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7 Brilliant budget-friendly restaurants to try in Joburg

We all feel the pinch at some point, but good food should still prevail.

by: Lisa Witepski | 27 Jul 2017

We all at some point in the month are faced with the dilemma: what to do when you fancy something a little more fancy than you could whip up in your own kitchen, but your bank balance just isn’t able to rise to the occasion? Fortunately, Joburg is full of restaurants where the eats are cheap but choice. Here’s our roundup.

Humble Harry’s
Don’t let the name fool you, there’s really nothing humble about the fare on offer here. In fact, breakfasts are decidedly decadent. Options include Eggs Benedict served on a rosti of zucchini, feta and coriander, or egg baskets accompanied by a flapjack stack, laden with bacon, strawberries and marscapone. Lunch, dinner and lighter options are all similarly enticing – yet you’ll be hard pressed to find more than one item on the menu that costs more than R100.

(Image by Humble Harry's)

Thrupps Bistro
Since Thrupps is synonymous with indulgence and luxuries of the edible variety, you may well imagine that the emporium’s café has prices to match its reputation. Think again, a smoked salmon omelette will set you back just R25, and pizzas are wallet-friendly, also starting at R25. It’s like travelling back in time.

A Linden institution, there’s loads to love about Satori, from the cosy feel of this casual neighbourhood spot to the bold flavours delivered in every dish. You can’t go wrong with pizza or pasta. Our favourites? Bolognaise pizza for R76 and three cheese gnocchi (R80).

Hodges Coffee Shop
Craighall residents will feel angry that we’ve revealed their secret, but it can’t be helped. There’s a reason you’ll jostle for a table here, the food is wholesome with just enough pizazz to keep things interesting, and the prices make it real value for money. Go on Sunday for a roast with all the trimmings, priced from R92.

Tasca Dos Amigos Ask any of the many regulars what they most appreciate about this Portuguese restaurant, and they’ll answer ‘value for money’. It’s easy to see why: treat yourself to a flavoursome prego for just R45, or opt for one of the daily specials. Portions are huge, making prices well worth it.

Café Picobella Trattoria When you get over the fact that you’ll pay only R14 for a cup of coffee, you can start looking at the rest of the menu.  Go for a quick breakfast (a feast of bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato, mushroom and polenta will set you back just R72) or splurge on authentic Italian classics like pollo involtini; chicken breasts wrapped around sundried tomatoes and smothered in melted mozzarella (R101).

(Image by Picobella)

Urban Angel
Fast becoming one of the city’s favourite bakery cafés, Urban Angel’s appeal lies in its variety: you’ll find everything from bistro classics (like toasted sandwiches starting at R30) to more elaborate fare – think slow roast pork belly (R98), potato cakes oozing mozzarella, grilled veggies and hummus (R70) or a herby strudel of wild mushrooms (R70).

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