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“Average cocktails with average service. ”
Review of Urbanologi

Urbanologi
Ranked #12 of 1,464 Restaurants in Johannesburg
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Reviewed April 15, 2018 via mobile

The food was hit and miss. We had dined here once before and not loved it but thought we’d give it another go (this time with a large group). Some of the food was good and some of it was just average. We also ended up with food that we hadn’t asked for and when we questioned it, we’re told we had misunderstood. The cocktails were also very average - a complete waste in ordering them.
The service was average and at the end of the meal, we left a suitable tip but were then told that there was a mandatory 10% tip that they’d ‘forgotten’ to include on the bill.
Would not recommend

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 10, 2018

Having eaten four times at Urbaologi over the past few months, the food has been consistently great. The menu changes seasonally, with great new additions and some favourites falling off the menu. The tamarind sauce served with some of the dishes is simply heavenly.

Service is always slick and professional - hi tech to, with waiters having tablets to take your orders. The craft beer selection is great, and you are able to see the brewery from the restaurant.

All in all, a great concept with good food, good service and inspiring location.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank Aubrey W
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

It's a large building with an airy warehouse type feel. Contemporary and modern. Two of us shared 8 savoury dishes and 3 dessert plates. I would particularly recommend the teriyaki sweet potato with goat yoghurt, and the pork belly with butternut puree and tamarind dip. The desserts were excellent, especially the butternut semi freddo with pancetta honeycomb. With 4 drinks, we paid R900. The service was spot on too.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank laurag88
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Reviewed March 27, 2018 via mobile

Had a fab Monday evening dinner here with family and friends - it was quiet but that worked really well as I can imagine it would be a bit hectic and impersonal on a fri/sat night. The tapas dishes were interesting and well thought-out with great flavours and the service was fabulous - attentive but not too much so. The dessert was possibly the nicest one I’ve ever tasted (I very nearly didn’t have one but v glad I did!!) and the dessert wine was absolute heaven.... Definitely recommend.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank AlisonG967
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Reviewed March 24, 2018

Urbanologi is located in the Mad Giant brewery in New Town, Centre of Jozi.
It's a large, modern space located next to all the brewing tanks. Seating offers some less comfy bench type tables and some more typical restaurant-style tables and chairs.
When we walked in a DJ and muso was belting out some latin tunes that became more electronic later in the evening. It was quite loud so you do need to yell a bit until you get used to it.
We ordered some drinks, well tried to but they had run out or didn't keep stock of some typical items. We eventually ordered some margaritas, which were good but were a bit light on tequila (we doubled up on the second round) and some Waterkloof wines.
All the wine is from Waterkloof winery as there is a common ownership, so we were told.
The menu is compact and tapas orientated with choices in raw, cured, steamed, fried and coal-fired categories.
We ordered an assortment: duck pancakes, cured beetroot, steamed brioche in chicken fat, pork dumplings, fried calamari and pork belly amongst others.
The food arrived in pairs and was nicely cooked (if it said crisp it was), light dumpling pastry but it was all a bit bland and under-seasoned. The pancakes were the standout dish and had good flavour.
Everything else just lacked balance or any wow. Tapas, particularly modern tapas should have big flavours and this just didn't. The tamarind sauce for the pork was incredibly sour and the lemon puree with the squid mad your teeth zing.
The food could really be great if they can sort the flavours and balance out.
Service was a bit inattentive, the staff were just a bit too busy so a little waving was required.
Urbanologi is half trendy nightspot half restaurant, I'm just not sure what it is better at.

Date of visit: March 2018
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