I’ve just got back from a whirlwind food and travel adventure to Johannesburg where I caught up with the food scene in our biggest and most vibrant city. I used to live there, so Joburg is my second home and I love visiting. Normally I stay with family and friends and land up spending most of my time in their homes and don’t get out as much as Id like. Last week was a little different. I stayed in four amazing hotels and bounced around old favourite haunts and discovered a few amazing new places. kulula.com – South Africa’s number one low-cost airline and Avios Rewards Programme (who they have recently partnered with) invited me to fly to any destination in South Africa for a foodie adventure and I chose Joburg. South Africa is filled with exciting destinations and Avios customers can earn three Avios for every R10 spent on Kulula flights. If you are not collecting points every single time you fly, you are wasting an opportunity. Places to go, people to see, and food to eat is what I always say.
Avios is the reward currency for the British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Meridiana Club,as well as the Avios Travel Rewards Programme in the UK and South Africa. The Avios Travel Rewards Programme turns everyday spending on flights, accomodation and car hire. It offers members the chance to get to their dream destinations quicker by collecting Avios without changing their spending habits. Avios can be used towards return flights with British Airways, on flight upgrades, car hire and hotel breaks. You also get points at other partners like Pick n Pay and BP.
Where can you collect Avios in South Africa:
- Booking cash flights with British Airways, kulula and other partner airlines.
- From fuel at BP.
- Converting Pick ‘n Pay smart shopper points into Avios.
- Spending on the Avios Credit Card or British Airways Executive Club Credit Card or by converting Standard Bank UCount points and Absa Rewards.
- Car rental with Avis.
- Booking accommodation through Avios.com.
- Selling a house through Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.
I’m so excited to be giving away one return ticket to one lucky reader to any destination in South Africa sponsored by Kulula. You too can fly away and have a foodie adventure of your own in Cape Town, Durban, George or Joburg as I did. Or do other things that you love. Check out the competition details at the end of this post and GO and enter now!….and tell your friends about it too.
I realised very soon into my stay in Joburg that I needed at least another three trips to properly catch up with the best food in town, so I’m only including a few of the highlights here. I cant wait to visit again for more deliciousness.
3 fab new restaurants to visit
Luke Dale Roberts X at the Saxon
I was invited to dine at the New Luke Dale Roberts X signature restaurant at the Saxon and it was a fine dining adventure of note. They serve an eight course tasting menu paired with or without wine and you can opt for a local or international pairing. We chose the local. The kitchen is run under the experienced and seemingly peaceful leadership of Candice Philip who with a small team of chefs create and cook an impressive range of contemporary dishes. As with any degustation menu of this calibre – and paired with wine, the meal is an orchestrated eating journey that takes you through an array of flavour and textural stages. Its intense and its often mind-blowing. I found the restaurant to be more formal that Lukes Cape Town establishments and the small space with highly attentive staff buzzing around makes it feel more like a production than a regular dining experience, but I really loved it. The staff are super friendly and jacked up.
My favourite restaurant experience in my week in Jozie was a lunch at Urbanologi on Saturday. Located in the trendy 1 Fox street The Sheds precinct and inside the Mad Giant Brewery, this is an edgy and uber cool space to house a restaurant of this nature. The interior has a retro / industrial feel with murals by graffiti artist – Justin Nomad. Furniture and interior designer – Haldane Martin, ceramicist – Mervyn Gers and organic uniform designer – Daniella Kisten. Angelo Scirooco – who won the San Pellegrino Chef of the year in 2015 and who worked under Liam Tomlin at the Chefs Warehouse and Canteen – one of my favourite restaurants in Cape Town, heads up the kitchen and is knocking up some incredible food. I was blown away by the menu, the presentation and the man himself. The menu is likely to change and evolve but I do hope they never take the deep-fried potatoes with seaweed emulsion off the menu because this mayo is life changing and after a little interrogation I’m so going attempt to make something similar because it is that wonderful. We ate as much as we could and the steamed buns with truffle creme and toasted potato skin salt (I know right?) along with the crispy dropped black pepper pork belly with a tamarind dressing are dishes that will linger in my memory for a while.
