There is a special place on earth for simple, delicious, well-made food. That place might be Parktown North. Over the years, Parktown has been home to a series of dedicated restauranteurs, The Foundry is one such scion.
Start with their bites, such as zucchini fries or citrus olives. Or whet your appetite with a small plate of Jamaican jerk bbq ribs or jalepeno chicken livers. Popular mains include half spit roasted chicken served with fries or a meze salad and accompanied by a peri-peri, lemon or mustard and garlic sauce. If you are sharing, the meat tasting board which includes crispy wing skewers, Jamaican jerk ribs, pork belly strips, lamb koftas and pumpkin ale fritters is a perennial favourite. The rump and rocket salad satiated all of my desires. The matured rump, cut into strips was tendered and well basted. On a bed of pickled radish, caramelized baby onions, feta, tomatoes, spinash and chili balsamic reduction – the salad defined perfection. I ordered a side of handcut fries which were cut to the perfect size, were perfectly crispy and slightly sweet while being perfectly salted. If you leave space for dessert, the honeycomb affogato, which is honeycomb gelato and a single origin espresso will be the sweetest way to seal your meal.
The drinks list is varied and of an excellent standard. From beer on tap, such as Soweto Gold to bottled beer, which includes old faithfuls like Castle Lite, the offering is broad. Cocktails are made at the inhouse bar and include colourful options such as the Me & Mr Jones, a Monkey Shoulder, pear liquer and lemon-grass wonder. Various wines are on offer, the Hartenberg Doorkeeper Shiraz served by the glass was a perfect accompaniment to the steak salad.
From a welcoming hello, to a kind and attentive ear, the service is unfailing.
Enjoy cool side-walk views under yellow umbrellas and hanging pot-plants, or venture inside where a relief artwork looms over brickwork. The indoor area also has a hanging screen and projector, which is perfect for birthday celebrations, unusual meeting spaces or ambient functions.
Spectacular, clean greens and grains to accompany well-made steaks – and possibly the best handcut chips in Parktown North.
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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!
As much as I enjoyed our dinner here, I was a little bit disappointed by the quality of the food. I had the tuna with wasabi mash...which the waiter promised is something that they have mastered, however I regret to day that it is far from the best I've had and was overcooked (and subsequently overpriced). The vibe is awesome and the service is good, but they still have to learn the art of the perfect dish. Overall awesome evening, and definitely worth the visit - but skip the tuna!