Vilakazi Street enjoys its glut of Kwaito-thumping, tourist-trap taverns. So, how nice to see the sleek, minimalistic, vuvuzela-free Thrive Café bistro on this famous street. I grazed on the Thrive beef burger, which had just the right silky soft blue cheese-sauceto- meat ratio, so that it didn’t dribble out of the bun. The juicy lemon-butter fillet cubes arrived in a sapid broth perfumed with pan-crisped rosemary and was utterly delicious. Thrive’s food is rich and luscious, and designed to be looked at, much like the restaurant’s architectural aesthetic itself: cementscreed interiors, stylish lighting and plate-glass windows that open Soweto like a book. Java junkies will appreciate the beans – a special blend conjured uniquely for Thrive by the barista from the quality-strict Culinary Equipment Company, which make the brews very, very gluggable.
8038 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West, Soweto; 011-536-1838; thrivecafe.co.za.