Eating out in Joburg: special occasions

Auberge Michel 122 Pretoria Ave Sandton Johannesburg is an elegant restaurant with French style cuisine and is the 1st restaurant to achieve a 5 star rating from the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa 011 883 7013

The Green Truffle 26 Gleneagle Road Greenside is a mix of classic elegance meets contemporary cool. The menu includes dishes Yannan duck breast and lamb bordelaise  and if you enjoy truffles (the chocolate or mushroom varieties) then this would definitely be the place to go.  011 486 1645

Le Soufflé Shop 9 & 10, Pineslopes Centre Cnr Witkoppen Road & The Straight Four Ways   Marc Guebert is one of Johannesburg’s longest serving chefs (of Ille de France fame)  All dishes are outstanding and his souffles are legendary 011 465 4116

The Westcliff. Stunning position overlooking the Zoo on Jan Smuts and view to the north- east. Very expensive, very upmarket but have a drink on the terrace or a Sunday afternoon tea (R90 pp at the last check; booking essential) and you can hear the lions roar. 011 646-2400; 67 Jan Smuts Ave (part of the Orient Express chain of international hotels)

Linger Longer  Originally started in the CBD in 1961, the restaurant has changed ownership but has kept its consistently high reputation for sophisticated good food and wine.  Try the salmon and scampi ceviche on rocket or the ostrich khibi with roasted peppers or guinea fowl in red wine with juniper berry sauce. Also rock cod and fresh chilean Salmon, burned lemon cream or wild berries mousse.    Mouth-watering. 58 Wierda Rd East Wierda Valley Sandton 011 884-0465

Le Canard  Judged by American Express as one of the Top Ten Deluxe Restaurants, annual inclusion in the Top 100 in South Africa, and numerous Diners Club Wine List Awards. The cooking is French in style with the signature dish being free-range duck breast crisped with honey and pepper www.lecanard.co.za  163 Rivonia Road  Sandton 011 884-4597

WangThai,  Sandton has been the recipient of numerous awards including “top 100 restaurants” and “Diners Club wine list”. The food is beautifully presented and tastes as good as it looks. The Thai chefs were apparently specially recruited from some of Bangkok’s finest 5-star hotels. The food is out of this world.  Mandela Square 011 784 8484

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