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Af­ter the pay-off line, “Ra­men, Amen”, on the black-and-white sig­nage caught my eye, I’ve been dy­ing to make my way to Melville and give Love Me So a try. Spe­cial­is­ing in ra­men, Korean bar­be­cue, Ja­panese ta­pas and much more, the menu is ex­ten­sive and caters for ev­ery­one from ve­g­ans to car­ni­vores. Look­ing around, the decor is in­dus­trial-meets-retro – keep an eye out for the offbeat art­work – with a dim, moody feel in­side.

My friend and I started with the tuna tataki (seared sushi-grade tuna) and miso eg­g­plant (slow-roasted aubergine brushed with white miso paste and sprin­kled with sesame seeds). I have to say, the eg­g­plant dish was one of the tasti­est meals I’ve eaten in a long time! Our neigh­bours could not stop rav­ing about the crispy pork pan­cakes, ei­ther.

To fol­low, I had the miso tofu ra­men – which was de­li­ciously salty with tofu sautéed to per­fec­tion – and my com­pan­ion opted for the beef sir­loin Korean BBQ with bibim­bap (rice with veg­eta­bles), which was full of in­ter­est­ing flavours.

The gen­er­ous por­tions left neither of us ca­pa­ble of man­ag­ing dessert, so I’ll be head­ing back to try their much-talked­about black sesame ice cream or “banoffi” tem­pura (ba­nana fried in a co­conut­tem­pura bat­ter, dipped in a gin­ger-honey sauce and served with clot­ted cream).

An­other rea­son to re­turn is the ex­ten­sive cock­tail menu, which fea­tures loads of tra­di­tional con­coc­tions, as well as some in­ter­est­ing Asian-in­spired op­tions. Not to men­tion, cock­tails are of­ten served at half price! A trendy, easy-go­ing spot, I highly rec­om­mend Love Me So for a fun meal out.

63A 4TH AV­ENUE, MELVILLE, JO­HAN­NES­BURG; 060 717 6728; FACE­BOOK.COM/LOVEMESOJOZI BY SAMAN­THA LEWIS

JOBURG RESTAU­RANT – LOVE ME SO

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