Junipa's Café and Bistro

 
 
Shop D4/D5 Hobart Grove, Corner of Hobart and Grosvenor Rd
Johannesburg
Gauteng
 
011 706 2387
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Website: http://www.junipas.co.za
 
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Junipa's Café and Bistro 4out of 5 based on 4 ratings. 4 user reviews.
 
Price Range: Mid
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  • Licensed
  • Child Friendly
  • Take-Aways
  • Live Entertainment
  • Parking
 

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Angie
25 May 2014
Food is excellent, service is average - very laid back atmosphere which I thoroughly enjoy taking a break from the rush of Johannesburg and its traffic(I come from Durban). Surprised to find a band playing, awesome touch - almost missed my appointment. Definitely bring my friends along next time.
5 Junipa's Café and Bistro
 
Rachael
25 May 2014
Love the band and food
5 Junipa's Café and Bistro
 
Mark
25 May 2014
Personally I love Junipa's, Yes you have to wait in line even when you book - but its a hip and happening place in Jo'burg Im surprised they don't charged entrance fee. People stay longer because they enjoy the atmosphere. About the drinks and food order I have to agree with you to a point - maybe Junipa's needs to expand for more seating. Management well they deal with a lot of people of different character and are normally willing to help, so I don't know if you came across differently. Worst service, I believe you are being unfair and considering you were in a rush you should have gone to Wimpy. Avid Junipa support - expand the business.
5 Junipa's Café and Bistro
 
 
 
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Junipa's Café and Bistro

 
Angie
25-05-2014 07:32
Food is excellent, service is average - very laid back atmosphere which I thoroughly enjoy taking a break from the rush of Johannesburg and its traffic(I come from Durban). Surprised to find a band playing, awesome touch - almost missed my appointment. Definitely bring my friends along next time.
5 Junipa's Café and Bistro
 
Rachael
25-05-2014 07:08
Love the band and food
5 Junipa's Café and Bistro
 
Mark
25-05-2014 05:52
Personally I love Junipa's, Yes you have to wait in line even when you book - but its a hip and happening place in Jo'burg Im surprised they don't charged entrance fee. People stay longer because they enjoy the atmosphere. About the drinks and food order I have to agree with you to a point - maybe Junipa's needs to expand for more seating. Management well they deal with a lot of people of different character and are normally willing to help, so I don't know if you came across differently. Worst service, I believe you are being unfair and considering you were in a rush you should have gone to Wimpy. Avid Junipa support - expand the business.
5 Junipa's Café and Bistro
 
Ragsna
25-05-2014 12:35
Booked a table for breakfast on a Sunday morning and the experience was horrible - this is the first time we ever got up and left a restaurant without having our meal. First we arrived on time and were advised that even though we booked someone else was seated at our table and we had to wait in line (which we patiently did without complaining). Once we were seated we ordered quickly but the beverages took more than 20 minutes to arrive. One coffee never arrived and the food came before the drinks order was completed. The warm dishes we ordered arrived cold. Upon complaining to management it seemed like they were irritated by our complaint and did not want to listen and they did not apologise. That was the straw that broke the camel's back and we left. We will never return and do not recommend this restaurant given that it was the worst service we ever experienced anywhere in the world.
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Food24 eats at...Junipa’s

by: Sarah Graham
 
 

 

They had me at the very first glass of gluhwein. And the mere mention of vanilla and dried coriander marinated lamb chops with red wine jus.

The Setting
Junipa’s is a firm favourite in Joburg’s Northern Suburbs for sun-seeking brunchers and lunchers who traditionally soak up the rays and delicious happy-making food on the terrace. But it’s less well known for its cosy bistro ambience and for serving up an abundance of winter comfort food. And it shouldn’t be. The terrace is enclosed in winter by beautiful floor to ceiling glass doors, and the result is a deliciously cosy cocoon where you feel instantly at home.

The People
Junipa’s is owner run and managed, and you can taste the love and care in every bite. Julian and Andy (aka Mr & Mrs Junipas) are clearly well-seasoned hosts, and have poured their lives into feeding good, honest, wholesome food to friends and family. Brian was our waitron was attentive without being invasive. It takes over 50 staff to keep this ship afloat, and they definitely give the impression of being a very well-oiled machine, without an ounce of overly slick. Let’s just say there’s a big focus on the small.

So What Did We Eat?
Executive Chef Jean-Pierre has clearly thought long and hard about the food he was going to put on the menu this winter. He’s opted for slow-cooked, well-loved food that is not overly polished or serious, and with old-fashioned values and a contemporary twist.

I unashamedly ordered the Oxtail with risotto fritter, roasted root vegetables and marsala jus – and regretted not one bite. The meat fell off the bone just as it should, and the red wine jus was deep and earthy and rounded things off beautifully.

My Mom had the lamb chops, and even with that plate full of succulent oxtail in front of me, I have to admit that I might have been mildly envious. The vanilla and dried coriander marinate was enchanting. 

Rob’s plate of Salmon, fennel sauté, horseradish beurre blanc and dauphinoise potatoes was wiped absolutely clean, with generous ooh-ing and aah-ing accompanying every mouthful.

And he then, somehow, found room for the home-made Malva Pudding, with just one dollop of ice-cream thankyouverymuch. And it was pretty amazing. There was something about the gorgeously gooey butterscotch-style topping that had us all jousting over the plate with our spoons.

And What Will I Eat Next Time?
Because there will be a next time. I think I’d give the Chicken, broccoli, gorgonzola and almond pie a whirl, or maybe even the creamy hand-crafted bangers with fluffy mash.

What Else?
Let’s not forget that they have a pukka pizza oven ready to do your bidding 7 days a week; a (pretty smashing) live band on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons; a wine list to rival any self-respecting eatery in Jozi; a  well thought out daily specials menu and the best bloomin’ croissants in town.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 7 days a week.
Twitter @JunipasCafe and on Facebook
Website: http://www.junipas.co.za


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