Things I Want To Eat in Johannesburg
One of the best values in Johannesburg is the cost of food and drink. I’ve known this for a while judging by the grocery stores, but it wasn’t until my recent outing with my work friends (the Youth League) that I realized this is the case in restaurants as well.
Case Study 1: After a failed attempt to check out Yo Grapes at Wolves Cafe’s Howl (apparently the new/popular/hip bars in Joburg require “reservations” in order to sit and drink), we went to Doppio Zero in Rosebank. At this “Italian themed” restaurant I ordered a tanqueray mojito for the equivalent of USD4 (the regular price, not a drink special).
Case Study 2: Melanie, John and I had three entrees and a bottle of wine at The Leopard in Parkhurst for a song. And we sat for ages. I had the best parmesan zucchini penne of my life. Also, I want their tables in my future home.
Now that I fully grasp the purchasing power of USD to ZAR for food and drink, I have a list of restaurants I am dying to go to and things I want to eat.
- Consume many cocktails at Kitchner’s Carvery Bar in Braamfontein (5 De Beer Street)
- Eat weird pizza at Trabella in Illovo
- Drink beer on a sunny roof at the 12 Decades Hotel’s Sundays in the City
- Eat Chinese food at Swallows Inn, the oldest surviving Chinese restaurant in Johannesburg, founded in 1940 (6 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg).
- Sip coffee from Cramers Coffee, lauded as the best cup of joe in Jozi.
- Savor an “All Day Breakfast” dish from Eat Your Heart Out on the corner of Fox and Kruger Streets in the Maboneng Precinct.
- Walk across the street and enjoy a milkshake from Uncle Merv’s