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Restaurants & Bars
The High Street
Melrose Square, Melrose Arch
011 684 1477, www.moyo.co.za/
This 600-seater is well known for its diverse African cuisine. Their best dishes include grilled beef suya kebab cubes basted with a Nigerian paste of ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, dried onion, coconut and palm oil; and samaki kavu, an East Africa fish curry doused in coconut milk sauce with a little chilli, spinach and crushed peanuts.
The Firs Mall
Rosebank - Johannesburg
011 880 3945
Katzy’s is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or after-dinner cocktail parties. This upmarket New York-style cigar bar is located in Firs Mall in Rosebank and specializes in whiskeys, cognacs and cigars.
Pimville Square Shopping Centre
011 938 9388, www.thebackroom.co.za
Relax with a glass of whiskey and mingle with the locals after the game at this kasi-flavoured cocktail lounge bar in Soweto. The Backroom has a main lounge, a cosy VIP lounge and a Ladies bar serving exotic cocktails and an array of premium whiskeys and cognacs. If you’re hungry, you can also find mogodu, curries, lasagne, home-made chakalaka and dumplings.
The Rustic Theatre
Plot 7, Main Road
011 244 9907/076 981 8843, www.rustictheatre.co.za
The Rustic Theatre has one of the best sports bars in Joburg. The bar has flat screens large enough to make you feel like you are at the actual live event. Here you can have a beer and snack on platters while watching your favourite game. Every Saturday there is also a live band scheduled straight after the match.
69 Drift Boulevard
011 950 6061, www.rali.co.za
The Carnivore is the best place in Joburg to get your meat fix, and it’s quite popular with tourists. The menu has ten different kinds of meat. Besides ordinary meat dishes, they also serve unconventional ones such as kudu, impala, warthog, crocodile and more. The meat is cooked at an open fire and served with pap or baked potatoes.
Radium Beer Hall
282 Louis Botha Avenue
011 728 3866
The Radium Beer Hall started as a tearoom back in 1929 and turned into a jazz bar 15 years later. The bar has live jazz bands playing on most days. You can also get snacks or spicy Portuguese food at the bar.
36 Gleneagles Road, 116 Greenway
011 486 2588
Café C is a cosy cocktail bar located in Greenside. It’s very chill and peaceful, and also makes some of the best martinis in town. The kitchen is open until 1 a.m., so you can get something to eat when the munchies hit.
Corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue
011 726 5775
Located in the artsy Melville, Soi is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. The restaurant specializes in Thai and Vietnamese food. They’ve got curries, the Thai angry duck, and wonderful vegetarian dishes. The wine list has been compiled to compliment the traditional Asian menu – slightly sweeter wines are recommended to compliment the Thai flavours.
Shop 9 & 10, Hobart Centre
Cnr. Hobart & Grosvenor Roads
011 463 4199
This award-winning restaurant has a well stocked deli with an interesting selection of Italian delicacies. The menu only comprises of starters, salads and pastas because the main course changes according to season and what the chef decides to offer.
6980 Vilakazi Street
011 536 1267/011 939 4427
Sakhumzi is situated on the street where Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela lived, Vilakazi Street in Soweto. It’s a great place to eat after a day of sightseeing. Sakhumi serves mogudu, meat stews, steamed bread and salads. Once you’re finished eating you can head to their courtyard and mix with locals while you sip your drink.