Last Friday night, in search of some light relief, we ventured out for a sit-down meal at Montecasino, the faux-Tuscan entertainment village up the road from where we live in Fourways, Johannesburg.

I thought the place would be bustling. Given its choice of restaurants and South Africans’ newly regained freedom to frequent eateries, I assumed there would be plenty of other Jozi residents itching to escape the confines of their own kitchens...

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