This craft beer gastropub is for you if you prefer eccentric and sweet over classic. Serving burgers, pastas, steaks and a seriously eclectic range of pizzas, The Foundry is pretty OTT when it comes to flavour combinations.
Wood-fired pizzas come with a range of crazy toppings – the carbonara, for example, is topped with roasted garlic, bacon, mushrooms, baked egg, pecorino, fresh basil and black pepper aioli, while the popular Empire Chicken pizza comes with Cape Malay curry, masala, mozzarella, pineapple, raita, coriander and poppadum.
Among menu stalwarts like the mushroom ravioli with truffle brown butter and toasted pine nuts, beer-battered fish and chips, and pork belly spare ribs, you’ll now find a range of rather meaty small plates and sharing boards – antipasti, charcuterie and focaccias with various toppings – ideal for the after-work drinks crowd.
A small range of salad and grain bowls includes harissa chicken with butternut and cauliflower rice, mint, seeds, apricots, sultanas, pecan praline, and sumac and lime yoghurt – a good choice, except that three of the listed ingredients were unavailable.
Overall, the elaborate menu lacks cohesion, making it more confusing than inviting. The OTT theme continues with dessert – the Rocky Road Mess contains chocolate, biscuits, nuts and sweets topped with whipped cream, passion fruit curd and fresh strawberries. For something more subdued, try the honeycomb affogato – honeycomb gelato topped with single-origin espresso.
Craft beers like Franky Four Fingers, Soweto Gold, Jack Black and Devil’s Peak are joined by a vast selection of local and imported bottled beers. Easy-drinking, well-priced wines are available, as well as a fun and fruit-forward selection of cocktails for those who like their cocktails tall and on the sweeter side.
Waiters are knowledgeable and helpful, good with recommendations, and happy to go the extra mile.
A big, open-plan neighbourhood restaurant, with an adjoining bar area that buzzes on weekends. The warm, inviting décor sits somewhere between steakhouse and gastropub, and the covered outside area is great on sunny days.
After-work drinks and nibbles or lunch meetings.
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Great place. Bar area is cozy and the cocktails are great. The food and service are on point. Love the industrial look of the place.
First time here. Given that we go to places unannounced, this was yet my best pic. We were received well at the door and allowed to choose where to sit. The menu was had a lot of variety and the fact that every item is clearly marked including the small plates.
Choose the beer batered fish and chips which came with wedges not chips and peas. And the fish just melts in your mouth and filling.my crews opted for their burger which was filling and served with hand cut chips which are simply delicious.
For desert we had the fondant with berries and vanilla ice cream. Clearly the best and youd swear the berries were freshly picked off the tree.
Definitely going back and its worth a try.
The Foundry, Parktown North
LOCATION: 7 Parktown Quarter, 3rd Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg. Secure parking available behind the restaurant.
DRINKS: We sampled a variety of aperitifs, craft beers and home-made roasted coffees in this rustic look bar and eatery. Our favourites are the Gin Blossom (not on the menu) a potion made from Whitley Neill Protea & Hibiscus Gin (This flavoured variant is exclusively available in South Africa, inspired by the wild & natural beauty of the African landscape, it is also a handcrafted gin of exceptional quality), the Gin Blossom also included Ginger Tangerine Tea, Fitch & Leeds Tonic and Lime. This delectable, refreshingly creative mix was flavourful and colourful. So ask for it when you visit. Cup a Tea, Please, this aperitif can actually be shared with 3 other people besides yourself, it poured out 4 glasses. Presented in a stylish, black metal tea pot and a glass which held an infused cucumber ice ball made it an interesting drink (a combination of Strawberry & Cream Tea Reduction yumm, Lime, Inverroche Fynbos Gin, Fitch & Leed’s Tonic). Refreshing. The Big Lebowski, presented with a pink jello shooter and a slice of lime. This beautiful and delicious pink concoction was a combination of the perfect amount of Lavender Cordial, Vanilla Vodka, Martini Extra Dry & Bianco and Lime. Every cocktail we explored was colourful, interesting and divine.
