I bet you thought Eatout had faded out of my list of favourite things, right? Think again! My village and I have been quietly going about our business since the last time I blogged about our monthly outings over a year ago! I’m here to share about last night’s adventure!
This month’s restaurant is LaBoqueria on 3rd avenue in Parktown North, Johannesburg. Make sure you book a table well in advance because this joint is always, and I mean always fully booked! The space is wide and spacious with an upstairs area that is divided into two levels. This provides some privacy for those dinner parties without completely shutting you out from clinking glasses, laughter and the promising aroma of delicious food as it gets carried to other tables; you know, the bustling Joburg vibe we all know and love! There is an outside area as well and a little smoking corner for the nicotine lovers. Potplants hang in the upstairs area where we were seated and against the walls are old-school cabinets where the glasses and china are kept. All these small touches create a sense of home while the warm lighting in the high ceiling gives an air of elegance to the space.
Our waiter was very well informed and recommended the best in drink and food. He striked a good balance between being available for our every whim and an unintrusive presence in our area. Though he got a drink or two incorrect (we’re a noisy crowd that doesn’t order in order!), they were very quickly rectified. One of our dishes was late by only 4 minutes and we only knew this because the manager came to inform us and offered a free drink to compensate for the wait.
Overall, the food was great, but what really stood out for us was the Rock Shrimp Burger – yes, shrimp in a bun! It’s also a good idea to try out 2 or 3 tappas as a main meal, we try this often so that we can have a taste of as many dishes as our stomachs can hold! The paella is a definite must try as well if the pork belly doesn’t tickle you fancy. They have a wide range to choose from and worth every penny spent!
Well, there you have it! Our 2 cents worth on this restaurant we found in the heart of Joburg! Try it out and tell us what you think 🙂