Cilantros sit, eat & relax 

We were invited by a very nice lady to a dinner date at the very stylish Cilantros within Nelson Mandela Square. Who could resist really?

Being responsible adults we “Ubered” to Nelson Mandela Square to try some tantalizing treats from the new kids on the square.

I must have been a magpie in my previous life as anything sparkly grabs my attention, and oh how Cilantro’s sparkles. There fresh decor suited for business meals or simple catch ups and the ever so popular date night. I sat stroking the couch for a while it’s velvet touch is irresistible, along with the sparkly cushions, but, what caught my eye besides the rose gold candle holders was the roof in the outside section, plants hanging from the ceiling covering it with green foliage, creating a unique outdoor/indoor feeling.

 Now as invited guests we left our meal choices up to those in the know, as they say, and that worked out spectacularly well. With a range of mouth watering and tasty starters we ate and ate some more.

Between us there were favourites all round but for me oh it was the calamari tubes (yum), although with such a variety of tastes appealing there is something for everyone, the smells were hypnotic and made you want to carry on eating even when you know you shouldn’t.

But I am a cocktail lady and had to try out their Cilantros cocktail, my oh my it has a punch to it but in the good warm and fuzzy way. It’s crisp flavours are both complementary and refreshing. There are more in the list that I would love to try but being a “school” night I refrained and had two. Needed to try the Rosemary cocktail and this too was wonderfully thought out with the flavours dancing on ones pallet. Don’t take my word try them for yourself.
Time to decide on mains and after eating myself stupid on the delicious starters, I was willing to expand the tummy and cram in more wonderful food.

Now my love affair with Wagyu beef is no secret, and low and behold the wonderful Wagyu appears on the menu as sliders, three in fact each with a different topping. I was in taste heaven with the subtle hints of spices and the juices from the meat I was a slightly messy stuffed lady, but I didn’t care it was totally worth it.

Mr ordered the slow cooked oxtail pasta, which was also packed with flavour (I may have stolen some). Paired with the craft beers they stock it was a complete and satisfying meal.

Desserts oh where have you been hiding and can you squeeze into my overstuffed stomach? When you have been craving carrot cake for days and low and behold it’s there in the menu! Tasty and a good size portions means the meal ended on a high note. But it got better when the waiter brought out a variety from the menu with lots of spoons!


What a fun and enjoyable evening. Cilantros has the right vibe, enthusiastic staff and a wide variety of tasty dishes. We would be back again because it’s an ideal place to lose some hours in.

Talk to them, they are extremely friendly friendly warning they will make you hungry @Cilantr0s (with a zero) on Twitter and @CilantrosJhb on Instagram.

Note:- we were invited to Cilantr0s, our meal was not paid for by ourselves, however the views expressed are our own.

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