Welcome to Week 23 of my #Gauteng52 challenge, for which I will visit and blog about a new place in Gauteng Province every week for 52 straight weeks. This week I visit Food Junxion, a take-away restaurant in downtown Johannesburg.

While visiting Master Mansions last week, I noticed a delicious smell emanating from a street-level restaurant in the building next door. There was a man in the window of the restaurant, cooking chicken over a coal-fired grill, painting the chicken bright red using a thick brush.

The restaurant’s name was Food Junxion. On a whim, Gail and I decided to eat lunch there.

Cooking chicken at Food JunxionGrilling bright red chicken.

I’m sure Food Junxion has a great story, but I don’t know it. It didn’t occur to me until later that I might want to blog about Food Junxion — at the time my mind was swimming with romantic stories of hat factories and secret Hindu temples. So I didn’t ask any questions or take a ton of photos during our meal.

But here’s what I can tell you:

1) Food Junxion is cheap: R30 ($2.30) for a platter of chicken, roti (Indian bread), chips (fries), and salad (a small pile of iceberg lettuce). Next time I’ll skip the salad and substitute chips for rice.

2) Food Junxion is popular: While we were there the place filled up with business people, staff from the nearby Magistrate’s Court, car guards, and officers from the Johannesburg Central Police station.

3) I don’t know what the ingredients are in that fire-engine-red chicken sauce. I don’t want to know. But I do know that chicken is spicy and delicious.

 Man behind the counter at Food Junxion
Man behind the counter at Food Junxion. 

Breakfast menu at Food Junxion
The breakfast menu looks intriguing. I’m keen to try the Indian dishes.

Inside Food JunxionJust before the lunch rush. I’m now wondering what the story is behind the sign on the wall. It reads: “The Royal Legend: Through many trials of purchasing a franchise, Abe discovered a secret recipe for fried and grilled chicken. Combined with dedication and passion for food fit for kings, using only the freshest of vegetables and the finest herbs and spices. The all new Royal Chicken was born.”

Hot chicken at Food JunxionThe Royal Chicken: Be careful, it’s hot.

Food Junxion is at 35 Ntemi Piliso Street (formerly West Street) in the Johannesburg CBD. Call 062 893 7430 or 084 953 7782.

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