Hidden away in the Northern parts of Pretoria is a seafood restaurant with soul – an absolute haven with a calm, relaxing atmosphere by day that turns into a vibey venue at night.
Toureiro House of Prawns is situated in the Etienne Lewis furniture complex just off Zambezi Road in Montana. As first-time visitors, you’d be surprised not only by the magnificent setting with its large palm trees, lush gardens and a fish pond that creates the feel of an oasis in the middle of the city, but also by the variety their menu has to offer – especially when it comes to seafood, their speciality.
The ideal venue for a quick break-away from the office, Toureiro House of Prawns offers seafood meals that you can’t say no to and dishes you don’t find at many other Pretoria restaurants. The Whiskey Prawns is definitely worth a try, with a rich cream sauce and delicious traditional sides. Toreiro’s Kingklip Toureiro is also a safe bet and for that, you need to come hungry. According to waiter, Abel, the Sole Bonne Femme is another favourite among guests and be sure to ask about their specials for the day as you might just be lucky to get a generous helping of lobster at a very reasonable price.
During the day, the restaurant is a sanctuary to many and a lovely family restaurant for special occasions and business lunches alike. You can even couple it with some décor shopping at Etienne Lewis’ impressive showroom. The twinkling fairy lights hanging from the thatch roofs and around the big tree in the middle’s branches is proof, though, that from six at night you probably need to arrive with your dancing shoes and stamina – figuratively speaking.
Toureiro certainly found a way to combine the highveld’s culture with the coast’s cuisine and locals clearly enjoy what the restaurant has to offer. The restaurant entertains regulars and newcomers with live performances on Friday evenings from 18h00 to half-past 22h00 and on Sundays from 12h00 to 16h00 and there are a number of television screens for those who are keen on watching some sports while enjoying their favourite beer on tap.
For a discerning out of towner, Toureiro House of Prawns might just be the ultimate treat and a show-off of proper seafood in the heart of the highveld. It’s also no secret that their portions are rich and generous, and you’ll definitely agree that you get value for your money.
Seafood in Gauteng is often a juggle, but we can vouch for Toureiro House of Prawns. It might not be your typical under-the-sea experience, but somehow they make Pretoria the place for pescatarians.
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