THE GREAT EAST­ERN FOOD BAR

Eat Out - - JOHANNESBURG -

BEST FOR Tapas-style Asian fare for ad­ven­tur­ous eaters. FOOD Ex­pect a va­ri­ety of Asian in­gre­di­ents imag­i­na­tively com­bined in tapas-like por­tions or noo­dle dishes ideal for shar­ing. Try a fluffy steamed bun filled with an umami mix­ture of pick­led shi­itake mush­room, cucumber and hoisin sauce; crisp and unc­tu­ous sashimi tacos with trout ce­viche, tangy lemon pickle and sharp wasabi; or crispy fried tabasaki chicken wings with miso may­on­naise. Off­set it with a crisp, fresh pile of Thai tan­gled salad and the hi­bis­cus pana cotta with fresh straw­ber­ries and pomegranate com­pote. DRINKS Sake, soju, Ja­panese plum wine and kom­bucha rub shoul­ders with a cos­mopoli­tan range of beers and a lim­ited but classy col­lec­tion of wines, as well as re­fresh­ing and de­li­cious cor­dial spritzers such as lime and co­rian­der. SER­VICE Peppy and knowl­edge­able. AM­BI­ENCE Lively and unpretentious with prepa­ra­tion in open view be­hind a long bar counter. The min­i­mal­ist dé­cor in­cludes wooden ta­bles and benches. (PC)

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