No matter where you are over the summer, there are some delicious new restaurants and bars near you. Here are 7 of our most tantalising new finds to enjoy
A Streetbar Named Desire
From the shades of jade to the irreverent name and top-notch tapas laced with Middle Eastern spices, we love everything about this spot. Sip cocktails like the Tennis-see Williams – vodka, lime, passion fruit and litchi juice, lemon curd, verbena liquor and coriander – and enjoy views from the balcony upstairs while you tuck into plates like the Sabih – Palestinian street food with aubergine, raw veg, egg, pita and zhoug.
144 Jan Smuts Ave, Parkwood Mansions, Parkwood, Johannesburg 011 268 6485 streetbar.co.za
Tanen Wine Bar & Eatery
Tanen is a tiny hole in the wall that’s big on flavour. The decor, with its blushing walls, vases of fresh blooms and gold cutlery, is warm and welcoming. Start with the smoked artichokes, beetroot labneh and edamame beans. For mains, try the citrus-cured fish. End with the cookies and cream, a dark chocolate soft cookie with tahini cream, sumac and a mint milk shot. On the wine list, you’ll find smaller makers and more unusual varietals. Keep an eye on their Instagram feed for wine pop-ups.
32 7th St, Linden, Johannesburg, 087 238 4623 tanen.joburg
The Chef’s Table
Chef Kayla-Ann Osborne has excelled herself in the Durban cuisine scene. Her multi-flavoured, ever-changing menu (З la carte, three-course or six-course with a wine pairing) is influenced by her travels. Look out for her delicious lamb agnolotti or chicken oysters to start – a dish that has never left the menu – and the rolled Midlands quail with truffle risotto, wild mushrooms and winter greens. The Merrivale beef fillet is another dish that pays testament to her local, small and crafted suppliers. Don’t leave until you have savoured the Durban beach pineapple masala dessert.
23-24, Protea Mall, 1 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga 031 001 0200 thechefstable.co.za
Renowned for his award-winning restaurant Overture in the winelands, Chef Bertus Basson has recently added another eatery to his stable. Housed in a historic building in Stellenbosch known as Die Eikestad (‘The Oak City’), Eike ‘is the expression of one simple idea: being South African’ – a long-held dream of Basson’s. The cuisine is ‘inspired by childhood memories of classic local dishes, such as bobotie and plankievleis’ (meat cut up and served on a board).
It’s a small fixed menu with fresh, seasonal selections. Expect an extensive wine list, including some exclusive picks. 50 Dorp St, Stellenbosch. 021 007 4231. bertusbasson.com
This space is like a canvas waiting for artists to unleash their creativity. It’s a unique experiential offering where the concept changes every 25 days, with an entirely new look and theme each month. They’ve just wrapped up their Mad Hatter’s gin party and are about to start their festive-season countdown, dubbed ’12 Days of Tequila’. Expect both Mexican and local tequilas and ice-cold cervezas, Mexican delicacies with a difference, daily cocktail creations and cocktail workshops, while a local mural artist creates different scenes to suit the mood.
Cnr 4th Ave & 12th St, Parkhurst, Johannesburg. blankbar.co.za
Tjing Tjing Momiji & Momiji Lounge
Sandwiched on the middle floor between Tjing Tjing Torii (previously Dear Me), which offers casual, Tokyo-style brunches and bento boxes, and the shrine-red Tjing Tjing Rooftop Bar, Tjing Tjing Momiji is a chic Japanese restaurant with a reservation-only bar lounge. Designed to create an unforgettable experience, the kaiseki (haute cuisine) offering is a 10- to 12-course tasting menu with a recommended sake-and-wine pairing. Expect clean and uncomplicated dishes using mostly seasonal ingredients and decor that’s pared back with light shades of maple, accented by black privacy screens.
165 Longmarket St, 021 422 4374 tjingtjingbar.co.za
Today & Tomorrow
Brought to you by the team behind Yours Truly, Today & Tomorrow has a more substantial offering, including breakfasts (try its berry smoothie bowl), specialities such as its fried chicken sandwich or house burger, plus a range of salads, pizzas, pastas and desserts. A unique offering is the Wax Bar, which has a permanent vinyl set-up, awesome sound and a VIP DJ-only section with loungers.
71 Kloof St, 021 422 0175 yourstrulycafe.co.za
Text: Fiona Davern