We might be in the middle of winter but that doesn’t mean we have to lock ourselves up and stay indoors, because some restaurants offer blazing fireplaces to keep you warm and toasty all season long, which is why we’ve rounded up a list of the top restaurants with fireplaces in Joburg:
Remo’s Maximilliano (Waterfall Corner)
Remo’s Maximilliano is tucked away at Waterfall Corner Mall and gives diners a slice of modern Italy with their high ceilings and wooden interiors.
On colder days, their soaring fireplace warms the place up very quickly. Tuck in to one of their signature pizzas or pastas or opt for a heartier meal like their veal limone, parmigiana di melanzane, or lamb shank cooked in red wine.
Don’t forget to grab warm bread from the on-site bakery before you go.
A: 55 Waterfall Corner, Maxwell Dr & Woodmead Dr, Sunninghill,
Casalinga is regarded as Joburg’s hidden gem and for obvious reasons too. Situated in the beautiful countryside out in Muldersdrift, Casalinga has for 29 years offered visitors a tranquil, serene and secluded setting away from the buzzing city as well as authentic Italian cuisine.
Although the venue is best suited for family lunches, it’s just as enjoyable in winter, with log fires and candle-lit tables creating a romantic setting.
A: Rocky Ridge Rd, Muldersdrift,
Moyo Zoo Lake
Moyo Zoo Lake might be the perfect venue to visit in summer, with their stunning views of the lake, but it’s also a great venue to dine at in winter. Thanks to their large fireplace, you can enjoy all the flavours of the finest African cuisine while still keeping warm.
Plus they have also just launched their new winter menu that includes dishes like Chef Ru’s red pepper soup, fresh Mussels in curried coconut broth and North African-inspired Chermoula meat balls.
A: Zoo Lake Park 1 Prince of, Parkview,
The Bull Run
This pub-style like restaurant can be found deep in the heart of Sandton, opposite the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Expect delicious prime cut steaks, as The Bull Run boasts their very own in-house butchery, burgers and chefs specialities as well as an open fireplace built in the centre of the restaurant.
A: 20 Maude St, Sandown, Sandton,
For those looking to visit an excellent steakhouse and keep toasty, then Wombles at Hobart Grove Shopping Centre in Bryanston, is for you.
Established in 1984, this restaurant has it all – the finest quality meat cuts from fillet to T-bone and prime rib, impeccable service and attentive staff and a cozy atmosphere, especially in winter. With a fire blazing all night long, an outdoor fireplace and gas heaters, you’ll soon quickly forget about the cold.
A: G9 & G10, Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, 88 Hobart Road, Bryanston
Salvation Café in Milpark is very popular amongst trendsetters and those who love visiting 44 Stanley Avenue. Brave the outdoor breezes for more social exposure, or cosy up inside next to their inviting fireplace.
Breakfast options include Caribbean pancakes, sweet French toast and the best Eggs Benedict in town, while lunch options include Thai style fish cakes, BBQ pork belly roll and yummy burgers. As for dessert, make sure you give their hazelnut chocolate brownie or their famous New York-style cheesecake a try!
A: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg.