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 a variety of starters, including the famous hot and spicy vegetable gyoza dumpling, crispy scallion pancake with kimchi pickle, and marinated, oven-roasted tofu.
The five-piece Korean fried chicken comes highly recommended – tuck in with both hands and see why. On a date? Expect your partner to join in. As a side, the jasmine rice coconut milk is ideal, and you can add kimchi pickle for some tartness.
Dessert options include a hibiscus panna cotta and a vegan coconut panna cotta with granadilla syrup.
Understandably for such a small restaurant, the choice of drinks is limited, though the options are great. From beer to sake to wine, you’ll find the perfect accompaniment to your meal. Other options are whisky, brandy and tequila.
Attentive staff make smart recommendations based on your preferences, and they’ll go the extra mile to accommodate your dietary requirements.
Having recently moved into a more casual basement space, the restaurant retains the modern hole-in-the-wall look and feel it had in Melville – but without the view. The intimacy creates a energetic vibe even when it’s only half-full.
A casual lunch, or dinner with friends and family.
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Amazing food all around. My favs are Crispy chicken steamed bun and absolutely AMASSING Stick ings
Jeanine du Toit
WEnt there for a quick celebration with colleagues, and the service was impeccable. The food didn't take long to arrive at all, and the service person's recommendation was spot on. The food was incredibly fresh, and the aromas and taste was a sensory overload. In a REALLY good way!
I will defenitely go back, more huingry because there are just too many items to try at once.
Absolutely love the food at this restaurant. When you get to the parking lot - you might wonder where your headed. Its a quaint space with few seatings so you should book. You get the feeling that this place is unpretentious - you could go in jeans. Untimately three phrases describe this restaurant 'amazing flavour' 'tapas' 'great prices'. most of the dishes are priced under R100 which makes it an affordable place to order alot of dishes to share. The menu is based on eastern asian food. We tried the korean fried chicken which is a must try! absolute umami. other dishes we had was the crispy scallion pancakes, deep fried tofu, bao buns, tabasaki chicken, fish tacos, rice paper spring rolls, ramen and sashimi. I loved it all (exclusing the papaya salad) and I will definitely return. Its the type of place you can visit any day of the week.
The reviews above capture the details of why I love this spot so much. With not much more to add, The Great Eastern is most definitely one of my favourite spots in Johannesburg. The food is incredible with the most interesting and flavourful combinations. The menu offers a great variety and entices one to try new dishes - that turn out to be new favourites! Highly recommended!