as to make the best out of this fun-loving establishment. Inspired by Hispanic food markets around the world, La Boqueria’s menu comprises a wide selection of r…

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  • Calexico

    44 Stanley Avenue, Johannesburg

    The Stanley Beer Yard has relaunched as Calexico – a relaxed, Americana-style restaurant and vinyl lounge. Food We loved Stanley Beer Yard for its easygoing, casual and cheerful nature. Calexico is …

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  • Brian Lara Rum Eatery

    56 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food The complimentary snack of deep-fried crackers (made from pizza dough) served with a spicy pineapple and tomato salsa whets the appetite. Do order the Doubles – a nicely spicy lentil coconut cu…

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  • BGR Burger Restaurant

    19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food BGR’s burgers are juicy, full of flavour and generally satisfying, even though they look small. The menu is quite small, offering only beef and veg burger options. The beef comes either as a pl…

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  • Baha Taco Restaurant

    Shop 3 Tarquin House, 38 Upper Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg

    Food Baha Taco focuses squarely on tasty, fresh and authentic Mexican fare, while running the ambit of wood-roasted nachos, cheesy quesadillas, gluten-free soft-corn tacos and flaming jalapeños. Some…

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  • Roving Bantu Kitchen

    125 Caroline Street, Brixton, Johannesburg

    Their website states: “The Kitchen is NOT a restaurant, it is an eatery. A gathering place, it’s your grandmother’s kitchen.” Roving Bantu is exactly that: an eatery/venue that offers live mus…

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  • Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

    106 Algernon Road, Corner of Algernon and Grant Avenue, Norwood, Johannesburg

    Food This is a truly authentic Ethiopian dining experience where food is served on platters, eaten by hand and best enjoyed shared with the table. To start, go with the combo starter – a mixed plate…

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  • Mootee Bar

    78A, 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

    Food This novel cocktail bar has positioned itself as an authentic, unconventional interpretation of modern Africa. For starters, try the samp arancini with calabash relish and green leaf pesto, and t…

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  • Lucky Bean (Melville)

    16 Seventh Street, Melville, Johannesburg

    Food Lucky Bean Restaurant is an eclectic experience that features a lounge and bar, as well as a spacious and inviting restaurant for both tourists and locals. The menu has a wide variety of dishes t…

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  • Impi Brewing Co.

    24 Victoria Rd, Lorentzville, Johannesburg, 2094

    Food and drinks Two items are on offer here at Impi Brewing Club – wood-fired pizza and home-brewed Warrior Pilsener, Homestead lager and an ale. You can ask for the tasting menu so you can sample t…

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  • Épicure by Chef Coco

    3-5 Lower Road, Morningside Central, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food If you’re still working on your culinary pan-African adventure, this is a highly recommended fine-dining restaurant at which to start. Epicure by Chef Coco cleverly combines the contemporary an…

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  • FYN Restaurant

    5th Floor Speakers Corner, 37 Parliament Street, Cape Town 8000

    Food It’s impossible to speak about FYN Restaurant’s food without speaking about its ambience. The food and décor are perfectly paired, to the point where you can’t tell where the kitchen ends …

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  • GÅTE

    Quoin Rock, Knorhoek Road, Knorhoek Valley, Stellenbosch

    Food The bread course is called ‘Not an ashtray’ and arrives in a smoking pot alongside a lit cigar. It triggers curiosity on sight because the cigar (which happens to be rye bread) looks so convi…

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  • Al-Amin Restaurant & Take-Away

    217 Jewel Street, Laudium, Pretoria

    Al-Amin is certainly a diamond in the rough. You wouldn’t expect some seriously good Indian food to be found tucked away in a petrol garage complex. But what Al-Amin lacks in curbside glamour it mak…

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  • Al Firenze

    21 Ray Paul Drive, La Lucia, KwaZulu Natal

    Food The authentic tastes of Italy take centre stage in this homely restaurant. Food heaven among the starters include the melanzane parmigiana (layers of brinjal, Napoletana sauce and mozzarella chee…

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  • Afro’s Chicken (South Beach)

    2 OR Tambo Parade, South Beach, Durban

    Food This is Durban street food at its best – a simple, limited chicken-based menu made using good-quality ingredients. The well-priced menu embraces 1980s Durban surfer slang with tjips (chips) mad…

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  • Abingdon Wine Estate

    Abingdon Wine Estate, 7 District Road, Lions River

    The KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has, for several years, been home to a successful family-owned and run boutique wine estate. Ian and Jane Smorthwaite, with their daughter Laurie, run all aspects of the bus…

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  • Tilting Heads Taco Café and Margarita Bar

    3A Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth

    This trendy buzzing 37-seater restaurant in the busy hub of Stanley Street is owned by Aiden Pienaar, a young talented chef who has taken his experiences abroad and brought them back to Port Elizabeth…

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  • Remo’s Italian

    Alabaster St, South End, Port Elizabeth, 6001

    This authentic family-run Italian restaurant is tucked away in the heart of Port Elizabeth’s bustling Baakens Valley precinct. This popular little piece of Italy boasts one of the most beautiful res…

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  • Muse Restaurant

    1B Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth

    This quaint 40-seater restaurant situated in Port Elizabeth’s busy restaurant hub of Stanley Street is managed and owned by husband-and-wife duo Alan and Simone Bezuidenhout. Food The restaurant fea…

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  • The Kindred Kitchen

    14 Irvine Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth

    Port Elizabeth’s new kid on the block, The Kindred Kitchen, is situated in what has become Nelson Mandela Bay’s foodie capital - Richmond Hill. Quite fitting, considering The Kindred Kitchen is th…

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  • Fushin Sushi & Eastern Cuisine

    15 Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth

    This quaint restaurant situated on the ever-popular Stanley Street has become one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s treasures. It offers a wide variety of sushi creations, as well as an array of Eastern-inspi…

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  • Charlie’s Pizza and Pasta

    Summerstrand Village, 8th Avenue, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

    Food Charlie’s is famous for its delicious breakfast menu and, of course, its wood-fired thin-crust pizzas and hand-made pastas. All pizzas are made with a home-made tangy tomato base and only the f…

