The Good Luck Club

14 March 2013

In a small, functional space in Illovo, Johannesburg, sits a unique noodle bar and Asian-inspired restaurant unlike anything you have been to before. ‘The Good Luck Club’ opened its doors a year ago and has enjoyed great success and acclaim for its unique take on Asian dishes, interesting flavours and youthful twist on the “usual” ingredients. 

It is a fun and quirky restaurant with a friendly and relaxed ambience. It features a simple and alternate design – from cute wallpaper of cats wearing tuxedos, to the art on walls, succulents in small pots and minimalist furniture. 
Owned by a young and likeable South African couple, Shane and Angie Durrant (who also own the coffee and cake shop, ‘Wolves’, next door), it was a project that began when the space became available and they seized the opportunity to open their own restaurant. Toying with the idea of a Mexican restaurant first, they opted instead for Asian cuisine with a twist. Featuring signature dishes such as spicy pork with lime leaves, spicy coconut prawn, ginger plum chicken, bok choy noodles with garlic mushrooms and the ever-popular crispy twice-fried beef with basil. From soup, dim sum, spring rolls, curries and mains, the menu is extensive and nothing short of exciting.
“The food is simple and good and we want the vibe to be exactly that,” says owner Angie. “We try to steer away from stereotypical Chinese dishes and choose instead to be a bit more experimental. Ultimately, we just want to serve delicious food.” 
The highly recommended dim sum is freshly prepared daily and the wine list is simple. A friendly barman serves a selection of beer at a stylish wooden bar, including Tsingtao, Darling Slow Brew, Brewers & Union Beers, Native Ale and more. It also serves a selection of interesting non-alcoholic refreshments such as masala chai leaf tea, pineapple ginger Rooibos iced tea and coconut juice. 
The Good Luck Club clientèle ranges from young to old and visitors can expect excellent and friendly service. “Different types of people come here and that is what is really amazing about this area and this place – it really has a variety of people,” says Angie. If you happen to see her husband Shane behind the counter and find him vaguely familiar, it’s might be because he is the lead singer of the successful South African band “Desmond and the Tutus.” Not only has he met success on the South African music scene, but success on the restaurant scene too. The Good Luck Club is located in a strip with other restaurants and guests can enjoy the festive atmosphere at outside tables.