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Parliament is a meeting place – a bar and restaurant specialising in great cocktails, craft beer and live-fire cooking.
Everything is cooked on the open flame – it’s an ode to the South African Braai, just executed with a bit more panache. Whilst the menu doesn’t encompass sharing plates per se, sharing is recommended, it just suits the laid-back setting.
The menu is divided into nibbles and mains, the nibbles being a choice of smoked lamb ribs served with oven-dried tomatoes, olives and mint sauce; grilled calamari and chorizo with caramelised onions, baby potatoes and salsa verde; and grilled brown mushrooms served with a pea purée and cured egg yolk. As I said – it’s like a braai, only better.
For mains the rump steak is a must: spice-crusted and flame-grilled to perfection and served with a blacked butter, it’s just right, as is the 1kg T-bone (to share between two to three diners), served with a burnt leek sauce and gremolata. There isn’t much in the way of choice for vegetarians, but there is a handsome salad of salt-baked beetroots, smoked baba ganoush, goat’s cheese and toasted walnuts.
Notable, too, are the cheeseburger and the harissa-butter king prawns with pickled cucumber. It’s not soul food or comfort food – it’s neither fried nor carb-centric – but it certainly is finger-licking good. Unpretentious, but still with an eye for detail.
They’ve brought an awesome mixologist on board to broaden and elevate their cocktail offering. The signature Parly Fizz (gin, elderflower, cucumber, fresh lime and soda) is a delight, and the tequila negroni is an absolute party-starter. Very affordable and deliciously different wines on offer and a wide selection of craft beers on tap.
Being on the second floor with windows that open out onto the Joburg skyline makes sunsets an absolute treat at Parliament. It’s the perfect spot for meet-ups of every kind.
It’s casual but friendly.
After-work drinks, dinner with friends.
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