The Great Eastern Food Bar

6 Reviews
Asian, Chinese, Health food, Japanese, Tapas, Thai, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0112682128 Opening Hours

Tuesday to Saturday 12noon to 10pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm

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Menu - The Great Eastern Food Bar Menu - updated February 2018


R70 avg main meal
Asian, Chinese, Health food, Japanese, Tapas, Thai, Vegetarian
R55 (wine); R75 (sparkling)
R70 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Child friendly, Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Serves food, Takeaways, WiFi

Location and contact

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

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Paddi Clay

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 pickled shiitake mushrooms, cucumber and hoisin sauce. Else go for the crisp and unctuous sashimi tacos filled with trout ceviche, tangy lemon pickle and sharp wasabi. The crispy fried wings of Tabasaki chicken with miso mayonnaise is also worth ordering. Offset it with a crisp, fresh pile of Thai tangled salad.

The hibiscus pana cotta with fresh strawberries and pomegranate compote on the four-item sweet menu is delicately flavoured and the perfect consistency. If you need a safe return to Western tradition, sign off with the magnificent Lindt chocolate mousse.

Sake, soju, Japanese plum wine and kombucha rub shoulders with a cosmopolitan range of beers and a limited but classy collection of wines, as well as refreshing and delicious cordial spritzers such as lime and coriander.

Peppy and knowledgeable – they’ll warn you if something may be too hot and advise on portions and combinations.

Lively and unpretentious with preparation in open view behind a long bar counter. The décor is minimalist, with simple wooden tables and benches.

(August 2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Amazing food all around. My favs are Crispy chicken steamed bun and absolutely AMASSING Stick ings
    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!

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