Best of Jozi

Every year, the magazines and newspapers come out with their list of “Best Of” Jozi.
I thought it would be fun to do my own list: “Best Of” restaurants, and I invite you to email your “Best Of” lists in your city to me as well, I promise to share a few!

So here goes…. My Best Restaurants in Jozi are:

Pasta (cheap):
I’ve said it before, I love Franco’s in Parkview.
Their delicious and affordable homely pasta (+- R60 for a BIG portion) will keep you going back over and over.

Pasta (premium):
Cafe Del Sol in Olivedale has great ambiance and pasta. I especially heart their homemade basil pesto gnocchi.
The location is a bit dodgy, (its located in a dark isolated shopping centre), but don’t let that put you off- the restaurant is busy enough to make you feel safe

I am a huge fan of Col’Cacchio.
I particularly like the one at World Wear off Beyers Naude- the manager there is always so on top of everything so you can be assured of excellent service. However, all of the branches serve great pizza!

Menu Category

Pigalle is my favourite seafood restaurant.
They have branches at Melrose Arch and Sandton. This is a great place to go to for a special occasion, it is pricey but the food is ALWAYS excellent.
Signature in Morningside is a close 2nd… I’m such a sucker for good prawns- yum!

Indian (cheap):
Currylicious on Malibongwe Drive serves up the best Durban style curries and bunny chows, as well as breyanis. Get there early ‘cos the stuff tends to get sold out!

Indian (premium):
Ghazal in Bryanston
I often get cravings for butter chicken, and Ghazal is the only place whose curry hits the spot. It is TO.DIE.FOR. I’m craving it as I type this! I think the restaurant is VERY overpriced- R90ish for a chicken curry is daylight robbery but no one else’s butter chicken even comes close. I don’t rate the Raj or Bukhara very highly. Careful, the Ghazal in Sunninghill isn’t as good as the one in Bryanston. Make sure to book a table.

Coffee and cake:
I love Contessa’s in Rivonia but unfortunately they close at 5 during the week and are open on Saturday mornings only. As you can imagine, this lends itself to being a popular hangout spot for soccer moms. They brand themselves as a tea connoisseur of sorts, and the desserts they have are amazeballs!

Contessa’s- isn’t it pretty!

For a late night option, I’d favour Doppio Zero in the Piazza at Rosebank. Piazza’s always have such cool vibes, and the selection of yummy goodies at Doppio is extensive.
A great indoor option is the bar at the Michelangelo hotel in Sandton. They have the most yummy milkshakes and they also do Lindt desserts.
Moema’s in Parktown North has a super indulgent selection of “delights”!

Red velvet cupcakes from Moema’s

Kid friendly:
I think Junipa’s in Bryanston is lovely- I adore watching little kids make their own pizza!

Junipa’s has an onsite bakery

Pappacino’s in Fourways or Midrand is also very popular, although I don’t think their food is very highly acclaimed.

High Tea:
The Saxon off William Nichol (Sandton side) is absolutely amazing. Being treated like a VIP is half the fun, you’ll get escourted from your car to the hotel (about a 50m walk) in a 5 series BMW 🙂

The entrance hallway to the Saxon- breathtaking

For a special occasion:
I’ve already blogged about Cube Tasting Kitchen in Parktown North- a 10 course dining experience!

Dessert at Cube

I also love the setup of Thomas Maxwell Bistro in Sandton. It makes you feel like you’re being transported back to another time, with all the antique decor pieces.

Tasha’s is always a great option, all the branches are usually buzzing and I’ve never had a bad food experience there. Look out for the new branch opening at Hyde Park soon.
Alternatively, 4th Avenue in Parkhurst has a host of options for you to choose from- 2 of my favourites are Vovo Telo and Nice on 4th.

I don’t eat red meat, but what would a “Best Of” list be without a steakhouse? I hear that the Grillhouse has excellent steak, and the Local Grill also comes highly recommended. The Grillhouse has a really cool bar called Katzy’s adjoined to it, so you can make quite a party out of your dinner out.

Picnic spots:
The Walter Sisulu Garden in Roodepoort is simply beautiful. Be sure to check it out while we still have some sunshine! Note that no dogs are allowed there. 

If Cube is a little bit out of your price range, I love DW11-13, Wall Street and Linger Longer. Both are great for romantic occasion, although Wall Street is a bit more of a business dinner venue (read pretentious), like the name suggests!


Wang Thai in Sandton makes the best green curry, IMO. For a bit of a vibier (as opposed to classic) atmosphere, try Kong Roast in Fourways. Also, really good food!

I’m not a big drinker, but I’m always keen to go for an after work drink at a scenic spot. I love the bar at Southern Sun Hyde Park- panoramic view of Jozi. The San Bar at Sandton Sun is also fab, not so much in Winter though.

I really hope you guys enjoyed this post. I loved writing it!
PLEASE share your “best of” lists, be it on fashion, restaurants in your city, holiday destinations or anything that tickles your fancy.. drop me a mail: and i’ll feature a few of you on the blog 🙂 Let’s see how it goes, I might make this a regular feature 🙂

Can’t wait to hear from you and share in your travelfoodfun secrets!


*Some of the photo’s that appear in this post were taken from the respective restaurant’s website