5 Must-Try New Restaurants in Joburg

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Ever developing, Joburg always has tons of brand new dining experiences to try, so if you’re in the mood to change things up from your usual spots, we’ve found 5 new Joburg restaurants that are sure to tickle your fancy. With unique items like bubble waffle cones, traditional oxtail, ramen, Cuban sandwiches and gin cocktails on their menus, these spots are well worth a visit.

Ciao – The Little Eatery (Melrose Arch)

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This irresistible spot serves bubble waffle cones, fresh juices and innovative ice creams (think cream soda and black cheesecake!) that are sure to make your taste buds sing. Try it out for hearty breakfast and lunch options, and for a catch-up with friends.

Say Hi to Ciao – The Little Eatery on Facebook

@Kate’s Kitchen (Parktown North)

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Kate’s Kitchen is based on the idea of homely, warming, cultural foods. With tons of options including vegan, vegetarian, meat and fish dishes, @Kate’s Kitchen is the place to be if you’re looking for an intimate experience that reminds you of your mum’s house. Think dishes like oxtail served with creamy samp, mushroom mash and peas; vegan fried rice with tofu; creamy chicken and prawn pasta and a proudly South African peppermint crisp pudding to end off your meal.

Check out the @Kate’s Kitchen website here for more details.

Love Me So (Melville)

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With a cute and catchy name and delicious grub, this vibrant new ramen joint in Melville is already a popular favourite with families and hipster couples. Try the signature dish: a steamy char siu pork ramen with chicken or pork broth, red miso and soy, topped with soy, mirin and sake pork belly, an egg, spring onions, shiitake mushrooms and bok choy. You can also opt to build your own ramen bowl, or sample an authentic Korean BBQ including cuts like beef sirloin and dak chicken bulgogi. The cocktail menu is also fun with Japanese-style candy-store inspired drinks being particularly innovative. This is a fusion of flavours you don’t want to miss!

Pop onto the Love Me So Facebook page here.

The Royale (Craighall Park)

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Hosting a unique, exciting Cuban vibe, The Royale is the ideal spot for socialising with friends and family. The mouthwatering menu is all about enjoyment, not about being completely faithful to Cuban tradition. Try the slow-cooked mojo-rubbed pork belly with orange juice and a delightful caramelised skin; or the Cuban sandwich combining fine bread, high-quality ham, cheese and a sweet mustard sauce. End off with a choice of three desserts: an almond waffle; banana bread with a rum-caramel dip or fried ice cream.

For a Royale treatment, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page here

Tonic (Linden)


With an exquisitely-styled interior featuring hints of retro pink, and a floaty, airy atmosphere, Tonic is every millennial’s Instagram story dream! If you’re serious about gin, then this is the place to be. You’ve got to sample one of their signature botanical cocktails infused with florals, spices, herbs and citrus and while you’re there check out the extensive menu of small plates and nibbles that are also on offer – we love the sound of the gin-cured salmon and lamb kibbeh with sumac yoghurt!

Visit Tonic’s website here for more information. 

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