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  • BeerYard

    1 Cooper Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth

    Food BeerYard is known for its really delicious burgers and thin-crust pizzas. All the food is freshly prepared on-site using only the finest local ingredients. The gorgonzola burger is made from 100%…

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  • Beer Shack

    Dolphins Leap Centre, Beach Road, Marine Drive, Humewood, Port Elizabeth

    Food This establishment is famous for its down-to-earth menu made up of legendary burgers, pizzas and an impressive craft beer selection. Try the brie-and-pear burger complete with a flavorful 100% pu…

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  • A’la Turka Speciality Restaurant

    Yadah Castle, 1522 Sterkfontein Avenue, Doringkloof East, Pretoria

    Food A visit to A'la Turka is like being transported to a Turkish Sultan’s castle for an exotic feast. It’s all about the Middle Eastern experience – not only the food, but also the décor, atmo…

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  • A Churrasqueira

    1 Elandsfontein Street

    Food If you like your Portuguese food flaming hot, opt for nothing less than the hot option here – anything less won’t tickle your taste buds. You’ll be welcomed with fresh bread rolls only afte…

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  • 96 Winery Road

    Zandberg Farm, Winery Road, Stellenbosch, Cape Town

    Food This venerable place has been part of the fabric of Stellenbosch for so long that they must be doing something right. The many people who love coming here just love the country flavours and gener…

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  • 95 @ Morgenster

    Morgenster Wine Estate, Vergelegen Avenue, Off Lourensford Road, Somerset West

    95@ Morgenster comes highly respected, and for good reason: it’s a sister restaurant to the well-established 95 on Keerom, owned and run by Italian stalwart Giorgio Nava. Here, the tried-and-tested …

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  • 95 Keerom

    95 Keerom Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    After all these years, celebrated chef and prolific restaurateur Giorgio Nava’s first restaurant, 95 Keerom, still delivers on the goods: Italian cuisine that is at the same time beautifully simple …

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  • 95 at Parks

    114 Constantia Main Road,Constantia, Cape Town

    Food A hybrid of Milanese chef Giorgio Nava’s 95 Keerom, and its meatier sibling, Carne, 95 at Parks is the ‘burbs-friendly incarnation that includes all Nava’s preferred Italian classics: steak…

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  • 4th Avenue Coffee Roasters

    The Cobbles Centre, Corner 4th Avenue and 11th Street, Parkhurst, Johannesburg

    Food Although 4th avenue Roasters does serve lunch – unfussy toasties, open sandwiches and salads – it’s at breakfast that the tiny, much-loved space excels. You could choose the Early Rise crum…

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  • 33 High Street Restaurant

    33 High Street, Modderfontein, Gauteng

    Food The cuisine at 33 High Street is inspired by Mediterranean and Portuguese flavours. The establishment is set in a revamped house that’s over 110 years old and has rambling lawns, large oak tree…

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  • +27 Café

    Corner Duncan and South streets, Hatfield, Pretoria

    Food In the morning, there’s traditional breakfast and a quality omelette with white cheddar and tomato pesto, but you could also indulge in a stack of French toast with berries, a breakfast braaibr…

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  • 1920 Portuguese Restaurant

    1 Hutton Court Cnr Jan Smuts & Summit Road,Hyde Park 2196

    Food The menu is nice and small, with enough Portuguese classics like pregos, chicken livers, the most succulent espetada and a Portuguese salad for vegetarians. The delicious Traditional Chorizo dish…

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  • Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia

    Beau Constantia Wine Estate, Constantia Main Road, Constantia, Cape Town

    Food The influence of former mentor Luke Dale-Roberts is apparent in chef Ivor Jones’s punchy flavours – the best of them inspired by Asian cuisine – and dishes that feel very well resolved. The…

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  • Grei at Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

    Grei Restaurant, helmed by Chef Candice Philip, impresses diners with its restrained and elegant take on fine dining. The name, which roughly translates to ‘A Society of People’ and is also a play…

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  • Janse & Co

    75 Kloof Street Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg (previously of The Kitchen at Maison) finally answered the long-awaited call for a fine-dining restaurant on Kloof Street. The much-anticipated restaurant ticks all the bo…

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  • Sweetbeet

    Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Century Boulevard, Century City, Cape Town.

    Food There are almost too many options, especially since many seem relatively similar. The apparent duplication is because the breakfast part of the menu is available all day, while the lunch menu is …

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  • The Chefs’ Table

    25/28 First Floor, New Tower Protea Hotel, 1 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu Natal

    Chef Kayla-Ann Osborn was named the Eat Out Rising Star at the 2017 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, an accolade bestowed upon bright young chefs showing exceptional promise. Chef Kayla-Ann ha…

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  • The Restaurant at Waterkloof

    Sir Lowry's Pass, Village Street, Somerset West

    The piquing excitement and sense of occasion conjured by the meandering drive up to Waterkloof – which jauntily perches atop the Schapenberg mountain – is rewarded by a decidedly otherworldly dini…

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  • Wolfgat

    10 Sampson Street, Paternoster

    Just two hours away from Cape Town lies the alluring yet rugged West Coast and its shining jewel is the quaint town of Paternoster. Wolfgat is perched atop the Wolfgat cave, which the restaurant is na…

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  • Camphors at Vergelegen

    Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West

    Chef Michael Cooke’s cooking continues to flourish in its surroundings. The menu at Camphors lets you explore Vergelegen through ingredients that the farm has to offer, as well as tastes of the surr…

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  • Chefs Warehouse at Maison

    Maison Estate, R45 Franschhoek 7690

    Liam Tomlin’s latest addition to the Chefs Warehouse family takes the fine-dining tapas concept to Franschhoek in a charming setting that’s everything you want in winelands dining. Food Chef David…

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  • La Colombe

    Silvermist Wine Estate Main Road Constantia Nek, Cape Town

    Perched atop the Silvermist Estate against the slopes of Constantia Nek, La Colombe is one of the country’s exemplary beacons of culinary mastery. Long likened to a treehouse, due to its unique eye-…

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  • The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal

    R310 Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek, 7680

    The Werf offers modern, scrumptious farm-to-table dining with a light and local touch. Food It probably doesn’t get much more seasonal and local than this: according to staff, up to 90% of the items…

