Wombles 88 Hobart Rd, Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, Bryanston; 011 880 2470
A warm atmosphere and lodge-style decor make Wombles a true gem. The menu offers a wide array of dishes, but the meat dishes are the highlight here. Think beef stroganoff (R180) or steak tartare (R220) with classic sides like roasted sweet potatoes (R20).
Browns of Rivonia 21 Wessel Rd, Rivonia; 011 803 7533
This inviting old farmhouse, with its warm decor and trademark wine barrels has been delighting Joburgers for almost 28 years, and it keeps going strong with classics like Ostrich Potjie (R155) and the soup of the day (R51). You’ll find plenty of comfort food on the dessert menu, too – try the Sticky Toffee Pudding (R63).
Churchill’s Bar 60 Atholl Oaklands Rd, Galleria Piazza, Melrose Arch; 011 684 1040
A nod to the old-world gentleman’s club, Churchill’s Bar is a hip hangout made for relishing beautiful company and a fireside Glenlivet whiskey (from R50). Try the jalapeño poppers (R48) to warm up, and then move on to a main like lamb chops with mustard and herbs (R160). The deepfried ice cream (R50) is fun and tasty.