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