Jozi wine bar’s Middle Eastern menu is as impressive as its drinks list

“We knew that people weren’t associating Tonic with food, which is why Tanen is much more food driven for us. We serve contemporary food with distinctly Middle Eastern flavours and influences, especially from areas like Turkey and Israel.

“The irony is that in many of the places we draw inspiration from, you wouldn’t be able to have a glass of wine with dinner, and we really think that it’s one of the best types of food to eat with wine,” adds Caitlin.

With dishes including duck baklava with pistachio cream and pickled cumquats, or lamb and baba ghanoush, you’ll have a hard time making your dinner decision.

Spelt in the traditional Middle Eastern way, Tanen is also living up to its name with some truly impressive wines.

As Caitlin explains, “We’ve worked hard to curate a wine selection of vintages that people don’t necessarily know. We also do what we’re calling a harvest table of wine where a glass costs R50 across the board and it gives people an opportunity to try things they might not have tried before. Ultimately, we want to encourage them to push the boundaries a bit and introduce them to something new that they might just fall in love with.”

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