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

Location and contact

16 Seventh Street, Melville, Johannesburg

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Thulisa Martins

Lucky Bean Restaurant is an eclectic experience that features a lounge and bar, as well as a spacious and inviting restaurant for both tourists and locals.

The menu has a wide variety of dishes that cater to varying tastes and dietary needs. To start, South African snoek baked with whole apricots or ostrich bobotie frikadels offer local flavor on colourful plates. A vegan burger is available on the main menu, with a patty made of white beans, mushrooms, oats and homemade tahini.

A South African staple, boerwors and umnqusho (samp and sugar beans), offers comfort food and tradition on a plate. Even the ostrich burger, served with chips and a salad, showcases South African cuisine. The ostrich burger is layered under a bobotie and rice stuffing with sweet onion and almonds covered in mushroom-and-bacon sauce.

Dessert includes an Amarula malva and a warm chocpot.

Lucky Bean’s drinks offering aspires to showcase local craft from boutique producers. The gin offering includes Hope on Hopkin’s Salt River Gin with its kapokbos botanicals. They also offer whisky and a wide selection of wine.

The service is warm, patient and inviting. They accommodate several large tables of tourists while being attentive to smaller tables and offering helpful hints – such as to watch your belongings on a street-side table in the bustle of Melville.

At night, a large tree glows with fairy lights while a book-seller pushes his cart past the outdoor tables. Lucky Bean treads the tightrope between being overtly touristy and embracing local fare. Afro beats punctuate the chatter while old classics come from the sound system.

Best for...
Joyful nights in Melville with generous portions of South African comfort food.

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(August 2018)

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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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