Local is lekker: eating out in Craighall Park
What does ‘lekker‘ mean? Go to Liz at Lancaster blog post on South African slang
Information updated March 2017
Dolci Cafe is a fabulous little local eatery located in Lancaster Village cnr Clarence and Lancaster Aves. It’s informal, unpretentious, and owner run by Jackie and her husband Clayton. They have recently (as of March 2017 expanded) and are now open for dinner as well. The best is that they are literally at the end of the block from Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse – a 5 minute walk. And they have live music on a Friday evening.
And Casalotti’s Pizzeria has opened right next door so Liz at Lancaster guests are spoilt for choice. Casalotti’s make really delicious thin based pizzas. There is a takeaway menu in each room of the guesthouse.
Cnr Cafe – Corner Buckingham and Rothesay Aves 2 and a half blocks away; closed Sundays evenings +27 11 880-2244 Excellent food and nice outside pavement venue and of course very convenient . Consistently voted one of Joburg’s best neighbourhood restaurants
DW 11-13 in the Dunkeld West shopping centre is one of only 3 Gauteng restaurants to make it into the top 20 restaurants nationwide Eating Out awards. We have regular foodie guests who come all the way from Pretoria to have a a meal at DW 11-13. Dunkeld West Shopping Centre Cnr Jan Smuts Ave and Bompas Rd +27 11 325 2843 www.dw11-13.co.za Open daily lunch and dinner daily except Sunday evening and Mondays
Pronto At the nearby Colony Centre; Outstanding Italian menu with tables outdoors; great pastas. +27 11 447 4346; Open every day for lunch dinner except closed Sunday and Monday evening
Also at the Colony is Hodges a relaxed outdoor café and coffee bar which is a great summer venue for lunches and evening meals. In winter it’s warm and toasty inside with the wonderful aroma of coffee and baked goodies. They make a great Sunday lunch roast. Highly recommended +27 11 880 5010
Red Chilli Spice which serves North Indian dishes is upstairs in the Colony +27 11 447 8386
Giles – Has become a very popular meeting place, especially on Thursday evenings and for those TGIF evenings after work – either in the pub or to have a meal out on the deck. Congenial home fare. +27 11 442-4056 It’s also on UberEats
Possums on Burnside – 6 Burnside Ave Craighall Park Owner run and located in a converted home, enjoy a small seasonal menu in a tranquil environment with low noise levels. Open Tuesday to Saturday; Sundays Lunch only . Need to book in advance for evenings. +27 11 326-3970
An unusual little open are at 339 Jan Smuts Ave offers 3 small good value restaurants: Modo Mia – Good Italian fare, reasonably priced with an affordable R40 a bottle corkage fee. Open Monday to Sunday +27 79 343 6729 . Soul Souvlaki has delicious wraps, meze, bifteke and salads. Closed Mondays 079 467 7897. They are on Uber Eats so ideal to order takeaways. And then there’s a cheap and cheerful Chinese Yung Chen 011 325 4899
If you’re staying at Liz at Lancaster with children then Delta Café is a must. Located next to the garden nursery and on the edge of Delta Park, it has a small playground ideal for younger kids and a great menu for kids including boiled eggs with soldier toast!! If you just want to chill in a quiet laid-back outdoor environment there’s lots of choice on the menu for adults. It’s only a 5 block walk from Liz at Lancaster. 20 Marlborough Rd +27 79 482 5286 Open daily till 5 except Mondays
So there are plenty of local restaurants to suit all palates, pockets and profiles. See: