I find Joburgers amazing – somehow they have an invisible communication system when it comes to trendy new places to meet and mingle. There are some restaurants which are packed from day one – no gradual building up of business and growing through word of mouth. No, … these restaurants open their doors and ‘wham’ on day one, they are serve full houses. The Foundry is one of these restaurants which has added to the choice at the ‘Steak Corner’ in nearby Parktown North (cnr 7th Ave and 3rd Ave). Joining Wombles, The Local Grill and Turn and Tender, The Foundry is described as a gastro pub – where drinking hole meets tapas bar. Like the Griffin at Illovo Junction, it specializes in craft beer with many local brews on tap. While there are steaks and hamburgers on the menu, there is something for everybody. Tantalizing charcuterie and cheese ‘planks’, a great range of salads, risottos, pizzas and pastas, pan-fried line fish, and more. How does this sound: ‘handmade ravioli filled with field mushrooms, feta and spring onions and drizzled with herb-infused truffle olive oil, pine nuts and rocket’ or ‘Linguini with crab claw meat, fresh herbs, lemon zest, red chili, red roasted pepper, garlic and olive oil’ . There’s a cocktail bar as well as the The Parquet coffee bar. The decor is rustic yet slick with wooden ceilings, Swazi glass light fittings and the interior back wall being taken up by Space Alchemy’s cement art work which illusionistically extends the restaurant’s space.