Travel & Restaurants

Tonic Linden

November 20, 2017


I love gin and tonic. I do. It’s one of the most refreshing drinks around and I’ve missed them haha. Not that I’m a huge drinker, at all, but every now and then it’s so nice to just sit back and enjoy an ice cold G’nT and I know there has to be a few of you reading this and nodding in agreement.

Now I’m not the most adventurous when it comes to making gin and tonics, I mean they are usually just made up of exactly that with lots of lemon, but since visiting Tonic in Linden I’ve realised that I have been missing out on the most amazing combinations! This tiny bar which is decked out in the freshest, coolest way won me over from the second I stepped in. I’m such a sucker for interior detail and I love it when I can see that an effort has been made in every aspect and when the food/drink offering matches the decor then the place instantly becomes a favourite!





Guys, Tonic is awesome, like I said I don’t really drink but their craft gin-inspired cocktails will have you wanting one after the other. Their combinations and the way they are presented with amazing little touches like edible flowers, dried fruit, steel straws, mix-matched glassware and flavour infused mists makes every sip an experience on its own. And there’s more! The small but considered menu which is made up of a handful of starters, small plates and desserts will make sure that your food compartment does not feel left out.

Tonic is actually an offshoot of La Bouffe, which is the French restaurant next door that has a reputation for really amazing food and luckily for everyone swimming in a pool of gin-infused happiness at Tonic all the food available on their menu comes from the same kitchen and the same set of skillful hands.

I feel like I have to say more, but I have no idea what else to write other than GO AS SOON AS YOU CAN and then message me so we can go on and on about how awesome this little place is!

For the rest of this post I’m just going to back my words up with some photos I snapped on my second visit there which happened in the space of one week! I’m also going to mention some of the cocktails and small plates that we ordered, in case you like what you see and you want to try some of it out for yourself

On the drinks side of life, we had a Flower Power, a Dark Chocolate Gin Martini, a Tiny Pine, a Spice Club and then a special cocktail that they still have to add to the menu. We also had Beetroot and Gin Cured Salmon, Ceviche and Avo Sorbet, White Anchovies with Tomato on Bruschetta, Pork Belly on Slaw, Flatbread with Smoked Butter and then Warm Gin and Citrus Olives. All these cocktails and dishes were absolutely faultless and more than Instagram ready, which is never a bad thing!

Address: Menal Place, 32 7th Street, Linden, Johannesburg, 2196

Telephone: 087 238 4623






















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  • Reply Dani November 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    The Artisan in Greenside just launched a phenomenal cocktail menu, it’s great. Their Tequila Slammer is such a treat and they also have some interesting G&T combinations. I’ll definitely be giving Tonic a try though 🙂

    • Reply angie November 23, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Oooh thanks for the heads up, I shall try to make a plan to try it out. Tequila is probably like my least favourite drink, but I’m keen to see what gin combinations they have 🙂

  • Reply Bronwyn November 21, 2017 at 7:07 am

    You had me until you mentioned they shared a kitchen with La Bouffe – the chef there severed me an inch-long rusted nail in my chicken dish, refused to apologise, and still added the untouched tainted dish to the bill. I really cannot understand how a large rusted nail “accidentally” ends up in a gourmet dish. Unless the cocktails really are good enough to make up for a tetanus shot?? Let me know 🙂

    • Reply angie November 23, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      What?!!! Really? That is bizarre, maybe it came from the farm where the chicken was raised?
      Flip I have never heard of anything like that happening to someone before, it’s pretty insane! I think Tonic maybe worth going back for… 🙂

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