I am not easily convinced to drive to Fourways, an outer suburb about 30 minutes north of central Joburg. And when I first started my roadhouse series, it was my intention to focus solely on “old” roadhouses that opened in the 20th century and stood the test of time.
But recently I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about Roasty’s, a year-old roadhouse on Witkoppen Road in Fourways.
When I was invited to appear on Mix FM last month and talk about roadhouses, several listeners called in to recommend Roasty’s. I looked it up and found that Roasty’s has great social media channels, full of happy snaps of people eating burgers and milkshakes. Those photos really sold me.
So last Saturday evening, Thorsten and I ventured forth to Fourways. I’m really glad we did because Roasty’s was delightful.
Dinner at Roasty’s Roadhouse, Fourways
Roasty’s is in a very Fourways-ian location — just off off a busy road, at the end of a confusingly circuitous cul-de-sac, quasi-hidden behind a chain restaurant called the Baron. I’m not sure we would have found it without Google Maps (how did I ever function without Google Maps?) and a helpful “Roadhouse this way” sign.
Once we made it to Roasty’s, the atmosphere was extremely pleasant. The building is a simple, converted shipping container surrounded by planters and a nifty vertical succulent garden. Catchy South African pop music played from the loudspeakers. The staff were all super friendly. On my way to the bathroom I found a thriving veggie garden growing behind the restaurant.
The weather was perfect so we sat at an outdoor table next to the car. I ordered the sweet chilli chicken kota (I’ve written about kotas in the past but if you need a refresher on what they are, click here) and a chocolate milkshake. Thorsten ordered the barbecue pork belly roll with a side of chips and a vanilla milkshake.
I didn’t meet the Roasty’s owners on Saturday. But it’s clear this is a small business developed with real care and thought for the local community’s wants and needs. Roasty’s also opened in September 2020, in the middle of the covid-19 pandemic — a ballsy move that I salute.
And also, Roasty’s is fun and I like fun places. We didn’t want to leave.
The drive back to Brixton was long, with a surprising volume of traffic for a Saturday evening (this is Fourways, after all), but it was totally worth it. Joburg needs more places like Roasty’s. Please support it.
Roasty’s Rodhouse is at the corner of Selbourne Road and Witkoppen Road, Fourways.