I drive past the Clay Oven everyday on my way to and from work. This tiny restaurant is located in a bit of a dead shopping centre in Jukskei Park, with a charity shop and a crossfit gym to keep it company. I’ve always thought “We should try this place” and eventually we did.
The Clay Oven describes itself as a Portugreek restaurant, but I would liken it more to a mish- mash, bit of everything, Mediterranean inspired restaurant as it serves Breakfasts, Burgers, Portuguese, Greek and Italian food.
I judge a Portuguese restaurant by it’s trinchado. It’s one of my favourite dishes, and if you can’t get that right then I can’t be your restaurant’s friend. So on a very, very warm Summer’s day, sitting on their covered patio with the spray misters running at full blast, I ordered Trinchado and was presented with a very generous portion, complete with ginormous piping hot potato chips, a fresh Portuguese roll and a tomatoey dipping sauce.
Whilst the Trinchado wasn’t quite as garlicky as I was anticipating, it was delicious, and I battled to finish it. I love that it was served with a roll, which is perfect for mopping up all the mouth-watering red wine gravy.
There are about 20 more dishes I want to explore at this restaurant including the chef’s speciality “Kleftico” which is Greek Lamb dish and their apparently famous “Sunday Lunch”.
The service was friendly, the prices were reasonable and the chef checks on everyone to make sure they are enjoying their food.
You can view more details on their website: http://www.clayoven.co.za
Address: Robyn St, Jukskei Park, Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Phone: 011 462 2027
Tues – Sat: 08:00–21:00
Disclaimer: I paid for my meal in full, all thoughts and views expressed are my own. Please don’t use my photos without my permission.