On the weekend, the hubs and I headed out to explore Jozi, and more specifically, Jozi’s hottest Mexican restaurant, Perron.
Based in Illovo, this Mexican gem is a hot spot for fabulous food and a must visit if you’re in the area.
Bright and colourful, it’s feisty and funky and once you’ve experienced theirÂ ChurrosÂ (aka Mexican doughnuts) you’ll save the location to your Waze account, and keep going back for more.
The style of dining at Perron is just up my alley. You can either order a “meal” or snack on a bunch of tasty (not-so) little tappas (alone or with your entourage).
So if you’re unsure about what to order, these offer a great way for you to get the whole Mexican experience in bite sized options.
Their cocktail menu is also pretty interesting, with a different offering to the traditional fun drinks.
Border Crossing, Chico, Negroni, Lime Mojito and Smoked Mexican Old Fashioned are some of the choices, but I went for theÂ Delicias de Fruta.Â A raspberry vodka cocktail with orange liqueur, melonÂ liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice.
It was perfect for a hot summer’s day in the city!
For our meals, hubby went for a “real meal” -Â Sizzling SteakÂ which isÂ a fillet steak with Mexican potatoes, cream and guacamole.
It’s served withÂ black bean and corn salsa, but he opted to give that a skip.
For my meal I decided to have two tappas instead.
The menu suggested to order “two or three”, but two wereÂ more than enough for me, and I had space for dessert! Make sure you leave space… you’ll see why just now.
On the left;Â Sweet Potato On Corn FrittersÂ (caramelised spicy honey and lime sweet potato served on two sweetcorn fritters, a splash of tomato salsa,Â guacamole and feta cheese)Â andÂ Popeye Empanadas (a trio of deep fried spinach “pies”, each one filled with different cheesesÂ and served with roasted tomato salsa).
Both of them delicious!
Even though we were pretty satisfied, we couldn’t leave without a little bit of sweetness…
Hubz went forÂ Them Apples;Â crispy apple empanadasÂ served with lime creme fraiche.
Look how beautifully presented it was… and it tasted dang good too! I know because I stole one from him 😛
They’re like mini, awesome apple pies!
And I, of course, went for theÂ Churros.Â If you’ve never had ChurrosÂ before, you’re missing out.
Its a Mexican doughnut, deep fried and rolledÂ in sugar and cinnamon. It’s servedÂ with two dipping sauces; chocolate and coconutty dulce de leche (which is amazing).
Seriously, this stuff is addictive. No wonder it’s the talk of the town!
So this weekend, if you find yourself with nothing to do, take a trip to Illovo and check outÂ Perron.
Corner of Oxford Road and Corlett Drive
Open: Tues – Sat: 12pm – 3p & 6pm – till last rounds and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm