I first visited this cozy, unassuming restaurant in 2010 as a new resident in Parkhust. Then you had along the same block on Parkhurst’s Fourth Avenue, Nice Things (clothes), Nice Books and Nice (Food, dining). Nice Books and Nice were inter-leading to each other, so I’d go to the book store pick up a book and sit down and order my cappuccino served from Nice. My cuppa came still with bubbles on the crema from the fresh coffee beans by my favorite Fairtrade Accredited- coffee maker “Bean There Coffee” which I so delightfully approved.
My next visit I would page through their simple menu and come across “Flourless Belgian Dark Chocolate Cake…” Where in the world did you come from…? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I prefer Dark Chocolate, that’s the only chocolate I buy, you will also find in my fridge – the darker, the bitter, the better! I never understood the concept of Milk Chocolate, but each to his own – what is chocolate without Cocoa? So, as I sat at the far end of a long rustic table with a book in hand, I ordered thee chocolate cake. I have been hooked since – it is mostly what I indulge in whenever I visit Nice and the owner knows it too. She saw me eat pie the other day and was so amused that I was actually eating real food!
I also enjoy how they serve their teas, from the most exquisite and vintage tea-pots to china tea cups and saucers. One hardly drinks from the same design tea-set, always different and just pretty! The business has since restructured and extended the dining area, closing down the book shop:-(.
The Steak pies are the best I have ever had in South Africa – yes, in the entire country and I have dined at some of the awesome places in the country. These are served with greens or sweet potato wedged, always cooked to perfection – firm and meaty. It is what ‘pie-dreams are made of’ delicious! For the past six years I can count very few occasions where I managed to finish my pie in one sitting – normally I eat half then take half for later enjoyment in-front of my TV at home.
It is 2016, still my favorite dining spot for both breakfast, lunch and in between in Johannesburg. I lived in Ballito for over four years, on each one of my monthly visits to Johannesburg I always went to Nice on Fourth for my “fix” and have never been disappointed.
I love their consistency, the menu is still the same with a few slight tweaks here and there but nothing major. The food stays exactly how one remembers, the service is friendly and always professional, warm ambience. The owner is there almost all the time, she remembers her patrons and their favorites:-). The breakfasts are equally lovely, my favorite being the egg baskets, you have to get up early to mark your space on a weekend as there is queue, first come first served!
Nice on Fourth represent what the village I call Parkhurst is about, unpretentious, unassuming yet sophisticated – with emphasis on authenticity as expected by its dwellers and visitors!
Beautiful places, furniture, food, people all along one stretch of road, 4th Avenue Parkhurst! www.niceon4th.co.za
Written by Rebecca Kambule is Owner and Manager at Rempo Consulting | Twitter