Parreirinha (9 Sixth Street, Rosettenville, Johannesburg) – those familiar with South Africa’s contemporary history will note that the country has long had a Portuguese community (which mushroomed after Portugal’s former African colonies, Angola and Mozambique, went independent in 1975). This restaurant, located in the Portuguese community of Rosettenville (south of Johannesburg) serves superb seafood (especially […]
NexDor (6979 Vilakazi Street, Soweto, Johannesburg) – for those sightseeing in the Soweto area (with Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu’s former houses nearby), this may be a place worth hitting afterwards. This restaurant serves a variety of South African dishes, in a bar/grill setting. Diners here will marvel at the “Mandela effect” – a once […]
Moyo (Shop 5, The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg) – located in the heart of Johannesburg (just 15 minutes from Sandton CBD – central business district, via Highway M1), this 350-seater, multi-level modern restaurant – clad in copper with pressed pebble walls – embodies Africa’s finest music and urban cuisine offerings. Business lunches are ever […]
Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar (The Promenade. Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town) – located by Camps Bay’s seaside strip, this restaurant is known for its Greek tapas-style dishes (such as souvlaki, dolmades, keftethes and hummus). Mezepoli also has an impressive wine list, solid service and a warm, welcoming ambience. This Hellenic restaurant, which is […]
Marco’s African Place (15 Rose Street, Cape Town) — for those brave enough to try out exotic dishes like crocodile, springbok (gazelle), ostrich and kudu steak, this is the place for you! This 220-seat restaurant adds atmosphere with its live jazz bands, which perform nightly. A reminder to visitors that they are indeed in Africa.
La Perla (Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town) – this Italian restaurant is the long-running establishment in the Sea Point area. Along with the seaside view, its interior is blessed with various pieces of artwork. Dishes served here include the tagliata with zucchini, pine nuts and parmesan; tagliatelli al ragu, lamb chops and calamari; and […]
Kong Restaurant (The Terrace at Cedar Square, Cedar Road Entrance, Fourways, Johannesburg) – this restaurant (located north of downtown Johannesburg), offers delectable comfort food and grills (with Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese influences), along with a sushi and dim sum menu to-die-for. The venue also offers a host of exceptional features, to ensure any dining […]
Il Giardino (44 Stanley, Milpark, Johannesburg) – this Italian restaurant is located in a shopping mall near Braamfontein, which means it commands a large lunchtime crowd. With homemade pastas, seasonal vegetables, gourmet pizzas and delicious meat, chicken and fish dishes among the dining options here, guests can choose between Tuscan ambience under the olive grove […]
Haiku (58 Burg Street, City Bowl, Cape Town) – located toward the city center, this restaurant serves pan-Asian meals, tapas-style (from Chinese dim sum, to Japanese robata grills). The Peking duck, along with mint lamb chops are other worthy options here.
Fishmonger Illovo (Thrupps Centre, 204 Oxford Street, Illovo) – located within a shopping center in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Illovo (Sandton), this is one of Johannesburg’s most popular seafood restaurants. Items here range from prawns to sushi, fresh oysters, grilled lobster, calamari, etc.