Located at The Club Centre in Pretoria, Harissa Bistro has a menu packed with delectable eats. For breakfast you will find the usual suspects such as the favourite full english breakfast, or if you feel like something a little sweeter go for their peanut butter flapjacks with butterscotch and condensed milk ice-cream.
For mains you will find meals such as tandoori kingklip with coconut dahl and apple chutney. Customers can then round of these delicious meals with one of Harissa’s freshly pressed fruit juice.
Closed months ago
Until six months ago we were regulars at Harissa. Inconsistent meals and indifferent service made us stay away for a while. Upon our return we found that things had not improved. Our food was sub-standard and the music was for clubbing teenagers. Our complaint resulted in a voucher from the owner, which was an excellent gesture. Unfortunately our lunch today saw little improvement. Dirty wine glasses, dancing waiters, a steak which I deliberately ordered as medium/well (because the chef always under does steaks) was presented very much medium rare and still bleeding, the Kwaito and Hip Hop which littered the playlist, being ignored for 15 minutes after our plates had been removed.... This used to be a fine dining experience, which means that your menu needs to change occasionally, or at least include a few specials. Failure of this suggests a bored chef merely going through the motions. A fine dining restaurant should play sophisticated music, preferably devoid of vocals. Waiters should not be dancing as they serve diners, this is not a cheap franchise. Regular training of staff is urgently required to bring this restaurant back to what it was and to ensure its survival. I would love to be a regular patron again, but unfortunately my earnings are too precious for this.
hen you think of Harissa the first thing that comes to mind is hot, spicy and vibrant. Harissa Bistro is all these things and more from their freshly squeezed juices (my favourite is apple, ginger, pineapple and lime) to the delicious meals prepared to order. The monk fish briyani which includes a variety of seafood is the best briyani I have ever tasted. The steaks are like butter and melt in your mouth.
Jeanine du Toit
The manager greeted us at the door as we walked in and we felt very welcome. The staff are very friendly and entertaining. I ordered the chickpea balls and my colleague ordered a burger. The food was amazing. I will go back time and again for the chickpea balls. This is a super gem to have a quick bite at. Oh, and they offer freshly squeezed juices. Delicious!!
The variety of the menu is a pleasant surprise to the usual affair. It's worth trying but not twice.