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  • Springfontein Eats

    8 Wortelgat Road, Springfontein Wine Estate, Stanford

    Approximately two hours southeast of Cape Town, chef Jürgen Schneider’s ambitious farmstead restaurant, a modern barn on Springfontein Estate, serves a four-, five- or six-course tasting menu centr…

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  • Le Coin Français

    17 Huguenot Road Franschhoek

    Chef Darren Bardenhorst shows his creative flair and love for locally sourced ingredients at this upmarket Franchhoek restaurant. Perfect for a leisurely meal with friends during the day where you can…

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  • Overture Restaurant

    Hidden Valley Wine Estate, Annandale Road, Raithby, Stellenbosch

    The views from Overture are some of the best in the Stellenbosch Winelands – yet they play second fiddle to chef Bertus Basson’s inspired cooking. In winter 2018, hot off the return to the coveted…

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  • Foxcroft

    Shop 8&9 High Constantia Centre, corner of Groot Constantia and Constantia Main Road

    Food The dining experience at Foxcroft is similar to all the high-end yet laid-back Spanish restaurants nabbing the coveted spots in the global award listings. The set-up is simple: there are smaller …

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  • La Tête

    17 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food Printed with the date on the top, the menu does actually change daily, demonstrating the commitment shown by the Edwards brothers (James and chef Giles) to keeping nimble and adapting to seasonal…

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  • La Petite Colombe

    Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

    While everybody loves an underdog, La Petite Colombe defied all expectations of being overshadowed by its older, more famous sibling, La Colombe; opting to burst onto the scene and nabbing the coveted…

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  • Greenhouse (Constantia)

    The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel, 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town

    Like Alice’s fall down the rabbit hole, the road to the Greenhouse is a long, leafy and winding one, down the eastern slope of Table Mountain. More importantly, though, it’s a journey marked with …

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  • Jordan Restaurant

    Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

    Food When you arrive at Jordan, you’re met with the warm and heady aroma of baked goods from The Bakery at Jordan located next to the restaurant. Fittingly, the first course is a brimming board of f…

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  • Nobu Cape Town at One&Only

    One&Only Hotel, 0C Dock Road V & A Waterfront, Cape Town

    Food Nearly a decade after opening, Nobu continues to draw a hungry crowd of locals and tourists seeking their fix of stellar sushi and innovative Japanese and Nikkei cuisine. Food Where to begin. Tha…

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  • Fermier Restaurant

    141 Lynnwood Road The Willows 340-Jr Pretoria South Africa

    Food From the welcoming hearty, home-baked bread with duck liver pâté and fresh butter with a handful of bite-sized snacks to the perfectly combined dessert of poached pear, quince purée and salted…

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  • Jardine Restaurant

    1 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch Central, Stellenbosch

    How goes the saying? Dynamite comes in small packages. The menu – and the space – at Restaurant Jardine in Stellenbosch may be on the small side, but the pay-off, as delivered by the award-winning…

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  • Marble

    Corner 19 Keyes & Jellicoe Avenue, Rosebank

    Located on the Keyes Art Mile strip – a swanky district marked with boutiques, art galleries and the premium members club, Mesh – Marble is the epitome of a trendy haunt. Throw in a famous name …

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  • DW Eleven-13

    Dunkeld West Shopping Centre, Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld West, Johannesburg, 2193

    Tongue-tying name aside, DW Eleven-13 remains a culinary gem. It comes as no surprise that the food at DW is superb. Chef Marthinus Ferreira is not only a wildly gifted chef and a crucial mentor in th…

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  • The Pot Luck Club

    The Silo, The Old Biscuit Mill 373-375 Albert Road Woodstock, Cape Town

    Very few places in the world can get away with mixing high-end food prices with a boisterous dining room. Achieving this balance is an art of detail and no dining room does it better than The Pot Luck…

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  • Chefs Warehouse and Canteen

    92 Bree Street Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food By now everyone knows that Liam Tomlin is a food genius. If not, they should just have a meal here. From start to finish – from the sourdough bread to the bread-and-butter pudding – it’s be…

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  • RIVA – Italian Fish Restaurant

    24/4 Napier Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town

    Food We kick off with a carpaccio (the fish changes daily), sliced and served with coconut flakes, olive oil and kiwi fruit. It’s an unusual pairing, and the flavours don’t quite meld. Saldanha Ba…

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  • Tjing Tjing Momiji

    165 Longmarket Street, Cape Town

    Food “This is going to be good,” I think as I swallow my very first mouthful. It’s a beautifully crumbly biscuit ice-cream sandwich that oozes with a sweet, spicy and umami-rich ice cream. Accor…

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  • The Restaurant @ The Nek

    1 Hout Bay Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

    Food The eight-course tasting menu does take a little time, so book an early table. The evening kicks off with a savoury vetkoek dusted in dried vinegar – a sophisticated take on salt-and-vinegar fl…

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  • Active Sushi (Hudson Street)

    Mirage building, 32 Hudson Street, Cape Town

    Food Kick things off with a simple but tasty miso soup with chunks of tofu and seaweed, wakame and spring onions. Sushi rolls are not perfect – the rice is a little underdone in some and in others t…

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  • Terbodore Coffee Roasters (Franschhoek)

    191 Main Rd, Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, 7690

    Food The menu comprises starters, main courses, desserts and tantalising coffee-time treats. This means visitors to the Midlands can pop in at any hour of the day. I haven’t had a twice-baked cheese…

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  • Marigold Indian Restaurant

    Food Marigold prides itself on the authenticity of its dishes and authentic it is. Chef Vanie Padayachee, born and bred in Durban, travelled to Delhi armed with a long list of recipes to master before…

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  • SHIO

    49 Napier Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 8001

    Food The extensive Japanese-inspired tapas menu makes deciding what to order a fiendishly difficult undertaking. In fact, it’s probably best to order some snacks to nibble on while you tackle the ta…

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  • Rare Grill

    Shop 3 166 2nd Avenue Harfield Village Kenilworth

    Food After selling the original Hussar Grill in Rondebosch, owner Greg Bax happily re-appeared behind the grill station at this tiny Harfield Village eatery, which is no doubt destined for similar sta…

