The menu at Licorish Bistro is extensive and has a lot going for it. My children go solely for the Street Food. As do a great number of the patrons from what I saw. Licorish, at the Nicholway Shopping Centre in Bryanston, is set amongst other restaurants in the cookie-cutter type shopping centres that now pepper much of the northern suburb’s retail developments.
It is, as reviews have indicated, a hip and contemporary restaurant which specializes in African-Asian fusion cuisine. I took that to mean South African Asian. There is the usual fare of chicken, steaks, burgers, but also the curries, chicken korma, bobotie, samosas… It seems to offer a little bit of everything that makes up SA’s varied cuisine.
There is a Street Food menu that offers items like pulled pork with chakalaka, tandoori beef wraps, and the very popular Nkomazi chicken curry bunny chow. This is not quite bunny chow as you know – more the upmarket version of it. The curry is still served in a quarter loaf of bread but with the accompanying sauces and various condiments on the side. It is very popular.
We ordered a starter platter of meatballs, bobotie spring rolls, chilli salt squid. I tried their trio of beef – a carefully presented dish made up of a beef filet on butternut mash, filet served with a béarnaise sauce (or what I thought was a béarnaise sauce), and a beef cut made into a mushroom pie. There was also a similar trio, made with fish. Their smoked duck salad is well worth a trip there.
Service is efficient and friendly, and although the street food menu offers more value for money, their main menu is on the pricier side.
Licorish Bistro, 432 Nicholway, Bryanston.