Lit­tle gem

Fun, sexy and tasty ta­pas dishes are made for happy shar­ing.

Glamour (South Africa) - - Guide -

/ Dur­ban Nikos Coal­grill Greek 54 Ade­laide Tambo Dr, Dur­ban North; 031 007 0375

Our favourites at this home-style Greek spot are the Hum­mus Loaded (a pine nut, chick­pea, pome­gran­ate and feta hum­mus mix with pita bread; R55), brin­jal stack (R55) and tzatziki (R29). To end? Go for the galak­to­boureko (phyllo filled with cus­tard and topped with warm syrup; R55).

El Toro 5-17 Mackeur­tan Ave, Dur­ban North; 031 564 3015

You’ll be spoiled for choice here with a se­lec­tion of in­ven­tively re­worked Span­ish and Mex­i­can clas­sics. Our picks: Mexi golf balls (corn mash and spinach with jalapeño crème; R45), chorizo, spinach, pa­neer and moz­zarella em­panadas (R39), jalapeño pop­pers (R48) and lamb ta­cos (R59). The mar­gar­i­tas (from R55) are great, too!

Pin­tx­ada 16 Chartwell Dr, Granada Square, Umh­langa Rocks; 082 688 1310

Span­ish style and a lively mood make for a ter­rific ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially when it in­cludes tasty mini-dishes like gnoc­chi with roast but­ter­nut and pecan pra­line (R45), con­fit duck (R80) and pork belly (R50).

/ Joburg Lima Ta­pas Bar

Cnr Wil­liam Ni­col Dr and Witkop­pen Rd, Mon­te­casino, Four­ways; 011 465 5991 Euro­pean and South Amer­i­can cuisines blend at this hot spot. The de­lec­ta­ble choices in­clude fish ta­cos with jalepeño mayo (R50), but­tery ede­mame beans (R85) and jalapeño pop­pers (R55). Add au­then­tic Lago de Cha­pala chilli sauce for an ex­tra kick.

Es­con­dido Ta­pas & Wine 30 Rudd Rd, The Post Of­fice Cen­tre, Illovo; 011 268 0058

True to its name, mean­ing ‘hid­den’, this rus­tic eatery, with its strik­ing wine dis­play, is a tucked-away trea­sure. The menu changes reg­u­larly, but you can al­ways be sure of great shares, like the zuc­chini frit­ters (R40) and pork belly spring rolls (R29). For he­do­nis­tic fun, try the fries with Parmesan and truf­fle oil (R65).

Per­ron Cnr Ho­bart Rd and Grosvenor Rd, Bryanston; 011 706 7841

For a vibey am­bi­ence and an au­then­tic menu, make Per­ron your top choice. On of­fer is Le­vanta Muer­tos (Bloody Mary prawn cock­tail; R65), avo salsa with tor­tilla chips (R45) and juicy pork taco (R61). As for the bur­ri­tos, they’re justly famed. We loved the Señorita (tor­tilla filled with beet­root, car­rot, sweet potato and feta; R95). End with chur­ros and choco­late or creamy dulce de leche sauce (R61).

/ Cape Town Bistro Six­teen82 Steen­berg Es­tate, Steen­berg Rd, Con­stan­tia Val­ley; 021 713 2211

Sit­u­ated amid moun­tains and sprawl­ing green lawns, Bistro Six­teen82 was an early ex­po­nent of Cape Town’s ta­pas scene and it’s still one of the greats. The won­der­fully sharable dishes in­clude cheese cro­quettes with beet­root (R52), chilli-flavoured beef (R94) and pork belly (R68). An ex­cel­lent wine menu com­pletes the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Dal­liance Res­tau­rant 19 Dock Rd, V&A Wa­ter­front, Wa­ter­front; 021 418 1037

This New York-style res­tau­rant with its open kitchen and amaz­ing views of the ocean is the per­fect spot for din­ner with friends. Our favourites were the cala­mari with pineap­ple, pep­pers and vinai­grette (R95), peri-peri sar­dines (R60), trin­chado (spicy braised beef; R80) and sticky bar­be­cue chicken wings (R60) – sim­ple flavours that ex­cite the senses. End off on a sweet note with the amaz­ing choco­late fon­dant (R75). You won’t leave here dis­ap­pointed.

SOUK 163 Long St, CBD; 021 422 1404

Lux­u­ri­ous and sexy, SOUK works for a date or girl’s night out. Try the wild mush­room and truf­fle oil cro­quettes (R55) for an in­dul­gent start, or go for crumbed cala­mari with fries (R95) or the grilled lamb chops mar­i­nated in their se­cret SOUK spice mix (R120).

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