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  • Pajamas & Jam Eatery

    32 Van Zyl Street, Strand, Cape Town

    Food An eclectic mix of antiques and vintage fashion turn an old warehouse into a magical setting, but the real treasure is the menu. For breakfast, you have a choice of interesting twists on basics a…

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  • Ons Huisie

    18 General Jansen Road, Bloubergstand, Cape Town

    Food While it’s tempting to stick to things from the ocean while here — any closer and you’d be in it — there are many meat dishes, like a very good chicken pie that’s rich with mushrooms an…

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  • Salsify at The Roundhouse

    The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

    Food We opt for the à la carte menu, in the interest of tasting the greatest possible variety of dishes. To start, there’s a beetroot amuse-bouche – a little scroll filled with mustard cream and …

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  • Kyoto Garden Sushi Japanese Restaurant

    11 Lower Kloofnek Road, Cape Town

    Food The extensive menu offers many tempting options, including sushi, sashimi, soups, salads and tempura. Miso soup with tempura scallops is a perfect way to kick things off on a cool evening: sweet,…

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  • Jerry’s Burger Bar (Blouberg)

    1st Floor Portico Building,, Athens Road Blouberg, Cape Town

    Food It’s handmade burgers all the way here. Look out for the Jack D burger with a touch of Jack Daniel’s basting sauce and caramelised onions. Vegetarians will be happy with the Whoop Whoop burge…

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  • Karoo Art Hotel Restaurant

    30 Van Riebeeck Street, Barrydale

    Food Plates here are simple but tasty and offer a welcome break from the R62 route through the Karoo. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the spacious gallery, the walls adorned with interesting…

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  • The Indian Chapter with Prim Reddy

    9 Marine Circle Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

    Food Try the chicken or vegetable samoosas done Punjab-style with potatoes and peas, way beyond any samoosa you might know, or the tandoori mixed grill with chicken and lamb to really get your taste b…

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  • Giulio’s Cafe

    16 Loop Street, Cape Town City Centre

    Food The menu showcases the finest ingredients and wisely selected flavour combinations that will be pleasing to any palate. You’ll struggle to decide whether to go for the shakshuka with gently poa…

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  • Boston Coffee

    5 Park Court Bellville, Cleveland Street, 12 Avenue, Bellville, Cape Town

    Food The selection is small, especially for an all-day eatery, with just sandwiches and a breakfast selection from which to choose. The sandwiches are impressive, each made with toasted sourdough and …

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  • Avontuur Estate Restaurant

    Avontuur Estate Restaurant, R44, Firgrove Rural, Somerset West

    Food This is light tasty cuisine with no pretensions of haute anything. There’s the occasional nod to European roots, like the rich duck liver pâté with guava jelly and Melba toast, and the wild m…

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  • Wood & Fire

    Shop 23, Brooklyn Design Square, Corner Veale and Fehrsen Street, New Muckleneuk, Pretoria

    Food The tapas/starters section includes various delicious options such as mushroom and parmesan; shabu-shabu; tempura prawns; romesco calamari; and pork belly served with miso caramel cream, spiced p…

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  • Urbanologi

    1 Fox Street, Ferreirasdorp, Johannesburg

    Food The business of ordering always ends up being a rather expensive exercise at Urbanologi it’s worth it for the pleasure of being able to taste so many fresh, foreign and interesting flavor combi…

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  • La Coco C Food Purveyors

    4 Graham Road, Silver Lakes, Pretoria, Gauteng

    Food The delicious smells wafting out of La Coco C's kitchen will make you think twice about it only being a quick coffee stop. The menu is a vegan's absolute dream come true, and a virtuous eater's t…

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  • The Local Grill (Parktown North)

    40 7th & 3rd Avenues, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food For 16 years, owner Steve Maresch – a beef obsessive – has been perfecting the art of the elevated steakhouse experience. Beef – both grain-fed and grass-fed – is sourced from local farme…

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  • The Great Eastern Food Bar

    The Post Office Centre, 30 Rudd Rd, Illovo, Johannesburg, 2001

    Food There’s a variety of Asian ingredients imaginatively combined in tapas-like portions and noodle dishes ideal for sharing. Try a light and fluffy steamed bun filled with an umami mixture of pick…

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  • Momo Soko

    198 Oxford Road, Illovo, Sandton, Johannesburg

    Food If you’re looking for incredibly authentic and sublimely delicious Asian street cuisine with a modern twist, look no further than Momo Soko. This gem of a restaurant has a variety of dishes tha…

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  • The Green Peppercorn Bistro

    Shop u47, Morningside Shopping Centre, Corner Outspan and Rivonia Road, Johannesburg

    Food An extensive menu – all presented on an iPad – includes everything from breakfast served until 11.30am to casual meals until 5pm and a finer food offering until 9.30pm, when the kitchen close…

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  • Gemelli Italian Restaurant

    Shop 13, Posthouse Link Centre, Corner Main and Posthouse Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food My taste buds are excited by the Gamberetti – prawn tails prepared in a smoked tomato-and-basil salsa accompanied by an avocado mousse and lemon aioli – and the beetroot, pear and fig tartlet…

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  • Afro-boer

    1 Meerlust Avenue, Corner of Lynnwood Road and Meerlust Avenue, Die Wilgers, Pretoria, Gauteng

    Food It’s evident from the moment you walk in that Afro-boer was created by someone who loves food, loves beautiful places, loves her culture and loves sharing those loves with others. It’s a plac…

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  • A Tavola

    Shop 1, Library Square, Wilderness Road, Claremont, Cape Town

    Food The old-time favourite, courgette fritters, are so moreish with a light crisp batter as a starter/ antipasti. Another dish noted in the antipasti section is bruschette miste – a toasted Italian…

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  • Jason Bakery (Green Point)

    83 Main Road Green Point, Cape Town

    Food The menu is divided into sections according to the times served. In the morning, look forward to breakfasts such as the spinach-spiked green pancakes; the deliciously creamy mushroom ragout or th…

