I suppose it’s not too weird that I’m South African and I had never been to Jo’burg. Never had a reason really, what with growing up in the Cape and being in love with everything it had to offer. That same sort of weird thing that a lot of Australians have – they’ve been all over the east part of Oz, but never to Perth, and vice versa. Ha! I hope to get to Perth soon if the talk about the awesome weather is only half-true…
Anyway Joburg: pretty contrasting to the Mother city in every which way, but I found equal ground in the Neighbourgoods Market (I have blogged about the Cape Town one here), which was a case of the same but different. I liked the emphasis on the ready-to-eat hot food – great in winter, and the large area upstairs for entertainment.
However same problem as Cape Town – already bursting out of its seams, after a while we retreated to the upstairs bar and had a brandy (80%) and ginger beer (20%) brunch. That kicked things off nicely…
I’m glad we went, which also gave us an interesting ride through downtown Jozi to the market in Braamfontein. Love the buildings in Cape Town, but the architecture in this city centre is amazing, we didn’t stop as we had a lot to fit in, but 2Summers has written extensively about Joburg on her blog here.
I’d love to go back even just to do a walk though Jozi – Photowalkers style. So my pics aren’t as good as 2Summer’s but they give you an idea.
Whilst I still think the Cape dining scene is more developed and varied, there seemed to be a lot here to discover(which we unfortunately didn’t have time for), however I was keen to check out Marthinus Ferreira’s restaurant DW11-13 in Dunkeld-West.
I’m darn glad we went, and was pretty impressed by the level of service and creativity from the kitchen. You can feel how much love these guys are putting into this operation, and that makes for a great restaurant visit.
I had some favourite dishes – a crab entrée, a foie gras entrée, and the veal, beef and confit duck mains were awesome too. Apologies for the quality of the pics – these are the best ones!
The plating is meticulous and involved, and my descriptions won’t do the work that’s gone into each creation justice – best check it out yourself when you’re next in Joburg. Thanks M!
And to end it all off – that football stadium – I was sceptical at first, but seeing it for real – awesome!