Beers : The Foundry offers a beer tasting paddle. This is the perfect to way to explore their huge selection of craft beers. Some of the craft beers we explored were : Naked Mexican, Dragon Ginger Beer, CBC Amber Weiss and Franky Four Fingers (yes, named after the fictional character from the movie SNATCH, whose a criminal with a gambling problem; they extremely inventive and creative at The Foundry, this easy to drink, light weiss is The Foundry’s very own craft beer and a MUST HAVE). The Foundry has a true appreciation of beers, there are a wide selection of wit bier, dunkel, stout, cider, ale, Weiss, pilsner, saison, pale ale, lambic, amber ale and lager. The Foundry’s bar is fully stocked.
APPETIZERS/HORS D’OEUVRE/STARTERS: Tuna Ceviche Tacos – Sprinkled with bright, orange Trout Caviar this dish has 4 crunchy, mini tacos filled with fresh tuna sashimi, avocado, sesame oil & wasabi mayo. A light meal all on its own and perfect for the summer season.
ENTRÉE/MAINS: Pork Belly and Cider Bacon Jam – I generally don’t order PORK in restaurants but I was feeling adventurous on the day. This beautifully presented dish. Made me realise never to be closed minded ever again about any of my previous experiences elsewhere; and always be willing to try out new flavours. Served with crackling, lime pumpkin, macadamia bacon chutney, potato fondant, wilted greens and pickled APPLE. Must be how the forbidden APPLE tasted to Adam and Eve. All the elements came together perfectly. A pretty dish, Art on a plate. MUST TRY!!
Fillet & Bone Marrow – 250g Beef Fillet, Potato Fondant, wilted greens, charred black mushrooms, red wine jus. Firstly, who doesn’t love a perfectly cooked fillet. I personally love the bone marrow. Every element was seasoned to well.
All mains we tried were bursting with a variety of flavours, with the perfect seasoning. All meals are colourful, there is a great deal of technique and precise used in their dishes, which must be celebrated.
DESSERT/SWEETS: Dark Chocolate Fondant – A beautifully baked fondant, with ginger biscuit crumble, vanilla gelato topped with fresh mint garnish, strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.
Dark Chocolate Marquise – Mascarpone, chocolate pistachio soil and SALTED caramel. This is my favourite dessert. I loved the flavours and textures. It all comes down to the perfect combinations. Taste was Spectacular!
AMBIENCE: Well a “Foundry” in general, is a space slightly darker than usual place. So in keeping with the theme the lighting is a bit darker; which suited me just fine. The bar and eatery was buzzing with patrons. There seem to be different types of individuals at The Foundry, corporates, casuals, young, not so young.. It’s a place everyone can enjoy!
SEATING: There is an outdoor seating section if you prefer more light. The table sizes varied. There are different defined areas to the eatery; the bar area and dining area. Bookings are essential, even though The Foundry is already 5 years old. This place gets full and quickly.
HANDS: As I walked in, I was greeted with friendly, attentive smiles. My waiter Brian, was knowledgeable, efficient and friendly. Ask for him, when you visit, nice guy. The GM of The Foundry, Andrew Norton formerly from a corporate environment loves this vibey environment. Andrew is professional, energetic, friendly, talkative and a total down to earth, approachable guy.
ART: The art on the main wall, is a wall sculpture; the idea was spotted by the streetsmart, visionary co owner Gary Hollywood. In the depiction there is a man; a solitary walker, walking the streets of New York City (we can see The Brooklyn Bridge). The streets seemed almost deserted. He is the main focus of this artwork; although we can also deduct the picture is also about city life. In this image you can’t see the MYSTERIOUS man’s face (his back is turned) so we can’t tell what sort of mood he is in, where he is going to, or coming from. We just notice his posture. Maybe he is coming back from a real Foundry (a sort of work place), maybe from a celebration; or going to one!!…You tell me what you think!
VERDICT: Thank you for an amazing experience The FOUNDRY, from the aperitifs to the desserts to the main wall artwork every element was thought about in-depth. It was a wonderful experience (food, drinks, staff, the company) and best of all the flavours on the menu was not only delivered but exceeded my expectations.
From the moment you walk in to the restaurant, you can feel an urban tribal ambiance. And I like that, the staff uniforms, the decor and even the amazing bar is on point.
But, lets not forget about the Wagyu Burger - which is to die for! You can leave the bun, but the actual burger patties is out of this world. It almost tastes like a steak.
Hands down best Wagyu burger yet!