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Proud Mary, Rosebank

Must Visit Restaurants in South Africa

A salivating spectrum of food experiences awaits you.

From Cape Town’s historic heart to Rosebank’s foodie hub and from an iconic address in Johannesburg to the middle of the Kalahari Desert: South Africa’s intrepid culinary heroes continue pioneering new, exciting restaurants all over the country for us to explore.

And Then There Was Fire

Within the Nirox Sculpture Park in the Cradle of Humankind, you’ll discover a low-slung rustic pavilion with walls of naked wood, floors of sand, and a warm, strangely nostalgic ambience. It’s in this delicious paradox of primeval and sophistication that And Then There Was Fire is located, a woodfire grill and tapas café that employs the raw power of flame to create unforgettable food experiences. The restaurant seeks to reconnect the diner with nature and our origins as the first creatures to harness fire.

Krugersdorp |

and then there was fire

and then there was fire

Klein JAN

Touted as “South Africa’s most immersive and game-changing dining experience”, Klein Jan honours the culinary traditions and ingredients of the cultures and communities that call the Kalahari home. With Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen at the kitchen’s helm — and a stunning location at the leading private game reserve, Tswalu Kalahari — diners can look forward to a deeply layered, authentic, and immersive experience. And at their doorstep: the sweeping and profoundly beautiful Kalahari awaits exploration.

Tswalu |



Proud Mary

Is the Credence Clearwater Revival song stuck in your head yet? Slap bang in the middle of Rosebank’s foodie district, Proud Mary is a luxurious, mid-century-inspired, all-day eatery and wine bar. Here, seductive lighting, plush fabrics, industrial accents, cascading plants, and sky-scraping shelves of wines by small-batch, local, and independent producers spell out leisurely evenings of exquisite food and wine.

Rosebank, JHB |

proud mary

proud mary


Set in one of Joburg’s most iconic addresses overlooking the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, TANG is the new, high-energy Asian Restaurant and bar on the block. With its lavish tropical environs and uber-chic interior design, this casual fine dining restaurant is an effortless blend of Miami resort and oasis. TANG’s award-winning team of culinary talents is led by seasoned chefs, who have devised a menu that offers a unique take on the Japanese Izakaya style of dining, as well as classic Cantonese-style cooking.

Sandton, JHB |



The Test Kitchen Fledglings

Few restaurants in South Africa can rival The Test Kitchen’s astronomical reputation and prowess. But now, chef Luke Dale-Roberts’ famous Restaurant has released unto the world its progeny in the historic heart of Cape Town. The Test Kitchen Fledglings offers mentorship — the ultimate skills training opportunity for aspiring chefs — at affordable prices for diners and with the usual standards and service its parent restaurant is known for. It’s delicious food, born of love, that creates game-changing opportunities. What more could you ask for?

Cape Town CBD |



Restaurant Bôujee

Located in the industrial-chic De Waterkant district of Cape Town, the new Restaurant Bôujee is giving the city’s stalwart sushi spots a thorough run for their money. The menu strikes a seductive balance between traditional and innovation, leaning heavily towards Japanese cuisine, but with international favourites to please all palates, like beef steak and roast vegetables, Norwegian salmon steak, and lobster tail salad. The décor is as delightful, colourful, and theatrical, bordering on the kind of eccentric you want to be best friends with.

Cape Town De Waterkant |