There are certain characteristics that distinguish a good restaurant from an average one. While these may vary according to preference – most people seem to agree that good cuisine is one of the most important ingredients of an awesome dining experience.
Your guide to the best eateries and restaurants for an awesome family dining experience in Pretoria.
Padbok Thai (Brooklyn)
Padbok Thai’s delightful dishes will transport you with their aroma and flavour. Start the divine experience with a bowl of vibrant and spicy tom yum soup, followed by any of their authentic curries. The Penang with chicken is fantastic. Save space for the excellent crunchy banana fritters, which are drenched in honey and served with coconut ice cream.
Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Brooklyn Road, Nieuw Muckleneuk.
Shilla’s Korean Cuisine (Hazelwood)
Shilla’s Korean Cuisine is quaint restaurant nestled in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The unassuming surrounds make the food here so much more impressive. Portions are generous and so are the traditional condiments of blanched salted peanuts, silken tofu and kimchi. Light meals are delicious and satisfying, especially the pancakes stuffed with warm kimchi or calamari and spring onion. The pork dumplings are a highlight, and noodle lovers will enjoy the sweet-potato noodles with stir-fried veggies. End on the popular sweet and sticky rice cakes with red-bean paste.
27 Maroelana Street, Hazelwood.
Woodstock Urban Pizzeria (Constantia Park)
There are familiar names here like Regina and Margarita, but local palates are also represented with pizzas like the Jo-Burger with potato and asparagus, and the Woodstock with biltong and avo. The bases are thin and crisp and the toppings are generous.
206 Duvernoy St, Constantia Park.
Prosopa (Waterkloof Heights)
The sophisticated, fresh atmosphere of Prosopa, situated in the heart of Waterkloof Heights, is one where you immediately feel relaxed and welcome. If you kick off with the meze, that’s all you might get to. Highlights include fried brinjal and skordalia dip, halloumi cheese with grape chutney, and the more unusual pikilia platter. The lamb kleftiko is exquisite, as are the lambchops with spiced lentils. The Klein Karoo ostrich fillet with honey and soy is delicious, too. Desserts include a tempting Greek milk tart.
103 Club Ave, Waterkloof Heights.
Hinterland Vleishandelaar (Hazelwood)
Lamb and beef are everyone’s favourite in this well-loved establishment. The carpaccio is truly delicious, as are the popular marrowbones. For mains, choose between Kalahari or Karoo lamb chops, prepared to your preference, or go for the fillet, T-bone, rump, or sirloin steaks with your choice of sides. Other meat-based dishes include lamb curry or beef stroganoff. There are also some fish and chicken options for the non-meat eaters.
107, The Club Shopping Center, 147 Pinaster Ave & 18th Street, Hazelwood.
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