Housed within the imposing Forum Homini Hotel at the sprawling Letamo Game Estate, Roots is a wonderful choice for a memorable dining experience in the heart of Johannesburg. Wooden-finish flooring, crystal-like booths and tables draped in black tablecloths complete a jovial ambiance at Roots. While it specializes in carefully crafted table d'hôte meals offered for dinner, lunch and breakfast, weekend lunches and brunches are also equally popular here. Wine tastings held on Fridays attract wine buffs, while gourmands hop in to relish a mix of cuisines like African, Asian and European. Chef Adriaan Maree has chalked out an intelligently priced bill of fare that does justice to diners' whims and budgets.
Brick-lined walls, plush and cozy chairs, old-school decor elements and attention to minute detailing make Central One a hip venue for romantic dates and business dinners. Perched atop the ritzy centrally located Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, this rooftop spot offers some sweeping views of one of the busiest quarters of South Africa, as one gets to soak in some breathtaking vistas of imposing skyscrapers sharing canvas with European-style buildings. Beneath, tuk tuks, tourist buses and swanky BMWs and Mercs race by. Central One provides an ideal escape from the bustle, allowing guests to spend a relaxed evening by the pool or simply gaze at the beautiful sun sets of the tribal land.
A sophisticated ambiance radiates around the four corners of March Restaurant, a chic dining venue at the African Pride Melrose Arch Hotel. Rich velvet booths, imposing lights, mosaic planks and attentive service create an intimate atmosphere to enjoy some delectable preparations. Menu offers a heady mix of local delicacies and intercontinental dishes that promise to appease even the hardest to please food snobs. Do order its wholesome gourmet burger, an all-time favorite at March. Other equally toothsome offerings include calamari stuffed with prawn caesar and salsa and the creamy butternut soup. An impressive selection of fine wines augments the ambrosial eats served here.
Chief's Boma is an upscale restaurant situated within the Indaba hotel. The restaurant offers an authentic local dining experience with a modern twist. The decor is inspired by the city's rich heritage and evokes a sense of warmth and comfort with its rich earth tones, tribal-inspired design and even features a watering hole frequented by flocks of native birds. The menu draws inspiration from the country's rich heritage, featuring a selection of fine game meats, stews and some Afrikaaner specialties. Opt for the prix-fixe A Taste of Africa Dinner to savor the full range of culinary delights on offer here. While the menu changes daily, some specialties include the grilled ostrich medallions, lamb curry, baboetie and fresh line fish. The accompanying sauces and sides add a depth of flavor and intensity to each dish. The live Marimba band sets the mood for an enjoyable evening out.
Sandton Sun Hotel sprawling terrace is home to San Deck, an airy lounge that serves delectable European and African fare. While diners enjoy some spectacular views of Sandton's urban yet pristine landscape, cozy fireplaces, opulently upholstered seating booths and a small swimming pool complete its convivial ambiance. Apart from some well-crafted dinner and lunch offerings, San Deck is also popular for some serene sunsets of the city's CBD area.
Mint-green lights and white walls radiate a soothing atmosphere at Fresh Restaurant, the hip breakfast spot at The Rosebank Hotel Crowne Plaza. The bistro's USP remains its use of freshly sourced produce to prepare all its nutritional offerings which do not lack on the taste quotient. The buffet-style breakfast spread includes an array of dishes including traditional South African delights and contemporary eats. The open kitchen at Fresh only reinforces its philosophy of going organic and using natural, farm-procured stuff free from additives and artificial seasonings.
Housed within the lovely Reef Hotel, on Anderson Street, Gold Mine Cafe is a popular breakfast haunt. Best known for their hearty and wholesome start-of-the-day meals, the eatery remains open all week and caters to not only tourists living it up at the hotel but also locals from the nearby Newtown area. While buffets and prix fix breakfasts are exceedingly popular here, the a la carte menu is also thick with delectable dishes like chicken tramezzini, burgers, stir fries and such. Apart from that, the cafe also features an impressive bar program.
ThePolo Lounge is an elegant lounge located at the Westcliff in Johannesburg. The cozy ambiance makes it a good spot to spend sometime post-dinner to linger over drinks. The walls are adorned with various pictures and the seating is comfortable with plush sofas and couches. While at the Polo Lounge, try out the Bresaolla and Mozzarella, Grilled Calamari Salad, Grilled Tiger Prawns, Chicken Fajita and Penne Pasta. Select from a variety of cocktails and other mixes, or an excellent cup of coffee to go with your light meal.
The Conservatory is a great cafe located at the Westcliff in Johannesburg. A soothing place to just relax with a cup of tea or enjoy a light meal in a relaxed and calm atmosphere. Sip on a cocktail while you enjoy the elevated view of the pool and dig into one of the cakes or pastries on offer at this fantastic cafe. The service is excellent and this is a great place to just relax your nerves.
A fantastic dining option within the 54 on Bath, Level Four has been delighting hotel guests and visitors alike with its menu of modern specialties. The restrained menu, with creations by each of the chefs, offers different styles and influences. Choose from delights such as the fillet of kabeljou, Alaskan king crab meat, five spice roast chicken and char-grilled Scottish salmon. Breakfasts are a popular affair with the hotel guests. The dining room is warmly-lit, with the intricately patterned red wall adding a touch of class. The black and white chairs add a nice contrast to the space. Check website for more.