Douglas + Hale

5 Reviews
Bistro fare, Modern, South African
Phone Number 0109003894 Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 11am to 10pm

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R80 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Modern, South African
R80 avg main meal
Bar scene, Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Kate Liquorish

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 keep them coming back for more.


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 outstanding hand-made pastas are all guaranteed to make you smile. Or choose from some of the best burgers in town – the double cheeseburger with onion relish, tomato and rocket, served with hand-cut chips, is a little bit life-changing. The crumbed chicken burger with sriracha mayo, slaw and chips comes a close second.

For dessert there’s nothing to beat the famous deep-fried Snickers bar with marshmallow ice cream. The chocolate fondant with fudge drops and vanilla anglaise is also fantastic.


You’ll struggle to find a restaurant with better wines by the glass – the range is diverse and delicious, not to mention very well priced. The extensive wine and cellar list will have winos banging at the door and with a Coravin option on many of the high-end wines, you really can have your cake and eat it. And then there’s Wine Wednesdays, where you can get three gorgeous boutique wines for only R50 a glass. If wine isn't your thing, in-house mixologist Jesse will concoct something fabulous to suit your mood. He makes stellar virgin cocktails too.


The majority of waiters have worked here for years, so they know patrons by name and welcome you like family. They’re well versed in the menu and wines, and really care.


The outside deck seating is a favourite for summer days and warm evenings – laid-back and inviting – while the darker, cosier interior and bar are perfect for winter afternoons and romantic dinners for two. A good mix of rugged and romantic.

Best for…

Sundowners, after-work drinks and dinner with friends.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    I had a spectacular evening ALONE, entertained by the waiter’s excellent passion for wine and sumptuously spoilt with the best gnocchi I’ve ever eaten. Definitely going back!
    For a new restaurant, it definitely hit the right spot. Had the tapas with my wife to share. Very delicious. Wine per bottle is expensive, but if your keen to try something different and a fan of boutique wines, it is worth it. Wine per glass works out cheaper and most wines are served in Riedel wine glasses. Planning on going back soon. Overall the ambience has a bit of historic/ retro/ hipster feel to it. Not a big restaurant but better and intimate, making it not too loud if you want to avoid the typical franchised restaurants.
    Douglas and Hale has recently opened in Parktown North - so I was excited to try out the restaurant for a work end of year dinner. The decor is lovely - but the ambience is rather spoilt by the fact that other patrons tend to smoke directly outside the restaurant on the pavement. As we were seated on the pavement area - this meant that we were constantly having to ask folks to please move further away and smoke elsewhere. The service was exceptionally slow - our waiter kept forgetting drinks orders and the main meal arrived two hours after we had initially been seated. The food was average - nothing to make it stand out as special. Altogether I was unimpressed - and would not eat there again - it is overpriced for the service and food.

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