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Oh yes! I was telling you about places I never thought I would tell you about because they are my locals, my precious oases, and I didn’t want them to be overrun by enthusiastic, trendy, FM readers. Last week I told you about Franco’s in Parkview. Today I am going to tell you about a bar on the same strip, a new bar, which I hope you don’t discover just yet. It’s a delicious place. Those of you who have read this column for some time will know that I have often bemoaned the lack of a bar, a lovely long bar where, after you finish work, you pop in after 5pm, put your bum on a bar seat and ask for a drink from a smart, friendly bartender who knows how to mix a cocktail. Or two. In Joburg, mainly, we go for afternoon drinks in hotel bars. It’s very depressing. It reminds me of Zimbabwe or Mozambique, where diplomats descend from their lofty air-conditioned embassy and consulate offices to spy on the elite gorging on the rich, sweaty buffets of the hotel restaurants. It’s as sad as a VS...

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