South Africans are big red meat eaters, however, if you aren’t a fan there are always other delicious options on the menu. If you’re planning a trip, make sure these restaurants are on your to-do list.
Located inside the swanky 54 on Bath hotel in Rosebank, the Level Four Restaurant and Champagne Bar is a great place to go to if you want to indulge. You can sit inside and have dinner in an intimate setting, or outside on the terrace and be surrounded by immaculate gardens. This is the perfect spot, whether for high tea or for sundowners and some tapas.
A South African man raised in Italy, Alessandro Khojane, is the founder of this hit restaurant in Bryanston, an upmarket suburb in Johannesburg. Gemelli is definitively Italian but simultaneously very contemporary in its design and ambience, with a large mural lining the main wall fronted by a long marble-topped bar. The grilled meats on offer are impressive but the real standout on the menu are the pasta dishes – especially the signature dish, the penne Allesandro (named after the owner of course) – a wonderful combination of prawns, smoked chicken, peppers and grain-mustard cream.
This impressive restaurant is in the impeccable Four Seasons Hotels The Westcliffe. It was recently refurbished and boasts unbeatable views of Johannesburg’s skyline. The menu varies from casual afternoon snacks to fine dining in the evening. It’s also a very popular spot for sundowners, with many customers flocking here to take in the view while having a cocktail. If you’re a meat lover, we’d suggest the Karoo lamb chops.
Situated in Fordsburg, this casual eatery is known to serve the best Indian cuisine in Johannesburg. You don’t need to make a reservation and can simply arrive and enjoy authentic and affordable dishes including lamb korma and butter chicken. The garlic naan is to die for – a great take-out idea for lunch the next day.
Situated on a farm in Muldersdrift, Casalinga serves up dishes made with the produce grown there. As chefs prepare your Norwegian salmon filled with mozzarella and topped with béchamel sauce, you can take a walk through the farm. You’re likely to spot a bride as this is also a very popular wedding venue. Also housed on the same property is the Leafy Greens Cafe catering to both vegans and vegetarians. Here, you can browse at the little store that sells an assortment of health products, and be surrounded by lemon trees and roaming chickens as you enjoy your almond brownie.