“The what?” is usually the response to the name of this unusual and innovatively different restaurant with its welcoming patio graced by wicker chairs and a fountain, vibrant deep red interior and happy staff. The menu? Think food - café style, organic food, created with ease of dining in mind and the simplistic pleasure of truly fresh ingredients.

There are original pizzas such as Pizza Parma, Seared beef, Pizza Melanzana and a Calzone called Devil’s Tongue that is a must try! Pastas range from the very tasty Alfie with porcini mushrooms and pancetta, to the popular fettucine with its unusual mix of chicken with orange slices - let’s not forget the Quattro Formaggio which is decadently rich and accompanied by the best Gnocchi ever produced.

Meat dishes here border on the sublime and the Lamb Cutlets are proof of such statement. There are a few places that van boast such a perfect Crème Brulée and if desserts are not your thing, ask the chef to create a cheese platter for you - to die for!

Espresso comes strong and hot, Grappa ice cold. Go ahead, try something from this interesting and varied menu.


What makes this restaurant so different? The fact that you can curl up in one of the super-comfy wicker chairs, relax and expect a great meal every time. There are three dining areas including the large patio outside (now with a lattice fence for more security), a view room area boasting not only excellent views but a balcony that begs one to come watch the sunsets - a signature Strawberry Daiquiri in hand of course.

In winter the nights grow cold and Throbbing Strawberry has three fireplaces that are lit late afternoon to not only provide warmth, but fill each dining area with an ambiance that makes staying on just that bit longer sooo much easier - especially when coupled with another glass of good red wine! Speaking of wine. . .

Zorgvliet, Porcupine Ridge, Delheim, Graham Beck, Saxenberg, Clos Malverne to name but a few - the wines at Throbbing Strawberry reflect an educated palate. Groote Post Old Man’s Blend and Vergelegen add depth while Southern Right and Fat Bastard bring in subtleness. The house wines are equally good - ask for the Eikendal Rouge for an excellent blend of red and the Beach House Sauvignon Blanc makes for the perfect white by the glass.

Throbbing Strawberry doesn’t just offer funky and delicious food, they also do superb Sushi. Yes, Sushi. Not many places can do great Italian food AND have sushi as an additional bonus, the Throbbing Strawberry accomplishes this with ease.


There’s a discretely placed plasma screen situated in the larger dining area - excellent news for those who still want to keep up to date with the sports world without offending their dining partners, even better news for those planning a function and have need of a large screen for presentations.

The restaurant is child friendly with waiters that genuinely care for the wellbeing of their customer’s kids - the pizza chefs are friendly and pizza dough is readily at hand to keep little ones busy.

The service is first-rate and attentive, the food excellent to sublime, the atmosphere is relaxed and laughter is a regular accompaniment to one’s meal. Regulars (and there are many of them) have begun to refer to this unique establishment as “The Throbbing and “The Strawberry” and we accept both names with much delight.

To sum it up, there is every reason to try the Throbbing Strawberry Restaurant for a new experience in culinary delights, modern style.

As for the origin of the name? Well, you’ll have to ask the owner, Murphy.




From the N1 take the William Nicol turnoff towards Fourways. Turn left into Leslie Avenue, continue to the corssing with Douglas Drive. We are on the corner in Douglasdale Village.


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27° 59' 37.88''
Shop 1, Douglasdale Village
Leslie Road


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Food Served
Average Price$$
Payment accepted
Trading Hours
Saturday & Sunday: 09:00 - 15:00
Lunch & Dinner
Monday - Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00
Take Out
Secure Parking
Outside Seating
Smoking Section
Load Shedding
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