Lucky Bean (Melville)

6 Reviews
Bistro fare, Burgers, Modern, South African, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Phone Number 0109001626 Opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 10pm (Kitchen Closes between 9 and 10pm); Monday 4pm to 10pm


Menu - Lucky Bean (Melville) Menu - Updated April 2018


R110 avg main meal
Bistro fare, Burgers, Modern, South African, Vegan food, Vegetarian
R60 (max 3 bottles)
R110 avg main meal
Bar scene, Business meetings, Groups
Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Accommodation, Child friendly, Cocktails, Fireplace, Functions, Licensed, Smoking, Takeaways, WiFi

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

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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.

Best for…

A lazy Sunday lunch or drinks with friends, or a Friday night dinner before you hit the club.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Lucky Bean has been around for ages and is well known my residents and visitors of Melville. Situated at the end of the Melville strip it does feel slightly overlooked by patrons who go for the new spots opening up, but their food is still great and would recommend newbies to try this old girl.
    I went to Lucky Bean for an early lunch just after they opened (at 11h00), so I'm sure the service and ambiance picks up as the day progresses - it seems very popular with tourists (as Melville tends to be). To start off with, I had two stunning cups of coffee - Americanos, not too acidic, yet full bodied and just strong enough for lunch. I then had two starters - Pork Belly (which could be better with some crackling) with Bacon Bits and Apple Puree; as well as beautifully decorated Ostrich Bobotie Spring Rolls with a Berry Balsamic reduction. Both plates, absolutely delicious. Lovely little gem and definitely recommended, thank you.
    I had slow cooked pork belly and star anise sauce, my husband had the salt and pepper calamari. The pork belly was tender and scrumptious, paired with a sauce that was to die for ! I had the chickpea patty in whole wheat pita, with red & green pepper relish, capers and beetroot, for mains. It was hearty & delicious! Definitely going to come back (with friends). The atmosphere is chilled and relaxed - so worth another visit!

    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.

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