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  • Prashad Cafe

    Shop 11b, Palmhof Centre Gardens, Cape Town

    Food North Indian fare meets Durban curry on a menu that tempts, with a delicious range of breyani, korma, curry and dhalls. All dishes are vegetarian – and over half of the dishes are vegan (marked…

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  • 1987 Eatery

    12 Bella Rosa Street, Rosenpark, Bellville, Cape Town

    Food Breakfast options include a trendy smoothie bowl and eggs Benedict served with smoked salmon or bacon atop toasted ciabatta bread. The generous amount of Hollandaise is perfectly acidic and smoot…

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  • Restaurant SEVEN

    Shop 7, The Avenues Centre, 1 Drama Street, Somerset West

    Food George Jardine is not one for froths and foams. His brand of fine dining is full of hearty, punchy flavours, and there’s no exception here. Fans of the Scottish chef will recognise several of h…

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  • Coco Safar SA

    Artem Centre, 277 Main Road Sea Point, Cape Town 8005 South Africa

    Food On arrival for dinner, we’re invited to the rooibos bar. Here the barman puts together the delicate amuse bouche: a bread pillow with olive oil tapenade and basil gel. Alongside comes a non-alc…

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  • Knead (Palmyra Junction)

    17, Palmyra Junction 9 Palmyra Road Claremont, Cape Town

    Food The queue of helmet-clad food delivery men immediately give a clue as to what food to expect for dinner: hearty comfort food based largely around carbs. Knead has an extensive menu, offering ever…

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  • Eike

    50 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch

    Food The 12-course set menu kicks off with three canapés. The first, crispy fried kale, is already on your table in the form of a table decoration when you sit down. This is followed by wildebeest an…

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  • Between Us

    176 Bree Street, Cape Town

    Food The breakfast menu is divided into four sections. It starts with ‘Grains’, which is a selection of cereal, pancakes and porridges. I highly recommend trying the honeycomb, cashew butter and f…

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  • Skotnes Restaurant

    4 Steenberg Road, Tokai, Cape Town

    Food Among the starters are options of soup, duck biltong salad, calamari with sweet corn, mielie pap and chakalaka, and heirloom beetroot with almond milk espuma and smoked grapes. Unfortunately the …

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  • Clico Restaurant

    27 Sturdee Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food A compact menu of seasonally appropriate food awaits you on the á la carte dinner menu. Everything is cooked with care and beautifully plated. Expect starters such as gravlax or a classic duck t…

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  • The Power and the Glory

    13B Kloofnek Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

    Food This is where to go if you want a small but steady selection of salads and sandwiches. Also tempting are the hotdogs, one of which comes topped with tasty chilli con carne. There's also a beef an…

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  • Est Est Alea

    Shop 5 Parknorth Heights, 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food Have you ever tasted octopus that made you want to eat it that way for the rest of your life? If not, try it at Est Est Alea. The baby octopus teriyaki starter is prepared al dente and served wit…

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  • Roast Cafe

    Shop 10A, High Street, Melrose Arch, 60 Atholl Oaklands Rd, on the corner of Melrose Blvd, Melrose North, Johannesburg

    Food Roast is a true find on high street, in Melrose arch and the quirky interior invites you into this treasure trove of deliciousness. For breakfast, try one of their proper fry-ups like the “Sout…

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  • Remos Maximiliano

    Food On an easy Sunday morning, a breakfast of eggs, crispy bacon, Luganica sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes, grilled mushrooms and toasted artisanal ciabatta is the perfect way to start a day of indo…

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  • Piza e Vino (Rosebank)

    187 Tyrwhitt Avenue Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food My partner and I have longed loved this restaurant and its sister in Melville and have never been disappointed. We’ve often said that it pays the same attention to ingredients and preparation t…

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  • Kream Restaurant (Mall of Africa)

    Mall of Africa, Waterfall City, Magwa Crescent, Midrand, Johannesburg

    Food The standard a la carte menu offers a nice selection of modern items that should appeal to a broad clientele, ranging from cold starters featuring 4 different carpaccio dishes, 2 tartare items, s…

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  • JB’s Corner (Sandton)

    Shop No. U 331, Sandton City Rivonia Road Sandhurst, Sandton

    Food For a light yet filling meal, try the sushi bowl, comprising salmon, avo, edamame beans, sushi rice, cucumber, seaweed, spring onion, sesame oil and seeds, and soya sauce. If it’s a quick and t…

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  • Free From Eatery

    107 St Georges Mall, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000

      Food The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast menu is a selection of classics such as French toast, scrambled eggs and yoghurt. A quirky addition to the menu is the eggs an…

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  • Granita @ Kievits Kroon

    Granita @ Kievits Kroon Kievits Kroon, Plot 41, Reier Road, Kameeldrift East Roodeplaat South Africa

    Food In the year that chef Davies Moagi has led the young team at this fine restaurant, he has developed a clear signature for his cuisine. Exquisitely presented dishes have clean lines and clear tast…

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  • Trabella Pizzeria

    Illovo Junction, Corner Corlett Drive and Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg

    Food You must order the eggplant parmigiana with brinjals, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella that will make any lactose-intolerant diner cry with cheesy envy. The dish is incredibly rich, enough so that …

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  • Big Dog Café

    191 Main Road, Franschhoek

    Food The Terbodore brand has gone from strength to strength since they started their coffee roastery in the Midlands in 2004. This new spot – Big Dog Café – named for Terbodore’s brand ambassad…

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  • Kleinsky’s Delicatessen (Sea Point)

    95 Regent Road Sea Point, Cape Town

    Food Adam and Joel Klein’s tiny New York-style deli is perpetually packed with bagel-and latke-eaters. If you can’t beat them, join them, preferably with a latke Benedict. Poached eggs rest on scr…

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  • Thief Restaurant

    110 Victoria Avenue Parkmore, Sandton

    Food The closing of Eatery JHB was a devastating blow to many. But this distress became a simmer of excitement when it turned out that the old owners were partnering with one of their managers to brin…

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  • Bella Anima

    Food Italian food is reputed to be one of the most vegetarian-friendly cuisines in the world. From eggplant and zucchini to beets and artichokes, the range of vegetables used in preparing some of the …

