Kong has proved to be one of my favourite Asian fusion restaurants in Johannesburg since I moved here in 2010. Initially situated at The Buzz in Douglasdale, in 2013 they moved a few hundred meters down the road to a prime position at Cedar Square Shopping Centre and were always relatively busy. Now that everyone is back in Jozi and hard at work, they should be just about back to “have to book a table” status.
Our evening started off with drinks at the bar that is decorated with beautiful, comfortable leather couches and rugs. It also boasts a fantastic walk in fridge with bottles of Champagne and other French wines chilling – rather aspirational, I wouldn’t mind one for my house one day!
The bar service was not extraordinary, and I was interested to see how the rest of the evening panned out; however Bongani, who was our server for the evening, was an absolute treat. With a smile that could light up a dark room, he set about making sure we were seated at a table near the window, candles were lit and we were looked after with aplomb.
We settled on a shared starter of a sushi platter of California and prawn tempura rolls which was absolutely excellent – the sushi chefs are there in sight, and it’s great to know your order is freshly made while you wait.
For my main course, I ordered the Black Bean Tofu, which was also delicious, the black bean sauce just made the dish and the beans, onions and tomatoes were done to perfection. I highly recommend this one.
My friend ordered the Rump steak – medium. It was done perfectly, and the accompanying black pepper sauce was tasty and of a good consistency. The fries weren’t great, but as I pointed out to him, we are in an Asian Fusion restaurant, not Spur.
The decor is so interesting, luckily the high ceilings accommodate the massive woven grass lights hanging above the main restaurant that are beautiful, and create awesome shadows on the floor. The life-size terracotta warrior replicas do freak me out a little, I think maybe just because they look so real; and I have visions of them running around and staging wars late at night when the restaurant is closed (a very vivid imagination can sometimes be a curse!)
The bathrooms are also pretty funky. They are shared with the restaurant next door and picture cool cut outs on the doors, which look similar to paper dolls, lit from behind with different coloured lights, very cool.
Kong also accommodates smokers with a separate glass upstairs lounge that also holds a pool table, in case you get bored while you are smoking, I guess.
Although there is not much of a view, besides the parking lot, the food is great, and I would highly recommend giving them a try for a tasty meal out in the Fourways area. Prices are comparable to other restaurants with our bill, including two rounds of alcoholic drinks coming to R 530.00, excluding the tip.
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