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J. Rabbit Tequileria

11 Reviews
Burgers, Food from the Americas, Light meals, Mexican, Tapas
Phone Number 0108802830 Opening Hours

Thursdays 12noon to 12midnight; Fridays and Saturdays 3pm to 2am; Sundays 12noon to 8pm

Menu

Menu - Menu currently unavailable

Details

Cost
RR
Food
Burgers, Food from the Americas, Light meals, Mexican, Tapas
Cost
RR
Ambience
Bar scene, Groups, Quick meals, Special occasions
Payment
Amex, Mastercard, Visa, Zapper
Facilities
Accepts credit cards, Cocktails, Dinner, Eat Out reviewed, Live entertainment, Lunch, Smoking, Takeaways, Vegetarian

Location and contact

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

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Amanda Mtuli

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 bland, the portion size makes up for it. For something fishy, go for the divine Prawn Tostones – three crispy pressed plantains and three chargrilled Argentinian prawns served with chimichurri sauce. Perfectly cooked, the prawns have a tangy and garlicy taste.

For something meaty, with a kick, enjoy the 10 buffalo wings, seasoned with a Louisiana hot sauce, jalapeño aïoli and topped with thinly sliced julienne carrots and celery.

Drinks
There’s a very limited wine offering, but what stands out the most are the signature tequila cocktails. Go for the Candy Crush (a house-made jelly tot infused with Jose Cuervo tequila, tonic water and popping candy) or the Tea Tyme (house-made thyme-infused Jose Cuervo tequila, lemon juice, house-made honey syrup, agave syrup and hibiscus tea).

Service
Making a booking is easy and hassle-free. The waiters are friendly and knowledgeable about what’s on the menu, but they could do with more customer care.

Ambience
On the inside, the restaurant is beautifully designed, with rich textures of velvet on the couches and seats at the bar. The subtle incorporation of gold adds a touch of sophistication to the overall aesthetic of the establishment. The music is lively and as the evening progresses it picks up a tempo; it’s almost like you’re at a pre-club, where you make your first stop for a quick bite and drink before going off to a real club.

Best for…
After-work drinks with friends or a quick celebration.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

11 Reviews
    Awesome layout and design! Never ate any food but what we took away was just frustration with the tequila menu. No prices on any items so it’s not ideal asking for the price on several tequilas options and waiting on every request. Not exactly a “tequila tasting bar” - Staff may also be new and system is going through some ‘teething’ - had to ask 3 times for our bill only to be asked on the 3rd time, what did you order I’ve never seen you before...
    Had been here once before when this little gem had just opened. We decided to go back and try the food, given the recent award they received from EatOut for best Mexican! Not what we South Africans have come to expect from more main stream "Mexican" style eateries. They offer a small, but very authentic menu with fresh and hand prepared ingredients. Highly recommend the huaraches (little oval tortillas made with yellow corn masa) with grilled kingklip and a tequila lime mayo. Deelish!
    Excellent service, great food, outstanding tequilas,definitely will be there every Saturdays, can't wait for your juicy cheese burger,and the casamigo tequila, keep it guys,I really love your bar
    Great service! Very friendly and knowledgable staff. Tapas and tequilas were #1. Secret entrance really sets the mood.
    Went with friends on a Friday. We loved how exclusive the whole thing feels. You enter through a very unassuming (but fully operational) launderette. The decor is on point very classy with drinks to match.
    Wow wow wow! Super amazing experience. You can taste that all the ingredients are expertly hand made for every cocktail. Also very creative twists on tequila cocktails where you'd never know you're drinking tequila. Bar staff super friendly and knowledgable. Sat with two friends at the bar and was served by Sasha and Dylan. Will be back for sure!
    Learned about this place from friends... a true speakeasy... you walk through a real laundromat to a hidden gem upstairs. The decor is amazing and the vibe is unmatched. Service is 100%. Our waiter Prince was on point from food to cocktails. I will become a regular for sure!
    Felt the need to write my own review and respond to the previous negative review. Prices are super fair given the high quality of the ingredients. Tortillas for the huaraches (similar to tacos) are hand-made from yellow corn masa to order. Not floury as there is no flour in them. Very fresh and very tasty like Mexican street food. Buffalo wings are great. House made hot sauce is spicy and tnagy and jalapeño aioli is rich and balances the flavours superbly. No real surprises re the menu. Waiters know the prices of everything... in fact I ordered a Don Julio 1942 for R400 a shot and I have been around to all the best places in Joburg and this price was by far the most reasonable (other places between R500-700). A super cool vibe, friendly service, perfect atmosphere for drinks and great snacks to pair with them.
    Heard about this place that was at the old Griffin and decided to give it a try. The tortillas were floury and average at best. The buffalo wings were very standard, and the acidic mayonnaise overpowered them. Other portions were small and overpriced. 90% of the drinks menu doesn’t have pricing so be prepared for surprises. Overall a disappointing experience. Its a “new” place so I hope they manage to get it right.
    Rare and unique selection of tequila and Mezcal.....

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