Whilst Capetonians batton down the hatches and hibernate in winter, apparently nothing stops the Jo’burg set from going out. Not even cold weather or a thunderstorm. They work hard and party hard (so they say). Thus, there’s little point in trying to entice them out from under the duvet with all sorts of special winter food fare like they do to people who have The Mountain. But here are some restaurants in Johannesburg offering fine food at excellent prices, even if they are not only for winter. This gives you Joburgers more money to party. Remember, eating is not cheating.
Whilst we aim to be accurate, please contact the restaurant beforehand to confirm the special.
Sizzling set menus
The Grillhouse at Katzy’s
Rosebank and Sandton
With art deco furnishings and subtle lighting, reminiscent of the classic New York grillhouse, The Grillhouse has a warm earthy feel, making it perfect for cold winter nights. This restaurant is popular with families and top businessmen alike and you may even spot a celebrity. Enjoy a three-course set menu for R299 or R349. Their slow-roasted prime ribs from R131.95 are also highly recommended along with their excellent selection of wines and malts. Visit their website at www.thegrillhouse.co.za for contact details.
East meets West in a superb location at this intriguing two-level restaurant where the cuisine matches the warm decor. Set menus start at R200 per person, with deliciously warming dishes like oxtail slow-cooked in a red wine sauce, beef massaman curry with peanuts and coconut milk and roasted duck in a coconut milk red curry with litchi, peppers and cherry tomatoes. Not to mention their desserts which include créme brûlée, chocolate pancakes and yoghurt panna cotta. Tel 011-658-0080.
Originally, established as a tea room, Linger Longer served its first guests in 1961. Nowadays patrons can enjoy fine dining and signature dishes at this historic and nostalgic restaurant in upmarket surrounds. Choose from 3 three-course set menus from R310. The set menus include oven-roasted beef fillet, ménage a trios of beef, lamb & venison, crocodile & prawn in a mango curry sauce, duck leg confit & crispy breast, as well as tempting duo of Amarula & chocolate crème brûlée and chocolate garnachè. There is an a la carte menu as well. Tel 011-884-0465, email email@example.com, www.lingerlongerrestaurant.co.za.
Coco Bongo offers guests an unforgettable and unusual entertainment experience. Live entertainment includes music, magic shows and dancers. Their fare ranges from chicken to seafood and meat dishes to vegetarian. Popular platters include Surf & Turf R119, Rib & Rump R119, Ribs & Prawns (or calamari) R99 and Chicken & Ribs R99. Three-course set menus start at R209. Tel 011-511-1826/7/8, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cocobongo.co.za.
If you like Portuguese food at good prices, then get to your nearest Adega restaurant. Catering for for a variety of tastes and styles, you are bound to find something tasty to enjoy. Fresh oysters for R5.90, Peri-Peri chicken from R55, Adega Platter with calamari, giblets, mussels and chicken livers for R59 and 1kg king prawns done in true “Adega” style for R119. They also have set menus starting at R130. Visit their website, www.adegas.co.za, to find an Adega restaurant near you.
Moyo @ Zoo Lake
Moyo provides a tranquil retreat from the urban hustle and bustle of Joburg. A relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere presides by day and as night falls you can enjoy cocktails and fine dining as the sun sets. From May until the end of July feast on a Pan African Potjie and Tagine Buffet menu every Thursday evening for R145. Expect oxtail potjie, ostrich potjie, chicken tagine, seafood potjie and a pudding potjie, served with a variety of delicious sides. Tel 011-646-0058, email email@example.com, www.moyo.co.za.
Billy G Buffet Restaurant
This family buffet restaurant at the popular Monte Casino serves a sumptuous buffet for only R170. From duck to ostrich and seafood to curries, there’s plenty to tempt you on the menu. On Mondays couple’s receive a complimentary bottle of wine, there’s free Nu Metro movie tickets on Tuesdays, pensioners get 50% discount every day of the week and you can also get a free meal on your birthday. Tel 011-510-7923, www.montecasino.co.za.
Carvers Restaurant and Pub
Over the years this Cape-Dutch restaurant has established a reputation for excellent food and service. Their eat-as-much-as-you-like buffets are legendary and with an array of salads, soups, roasts, casseroles and desserts you will need many trips to sample them all! All this for only R135 and R85 at lunchtime on Tuesdays through to Saturdays. Children pay R5.50 for each year of age. Tel 011-678-5417/8, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.carvers.co.za.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is also a great hangover cure on weekends. TSG (formally Tony’s Spaghetti Grill) offer a sumptuous breakfast buffet for R55 on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Parents will be delighted to hear that there’s a dedicated play area housing Playstation and DVD’s to keep the kids amused so you can enjoy your eggs and bacon in peace. If you can’t get out of bed in time for breakfast, from 18h00 selected pastas go for R50 and selected pizzas for R55. They also deliver if you really can’t get out of bed at all. Tel 011-465-7270, email email@example.com, www.tsg4ways.co.za.
Warming winter fare
Traditional family values and deliciously fresh and wholesome gourmet fare are what you’ll discover at Junipa’s, where the coffee is specially roasted and the artisan bread is warm out of the oven. This café and bistro offers an ambience like no other and reminds us of what it truly means to feel at home. Delicious winter fare can be found on the winter menu, including bangers and mash for R70, wild mushroom potato gnocchi for R80 and lamb shank or oxtail for R150. Tel 011-706-2387, email firstname.lastname@example.org, www.junipas.co.za.
Parkview and Bedfordview
Moyo is celebrating Northern Africa until the end of July. From the full-bodied flavours of Moroccan palace cookery, the fiery dishes of Tunisian cuisine and the humbler dishes of Egypt and Algeria, food in Northern Africa is the occasion for communion and celebration with family and friends. Tantalise your tastebuds at The Mezze-Style Taste of Northern Africa for R100 per person (serves 2). Expect a variety of dips with Tunisian flatbread, Moroccan mint meatballs, Algerian fish cakes, a Tunisian tajine along with a grilled vegetable salad. Tel 011-646-0058, www.moyo.co.za.
Fourways and Bedfordview
Combine Brazil’s party culture and fine cuisine and you have Rodizio, where anything goes as long as you’re enjoying a great meal and looking for fun. There’s dinner, there’s music and there’s dancing – and nothing can be hotter than the samba or the tango! They have just launched their winter menu for R155 per person, Tuesday to Thursday. There are other set menus from R165 to choose from and a Sunday buffet (Fourways only) for R155. As an added extra, if you are in Bedfordview why not take a Latin American dance classes for R70 a class? Visit their website at www.rodizio.co.za for contact details.
If we’ve missed out a wonderful winter special or a great place with good prices that you know about, please let us know! Email email@example.com with your suggestions and we could add it to the list for others to know about.