Cafe Del Sol Tres
This is the third restaurant in the Cafe Del Sol group and its recently opened to add some 1920’s art deco glam to 4th Ave Parkhurst with a menu that is a slight departure from the two sister restaurants. Cafe Del Sol Classico (the first to open) in Olivedale won best Italian eatery in Gauteng in the 2015 Eat Out Awards and is the only one I haven’t been to but its a winner. I ate at Café del Sol Botanico in Bryanston on my previous trip to Jozie and loved it. The Landmark Cocktail bar adjacent to the restaurant is wonderful with award-winning mixologists on hand to create bespoke cocktails for you if you so desire. This family of restaurants are lovingly looked over by Mamma Luciana, daughter Chiara, and son Ryan. The food is fresh and hand-made – including the pasta, and only the best, and where necessary, the most authentic ingredients are used. Tres has a few extra cheffy touches added but on the whole it’s intrinsically Italian with a few signature dishes. I loved the halumi and aubergine stack for starters and the limoncello prawns with rocket linguine as a main.
This is the Joburg version of the Cape Town Biscuit Mill Market and its all lifestyle. You can take your food to an upper desk where there is ample seating and a large bar area. Live music happens on Saturday afternoon so its a must visit place in the city even if it gets super busy from 12pm.
China Town Cyrildene
I popped past China Town in Cyrildene on my trip but sadly didn’t have any time for a meal in one of the restaurants. I did some research and would have chosen Northern Foods or Northern Plate (unsure of the exact name) if I had a chance and will do that the next time I visit. The fresh produce market was so awesome and if I lived there I would visit regularly to stock up on amazing greens and other produce.
This is one of my favourite spots to visit in Joburg but really its at its best on a weekend when its bustling with people and the beer garden is packed with festivities and bands. I love the Salvation cafe for a meal and apparently their cheesecake is the best in town.
4th Ave Pankhurst
4th Ave Parkhurst is a culinary hotspot and my old stomping ground. There are so many pavement restaurants on this strip its hard to choose where to go. I adore Nice and their legendary eggs in a bread basket is my favourite dish. I also popped past Basalt – the new homeware store by Jacques Erasmus from Hemelhuijs in Cape Town. Its next level gorgeous and filled with exquisite artefacts and foodie goodies in designer packaging.
1 Fox Street The Sheds
I’m a sucker for inner city dead space rejuvenated into something edgy and arty and 1 Fox Street in Ferreirsasdorp is just that. The precinct houses galleries, the Good Luck Bar and Restaurant, The Fox Market Shed (a food / lifestyle market), and the Fox Junction Event Venue. Its also where the Mad Giant Brewery and Urbanologi are so the perfect spot to chill on a Saturday afternoon. Fox Precinct was part of the first mining camps that sprung up at the time of the discovery of gold in the 1880s and today, this precinct has been transformed into a dynamic cultural hub and will be my new stomping ground when I’m in the city of gold.
4 luxuriouls places to stay
Luxury on every level at this iconic Johannesburg hotel with panoramic views over the forest part of the city (The Parks). Refurbished into a more modern and stylish property centrally located. It’s the ultimate oasis from a bustling city.
The Peech is a beautiful Boutique Hotel with only sixteen rooms centrally situated in the leafy suburb of Melrose. This gem of a property over delivers on the four stars it holds with luxurious rooms and the friendliest staff.
Fairlawns is an opulent and luxurious all-suite boutique hotel located in a the residential Sandton neighbourhood of Morningside. The property has undergone a major revmap taking and it into a more modern era, but it still has a stately ambience with a park-like feel in an established garden. Its a tranquil sanctuary for any kind of traveller with one of the best Spa’s I’ve ever been to.
Luxurious and contemporary glamour in this modern boutique hotel with only 9 suites (all very large), and perfectly situated near to the Sandton CBD. Its part of the Morukuru Family and is also a Relais & Chateaux property.
WIN one return ticket to any destination on Kulula. To enter simply leave a comment naming one of the Avios partners and telling me where you would go and one place you would like to visit when you get there.
The competition is open to anyone in South Africa over the age of 18 and remember sharing is caring. The more you tell all your friends the better.
Winner will be drawn and announced on Friday 12th of August.