A Streetbar Named Desire

Image Cred: Hello Joburg Mag

Rosebank’s latest uber-cool-hangout is A Steetbar Named Desire. It’s a new, trendy spot for tapas and cocktails next to our recently reviewed Saigon Suzy, and The Bolton Collection.


Ambience: Dramatically masculine downstairs with an airy upstairs patio (3.5/5)
Food & Drinks: Tapas, cocktails and wine (4/5)
Service: Good (4/5)
Overall: A vibey afternoon and evening hangout



Image Cred: @visitgauteng

A Steetbar Named Desire is presumably named after the 1951 film and stage play A Streetcar Named Desire starring Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh, set in New Orleans. With a bit of imagination one can see the 1950s influence in the downstairs decor. Deep emerald velvet couches are paired with cane chairs and fringed bar stools with herringbone wooden floors.

The upstairs deck looks out onto Jan Smuts Avenue with views over Rosebank and Parktown North. It’s a lovely sunny (but warm) spot to park off with friends and chat over cocktails and tapas.

As a nice scene setter, they also have DJs playing tunes in the evenings on weekends.



The food menu consists of bar snacks, seafood & meat tapas and vegetarian tapas. There are also a few desert options.


A Streetbar Named Desire

Image cred: A Streetbar Named Desire. Pictured here are the Harissa sirloin, Roast sweet potatoes with feta and Paprika fried squid

Having visited A Streetbar Named Desire twice, I’ve covered quite a bit of the menu.  There are a wide variety of dishes with influences from all over the world but most notably from the Middle East. The Turkish lamb gozleme and pork fillet skewers with caramelised onion labneh are two examples.

My favourite dishes were the fish cakes with caper and lemon dressing, the smoked paprika fried squid and the mushroom boureka. The harissa marinated sirloin is also excellent. Overall we enjoyed the food at A Streetbar Named Desire.

A Streetbar Named Desire

The Sour cherry mojito

But before digging into the food do try the cocktails! They are innovative and very tasty. My favourite was the tangy Kindness of Strangers and my friends, Roshana and Jill, loved the Sour Cherry Mojito. Hubby ordered the charcoal blackened Dark Side. A bit of an aquired tasted but lots of fun.

There is also an interesting wine list, as well as some beer, gins and rum.

See full menu here.


The tapas will set you back about R65-75 per plate. You can estimate that each person will need about three plates for a full meal or two for a snack. The cocktails range from R65-86, and the wines seemed reasonably priced.



The first  time I visited, we sat inside and downstairs and the second time on the deck. Both times the service was reasonably quick and very friendly.


A Streetbar named Desire

44 Jan Smuts Avenue

Unit 2 Parkwood Mansions

Parkwood, Johannesburg

Opening Hours: Mon – Wed 4pm til late; Thurs – Sat 12pm til late; Sun – 12pm til 7pm

Kitchen closes: 10pm Mon-Sat & 6pm Sundays


Phone: 011 268 6485 (booking recommended)


For other Equilibrio restaurant reviews click here.

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