Jozi’s New Mexican Hotspot: Perron in Illovo

Hello hello! Apologies for being so quiet, I’ve been living in a bubble that has been far away from reality. I got back from Europe yesterday and had to deal with my inbox, plus tons of admin ahead of our move to Singapore. There’s so much to do, but I’m loving not being at work and spending my time the way I want.  I tried to stay at work for as long as possible so I could get a salary, but now it’s strange, I don’t even care about money anymore. For the first time in a long time, I’ve been feeling completely happy and free- I just don’t know why it took me so long to get here.

I’m trying to do as many reviews as possible so that I can continue with my Sunday Indy page for a while, and I’ll be visiting Dbn and CT in the next few days to gather content there (I really have exhausted most of Jozi), so if you know of any places worth reviewing in these places please let me know.

Today’s post is about a restaurant that everyone’s been talking about- Perron.

Jozi was in dire need of an upmarket, trendy Mexican restaurant, and brand new Perron in Illovo ticks all the boxes- funky décor, cool vibe, long waiting list and good food.

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It’s a bit awkward cos I went to do a review and they prepared a tasting menu for me which I loved. I then went back with some other bloggers and we liked the food but there were some issues. While some dishes are exceptionally good, like the black bean tostadas (pictured below- two crisp tortilla with “frijoles”, served with a fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cheddar cheese and coriander) and the chilli con carne, others are mediocre – quesadillas are extremely sparse on filling, while a portion of tortilla chips with guacamole consists of only 8-10 chips.

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Fish “tacos” are served in a wrap rather than a taco, and the chocolate sauce for the churros is watered down (churros themselves are done to perfection, however.)

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Despite the lack of consistency with the food, which I expect will sort itself out with time, I love the neon walls, feather lampshades and all round fun vibe. Make sure to book at least a week in advance, this restaurant has become the new foodie “it spot.”

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Have you tried it out yet? Let me know your thoughts…

Address: Illovo Junction, Corner Oxford Road and Corlett Drive, Illovo. Call: 011 880 7296.