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  • Hook, Line and Sinker

    382 Crescent Road, Pringle Bay, Western Cape

    Food The seafood-focused menu is fresh, seasonal and changes daily. Stefan, an angler himself, uses his bi-coastal seafood connections to source the best, which he enthusiastically prepares over flame…

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  • De Volkskombuis

    Aan De Wagen Road, Stellenbosch

    Food Known for its traditional boerekos with a restaurant history that dates back to the 1980s, De Volkskombuis remains essentially a South African restaurant with a Cape Dutch focus. Chef Daniël de…

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  • Upper Bloem

    1 Winston Place, 65 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town

    Food The restaurant serves a set menu that is divided into three sections, each consisting of three dishes. Every plate is made to share. The first wave of dishes includes Henry’s signature croquett…

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  • The Gorge Restaurant

    The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa, Lot 15, Pengaan, Oribi Flats, near Port Shepstone

    Food There is sheer decadence when indulging in an environment where no expense has been spared and the outcome is unpretentious luxury. The multi-award-winning Gorge Private Game Lodge and Spa nestle…

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  • The Goatshed Restaurant

    Suid-Agter- Paarl Road, Southern Paarl, Western Cape

    Food I’m a huge fan of anything that involves sharing. Start with a cheeseboard, served with artisanal bread, preserves and your choice of a selection of cheeses. If you’re not satiated, selected …

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  • Glory

    Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

    Food The main meal costs R100 a head and consists of noodles in a chilli-chicken broth, as well as fried chicken dishes prepared in three styles – sweet and sour, savoury and chilli. They come with …

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  • The Glenwood Restaurant

    Food Chef Adam Robinson of Glenwood Bakery fame shows no signs of stopping at this neighbourhood gem. His knowledge and skill around the beauty of fresh ingredients is simple yet ingenious. The home-m…

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  • Glenda’s

    Hyde Square, Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and North Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg

    Food Glenda’s caters for everything from lavish breakfasts and perfect coffee and cake, to healthy lunches and hearty dinners. You'll find people stopping in for business lunches, ladies gathering f…

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  • Ginger The Restaurant

    1 Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

    Food Whether you visit during the day, and gaze out over the sea, while eating the freshest fish with flavours of caper, lemon and feta, or delectable mouthfuls of exotically spiced strawberry-and-cra…

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  • Fynboshoek Cheese

    107 Storms River Tsitsikamma 6309 South Africa

    Food Fynboshoek celebrates the simple things in life – owner Alje milks his goats, smokes soft provolone cheese in the mornings, and picks seasonal herbs and lettuce leaves from his garden for lunch…

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  • Fushin Sushi & Eatsern Cuisine

    15 Stanley Street, Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth

    Food Fushin has changed its menu layout to a more user-friendly format, but the food is as intricate and fantastic as always. The photogenic seared salmon su-miso tastes as magnificent as it looks: a …

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  • Fumo

    Groenkloof Plaza, Bronkhorst Street, Pretoria, Gauteng

    Food Fumo’s menu features many traditional Italian dishes with chef Claudio Uccello adding his unique spin to most dishes. To start, the venison carpaccio is a classic and comes served with crumbed …

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  • Fruits and Roots

    Shop C9 and 10, Corner of Hobart and Grosvenor Roads, Bryanston, Johannesburg

    Food When you don’t feel like cooking at home, but would still like to keep your eating clean with a simple and healthy dish, head to Fruits & Roots. There’s a daily vegan and vegetarian harve…

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  • Freedom Café

    Food Before 11am, the breakfast/brunch menu offers an imaginative list of six Benedicts. Other inspired options include the popular avo with biltong dust on toast. The lunch menu has items good to sha…

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  • Franco’s Pizzeria

    54 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg

    Food Forty years after opening its doors, Franco’s has become somewhat of an institution for old-school classic Italian cuisine in Joburg. Comfort food at its best, the menu offers up an array of tr…

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  • Fourteen on Chartwell

    14 Chartwell Drive, Umhlanga, Durban

    Food The menu seems to be a fanciful mix of someone’s favourite nostalgic noshings, taken up a notch in gastropub-style aspirations. From lamb shank pie and lobster mac and cheese to jaffles (that c…

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  • The Foundry

    Shop 7 Parktown Quarter, 3rd Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg

    Food A firm favourite as a starter is the tuna ceviche served in a crunchy taco topped with trout caviar, sesame oil, avocado, ginger and a side of soy sauce. They taste like delicious mouthfuls of an…

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  • Forti Grill & Bar

    Time Square Sun International Casino, Corner Aramist and Corobay Street, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria

    Food The menu starts with a page of specials of the day, which may include an aged grass-fed sirloin (cross cut with fat on) in either 200g or 300g options. Starters include fresh oysters, tuna carpac…

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  • Forkies Real Food Parlour

    Food Start off with a plate of nachos with homemade chilli con carne, cheddar cheese, sour cream and salsa, and combine with a trio of cheese quesadillas made with soft tortillas and mozzarella, chedd…

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  • Flames Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel

    Four Seasons Hotel, The Westcliff, 67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Johannesburg

    Food Sous chef Tyrone Mothei describes the menu as fusion with Asian, Italian and Thai influences and flavours. Start off your meal with three light salads – the shaved vegetable salad with beetroot…

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  • Feast Bistro at De Oude Kraal Country Estate and Spa

    Roughly 40km south of Bloemfontein, take off-ramp 153 from the N1, Free State

    Food Feast is a hidden gem in the Free State. Considering it’s housed at De Oude Kraal, a sixth generation Merino sheep farm, most of the dishes on Feast’s menu features lamb. Kids will love nibbl…

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  • The Fat Zebra

    71 7th Street, Corner 3rd Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food Although there are other delights such as fresh Norwegian salmon and starters like spicy chicken livers, a small and unpretentious menu (one lunch and one dinner) points to the fact that the owne…

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  • The Fat Fish (Durban)

    Shop 7, Westville Junction, 7 Westville Road, Westville, Durban

    Food A few questions to welcoming owner-host Frank Sykes and the reason this buzzy place attracts seafood lovers from far and wide makes sense. Sykes is a long-time commercial fisherman with many rec…

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  • Eisbein & Co.

