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“Very disappointing meals”
Review of Back o' the Moon

Back o' the Moon
Ranked #338 of 1 356 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: After-hours, Private Dining, Reservations
Description: The original Back o' the Moon was a famous shebeen in the historic Sophiatown of the 1950's. It was a special place where rich and poor, the elite and the ordinary folk alike would meet in their Sunday best and enjoy music and great food. Some of the early legends of the South African music scene plied their trade at the Back o' the Moon. Back o' the Moon was immortalised by Miriam Makeba in the late 50's stage play,King Kong in which she sang the song Back o' the Moon - a tribute to the rich history of Sophiatown of the late 50's. Today, our own Back o' the Moon is a feast for the senses. It is the complete dining experience, offering an exquisite menu, impeccable service and great entertainment in a lavish and contemporary environment. Sit back, relax and enjoy the experience.
Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

We had a meal at Back of the Moon at Gold Reef City this past Friday 27th April. The vibe and live band was great, however the length of time it took for our food to arrive was not acceptable. We booked a table for 7 people, and ordered our mains by 8:30pm. Everyone’s main courses arrived at 10pm and shortly thereafter. It took more than 1.5 hours for the food to arrive! When we asked our waiter what the problem was, only then did he apologise and mentioned that they have 2 large birthdays on the same evening. The restaurant staff should’ve apologised for the delay without us having to question what was wrong, or at least warn us that the food was going to take longer to prepare than normal when we ordered.

When the food did eventually arrive, it was mediocre. Some people at our table enjoyed their meals, but some meals were just not up to standard. The steak ordered was meant to be medium rare – however the one side was more medium/well than rare. Two people ordered one of the ‘Back of the Moon’s Signature Dishes’ – the lamb cutlets – according to the description on the menu it was meant to be served with mint, minted mash and thyme jus (see attached picture of the menu item).

When our lamb cutlets arrived, it was tasty, but was most definitely not at all what was described on the menu. It was served with mash, but definitely not minted mash, there was no fresh mint as described, and definitely no thyme jus, just more of a barbeque sauce coated over the lamb. We don’t really understand how it’s possible to get what is meant to be a ‘signature dish’ so wrong.

After being mostly disappointed by the mains, one person at our table decided to try the dessert and ordered the ‘pistachio and ginger ice cream’ – meant to be one scoop of each, to which the waiter replied ‘we only have vanilla’

As the menus are all electronic (on tablets), I would think they are easy enough to update. If the lamb dishes are never served with mint or thyme, rather change the menu so people don’t have expectations that are never met. If the restaurant does not have certain flavours of ice cream, rather just update the menu with at least ‘ask the waiter for flavours available’

This restaurant has a good vibe, and waiter was friendly and made an effort to make up for the delay, but the food very disappointing.

Thank Jeemersan G
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile


Beautiful setup in the Gold Reef Casino premises.
The food , service, ambience, entertainment, DJ and location was perfect.
The Band was not bad.
If you choose not to drive afterwards a hotel is located on the premises.
Access to the Gold Reef Theme Park is adjacent and the Red City Sightseeing Bus passes through as well for extra activities.
Booking is essential at the Restaurant.
Will definitely return.



Thank H0lidaytrip
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Reviewed 19 March 2018

Choose this restaurant as there was no other option for fine dining at this venue. The restaurant is outdated, the decor hasn't changed in years and the the food is mediocre to say the least. The fact that they have a dinner and dance, automatically draws customers that want to party rather then savoring good food. if you are into partying, then this might be your restaurant, otherwise stay away, as the band draws you away from any intimate dinner that you would like to have.

Will not be back, as the entire evening was very mediocre at this casino complex.

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Thank Fernando P
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

We celebrated my aunts 60th birthday at Back O The Moon. The venue has a lovely set up and the staff are lovely. Their menus are all on a tablet that shows you images of what the food looks like.
I was very satisfied with the starters (we had esgargot in a creamy garlic sauce covered in phyllo pastry), but was a little disappointed in my main course. I ordered the duck carvaldos - the duck was a little bland and there was not enough sauce.
My partner ordered a rum steak and mushroom sauce - his steak was also bland and the mushroom sauce runny.

Despite the disappointing food, the entertainment was lovely and we gave ourselves a good time. Wouldn't necessarily recommend the food.

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Thank Kirsten L
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

first arrived on a friday night...they now have a DJ which is awesome
had a few drinks outside (Sundowner) afternoon..was really fun
tried the steak starter was ok, the chicken main and chips was Amazing..had a state of someones, than decided to order the Duck
wasnt dissapointed at all...duck was beautifully presented with mash and vegies and a sauce...didnt like the sauce much, was way too sweet but the duck was the best ive ever tasted....beautiful!

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Thank DarrenAmbrose
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