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Having frequented the eateries of Johannesburg, South Africa for quite some time now, I was hoping that we could start a new thread regarding eateries in South Africa before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in June. I will post my reviews of Nando's, Shirley's, Moo-z Brothers etc. and share the information regarding kosher products at the numerous SPAR and Pick n' Pay locations. I was wondering though if anyone else had any opinions regarding Franjelica's which I didn't get a chance to try. Also, there is a really nice place called Faff that looks expensive. Has anyone eaten there?

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  1. Dee Jays Deli

    While one might think of the typical Jewish delicatessen in New York, this deli is strictly dairy. The menu has a wide variety of dishes ranging from breakfast to paninni, fish, sushi (like every other kosher place in the world these days), pastas and pizzas. Inside there are a few tables (as well as products for take away) and outside there are tables, heaters (for winter) and a nice lounge area.

    I have to say this as a reminder for all, service at South African eateries is tremendously slow. So don't be surprised if you wait forever for your order. There is no sense of urgency in Africa. We ordered a starter going with the nachos. The price of the nachos is R39 which is currently around $5.30 so it is priced well for the North American traveler. It was a great starter for two people to share, the nachos fill an entire plate. There was a lot of guacamole in the middle of the nachos and the sauce was delicious. The cheese was sprinkled on top allowing you to actually separate the nachos and not have them attached to each other.

    My friend ordered the pesto penne pasta which is penne pasta in a pesto sauce & cream. It sounded good and costs R58 (about $7.90). Unfortunately, the waiter came back to tell us that there was no pesto sauce. So since I had ordered the pizza margarita and both of us filled up a bit on the nachos, we decided to split the pizza. They were good about not putting sliced tomato in the pizza and just made it with cheese and sauce. The pizza base was less than a quarter of an inch and the amount of sauce was well proportioned to the amount of cheese. It was a good pizza (for South Africa) and at R44 (about $5.95) it was a bargain since it was probably the equivalent to three slices of New York pizza.

    For dessert we ordered the hot chocolate cake with ice cream and vanilla sauce. It was very good. For R29 (about $4.00) it was a slice of chocolate cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We both enjoyed it and found the cake to taste fresh with the ice cream tasting pretty good.

    All in all, I found my favorite dairy joint in South Africa. I liked the selection and prices of Dee Jays a lot more than Moo-z Brothers.

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    1. re: NYC2TLV

      I'm just curious why a place described in such a way is classified as a "deli." Even a non-kosher deli that serves dairy items would not carry nachos and pizza. They might have bagels and cream cheese, or something along those lines, but not this stuff. In my opinion, anyway.

      1. re: queenscook

        Sounds like they're using 'deli' like we'd use 'cafe'

        1. re: queenscook

          This is from the Oxford dictionary:

          delicatessen
          /delliktess’n/

          • noun a shop selling cooked meats, cheeses, and unusual or foreign prepared foods.

          — ORIGIN German or Dutch, from French délicatesse ‘delicacy’.

          Being that this is Africa, those foods are certainly foreign enough, no?