Enjoy generous, satisfying portions from a menu featuring South African-inspired dishes as well as wild meat. For starters, try the snoek with cumin-baked apricot, steamed coriander, garlic lemon butter and a sweet potato bun, or the vegan tamari summer pumpkin with horseradish, dill and a creamy sunflower seed sauce.
Mains include a higher than average number of vegan options, such as the vegan spaghetti and meatballs – spiral courgette spaghetti with red bean and sweetcorn balls, served with a sauce of tomato and thyme. Also on offer is a Cape Malay chicken curry with basmati rice, potatoes and vegetables, and a variety of steaks with sauces. There’s also boerewors and umngqusho – samp and beans with tomato relish, chakalaka and boerewors.
Desserts include marula malva with Amarula cream, and a cheese board for two to three people featuring a selection of cheeses, crackers and preserved fruit.
Happy hour on selected wines and whiskies happens every day except Friday. A potent cocktail menu includes the likes of the green mamba – home-made ginger cordial, cucumber, gin, absinthe and brandy and vegan tequila sour.
Delightful service from cheerful waiters.
Situated in buzzy, hip Melville, Lucky Bean is warm and laid-back – no need to dress up.
A lazy Sunday lunch or drinks with friends, or a Friday night dinner before you hit the club.
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Really bad dining experience. Horrible service and badly managed restaurant. Will never visit again!
If I lived in Joburg, I would definitely be back for more at The Lucky Bean. Interesting menu, with something for everyone, and in our party of 8, every single person enjoyed what they ordered. Great wine list, fabulous cocktails, excellent service - all round, a wonderful experience.