Experience the best of Joburg without leaving home

The government has made it clear that restaurants, bars, cafés and all the rest are very much off limits for the moment. But just because you’re spending time indoors doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in the best food, drink and culture that Joburg has to offer. We know all we usually do is bang on about how great it is to go out, but now we’re going to help bring a little bit of Jozi to your living room.

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Innovative ways local eateries are making their offerings available

Brik Café: Ingredient boxes are available from the conscious café in the Firestation building in Rosebank to keep you fed and healthy. Take your pick from a vegan box (including Almond Creamery almond milk, vegan chocolate chip cookies and vegan Greek feta), vegetarian box (including homemade yoghurt, grain-free granola and ready-to-eat dhal), gluten-free box (including date and walnut gluten-free bread, homemade seasonal preserve and ready-to-eat pulled beef brisket) and the Brik Box (including a 1L Moordrift full cream milk sachet, sourdough bread and coconut macaroons). PS: 10% of box sales goes to the waiters!

How to order: WhatsApp 071 509 3131, email hello@brikcafe.co.za or DM Brik Café on Instagram

Instagram:@brik_cafe

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Publik Wine Bar: This tiny wine bar on Park Corner in Parkwood is now trading mostly as a deli and offering takeaway bread (sourdough and ciabatta), cheeses, olives, anchovies and charcuterie boards as well as meals of meatballs, cannelloni and bao. They also have fresh fruit and vegetables available by the box – but take note that only five boxes are available daily so pre-ordering is encouraged. The best news is that you can still order their boutique wines from their online platform, have them delivered to the bar and pick them up with your bi-weekly haul!

How to order: For deli orders, call ahead on 073 899 4816 so that they get your order ready (it will be wax-wrapped or packed up for takeaway) or for wine orders, visit www.publik.co.za

Instagram: @publikwinebarjhb

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DW Eleven-13: Chef Marthinus Ferreira is bringing the fine dining fare that his popular restaurant in Dunkeld West is known for to the comfort of your home. The roast chicken and lamb shoulder are both accompanied by potatoes, confit beets, carrots and gravy, and are made to serve four people. There’s also pumpkin soup with homemade bread, which makes for a great starter for your meal. Pre-orders are essential – the restaurant needs at least 24 hours’ notice and you’ll need to collect your order from the restaurant. A delivery service is said to be coming soon.

How to order: Call 011 341 0663 or email info@dw11-13.co.za

Instagram: @dweleven_13

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Glenda’s: This much-loved seasonal restaurant and café in Hyde Park is letting customers order most of their menu items for delivery. From chef-owner Glenda Lederle’s coronation chicken salad and her lamb and pea pie with gravy to Sunday roasts and cakes, one of the staff will personally deliver your order if you live in the area – otherwise you can order for collection. And did we mention the delicious ‘isolation treats’ to go? There’s banana bread loaf, fresh ginger loaf, petite fours, brownies, choux boxes and cakes (vanilla, chocolate, caramel or rose).

How to order: Call 011 268 6369 or WhatsApp 083 327 6558

Instagram: @glendasrestaurant

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Lexi’s Healthy Eatery: Joburg’s favourite healthy eatery is making it easy to continue eating vegan and refined sugar free. Chef and owner, Lexi Monzeglio is whipping up freezer meals made for one, two or four people – think black rice risotto, jalapeño mac ‘n cheese, shepherd’s pie, vegetable korma, chickpea and quinoa ragu. These meals are available for collection and delivery (free within a 2km radius of the Sandton and Rosebank stores) and payment can be made via SnapScan or EFT for deliveries or a sterile card machine for collection.

How to order: WhatsApp Yelena on 072 753 0621

Instagram: @lexiseatery

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Sotto Sopra: Brand-new Italian restaurant on Keyes Art Mile in Rosebank, Sotto Sopra is offering a ‘drive-thru’, whereby you simply call and collect curbside, and pay using a sanitised card machine. Famiglia meals include a whole roast chicken, lasagna, melanzane alla parmigiana and spinach and ricotta lasagna and are made to serve two or four people. You can also order any of their normal menu items to go – there’s a variety of authentic Italian salads, antipasti, pastas, pizzas and desserts. The restaurant will require 20 minutes to prepare your order.

How to order: Call 010 824 0777

Instagram: @sottosopra.trumpet

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Sin + Tax: The master mixologists at Joburg’s only speakeasy bar in Parkwood have brought out a range of cocktails for you to swig at home. They’ve created a range of premium bottled cocktails than require nothing more than a pour, stir and garnish such as the Cape Old Fashioned – a blend of Cape brandy, wild honey and fynbos bitters. These bottled cocktails are free to pick up, or they’ll deliver for free if you live in the Parks area.

How to order: DM @sin_tax_bar on Instagram

Instagram: @sin_tax_bar

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Restaurant gift cards to buy

Indulge in a high tea at an affordable price at The Secret Tea Garden set in the tranquil gardens of Norscot Manor. Call 011 467 1191

The Grillhouse Rosebank is one of Joburg’s best fine dining steakhouses offering top-notch steaks plus a huge selection of fine wines and malts. Call 011 880 3945

From quesadillas and tacos to fajitas and enchiladas, you’ll find it all at La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria – Honeydew. Call 011 675 2544

Tony’s Spaghetti Grill in Randpark Ridge offers classic pizzas and pastas as well as build-your-own options. Call 011 795 3698

For an unforgettable Greek dining experience with meze, souvlaki, yiros and more, try NIKOS Coalgrill Greek – Pineslopes. Call 010 592 1771

The Prawnery in Illovo is an exploration of traditional and legendary prawn and seafood dishes. Call 060 528 7958

For all sorts of sweet treats including bespoke cakes and macaroons, check out The Gingerbread Lady Bakery in Edenvale. Call 011 749 3054

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Inspo to start planning your days for when you do get back out there

Bring the salon to your sitting room: Fancy setting up a spa in the comfort of your own living room? Thanks to mobile beauty spa Champagne & Manicures, you can do just that. Owner Nishara and her team offer manis, pedis and massages, and every treatment includes champagne or non-alcoholic bubbly, fragrant oils and beautiful music. Travel within a 10km radius of Paulshof is free it’s R5 per kilometre return. To book, WhatsApp Nishara on 082 650 9049.

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Instagram: @champagneandmanicures

Get your om on: While Hotpod Yoga Joburg has temporarily stopped classes in their studios in Melrose and Linden, they also know that right now you need yoga more than ever, so they’ve started live-streaming classes through Zoom. Let their yogis teach you how to breathe, stretch, move and just take a little break from the stress you’ve been feeling lately. Keep an eye on their Instagram page to find out when the next live-streaming class is taking place.

Instagram: @hotpodyogajoburg

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