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Us Joburgers are a tough breed (don’t you agree, Hello Joburgers?). But when the winter chill really sets in, even the most hardened urbanites are bound to flock to restaurants that offer the rustic warmth of a roaring fire. Amidst cold, dry days, we bring you the best restaurants with fireplaces that Jozi has to offer. Trust us, they’re lit!
This old-school chophouse equipped with red wallpaper and African furnishings is a temple of dry age and mineral funk. At Wombles, you can devour fillet, rump, sirloin, T-bone and more in a romantic candlelit setting – consider your next date night sorted! The menu also offers lamb, poultry, venison and fish. The perfect sweet ending to any meal at Wombles is their signature rosewater ice cream – an old family recipe of homemade ice cream filled with Turkish delight, nougat and chocolate, topped with a raspberry sauce and rose petals. We wouldn’t recommend sharing!
A: Shop G9 & G10, Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, 88 Hobart Road, Bryanston
T: 011 880 2470
2 Thai 4
This cavernous restaurant may not fit the textbook definition of ‘intimate’, but the flickering fireplace sure is cosy! Graceful, multi-coloured lanterns suspended from the ceiling are an apt introduction to 2 Thai 4, one of Joburg’s best pad Thai-pushing joints. Grab a table near the hearth and settle in for a night of uncomplicated yet tasty Thai dishes, such as deep-fried fish cakes, chicken coconut soup and roast duck stir-fried with vegetables and tamarind sauce, not to forget the fried bananas and coconut milk – a dish enough to lull you into deep meditation (until the next bite of wok-sizzled chilli sauce!).
A: 59 Corlett Drive, Illovo
T: 011 440 3000
The Bull Run
City slickers can expect a traditional steakhouse experience with a twist at the recently refurbished Bull Run, situated right opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. You may have to battle the hotel’s out-of-town guests to score a seat here, but trust us – it’ll be well worth it. Our advice? Arrive early, pretend like you own the place and enjoy a stiff old-fashioned or negroni. Then, get ready to tuck a napkin beneath your chin, clutch a steak knife in your fist and dig into one of their gorgeously grills meats and super-rich sides, with a big, bold bottle of red wine on the side.
A: 20 Maude Street, Sandown
T: 011 884 1400
More than just a local watering hole, Throbbing Strawberry is also a trusty favourite when it comes to social dining. Though you can easily stake out a seat in the late afternoon, the vibe – fueled by cocktails – usually only gets going after the sun goes down. The slightly upscale restaurant serves modern dishes, like artisan pizzas, unusual pastas and sushi rolls, in a playful, well-plated fashion. Our only complaint about Throbbing Strawberry? How long the waiting list can get on weekends!
A: Shop 1, Douglasdale Village Shopping Centre, Douglasdale
T: 011 704 6982
moyo Zoo Lake
Chances are, most Joburgers haven’t had the chance to try the cuisine at a traditional African restaurant. But luckily for foodies looking to expand their epicurean horizons, moyo Zoo Lake reflects some of the texture, spice and flavour diversity of African fare. The more you explore the menu, the more you’ll find yourself craving comfort food dishes in the form of Maputo peri-peri chicken, Nigerian meat kebabs and Sengalese line fish, which go down well with a cocktail like the Tropical Tiki.
A: Zoo Lake Park, 1 Prince of Wales Drive, Parkview
T: 011 646 0058
Where is your favourite place to wine and dine in winter, Hello Joburgers? Let us know in the comments below.
Candice, the Editor of Hello Joburg Magazine, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.