Licorish Bistro, situated in the bustling Nicolway Bryanston Shopping Centre, is a five-year-old restaurant run by Aki Hadjipetros. After nineteen years of running chain restaurants, Aki now runs four of his own which are situated all over Gauteng. Each restaurant offers diners a unique flavour, style and twist on the way in which they eat. This everyday eatery offers customers the chance to experience a well thought out plate full of flavour and colour. Head Chef Karel Jacobs is always adding and enhancing the menu enabling the restaurant to evolve and keep up with the latest trends.
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Whatever your fancy, Licorish Bistro has it all. Lunch time offers a classic casual environment perfect for business meetings or the ever-popular ladies lunch. Dinner brings with it a flare of romance with dim lighting and candles, perfect for a date night with that special someone.
Keeping up with the trends, this bistro offers flawless vegan dishes that entertain the palate to give any and every customer a mouthful of satisfaction. Check out how delicious these vegan options look.
Spicy chickpeas served with cinnamon and almond dukkah, beetroot hummus and oven roasted vine tomatoes
Spinach, feta and coriander samoosas served with garlic mayo, apple chutney, zaatar spice and candied peanuts
For those of you who absolutely love seafood, Licorish Bistro offers something right up your alley featuring traditional seafood with that unique South African twist. A personal favourite of mine is the chilli salt squid served with cardamom mayo, tomato atchar and sesame bean sprouts.
If you are more of a meat lover, Licorish caters for you too with a wide range of dishes including everything from oxtail to sirloin.
Oxtail samoosas braised in cinnamon and milk stout, served with a red wine jus, spinach and mango atchar
Make sure you leave room for their dessert options that certainly aren’t for the faint-hearted. I suggest you try the milk tart panna cotta served on a stroopwafel with crumbled honeycomb.
When: Monday–Thursday, 12 pm–10:30 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am–10:30 pm; Sunday 9 am – 8:30 pm
Where: Nicolway Shopping Centre, Johannesburg
Reservations: 011 706 0991