- Carnivore Johannesburg, Muldersdrift Estate, Drift Boulevard (T:+27 11 957
2099). This is the South African Chapter of the great Kenyan restaurant. The basic
menu is anything that exists on a Safari Trip! Don't be tempted by the bread and soup,
keep your stomach ready for the main courses which can include Zebra, Giraffe or even
The Dining Room at the Nelson Mandela Square (T: +27 11 884 9555). Lekgotla
translates to 'meeting room' and is designed along the lines of a village
hut. The ambiance, and the food, are very locally themed and excellent. We
did find the service a little lacking on the Friday night as it was so busy.
(last upd: 28/6/2008)
- Greensleves Medieval Kingdom, (T:+27 11 956 6300). If you are
looking to have a quiet night in then this is not the place for you. It is also not the
place to go with one or two people, you need to be a group to really enjoy this medieval
reproduction evening of debauchery! I recommend taking at least 5-6 people with you. The
basic idea of the restaurant is to dress you up in medieval English clothes and then take
you back to the time of kings, queens, knights, ladies, serfs, wenches and lackeys with no
cutlery and old fashioned food narrated by a somewhat enthusiastic mâitre'd! Good fun.
Maggie's Farm, (T: 011 659
1800, e: firstname.lastname@example.org). OK, this is currently by far, my most
favourite spot to go to in Jo'bo. Its an open restaurant with a wonderful
shop linked to it that serves Home Made foods... and more importantly, the
*best* chicken pie in the world (well.. at least on a par with Harry's Pie
Shop in Wallamaloo Wharf in Sydney). The home made jams are also a treat and
should not be missed. This is a definate stop over if you visit the lion
park or Sun City. #1(last
- The Butcher
Shop & Grill, Shop 30 Nelson Mandela Square, Under the
Michaelangelo Hotel (T:+27 11 784 8676/7; e:
This is really a butchers shop and you can still buy a pound of meat here
but its greatest attraction is the fact that this shop also hosts a very
sizeable restaurant with similarly sized portions to go with it. You can
gorge on a 1Kilo T-Bone steak or an 800g Fillet Steak or even a rack of ribs
that, in the old days, needed needed a finger bowl the size of a bucket
(sadly no more). While this is a staple restaurant of the visitor scene, I
feel its become a little too commercialised and teh overall quality has
dropped over the years. Well sworth visiting if you are in Sandton though.
- Browns, 21 Wessels Rd, Rivonia (T:+27 11 803 7605 or 083 456 8303).
Very nice and pleasant Portuguese style restaurant. Good fun and great prices.
- Fishmonger, 204 Oxford Road, Thrupps
Centre, Illovo (T: +27 11 268 0067/8). This is a wonderful fish
restaurant run along a greek-influenced mediterranean theme. The fish is
always good here and the ambiance always relaxed and very busy so do book.
Harrisson's on 12th Avenue, Corner of 12th Avenue & WEssel Road,
Rivonia, 2128 Johannesburg (T: +27 11 807 0825). This is another
outstanding restaurant near Sandton. Excellent steaks and seafood.
- Thunder Gun,
Shop 5 PAlala Centre, Corder of BeyePArs Naude & Lewisham, Blackheath
(T/F: +27 11 678 7224). One word for this place: RIBS. This place serves
up a proper decent rack of ribs in a saloon-style setting. The area its in
is less than savoury being very indsrtialised but it is well worth the trek.
Generally will not disappoint.
- Wombles Restaurant, 17 3rd Ave,
Parktown North, 2193 Johannesburg (T: +27 11 880 2470; F: +27 11 880 8338).
This is a lovely Steakhouse Restaurant tucked away in Parktown. They serve
delicious game as well as regular fare and is very well worth the visit.
Duncan & Yvette Barker run the place beautifully and its definately worth
locating this gem of a restaurant.
Sandton Sun, Fifth and Alice
Street, Sandton, 2196. (T: +27 11 780 5000). Really convenient hotel in
Sandton. Really good beds but overall the hotel is starting to show its age.
Nonetheless, it seems to be one of the more reasonably priced business hoels
in the area and for that alone, well recommended. (last
Michaelangelo Towers Hotel,
8 Maude Street, Sandton Central, 2146. (T: +27 11 245 4000). Again a
very convenient hotel in
Sandton. We took a 2-bed suite as a family at a better rate than 2 rooms in
any of the Sandton hotels. Very impressed with the overall quality of the
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