Johannesburg’s Cube Tasting Kitchen offers a quite unconventional dining experience. The kitchen serves 30 guests at a time, so a reservation is essential. The lucky 30 are then presented with a pre-fixed, 10-course tasting menu, which is slowly revealed dish after dish over the course of no less than three hours. Such a peculiar format arises from the owners’ vision of dining as a community-building occasion, a spark to ignite conversation and community. Cube Tasting Kitchen’s menu is changed monthly and takes influences from the best-known international cuisines.
Cube Tasting Kitchen, 17 4th Ave, Johannesburg, South Africa, +27 82 422 8158
After years of experience in the UK and South Africa, in 2009 chef Marthinus Ferreira eventually established his own restaurant in Johannesburg, DW 11-13. Here, Ferreira pampers his guests, receiving them in a modernly elegant dining room with a menu of creative dishes firmly founded on local cuisine. Recipes like the hammed kroon duck, the oxtail wellington or the roasted hake make this one of the best fine-dining restaurants in Joburg. If you’re looking for a more casual dinner, join the restaurant’s Grazing Room alongside the many youngsters who flock to this venue, and feast on Spanish tapas showcased in the menu.
Choose Koi for a delicious Asian dinner in Johannesburg. With two locations in the city, in Sandton and Rosebank, and another two in Pretoria and Cape Town, Koi is known for a surprising fusion of Japanese and Chinese cuisine with influences inspired by Western fare. decorated, the Koi restaurants blend Oriental allure with the layout of a fast-food diner, managing to accommodate its numerous customers while still maintaining a pleasant ambiance. Koi’s outlets are widely regarded as some of the best spots in Johannesburg to taste great sushi; and Rosebank’s Koi, in particular, boasts a delightful outdoor lounge for a charming al fresco dining experience.
Tasha’s is a prominent chain of ten eateries located throughout South Africa established by skilled restaurateur Natasha Sideris, a household name in the Rainbow Nation’s cooking industry. All Tasha’s cafes offer a range of simple but fresh and delicious bites (salads, sandwiches, tramezzini, omelettes, quesadillas), which makes them a preferred choice for a satisfying brunch or lunch. One of the fundamental elements on which Tasha’s concept is based is that each store should have its own style and spirit. This explains why every café in the chain is uniquely decorated – the branch in Johannesburg’s Rosebank features a beige to brown palette, books hanging from the ceiling on a long, quaint wood table, and more generally a relaxing and delightful ambiance. Truly a little gem of a café in Johannesburg.
There’s a fine, juicy line connecting Johannesburg’s steakhouse Wombles and the African country of Zimbabwe. Wombles’s owners hail from Zimbabwe, and so does the quality, delicious beef meat that they serve their patrons in finger-licking dishes and hearty portions. Customers can make their pick from a tantalizing gamut of eleven different cuts of meat, which come to the table with a romantic touch – a decoration of colourful pansies. Housed in a stately villa, the restaurant’s stunning dining rooms, featuring arresting red walls and opulent furnishings, recreates a bygone aura of Colonial times.