Hello Joburgers, what’s not to love about small Spanish savory dishes, typically served with drinks at a bar? We’re obsessed with Joburg’s culinary scene at the moment, so we thought we’d put together our top five tapas style bars.
Lima Tapas Bar at Montecasino, Fourways
What to order: It’s not optional Hello Joburgers – you have to try their sushi burgers, and you can thank us later. Go for the crab or the tuna option. Then the list is endless, from tacos and empanadas to ceviche, the menu is extensive and exciting. The drinks? Leave room for their twists on classics like the Leblon Coconut Caipirinha or the Spicy Jalapeño Margarita.
Why go? You’ll get a lot more than you bargained for. It’s innovative, it’s fresh and its state-of-the-art
T: 011 465 5991
Escondido at Post Office Centre, Illovo
What to order: The Seafood Paella for two – it will blow your socks off! The bucket of prawns
with white wine sauce is also to-die-for. You can’t go wrong ordering their famous deconstructed pulled pork burrito.
Why eat here? It’s the trendiest spot in town. Escondido is consistent, dependable and serves excellent food, offering creative and surprising interpretations of gastronomy.
T: 011 268 0058
Urbanologi on Fox Street, Ferreirasdorp
What to order: Duck Pancakes (only if they’re available to order). Another dosh that will always be one of our favorites – the Banana-barley malt ice cream. You also can’t leave without trying their steamed buns… brioche with truffle crème and pea salt.
Why go? It’s just launched in Jozi and is styled to perfection. You’ll wine and dine all night. Yes, it’s safe and yes, it’s worth the trip. You’re basically guaranteed deliciously elegant Asian Fusion cuisine.
T: 011 492 1399
EB Social Kitchen & Bar in Hyde Park Shopping Centre
What to order: Chef Russell Armstrong allows you to graze through his latest interpretation of social tapas, but be warned this food packs a punch. It’ll leave you salivating, maybe even drooling. Order the poached squid, chorizo and lemon aranccini – it’s yummy, delicate and oh-so crisp. Go all out and order the warm barbequed eel, crab, sushi rice, wasabi tobikko and Japanese dressing. Leave space for dessert because the Almond panna cotta is happiness personified.
Why go? This high-end tapas style restaurant will leave you bright-eyed and eager for more.
T: 011 268 6039
What to order: You’ll be charged an entrance fee of R210 – this includes your choice of three dishes. We recommend the Hickory smoked Octopus, the velvety baked Camembert with exotic mushrooms and the Asian Barbequed braised beef short rib. You’ll land up ordering more, just accept it.
Why go? For the finely crafted drinks. Also, before or after dinner visit their 55 – a quirky
Why go? For the finely crafted drinks. Also, before or after dinner visit their 55 – a quirky Victorian 1900’s lounge warehouse.
T: 011 442 6252
Bianca Spinner is the Lifestyle Editor at Hello Joburg Magazine. Bianca is taking strides as in independent woman in the workforce and combined with her deep seated passion and love for her community, she is sure to increase her insatiable appetite for success.