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