    Food With a name like Eisbein & Co, you could take a good guess at what to expect and you would be right. It is a restaurant concerned about meat more than anything, but the focus is on the way it…

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  • EB Social Kitchen & Bar

    Food It’s not often that all three courses can be classed as standouts but this is the case here. The first course of a plate of duck breast carpaccio arrives as a beautiful study in pink and green.…

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  • East Head Café

    25 George Rex Drive,The Heads, Knysna, Western Cape

    Food East Head Café has become a popular stop for local and international visitors to Knysna, both for the breathtaking views of the world-famous Knysna Heads and the delicious food. This owner-run c…

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  • The Fat Fish (Plettenberg Bay)

    1 Hopwood Street, Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay

    Food Take a break from the beach below and order something light from the tempting tapas menu like tempura prawns, haloumi and black forest ham or beautifully presented sushi. Or go for a full meal an…

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  • Emily’s at Emily Moon

    Food New to the menu are tapas platters, excellent to share accompanied by sundowners on the deck. Have house-baked flatbread with smoky aubergine dip and munch on crunchy baby marrow frutti. Start wi…

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  • El Pistolero

    Corner Duvernoy and Chopin Streets, Constantia Park, Pretoria

    Food This is something unique in the way the meals here have been put together. Nothing is extravagant or over the top. It’s a small yet rich menu of Mexican-inspired dishes concentrating mainly on …

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  • DK Gourmet Burger & Craft Beer Bar

    Dk Burger, Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johann Rissik, Waterkloof Ridge, 0181

    Food Start your visit to DK Burger by sharing a delicious snack platter consisting of perfectly made pulled pork belly samosas, onion rings, fried halloumi, garlic calamari served in an enamel mug and…

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  • The Dullstroom Inn

    Teding Van Berkhout Street, Dullstroom

    Food The menu includes a Ladybird, Royal, Blondie and Popeye breakfasts, but one could of course also join the hotel guests and have a buffet breakfast between 7.15am and 9.45am. While visiting the Mp…

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  • Dosa Hut

    Shop 6, 48 Central Road, Fordsburg, Johannesburg

    Food A perfectly rolled, perfectly light and crisp rice pancake canoodling a firm pile of filling is the perfect dosa, as served here, with a trio of interesting sambar. The simplest is the masala dos…

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  • Die Walskipper

    Marine Martinique Seafront, Claptons Beach, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

    Food Seafood commands centre stage at this seaside restaurant. It’s fresh and in abundance. The luxury of a perlemoen starter is only upstaged by the totally decadent seafood platter, loaded with cr…

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  • De Kloof Restaurant

    Waterkloof Golf Estate, Johan Rissik Drive, Eclipse Road, Pretoria

    Food The menu at De Kloof is one of the more imaginative in Pretoria, with a strong focus on South African flavours and ingredients. Beef cheek and samp are cleverly worked into a main dish playfully …

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  • De Kelder (Port Elizabeth)

    Corner of 6th Avenue and Marine Drive, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth

    Food Arrive hungry at De Kelder. Top-quality ingredients and substantial portions are the hallmark of this PE institution. The starter line-up features a mini carpaccio platter of warthog, springbok, …

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  • Da Graziella Pizzeria and Trattoria

    74 Dunvegan Avenue and Boeing Road East, Dunvegan, Edenvale

    Food Traditional home-style Italian food is what it’s all about at family-owned and run Da Graziella. The extensive menu brims with Italian classics, meaning there’s sure to be something for every…

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  • D6 District Six Eatery

    Food The menu is an ode to Cape Malay culture so there’s no shortage of curries on offer, both vegetarian and meaty options. Freshly made beef samoosas with potato get things started. They are crisp…

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  • Casalinga Ristorante Italiano

    Rocky Ridge Road, off Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

    Food Set on a farm, the award-winning Casalinga has been on the Joburg food scene for years now. The drive out to Muldersdrift on a Saturday is a welcome break from city life and traffic. The food at …

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  • Culinary Table Restaurant, Deli & Bakery

    Shop 1, Lanseria Centre, Pelindaba Road (R512), Lanseria, Johannesburg

    Food The Culinary Table is a family-run restaurant owned by father and daughter team Wehrner and Daniela Gutstadt. The seasonal farm-to-table menu is prepared fresh every day. Everything on the menu c…

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  • Culture Club – Bar De Tapas

    16th Street, Hazelwood, Pretoria

    Food Here tapas are defined as more of a style of eating than a strict spotlight on Spanish cuisine. Their menu combines mixed influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia and some great local…

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  • Creation Tasting Room

    Creation Wines, Hemel-en-Aarde Road (from Hermanus), Hemel-en-Aarde Valley

    Food It’s with good reason that Creation keeps picking up awards for its innovative food and wine offering, and you’ll be spoilt for choice on a menu that offers a myriad of ways to discover the e…

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  • Cosecha

    Noble Hill wine estate, Klapmuts-Simondium Road, Simondium, Paarl

    Food Apparently Cosecha means ‘harvest’ in Mexico, and that is exactly what one gets here. The showstopper is the guacamole made right at your table, made as spicy as you like or toned down. The l…

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  • Clementines Restaurant & Bar

    Corner and Church Street & Van Zyl Street Clarens 9707, South Africa

    Food Choose the snails as a starter if you’re looking for a blast from the past – they’re served in a garlic and parsley butter sauce, to which you can add parmesan or blue cheese. Stick with th…

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  • Clarens Brewery

    Food Although the star of the show is unmistakably beer, you should still visit this pub for its grub – even if you’re a teetotaler. The sausage bowl is a simple but filling meal for meat lovers a…

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  • Cheese Gourmet

    Cnr 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg

    Food Think scrumptious breakfasts, hot coffees, delicious scones, gooey cheese sandwiches, cheese platters, fondues and moreish lunches. The casual dining environment is generally always buzzing, easy…

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  • Carne SA (Keerom Street)

    70 Keerom Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town

    Food A decade down the line and the Italian-inspired steakhouse from chef-patron Giorgio Nava still draws in a loyal crowd of meat-loving locals and tourists. It’s a far cry from your average steakh…

