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Hello Joburgers, Thai joints are dime a dozen in this city, but there’s much more to the southeast Asian cuisine than the greasy spring rolls and cartons of pad Thai you might order at your local delivery restaurants.
Joburg is actually the perfect place to step up your takeout game when you’re craving Thai grub, whether it’s piquant poké bowls or bao-style buns. These are our top Thai fusion restaurants at the moment for regional specialities and elevated street food.
Best for: a quick meal
Sushi Burrito & Co may come across as a takeaway joint at first, but it’s better to sit down in the bright and vibrant Japanese pop art culture-inspired restaurant and enjoy their fresh and flavourful dishes. Using only high-quality, sustainably sourced fish, they put an Asian fusion spin on a popular sushi trend, tossing cubes of raw fish with ingredients like crispy fried onion, cucumber, carrot and beetroot spaghetti, avocado and spring onion before rolling it up in nori and serving it as a sushi burrito with uniquely Asian flavours like wasabi and sriracha.
A: Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch, Melrose
T: 064 928 1031
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Best for: a casual lunch or social dinner
Unlike its minimalist sister restaurant, Momo Baohaus in Greenside, Momo Soko is a cool and contemporary spot. One thing the two sisters do have in common is that every dish on their menu is a feast for both your eyes and taste buds! On the menu at this cool and contemporary restaurant, you’ll find a range of tapas-style small plates that are great for sharing, like fiery green beans, salmon ceviche tacos and twice-cooked beef ribs. There are also seductively soft, sweet bao buns stuffed with fillings like tofu, roasted meat and fried tempura, as well as poké bowls that play off our love of sushi, burrito bowls and fast food – they’re deliciously good!
A: 198 Oxford Road, Illovo
T: 011 268 6182
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Best for: a special occasion
Urbanologi, situated inside Mad Giant brewery, takes Asian fusion dining to a whole new level with their menu of tantalising and simply to-die-for tapas that can be enjoyed as an à la carte or sharing experience. While the setting is unpretentious, the food is nothing short of sublime – some of the very best in town. Standouts include the gamefish tataki, crispy dropped black pepper pork belly, teriyaki poached sweet potato, majoram cured lamb rib kushiyaki … and the list goes on. The beverage list is just as impressive, with a vast selection of unusual wines and craft beers.
A: 1 Fox Street, Ferreirasdorp
T: 011 492 1399
Candice is the coffee-drinking, fashion obsessed editor behind Hello Joburg Magazine. She’s a self-confessed foodie and champagne enthusiast who also loves all things beauty, travel and home and décor.