I thought I knew Illovo pretty damn well, Craig lived there before we got married and we spent 90% of our time running around the streets like hood rats. I was pretty surprised when I discovered Ferguson’s 5th Floor had been open for quite a while in Illovo and I hadn’t paid them a visit to eat all their food. Part owned by the brains behind 4th Avenue Coffee Roasters and The Fat Zebra it’s a solid option for business lunches or a quick break from the office if you work in the area, they also do events so if you’re looking for a venue with a 360 degree of the city you’re in luck.
…did I mention that Ferguson’s has the most insane view of Joburg? The rooftop terrace has beautiful views of sunrise and sunset, I went on a typical Joburg winters afternoon so the visibility wasn’t great but I can just imagine how inane it is on a clear day. (It’s getting warmer now so you’re probably going to have better luck than I did.)
Ferguson’s has a harvest table packed with delicious dishes that changes daily…yes daily. So chances are you’re not going to get the same meal from the harvest table if you become a regular visitor. Their menu is standard offering some tasty looking breakfasts, toasted sandwiches and salads. They also have freshly baked cakes on offer so if you’re on a health kick you’re going to be amped.
The restaurant definitely has a corporate feel to it, partly due to it being located on top of an office block and partly because by default most of its patrons being business people. BUT, I can imagine in summer the deck being amazing to sit and have a sundowner on, whether you have a business suit or not!
As I mentioned the cafe is on top of an office block so you will need to park in the office block, go through security and up to the lifts, if you look like you’re in the wrong place you’re probably in the right place!
Address: 35 Ferguson Road, Illovo, Sandton
Contact: 011 0821234