Cooking chicken at Food Junxion

#Gauteng52, Week 23: Food Junxion

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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12 Comments

  • Reply mzansigirl June 8, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Great little spot for a cheap yummy chow. Went here with Jo on one of my first tours with her!

    • Reply 2summers June 8, 2017 at 9:31 am

      Yes, and it’s in such a convenient spot.

  • Reply Estelle de la Rey June 8, 2017 at 9:35 am

    looks amazing! I moved from Pretoria to Northriding and I also need to explore the city! Love your blog

    • Reply 2summers June 8, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Eva Melusine Thieme June 8, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Nice! I so miss going out to eat in SA. So cheap, and such great variety. Also, can’t believe you’re almost at the halfway point of your 52 project. Which means we’re almost halfway through the year!

    • Reply 2summers June 8, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      I know, right? Crazy. Although I’m also kind of disturbed that I still have to think up 27 more Gauteng52’s 😂

  • Reply autumnashbough June 8, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    I want to know what’s in the sauce.

    • Reply 2summers June 13, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Me too! Next time I’ll ask.

  • Reply Huzaifh June 10, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Hi.. Heather u can go to the restaurant called lal qila restaurant which is in the palm continental hotel in crown mine area. They serve indian n Pakistani cousins. There buffet dinner is R200 per person with 72 different types of dishes. I went there it was g8 experience n tasty food.

    • Reply 2summers June 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

      That sounds so interesting! I’ll definitely check it out.

  • Reply Lani June 10, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Foood. I think I could just flip through book of what and where people eat from around the world.

    • Reply 2summers June 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm

      I could definitely do that too.

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