Here’s how to enjoy a bite out without blowing the budget.
Prestwich St, The Foundry, Green Point; 021 418 2948/9 With fresh and affordable meals in a chilled setting, Beluga is a must-visit. Head on down for their daily half-price sushi, dim sum and cocktails from 12-7pm. We loved their seasonal menu, offering a two-course lunch for R135, and a three-course lunch or dinner for R185, with plenty of options.
Andy’s Sushi Bar
315 Main Rd, Sea Point; 076 578 6322 Owned by Chef Andy Wang, this quaint sushi spot offers delightful, expertly prepared meals at discounted prices. We recommend the 4x4 combo (four rainbow rolls and four spicy, creamy rock shrimp rolls; R89). And with no corkage fees, you can bring your favourite wine and get a great meal – all at a remarkable price.
100 Shortmarket St, CBD; 021 424 6373 This Parisian-inspired steakhouse and bar offers fabulous Tuesday Date Night dinners, where you and a partner can each enjoy the HQ steak and chips, salad and a glass of Boschendal red wine, all for just R280.
124a Jan Hofmeyr Rd, Westville; 031 266 2565 Robust and affordable meals are the order of the day at this laid-back Irish pub. On ladies’ night (every Tuesday) you can get a hearty main meal and a glass of Douglas Green wine for only R69. We loved the Beira chicken and calamari (R108), and the chicken, avo and feta wrap (R72).
The Press Club
185 Ridge Rd, Umhlanga Centre, Umhlanga Rocks; 031 561 7117 Founded in 1982, The Press Club is a local favourite. And it’s no wonder, given the variety of tasty dishes and great weekly specials, such as Wednesdays’ Bottomless Rib Night (R140) or BuildA-burger Thursdays (R70). The daily specials, like the butternut soup (R45), are great if you just want something light.
Legends Sports Pub and Grill
7 Mccausland Cres, Umhlanga Rocks; 084 732 1313 Exquisite ocean views and amazing specials make this a go-to spot for cost-conscious diners. Don’t miss the weekly burger specials (any burger plus a 500ml Windhoek draught for R50) or the daily lunch special (calamari, chips and a glass of wine for R55). / Joburg
Cnr Hobart Rd and Grosvenor Rd, Hobart Grove Shopping Centre, Bryanston; 011 706 7841 Got a taste for tortillas? Perron offers a tantalising Mexican lunch special, from Tuesday-thursday, 12-3pm. Choose one of their delicious burritos or any of their classic dishes and receive a complimentary Sol beer. Alternatively, order any three items from their lengthy list of small dishes – try the spicy chicken quesadillas (R54), the ceviche verde (diced and cured fresh fish; R75) and sweet potato corn fritters (R54) – and you’ll get the cheapest one free.
6 7th St, Melville; 010 900 4876 At this ’50s New York-style deli, Chef JamesDiacko ff ersa delectable weekend brunch between 9am-12.30pm. We recommend the hearty Fed Benedict: poached eggs on a sweet pot at oros ti, topped with bacon – or try the vegan alternative with tofu and spinach. The only thing more delicious on this menu? The prices. All brunches cost R70 and come with coffee, juice or a mimosa.
Che Argentine Grill
303 Fox St, Jeppestown; 011 614 0264 At this unique, Argentinian eatery, Che offers an exquisite pork belly or sirloin sandwich for lunch, served with spicy chimichurri salsa and topped with mozzarella. Choose a side of hand-cut chips or a salad, all for R85 and available from Tuesday-friday, 12-4pm.