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  • Carlton Café Delicious

    Food There are those who would start with the tummy-warming anchovy toast and end with the chocolate brownies that drift into soft-landing memories. That’s what Rachel Botes and her specific food se…

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  • Caraffa Ristorante

    46 Selati Street, Alphen Park, Pretoria

    Food An ample list of focaccia, insalata and minestra introduces a comprehensive but thoughtful menu. Antipasti freddi or caldi offers many fine examples of Italian antipasti, and the well-known melan…

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  • Capsicum Restaurant at the Britannia Hotel

    Britannia Hotel, 1299 Umgeni Road, Durban Central

    Food The Britannia Hotel’s Capsicum Restaurant is renowned for its mutton bunny chows and the take-away kitchen sells literally thousands of this signature Durban street food every month. Overall th…

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  • Capital Craft Beer Academy

    Shop 20, Greenlyn Village Centre, Corner 12th Street East and Thomas Edison, Menlo Park, Pretoria

    Food The starter platters include such delights as macaroni cheese balls, chicken wings, deep-fried biltong and jalapeño poppers. Apart from being quite delicious, some thought has also clearly gone …

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  • Cantina & Craft

    I & J, Beacon Bay Crossings Bonza Bay Road Beacon Bay, East London

    Food Most people fall silent when they receive their menu at Cantina. It looks like a cross between a wanted poster in a Western and a comic, with lots of in-between instructions and quips. It’s foo…

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  • Café Neo (Mouille Point)

    South Seas Building, 129 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town

    Food Café Neo feeds you all day. Start with the posh eggs Benedict or design your own omelette. Try the Bistecci wrap in the late morning, with grilled rump might, and for lunch, opt for the squid he…

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  • Café del Sol TRE

    Food Johannesburg has long adored the magical family behind the Café del Sol brand. They always make an effort to remember you by name and treat you as part of their family. Tre is the youngest of th…

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  • Café del Sol Classico

    Olivedale Corner, Corner Olive and President Fouche Roads, Olivedale, Randburg

    Food Café Del Sol Classico, as its name suggests, was the first of what’s come to be a trio of restaurants, but the name also points to the type of food on offer – classic, homemade Italian food …

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  • Café 1999

    Shop 2, Silvervause Centre, 117 Vause Road, Musgrave, Durban

    Food Sharing is encouraged here – the menu is divided into titbits, bit parts and big bits – so go with an appetite and enjoy a smorgasbord of flavours. There’s a reason the deep-fried calamata …

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  • CUT Restaurant

    Crowne Plaza, The Rosebank Corner Tyrwhitt and Sturdee Avenues Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food West coast mussels in a Spanish tomato and chardonnay sauce with complimentary bread get things off on the right footing. There are enough mussels in the bowl to share among two adults. The rich,…

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  • Thyme Fusion Gin Bar

    11 Main Road Abbotsford, East London 5241

    Food True to the laidback nature of the South African east coast, the Thyme Fusion Gin Bar & Eatery offers a relaxed setting where simple but flavoursome food can be enjoyed. The freshness can be …

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  • Butcher Block (Berea)

    140 Florida Road, Berea, Durban

    Food This branch is the newest Durban iteration of this franchise chain, situated in vibey Florida Road. The lunch and dinner menu is the same as its counterparts, with a breakfast menu available at j…

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  • Bukhara (Sandton)

    5th Street Sandown, Sandton

    Food The best way to judge a good curry is to start with the basics. You won’t be disappointed here, with dishes like the perfectly grilled chunks of fish tikka fired tandoori-style, saucy and richl…

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  • Bridge Street Brewery

    1 Bridge Street, South End, Brickmakers Kloof, Port Elizabeth

    Food This is a great place to hang with friends. It’s casual and vibrant with hunger pangs setting in quickly after a few speciality beers. Luckily the menu takes care of those – choose from cold …

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  • Bramon Restaurant

    Bramon Wine Estate, N2, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape

    Food Design your own feast from the lengthy list of offerings but be sure to order fresh bread warm from the oven to mop up the delicious dips, pâtés, pestos and your choice of superb locally made c…

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  • Bolton Road Collection

    2 Bolton Road, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Bolton Road Collection starts serving brunch at 11am. For starters, the seared tuna with spicy ponzu, sesame, horseradish snow, pickled apple and a rice wafer is deliciously moist and supple, wit…

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  • BGR Burger Restaurant

    19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg

    Food Among restaurant chefs, there is the adage that the shorter the menu at a restaurant, the better the food tastes there. This is true more often than not. It is equally true at this burger outlet …

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  • Betty Blue Bistro

    126 Main Road, Hermanus

    Food Celia Rabie’s pretty brunch-and-lunch spot is guaranteed to lift your mood with its pops of yellow and all sorts of quirky touches. The sunshine floods into the food, too. Try a yellow breakfas…

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  • Bertus Basson at Spice Route

    Food Chef Bertus Basson has become known for his love and commitment to heritage food, and his restaurant at Spice Route flies that flag with pride. He has become a veritable powerhouse of the culinar…

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  • Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel

    Food By day, expect a bistro-style meal; by night, chef Roland Gorgosilich turns out fine-dining fare at this hotel restaurant. You can order à la carte but it works out cheaper, if you’re going mu…

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  • Black Bamboo

    Menlyn Boutique, 209 Tugela Road, Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria

    Food The current menu’s appetiser section starts with a dish called 63°C Egg. It’s a delicious way to serve a sous vide egg, with tomato prepared three ways: smoked, ragout and roasted, and furth…

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  • Bellgables Country Restaurant

    Beyers Naude Drive Extension (between N14 and Elandsdrift Road), Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

    Food Bellgables, with its classical cuisine, has to be one of Johannesburg’s trademark establishments. All dishes are cooked from scratch with fresh ingredients, and all items are sourced so that th…

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  • Bellevue Café

    5 Bellevue Road, Kloof, Durban

    Food Chef-patron Chris Black cooks up comforting food with soul here. Breakfasts popular with the locals include British-style eggs, toasted bagels, and the comforting and cheesy Welsh rarebit. Lunche…

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  • Bellagio

    Unit 1 Oxford Manor, 196 Oxford Road, Illovo, Johannesburg