Are you keen to discover one of the worlds best gems? You won’t have to travel to a little village in Europe or the deepest jungles of South America. A stone’s throw to the south of the city stands the Troyeville Hotel: the coolest place on earth.
This hotel, first licensed in 1939, is a Johannesburg original. Serving unfussy, award-winning Portuguese cuisine, it’s been the hangout for artists, musicians, political activists, sports fans — and Robbie Brozin and his crew of Nando’s fame — for generations. The restaurant features consistently in lists of the best places to eat at in Johannesburg. The hotel’s regular book evenings have become a fixture of the city’s cultural life, attracting “everyone from strip club owners to cabinet ministers.”
It has become known especially for its signature dish: the LM Prawns. And that is why we’ve travelled all the way to good old Troyeville … The menu sings Fado and excites the taste buds much like a gorgeous singer tantalises the emotions. There’s everything from rump trinchado to espetadas as big as your arm. And the prices! The prices are amazing. You won’t find this kind of value for money anywhere else in the city.
Forget about the supposed “dodgy drive” through town — do yourself a favour and check out the Troyeville Hotel for yourself. It’s a melting pot of young and old, rich and poor, Portuguese and not-so-Portuguese. The locals hang around the bar and over weekends the restaurant is packed to the brim. There is a very good reason why this place is as famous as it is, and it’s something you need to experience. Troyeville and neighbouring Kensington is actually really charming and different.
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