A Streetbar Named Desire

4 Reviews
Light meals, Seafood
Phone Number 0112686485 Opening Hours

Monday to Wednesday 4pm till late; Thursday to Saturday 12noon till late; Sunday 12noon to 7pm

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Menu - Streetbar Menu - updated August 2018


R100 avg main meal
Light meals, Seafood
R100 avg main meal
Groups, Quick meals
Mastercard, Visa
Cocktails, Dinner, Food, Lunch, Serves food

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Zanele Kumalo


A variety of exciting tapas makes for a relaxed and joyfully interactive experience. Sharing is key. Seafood and meat must-haves are cured trout tartare elegantly coloured with pickled onions, tarragon and pistachio nuts, then fleshy steamed West Coast mussels you can mop up with flatbread, as well as melt-in-your-mouth pieces of sirloin marinated in harissa and balanced with lemon chimichurri.

A great separate menu of dishes will keep any vegetarian happy, with variations available for vegans. A pastry-filled mushroom boureka or light courgette fritters to dip into a yoghurt sauce will delight even meat eaters.

The dessert menu is exciting because of its unusual surprises. Warmer days are perfect for the pistachio, almond and rosewater baklava with refreshing tea granita, while cooler days beckon you to try the chocolate delice with miso ice cream and sesame brittle.


At this popular spot for sundowners, one of the most apt cocktails to try is called The Kindness of Strangers – a gin-based mix of lime juice, rhubarb and bitters. And if you’re looking for something more memorable, the Dark Side shakes up whiskey, black sesame orgeat (an almond syrup), lime, bitters and activated charcoal. A reasonable list of wines has been expertly chosen along with beers, both local and craft.


The staff, well-versed in everything on the menu, pay particular attention and show much patience for the indecisive guest who wants to try everything.


A deck above ground level gets the perfect afternoon light for a sundowner, and in winter powerful heaters offer shelter from the cold. Beautifully decorated with gold accents, and green velvet, fabric or tile for the comfy loungers, outside seaters and bar respectively. Candlelight-feel lighting warms up strangers’ faces, creating an inviting, comfortable space. The napkins feature a design by illustrators Jana and Koos, who also created the artwork for the menus – adding the perfect touch for wiping away crumbs, but not the good memories of your delicious experience.

Best for…

Drinks and snacks after work with co-workers, friends or lovers.

(August 2019)

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User reviews

4 Reviews
    Lovely food, setting and decor! We shared several tapas dishes between the 2 of us and finished off with a yummy dessert each. The tapas dishes included the squid, pork fillet skewer (don’t usually love pork but this was a winner hands down!), the chorizo and cheese croquettes, marinated sirloin (perfectly grilled), fried artichoke, cougette fritters and finally the ginger cake and baklava (out-of-this-world). The upstairs bar area is definitely the place to be, it was unfortunately full upon our arrival but we’ll be sure to book in advance next time. You don’t want to miss out on this one!
    The best tapas meal I have had in joburg. Stunning cocktail menu too. I’m looking forward to summer sundowners on the deck, snacking on fish cakes, deep fried olives and chorizo/manchego croquettes. YUM!
    The food was great! Delicious middle eastern tapas. Best I’ve had in a while. Would definitely recommend the fillet, the chickpeas and the Iraqi chicken. As a bonus, Yolanda is a great, enthusiastic waitress.

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